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Seacoast Science Center

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570 Ocean Boulevard
Route 1A
Rye, NH 03870



General Information:

Located on the rocky coast in historic Odiorne Point State Park, the Seacoast Science Center is a must-see for anyone wishing to explore the natural treasures of the region's seacoast. The Center features live animals of the Gulf of Maine, indoor touch tanks, and hands-on exhibits about life in and around the ocean. Through programs, exhibits and marine mammal rescue, the Center inspires people to care for and about the future of the ocean. The Center offers many special events throughout the year including a springtime trail race, Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals; a World Ocean Day celebration; and a summer outdoor concert series, Music by the Sea. The site can be rented for weddings and celebrations (indoors or under the seasonal seaside tent) and birthday parties. Odiorne Point State Park features seven different natural habitats, historic military fortifications, a playground and picnic areas. Trails that meander through the park are perfect for biking and hiking.


From 95 North or South Take exit 5 on Interstate 95 North or South to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. From the Circle take Route 1 By-Pass South to Beaches/Hampton. After 1 mile the road connects with Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South for approximately 1 mile. At the third traffic light (sixth from traffic circle), take a left onto Elwyn Road. Pass the Urban Forestry Center (on your left), go approximately 1.3 miles to the roundabout at Foye's Corner. Go half-way around the roundabout onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles, past the Odiorne Point State Park boat launch parking area (on left), to the main entrance of Odiorne Point State Park (on left).