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Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Interactive and educational

We really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits here! Kids would absolutely love this place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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White knuckle drive

The drive up Mount Washington was worth the three-hour drive to get there from Massachusetts... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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This private, non-profit science and educational center is a working observatory designed to measure the unique and often extreme weather conditions on Mount Washington. Through guided tours and exhibits, visitors learn more about the science of...more
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2779 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, Conway, NH 03860-5194
+1 603-356-2317
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 April 2006

This was recently moved to a new location closer to the center of town, in what appears to be a former bank. The video presentation is in a very comfortable theater with excellent sound and picture quality. all of the exhibits are modern, interactive, very...More

11  Thank tristateny
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 September 2016

wasted a couple of hours going here as it cost $36 for one car and one driver to go to the top. add another $10 for passenger and $8 for each other passenger and it just isn't worth it. maybe if we had known before...More

3  Thank Noel E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits here! Kids would absolutely love this place. Highly recommend a quick visit here if you are in the area. They have a super book selection also!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive up Mount Washington was worth the three-hour drive to get there from Massachusetts. People have the option of driving up or taking the the train from North Conway. Driving up is an absolute knuckle biter. If you have an issue with heights, it's...More

Thank usmc0491
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove to the summit and had a much needed bowl of chowder in the observatory restaurant. It was 35F. Much of the drive was in the fog but the mist did clear. Take it carefully and come down in second gear. A must if you...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this small Discovery Center (only $2/adult, $1/child 7-17) on a very rainy day in October. We watched the 10 minute film and then looked through all the information provided about how the weather is measured on Mt. Washington. The wind room was fun....More

1  Thank TNKaz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove up here and experienced the road all the way up, my wife hated being so close to the edge, but we made it without falling over the edge! At the top the air was so fresh and clean, a little on the nippy...More

Thank srpatrick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove up the mountain...this is not for the faint hearted.... the road is quite narrow but is passable ... the view from the top is unbelievable.... we were lucky to go on a clear day.. we could see Portland from the top.... you can...More

Thank billybantham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst Mount Washington was superb in the Autumn Colours our tour didn't allow us time to use the Cog Railway and reach the summit; possibly a good thing as there was an hours delay on the service (not sure of the reason). The experience looked...More

Thank juliasJ1111OT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A unique experience We must’ve visited this at least a dozen times over the years and it is always a pleasure. A great place to bring the family.

Thank Timbles430
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the base, the temperature was in the 60's maybe 70, at the top it was 35F and with the wind chill, it was freezing, and took your breath away. The road up the mountain is a private toll road, $39, for a car, driver...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wind was blowing at 55 MPH and the temp was in the 30's....yipe. Great view and great colors to see in the fall. Worth the money

1  Thank tjchh
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Allison M
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Response from Shailaja N | Reviewed this property |
I have a family membership, and I took 1 guest with me for the tour... My guest did not have membership. The Observatory's website says this - 'Family memberships include tours for all individuals living under one... More
29 April 2017|
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Response from Todd L | Reviewed this property |
May schedule: Weekends The biodiesel train runs 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on the following dates; 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-22nd, 30th-31st 27th & 28th: 9 am to 3:30 pm for the steam train, 9:30 am for the biodiesel train to 3:30... More
1 March 2017|
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Response from AilsNH | Reviewed this property |
The Weather Discovery Center is in North Conway village across the street from the Eastern Slope Inn. It shares a parking lot with the Citizens Bank. If you visit at 11am or 2pm you can see a live video feed fro the... More