Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, North Conway

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The location of the highest recorded winds on Earth, Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center can either treat you to extreme weather or outstanding views of the surrounding White Mountains. On a guided tour of the working observatory, learn how meteorologists measure the weather conditions on Mount Washington and then step outside to feel the winds for yourself. Check the forecast before you visit because strong storms occur frequently. Even if the weather is calm and you visit in summer, make sure you dress warmly because temperatures can remain low at the top of 1,916 m (6,288 ft) Mount Washington. Before you head to North Conway, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly North Conway road trip planner, to make sure you see all that North Conway has to offer, including Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center.
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  • We were passing through and stopped here from the advise of the visitor center employee. We tried every item there. What fun we had. they have a replica of the 1930's building from the top of Mt...  more »
  • Such a wonderful trip! Intimate trip and you get to have the true weather experience. People are so nice.  more »
  • fun to drive up with the car. Liked the CD and the view was just amazing! sadly the clouds were up at the top, but the way there was pretty perfect anyways.  more »
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  • Nice little museum with reasonable entry fee. This seems a companion museum to the one on top of Mount Washington, which I also visited, but has different exhibits and is focused on weather. My group of three adults spent about 90 min there. Note there is a 10 min movie about weather that doesn't seem to run an a regular schedule, but you just have to ask to see it. Don't miss the interactive exhibit where you and at least two others work together to sail a small boat into a dock using a combination of 18 small fans. (This is a physical interactive with real water and real fans not a computer simulation.) I'm not exactly sure how it fits in with the theme of the museum, but is original and quite fun if you have the time and attention span. Also, the gift shop was nice and had a nice variety of stuff.
  • We drove very far for this one. If you're in the area it's a cute, fairly quick museum with a hand full of exhibits and a gift shop. It's in an awesome location and it's quiet. We drove very far for it but if I knew the size of the museum I would only stop in if I was in the area for something else. Having said that, it's extremely affordable. $2 for adults and $1 for children. The wind gun exhibit was cool and we spent a lot of time at an exhibit that parks a little boat by wind.
  • Really adorable little museum/discovery center. A great way to explore the science of what's going on up on Washington without having to suffer the brutal elements most of the year. I went with a friend (we're both in our early 30s) and we had a blast. Spent about 20 minutes straight at the water/wind activity, working on getting the little boat into it's harbor. Such an epically fun and simple challenge. This would be a perfect spot to bring kids on a rainy day, or even a sunny one! Oh and the gift shop is fantastic.
  • It was an interesting exhibit. Lots of great simulations and activities. There are often short movies. Great for younger kids.
  • This is a must see for sure!!! You can make the 5 mile, very tough hike up the mountain or go around the back and take the train. You can also take the auto road if it is open. There is a neat snack bar at the top with the best 6280 foot chili you will ever eat; especially if you just finished hiking. This trip is not for the weak of heart! I have climbed the mountain from every angle except Lion's Head and that is in the plans for this year. The weather here can change in a minutes so prepare for winter weather even if it's 80 degree at the base. Be care and have fun!!!

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