This museum and 'center for environmental exploration' presents an array of exhibits to intrigue young minds. The outdoor exhibit area features many places to dig, build, climb, move and create – and that's in addition to the scenic walking trails. Other kid favorites include bubbles, dinosaurs, rocks and minerals, and a cool interactive exhibit about Mt Washington. Some of the most exciting offerings (planetarium shows, explorer express train) cost extra.

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