In the heart of Hampton Beach, there’s a place where you can learn about the ocean and take action to protect marine life.
Our Blue Ocean Discovery Center has several tanks that exhibit local marine invertebrates and algae, and a touch tank where you can learn about different species and how to safely handle them. Our knowledgeable educators will share fun facts about the species and lead you in hands-on activities and investigations! You can also explore our maritime history exhibit, learn about whale research, find out the effects of climate change on the Gulf of Maine and participate in a beach cleanup!
Location: 180 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH
Phone: 603-431-0260 (this connects you to our office in Portsmouth)
Hours: Open daily during the summer, and by appointment and for special events through the rest of the year.
Open daily, 12-7 PM until August 27
Closed August 28-Sept 1
Open Sept 2-3 (Labor Day weekend) 12-7 PM
Admission: $1 per person for anyone over 2. Ages 2 and under are free.
Support the Blue Ocean Discovery Center
We greatly appreciate your donations at the Center or online. It costs approximately $20,000 per year to operate the Center, which includes license fees and other fees paid to the State of New Hampshire, staffing, tank maintenance and updating our displays each year.
2017 Premier Sponsor:
Thank you to these sponsors for their longtime support of the Blue Ocean Discovery Center!
Hampton Beach Village District
Hampton & Area Lions Club
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Aquarion Water Company
Learn more about how the Blue Ocean Discovery Center got started here.