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Merrimack Valley is home to wildlife refuge, nature center, and more science fun

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America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Stroll among the pines and ancient megaliths

A hike through America's Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire, is a nature trip like no other. Not only will you find yourself wandering in a beautiful pine forest, you'll also explore an archeological site of the type rarely found in North America. The woods are full of ancient megaliths and stone chambers, which many scholars believe were erected by Bronze Age voyagers who lost their way in the Atlantic and wound up on New Hampshire's shores. Others believe the monuments were erected by Native Americans or colonial farmers. You can decide for yourself. The site includes a small museum where a video presentation gives you some of the history. And be sure to pet the gentle alpacas who share the property.
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See Science Center

200 Bedford Street Manchester, NH, 03101 Phone: 603-669-0400

This hands-on science center has nearly 100 exhibits where children and adults can do actual science experiments. The museum’s Millyard Project is a scale model of the Amoskeag Millyard of Manchester circa 1900, built entirely of Lego blocks – 2 million in all. Other activities include the Science of Ice Hockey; Reptile Mountain, and Moonwalk.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check for seasonal changes in hours and programs.
Admission: $8 per person over age 3
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McAuliffe–Shepard Discovery Center

3 Institute Drive Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-271-7827

This institution honors New Hampshire’s native son and daughter, astronaut Alan B. Shepard and teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe. This memorial provides engaging activities and a vast collection of interactive exhibits about space travel inside an entertaining learning environment that includes a planetarium , an observatory, and workshops for young and old.
Hours: June-September, daily, 10:30 a.m.m-4 p.m.; rest of the year, open Friday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $11.50; kids at 3-12, $8.50; seniors over at 61, $10.50; age 13 through college, $10.50 .