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Odiorne Point State Park. This site encompasses more than 330 acres of protected land, on the site where David Thompson established the first permanent European settlement in what is now New Hampshire. Several nature trails with interpretive panels describe the park's military history, and you can enjoy vistas of the nearby Isles of Shoals. The rocky shore's tidal pools shelter crabs, periwinkles, and sea anemones. Throughout the year, the Seacoast Science Center conducts guided walks and interpretive programs and has exhibits on the area's natural history. Displays trace the social history of Odiorne Point back to the Ice Age, and the tidal-pool touch tank and 1,000-gallon Gulf of Maine deepwater aquarium are popular with kids. Day camp is offered for grades K–8 throughout summer and during school vacations. Popular music concerts are held Thursday evenings in summer. 570 Ocean Blvd., (Rte. 1A), north of Wallis Sands, Rye Harbor State Beach, Rye, NH, 03870. 603/436–8043 science center; 603/436–1552 park. www.seacoastsciencecenter.org. $5 science center, $4 park. Science center Apr.–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 10–5; park daily 8–dusk.
Rye Airfield. If you've got active kids with you, consider spending the day at this extreme-sports park with an indoor in-line skate, scooter and skateboard arena and two BMX tracks. U.S. 1, 170 Lafayette Rd., Rye, NH, 03870. 603/964–2800. www.ryeairfield.com.
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