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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
(603) 968-7194
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Holderness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a fun and enlightening place for everyone to enjoy. Here at the Science Center, we house and exhibit many... more » Owner description: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a fun and enlightening place for everyone to enjoy. Here at the Science Center, we house and exhibit many different wild animals, including river otters, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, bears, birds, foxes, and skunks. The wild animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are ambassadors of their species, here for the purpose of educating our visitors about New Hampshire's natural world. Most are orphaned, injured, or otherwise unable to survive in the wild. Observing these animals up-close, together with experiencing our hands-on exhibits, offers visitors the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of our native wildlife and appreciation of the natural world. « less
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Venice, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I along with my brother and his wife enjoyed the pontoon boat tour of Squam Lake. Bev, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the area and answered our many questions regarding wildlife and the history of the lake. He pointed out scene locations from the movie "On Golden Pond," and we've rented the DVD to enjoy... More

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We live in NH and buy the family pass every year for many reasons. 1) The Science Center is dedicated to the preservation of NH wildlife 2) The Science Center is an instructional facility enlightening to all regarding NH plants/forests/animal life. (Kirkwood Gardens is also accessible from their grounds. At Kirkwood, you will find a craft shop and gardens to... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks so much for your nice comments... and a top 10 list! We love it! As a member I'm sure we'll see you on the trails and lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I used my Breathe NH pass to take my daughter and I to the Squam Lakes Science Center, it was BOGO with the pass. My daughter enjoyed all of the exhibits and the docent talks inside and outside. It has been a while since I have been and it seems like it has grown quite a bit and there is... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. It sounds like you were able to experience much of what we have to offer during the summer with the animal exhibit trail, Up Close to Animals presentations (those are the hourly animal talks), plus Kirkwood Gardens, Kirkwood Cafe, and the Squam Lake Artisans Gallery. You must have made a full day of... More

Richmond, Virginia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A great place to learn about and observe the wildlife of the area. Most of the animals were injured or rescued and couldn't survive on their own in the wild, so they make wonderful ambassadors to enlighten the visitors about the wonderful, natural world around them. All of the naturalists and staff were knowledgeable, friendly, and very approachable. A fantastic... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. We're glad you were able to learn from our ambassador animals and our staff. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Carver, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

So many wildlife to see. The beautiful Bald Eagles, the red tailed hawks, Otters, Mountain Lions, Black Bears and so much more. The kids enjoyed this trip. A very easy trail to follow. If you have a chance, please visit this place.

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Concord, New Hampshire
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76 reviews 76 reviews
50 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I went here with my child on a weekday in July, and we had a great time! Upon entering, you are given a map and listing of the nature talks/ events happening for the day/week. The trails and grounds are immaculate, and are a fairly easy walk for small children. My child (age 8) loved the interactive exhibits (puzzles, microscopes... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It sounds like you had a good visit and were able to really engage with the animals and exhibits. You mentioned that you read some other reviews which commented on the size of the mountain lion enclosure. For the mountain lions, and all of our animals at the Science Center,... More

Berkley, MA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We arrived and first did the 90 minute Squam lake boat cruise which was outstanding. They take you to an active Eagle's nest and we were luck to see the parents with their babies. Also, we saw many many Loons on the lake, this was one of the highlights of our vacation. After the cruise, we headed into the science... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit both on the lake and on the live animal exhibit trail. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Groton, Connecticut
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was one of the best nature centers we have ever been to. Their attractions are interesting, full of fun facts and lots of touch exhibits. Some of the better exhibits were the "Life underground", "Barred owl", and the "Celebrate Birds". They have a small but worth the visit gift shop and a very knowledgeable staff on hand to answer... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice comments! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center. You captured some great photos on your visit. We hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Roanoke, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

During our family vacation on Squam lake, we decided to take the lake cruise operated by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The cruise lasted for 90 min and our very knowlegable boat pilot took us around the entire lake. He wove fascinating facts about the lake with some humor as well as pointing out wildlife around the lake. Squam... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for the nice things you had to say. I'll be sure to pass your review along to our cruise captains as they love to hear feedback about the cruises. Squam Lake certainly is beautiful and still has the character of an untouched, wild lake. We're glad you were... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It was just my husband and myself and we enjoyed it very much but it would really be a good place to bring children. We bought the combo ticket for the trail and cruise. Be sure to come early so you won't miss the live "meet the animals" events. We got to pet a huge boa and got to know... More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice comments. It sounds like you were able to fully experience nearly everything the Science Center has to offer and enjoyed it all. How cool to be able to pet the boa! We hope to see you on the trail or lake sometime again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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