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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
(603) 968-7194
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Holderness
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Annandale, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The Science Center is a real jewel, especially for kids...of all ages. It's partly outdoor zoo, partly guided nature center, and all fun.

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

Thanks so much for your nice review! We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

CT
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This is an absolutely fascinating attraction! There are activities for children and adults. My wife and I have been there twice. We liked it so much we became members and an animal sponsor. We attended an extremely informative lecture on bears by Ben Kilham. If you are planning a vacation, travel to the area with or without children, this is... More

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

Thank you so much for the nice comments and we're happy to hear that you are taking advantage of the wide variety of programs for adults and children. We hope to see you this winter! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Boston
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Re-visited in Aug 2013. I do "adventure" days with my two nieces and a family friend --- mostly sewing and cooking! But as two of the girls were heading off to college, and the 16 year old loves animals --- we spent the day at the Science Center as our "adventure". We arrived a little before noon and stayed til... 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 us such a great review. From the pictures, it looks like you had a fun day and what a view from Mt. Fayal! We're so glad you enjoyed your day at the Science Center and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and... More

Fullerton, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Although this is a preserve, it is well done. The animal enclosures are natural and large enough for the animals being showcased. We spent a good four hours there, hiked up to it from the Inn at Golden Pond.

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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 and for visiting us on your trip to the area. We're glad you were able to spend the day with us and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Asbury, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My wife has been looking forward to visiting Squam Lake. One of her favorite movies is “On Golden Pond”. So a tour of the lake was mandatory. Since it is October there was a little less available but we were able to book the “Nature of The Lakes” tour booked through the Natural Science Ctr. In Holderness. We were not... 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. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your Squam Lake Cruise and will pass your comments along to our Cruise Captain. It sounds like you saw lots of wildlife - 14 loons - wonderful! We hope you'll be back again to visit us soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen... More

boston, MA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Science Center is a trail based exploration of nature. Lovely walk through natural settings punctuated by exhibits of live animals-otters, foxes, mountain lions, fisher cats, bears-all animals that are sheltered at the center and presented in wonderful engaging education exhibits. There's a bird house that is delightful and has great interactive learning games and a children's center where kids... 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. It sounds like you were able to experience quite a bit that the Science Center has to offer. The cruise is definitely icing on the cake - a great way to get out and experience Squam Lake! We hope you'll be back to visit us again. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

A must visit to see wild animals that have been rescued and also to organize a very informative cruise on Squam Lakes

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

Thanks so much for your review of the Science Center! We're glad you came for a visit and saw the animals and took the cruise on Squam Lake. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Des Moines, Iowa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We went with our daughter and son-in-law and their two preschoolers. All had a great time. The space is top-notch and well maintained. It is a beautiful setting with innovative and interactive exhibits.

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

Thank you so much for your comments! We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Keansburg, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Well worth the trip! The grounds are well cared for, as are all the rescued animals in the centers care. The place is educational without beating it into your head. Photo opportunities are excellent with great viewing ports & open air views if possible. All the kids i saw on my visit seemed to be enjoying themselves, there is a... 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 that you enjoyed your visit and took so many photographs. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

After watching "On Golden Pond" visiting Squam Lake where it was filmed was fun. The best way to see the lake is on the Squam Lake Nature boat cruise. It is a 90 minute cruise around sections of the lake narrated by a very informative guide. We saw a pair of loons and learned about the 15 loon pairs who... More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your Squam Lakes Cruise. What a beautiful picture you posted as well. We hope you'll make it back for another cruise to see the loons, bald eagles, and other wildlife in the area. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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