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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We didn't have time to do the nature trail but thoroughly enjoyed our 90 minute trip on the lake on the pontoon. Our skipper was knowledgeable and informative and clearly loves his job. The pontoon was very comfortable and stable. They even provide binoculars and blankets! The Fall foliage was beautiful, we saw a loon and a bald eagle chick,... More

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

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise. I hope you can come back another time to visit the live animal exhibit trail. Best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Manchester, New Hampshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to take your kids for a fun day of learning and exploring. Not only are there animal exhibits, but at each stop along the way there is a wealth of information about the habitat, environment and animals that live there. The information is done in a fun way with microscopes to look through, hatches in... More

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

Wow - thanks so much for such a great review. It sounds like you had a fun day! The river otters are definitely entertaining. It looks like from your photo you were able to see them swimming and doing back flips in the water. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing... More

Welland, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A nice walk through the woods to see the local wild life that were rescued. Area was clean and paths were wide for easier travel with children.

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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 you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Warwick, Rhode Island
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is one of those experiences that I would have never gone out of my way for. My wonderful Fiance loves places to explore animals in a natural environments and so we brought my 12 and 6 year olds there. Jamie loves otters so this was what originally drew us out there was the otter feedings. We spend a couple... 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 you found us and had an enjoyable visit. The two otters are quite entertaining when it comes time for feeding. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Denton, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We had a fantastic trip to the SLNSC with our six-year-old daughter. The staff was friendly and informative with lots of talks and hands-on animal interaction. The weather was perfect and we loved the natural landscape and comfortable pace of the center's walk and exhibits. Will definitely visit again when in NH.

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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 you enjoyed your visit and that you'll be back to visit us again the next time you're in New Hampshire! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Akron, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We didn't have time to visit the science center but we took the pontoon boat tour of Squam Lake that the science center offers. What a beautiful serene place! Well worth the time and cost.

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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 you enjoyed your Squam Lake Cruise. Squam Lake is truly unique and pristine and getting out on the water is a great way to see it. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon and to walk the live animal trail as well. All the... More

New Hampshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Started the morning with the nature cruise on Squam lake, then went to the Science center for the nature trail. Very well done, designed for kids, but great for adults too. Good explanation of their conservation work.

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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 you took advantage of both the live animal trail and the lake cruise. It's a fun way to spend the day! We hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Farmington, Connecticut
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141 reviews 141 reviews
48 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

I hadn't been here since I was a kid on a field trip, wow have they really made it something special. There are so many native animals and science exhibits for kids to learn and explore, but also great for adults too! There are always a few staff walking around with animals and they teach you all about them. Many... 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 hear from a lot of people who visited the Science Center as students on field trips and have recently come back as adults. We're so glad you came back to see us and enjoyed your visit. Yes, we have some new exhibits opening over the next couple of... More

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A fun place to explore with kids of any age... I went with my teenagers and we spent a few hours enjoying the animals and the walk through the grounds. Lovely day! Thank you.

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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 so glad you enjoyed the day with your teenagers. We hope to see you on the trails or on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The Science Center operates a boat from their Squam Lake dock in Holderness to an open-air church on 'Church Island" Sunday mornings during July and August. The ride is quiet and relaxing, docking on an island that at one time was a boy's camp. After a short flat trail walk, the 'sanctuary' appears with several rows of outdoor seating. The... 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 so glad to hear that you enjoyed Church Island and that we can continue to provide this service to bring people to the island. We hope to see you on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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