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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 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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Roanoke, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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East Kingston, New Hampshire
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60 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Unfortunately we happened across this attraction later in the day so, we could not take advantage of all that it has to offer. There are daily talks highlighting different animals that we missed. However, the nature trail is great. The trail is 3/4 of a mile long and there are many animals with well put together, interactive exhibits. The mountain... More

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

Thanks so much for your nice comments. We're glad you had a fun time at the Science Center and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Sutton, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was so impressed. We brought our 2 babies and 5 year old not knowing what to expect. The kids loved every minute of it!! I found it beautiful, interesting, and educational. Our 5 year old loved all the hands on exhibits. The animal enclosures were far better than any other place ive been. The mountain lions were our favorite.... More

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

Wow, "new favorite spot in NH" is quite an accolade - thank you! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center and hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the live animal exhibit trail. Good exercise, and we learned about the local wildlife. We didn't have any children in our party, but we still got a thrill watching the otters feed.

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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 thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and were able to enjoy River Otter Feeding - our two otters certainly are entertaining to watch. We hope to see you on the trails or lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

South Hadley, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place to learn about animals some of the best delays being the bears and the mountain lion. Go at your own pace and chek out what u want to see. Great place or kids whole building learning and play area for kids nice. Worth the bucks for good cause!

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

Thanks so much for your nice comments! The black bears and the mountain lions seem to be two of our visitor favorites (although the river otters are up there, too). We hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager Squam Lakes Natural Science Center More

florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

As two seniors we enjoyed our visit yesterday. The venue is very lovely with the grounds making you feel that you may be strolling in the forests of New hampshire. The animals were easily visible and we especially enjoyed watching one of the bears who came right up to the viewing spot repeatedly as if saying hello. We also liked... More

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

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! It sounds like the bears were fairly active - sometimes they spend a lot of time napping on hot summer days. The coyote is an amazing animal and great to see during an Up Close to Animals presentations. The Kirkwood Cafe has very basic snacks and lunch items but it sounds... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My title says it all. If you have kids, go. If you are an adult and love animals and nature, go. You can also find discount coupons in the local Meredith free papers.

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

Thanks so much for the nice comments. We're glad you came for a visit and we hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

Holden, Massachusetts
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187 reviews 187 reviews
55 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We spent about 2 hours looking at the diverse collection of animals at the center. They can be seen on an easy 3/4 mile trail that includes a floating boardwalk over a wetlands where we saw tadpoles and frogs. There are several exhibits geared to children and they seemed to love them. The center is also working on new exhibits,... More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center. You certainly were able to experience a good portion of what we have to offer. If you get a chance, do stop by Kirkwood Gardens - the gardens are free and open to the public daily and the flowers in bloom are incredible. I hope you joined in with... More

Guilderland, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were staying at Plymouth, NH and the folks at the Manor on Golden Pond recommended that we visit the Squam Lake Nature Science Center and take the nature cruise on Squam Lake (the Golden Pond in the 1981 movie with Henry Fond, Kate Hepburn, and Jane Fonda). While not inexpensive, visiting the Center was a wonderful experience. It was... More

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

It sounds like you enjoyed your visit to the area. We're so glad a stop at the Science Center for the live animal exhibit trail and Squam Lake Cruise were part of your trip. The river otters are very entertaining particularly when they are playing and swimming. They are a favorite amongst many of our guests. The cruises are a... More

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