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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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Address: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
Phone Number: (603) 968-7194
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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a fun and enlightening place for...

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.

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A night outing for all ages

This was a fun afternoon. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun! We challenged each other to go down the slide - and surprisingly all the men in the group obliged. Good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was a fun afternoon. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun! We challenged each other to go down the slide - and surprisingly all the men in the group obliged. Good for all ages. Well maintained trails.

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

Thanks for writing a review! I'm guessing that you meant "nice outing" instead of "night outing" since our trail closes at 4:30 p.m. :-) We're glad to hear you had fun and took part in some of the activities here (slides are definitely fun for all ages!) We hope to see you back on the trails again next season. All... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Didn't see exhibiteds sec to rainy cold great gift shop that offers nice gist .Did the boat tour was outstanding, very informative guide who was endless in his narration of the lake. Scenery was spectacular.the center I believe has motorized scooters if needed

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Thank Barb2348
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise on the lake. It's a great way to learn about and see Squam Lake. We do offer two motorized scooters for use on the live animal exhibit trail. They can be reserved by giving us a call in advance of your visit. We hope to see... More 

suburban Boston, MA
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222 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We didn't see the exhibits at the nature centr, but the boat tour (about an hour) was outstanding. The guide knew a hot about both the natural history of the lake and about how it became such a large per cent conservation.. The scenery is spectacular, and we recommend the tour highly.

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Thank Ready2Go2008
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and your nice comments. We'll pass then along to our cruise captains who love to hear feedback. We hope to see you on the lake again next season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

West Paris, Maine
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Would be a great place to take kids, plenty of interactive displays. Good variety of animals and birds, plenty of photo opportunities. Slightly expensive, $17 per adult, look for coupons in the free travel guide for the area, $3 off per person.

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Thank dcfans6
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. As a non-profit institution all of our admission fees help support our mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. Yes, we do have many coupons available in local and regional travel publications for $3 off trail admission for up to two people. We hope you were... More 

California
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95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The Best Nature Center in New England. It has dozens of local animals in spacious, natural enclosures along a 1 mile wooded nature trail. The animals have been previously injured and are unable to survive in the wild. It has numerous interactive activities and exhibits that accompany each animal which is a wonderful educational way for children to learn.

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

Thank you so much for the very nice review. Wow - the best in New England - that's pretty good! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again next season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Enjoyed the trail and natural habitat offered to view these animals of NH from bears to bald eagles to mountain lions. Enjoyed reading about the animals and walking through the woods to each exhibit. The mountain lions were especially mesmerizing. Much to do for the kids, which I didnt partake in but could have with the interactive exhibits. Lovely short... More 

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

Thanks so much for writing a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and took advantage of the lake cruise and animal trail combination pass. I hope you had a nice day to enjoy the beautiful foliage that we had this year. See you on the trails and lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and... More 

Gainesville, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The area oozes with charm and the Science Center offers interesting views of their conservation efforts. The gift shop offers very nice gifts that represent the area.

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

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed the Squam Lake area and found the Science Center. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Dartmouth, Canada
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

not only do you get to see animals and birds native to new england and eastern Canada up close , but there are interactive displays and facts about the wildlife presented, take the time and read the information , it's very educational for young and old, there are also trails for nature walks if your inclined to do so

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

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learned about the animals here at the Science Center. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Campton, New Hampshire
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I'll admit I am prejudiced since I volunteer here as a docent. The organization is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums - a distinction difficult to achieve. Self-guided tours bring you "nearer to nature" with exhibits that showcase the animals in their natural habitats. Docents and interpretive guides are available during the May 1 to October 31 season... More 

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

Thanks so much for writing a review - what nice comments! We love our volunteer docents and all of the people who donate their time to help support the Science Center. They are an amazing group that helps educate and bring our visitors nearer to nature every day. See you on the trails soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing... More 

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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A nice walking trail through the property that brings you around to different animal enclosures. The place was nicely kept up and would be a fun afternoon trip. What we really enjoy doing is taking the nature cruises on Squam Lake that they offer. There are several to choose from at different times of day. It is a small pontoon-type... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoy the Squam Lake Cruises and you are right about the pristine, natural beauty of Squam Lake. It is definitely something to experience. We hope to see you on the lake and trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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