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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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Farmington, Connecticut
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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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Tampa, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It was an ok place. Animals were in small cages and I didn't like that. Trails were nice enough. Price @ $25 is WAY to high for what they're offering.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Where can you go in New Hampshire to see wild animals close-up in well researched settings, learn about how they survive and interact in their natural environments, then follow that up with an interesting, relaxing, and enjoyable nature cruise on what is arguably the most beautiful lake in America? That would be the Squam Lake Science Center in Holderness, NH.... 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 us such a nice review! You certainly experienced much of what we have to offer. We're glad that we can be part of the reason you feel lucky to live in New Hampshire. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our family vacation included a trip to the center. My brother's kids that are 3 and 6 enjoyed the place much more than my own 9 and 14 year old kids. Still, everyone got away informed of things they came in without. Staff is very helpful and well informed. Recommended for smaller kids and their parents.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, regardless of age, and came away with more information than when you started. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

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

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It sounds like you enjoyed your cruise. I'll be sure to pass your compliments along to Bev. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More

North Conway, New Hampshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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