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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Description: 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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Fantastic Visit!

The Science Center's exhibits are very special and educational. The animal enclosures are on about a 3/4 mile trail through the woods in natural settings: mountain lions, bears... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Mt Laurel, New Jersey
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Mt Laurel, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Science Center's exhibits are very special and educational. The animal enclosures are on about a 3/4 mile trail through the woods in natural settings: mountain lions, bears, bobcats, otters, etc. Each exhibit has educational material to further the experience. Great environment for kids including a new interactive play area. The loon cruise was also wonderful. We saw several loon... More 

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Sandwich, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Winter shoeshoe hikes are the best seeing all the animals in their winter habitat: Bear, mountain lions, otters, etc.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We were advised to make reservations and we did, had a great cruise around the lake with a great guide, explaining about the islands, wildlife, etc.

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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 glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise. It's a great way to get out on the water and see the beauty of Squam Lake. We hope to see you on the lake and on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Winthrop, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Horrible experience! We traveled 3 hours one way and were told we should have made a reservation. We were very disappointed because the website only vaugley hints at reservations .The Marketing and Vistor Services manager stated to me the Cruise is very popular should have made a reservation because it fills up quick. We were there over an hour early... More 

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

I am sorry you had a bad experience. We do our best to provide clear information on our website and to give good customer service. In response to your comments we will review our website language and try to make it more understandable. The boats we use for the lake cruises do have a limited capacity (maximum 26 people) and... More 

Meredith, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Very cold, but informative walk through the active winter animals exhibits! Wear extra warm clothes, but enjoy the river otters belly flopping down the snow banks!

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

Thanks for writing a review! It certainly was a cold winter but all of our animals were dressed for it. The river otters love to slide in the snow and provide such an entertaining sight. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon - maybe this summer with warmer weather? :-) All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and... More 

West Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Our first time, we have no kids and was still very informative if you like animals and nature was a nice day, nice walks, great animals you don't see on a regular basis. Not just for kids. Give a try. Nice area of Squam Lakes, cute gift shop.

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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 so glad you visited and enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you on the trail again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We went there as a nice way to spend a couple of hours in nature. It has a nice combination of low level hiking trails and wild animals that are no longer able to live in the wild. Most of the animal enclosures are really wonderful habitats for the animals that can't be rehabilitated with the exception of the Barred... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. River otter feeding is a fun activity to watch - they are so playful. Could you let us know your specific concerns about the Barred Owl exhibit so we can answer any questions you have? You can send a direct email to info@nhnature.org to my attention. Thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The staff was awesome. Very helpful. The trails were well maintained and clean. My son loved seeing all of the animals. The Gordon Children's Center was so much fun. It was interactive with slides and tunnels. I can't wait to go back and see the expansions.

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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 glad to hear you had a fun experience from start to finish! You mentioned that the Gordon Children's Center was fun - the Playscape will open in July so plan another visit to check that out. It is located adjacent to the children's center and will have many interactive... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We stumbled across the Center by chance. It was an interesting place to spend a few hours. The 'main attraction' for us was seeing the bears. Great place for kids as it is educational and fun.

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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 you found us and were able to see the bears! They are amazing animals. We hope you'll come by for another visit if you're in the area again. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Merritt Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We go to this zoo every year in the summer when we stay at Squam Lake. It is laid out really well and fun to walk around and see the animals, birds and reptiles. The black bear are some of our favorites. Kids will love it. It is a nice break from the water sports going on at the lake.

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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 have enjoyed your visits here. We hope to see you on the trail again this season. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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Additional Information about Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Address: Address: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
Phone Number: (603) 968-7194
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  White Mountains  >  Holderness
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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