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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Merritt Island
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Merritt Island
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 

Clinton, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Have visited the Center many times, always something new to see. Can walk/hike through forest, field and nature center, there are live demonstrations and a very informative pontoon boat ride is available to learn all about loons and local wildlife. Great for kids and adults alike!

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! The newest exhibit this year is the Gordon Interactive Playscape; A Predator-Prey Adventure. It is located next to the children's center on the trail and will be like a natural jungle gym where visitors play the role of a red squirrel searching for food. We hope you get... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have visited the Squam Lakes Science Center many times with our children and now our grandchildren. This is a gem location, well maintained, educational, fun, and interactive for children. Most days include a special program featuring a particular animal , ie.otters. Admission can be pricey, but all NH residents get free admission the first weekend in May. Don't miss... More 

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

Thanks so much for your nice comments. It sounds like you have been a regular visitor for a long time. New Hampshire residents actually get a reduced admission of just $5 the first Saturday in May (May 2 this year) or become a member a get free admission every day. We hope to see you on the trails again this... More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My fiancee and I got away for Valentines Weekend and chose to get out on some snowshoes and see some of nature. While we were anticipating more snowshoeing and it was much more family-friendly, Dave made this a really fascinating time. His depth of knowledge (i.e. explaining how the red fox on the Delmar peninsula was bred to be heavier... More 

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

What a great otter picture! We're so glad to hear you had a good time on your Wild Winter Walk, albeit a bit cold. Also good to hear that you were able to meet Phil's cousin - he has been taking a verbal lashing thanks to his extended family. It sounds like you were able to walk away with some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Lived in ashland nh (next to holderness) for my whole life and I went to the Science Center EVERY DAY on the weekends it was that awesome. Kids loved the children's center where they could crawl through spider webs and try to guess it an object was a deer foot ar an antler

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

Hey neighbor! The children's center is certainly a popular place. We are actually working on a new adventure playscape that will be located next to the children's center. It is scheduled to open sometime this summer so be sure to come back to visit us again! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Holderness, New Hampshire, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A sanctuary for wild animals who would not survive if released to the wild. Safe, clean cages that provide a natural habitat. Educational with many docents ready to answer questions. When my grandchildren were young we visited at least once a week all summer long. Great place to take a walk on a hit summer day. Highly recommend getting a... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review. It's especially nice to hear from a neighbor. More 

Melbourne
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the 90min cruise on Squam Lake cruise. We visited during foliage season and the guide took us to some wonderful foliage viewing areas. We also saw a number of loons and a bald eagle. The guide stopped the boat numerous time so we could get a better look and take photos. Binoculars and blankets were supplied. The... 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 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 do try to tailor the talks to the interests of all the participants so we're sorry there was too much... More 

Francestown, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a unique sort of science center / nature center / zoo. It is a beautiful setting, with easy trails for small ones. The animals were very interactive, and often came close to the glass to examine the children. The coyote was very funny, and howled for us. We brought five children, ages 1 through... 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! We're glad you and your family enjoyed your day here. We hope you will visit again. Best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Our bus group visited here one afternoon of our week long trip. We did the Nature trail, museum, then ended with a boat cruise on Squam Lake. There is a lot here to see. Their 3/4 mile round trip trail is very well done and most of the animals made an appearance. They have an extensive list of programs that... More 

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

We are so happy when our group tour visitors have a good visit. We are glad you enjoyed the trails and the lake and got to see some loons along with New Hampshire's beautiful fall colors. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My wife and our 7 year old daughter went on a Sunday. The animals were nice. I liked the raptor exhibit. The trail is 3/4 of a mile. It's a little pricey $46 for the 3 of us. But it was fun.

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

Thanks for visiting the Science Center and for your feedback about your visit. We're glad you enjoyed the Raptor Exhibit. As a non-profit, all revenue from our admission fees help to support the Science Center's mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring new Hampshire's natural world. We offer coupons for $3 off trail admission in local and regional tourism... More 

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