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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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West Warwick, Rhode Island
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Meredith, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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 

Ossipee, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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