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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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Wonderful educational and fun visit

Love it every time we go. A lot of information presented in an interesting way, tons of games, puzzles, climbing structures, tunnels etc. for little kids to explore. There is now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Bedford, Massachusetts
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Bedford, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Love it every time we go. A lot of information presented in an interesting way, tons of games, puzzles, climbing structures, tunnels etc. for little kids to explore. There is now a new terrific Interactive Playscape playground by the Gordon Children's Center, and a new Aquatic Pavilion being built.

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Lancaster, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very entertaining, enjoyable and educational. Very clean and well organized. Our grandchildren enjoyed seeing animals that they might never have seen without visiting. We did enjoy our visit. You can go at your own pace yet is you have questions there are people along the way that are very helpful.

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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. Our mission is education so we're happy that you were able to enjoy the trail and learn something along the way. We hope to see you on the trail again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My family and I visited the science center and did the lake cruise. The lake cruise was awesome. The science center is, for the most part fantastic. The two notable exceptions were the black bears and the mountain lions who were in way too small enclosures and exhibiting stress behaviors (pacing in small places). It just made the whole trip... More 

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

We're so glad you enjoyed the cruise on Squam Lake. I wanted to address some of your concerns about the black bears and mountain lions. As an accredited institution for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we must meet the highest standards of animal welfare and care. Each animal exhibit has the public viewing area as well as an... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Lovely animals and a great environment, lots of interesting learning features in a beautiful setting

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

Thanks for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learned about our animals. 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We loved our pontoon tour of the lake. Remembering the movie, On Golden Pond, we were interested to learn about the actual filming on site. The driver indulged our love of birds and successfully got us up close to a loon preening in the water. The tour was educational, fun and relaxing. The lakes are just beautiful!

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

Thanks for writing a review! We're glad to hear your enjoyed your Squam Lake Cruise. It is certainly a great way to get out and see how pristine Squam Lake is. The loons are amazing to see and beautiful to hear. We hope you'll be back again to visit us soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

So glad we added this trail to our agenda. We opted out of the lake cruise because the weather was crummy. It is clean, organized and very well maintained. The natural beauty was exceptional. Highly educational, fun and interesting.our family really enjoyed the trail walk today it took us two hours to see the exhibits. Loved it! Our Girls are... More 

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

Wow, 5 stars plus - thank you! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and were able to see all of the animals on the trail. The cruise can be delightful on a beautiful day and certainly educational on an overcast day. We hope you'll be back for the cruise or that we'll see you on the trail... More 

New Jersey, USA
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Squam Lake was where the motion picture ‘On Golden Pond’ was filmed. But the lake itself has quite a history of it’s own. Our guide (and Captain) Eric, was able to trace the history and development of the lake on our 1 ½ hour tour. Nature still has a strong influence on the lake. The pontoon boat is a perfect... 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 to hear you enjoyed your lake cruise and will pass your comments along to Captain Eric. We hope to see you on the lake and trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Holderness, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great family outing for the family. The interactive exhibits are great for kids and adults. It can get busy later in the day.

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

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. July and August are our two busiest months and generally it's busiest from about 11am until around 2pm. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

New Hampshire
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A zoo of local animals and birds of New Hampshire. Very good exhibits for each one.Great bear habitat.

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

More like, lions, otters, and raptors, oh my! All of the animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are native to New Hampshire, hence the lack of tigers. Thank you for the nice comments. I will pass them along to the rest of our staff. Hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing... More 

Keene, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nestled into the hillsides above Squam Lake (the Golden Pond of film legend) is this superb nature center. Featuring native New Hampshire mammals and raptors, the exhibits are spread along a trail that meanders through woodlands, rocks and streams. Each animal's area has fascinating details about its physical characteristics, environment, food sources etc. Interactive displays reveal more fun facts. It... More 

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

Wow - the best! That's quite a compliment! Thank you for writing a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. I enjoyed getting to know both of you and hearing your feedback about the trail. It is a pleasure to see the trail with fresh eyes - it makes us all appreciate everything we have here a little more!... More 

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Additional Information about Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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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