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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 6 Attractions in Holderness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a fun and enlightening place for everyone to enjoy. Here at...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Holderness, New Hampshire, United States
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We took the boat trip around Squam Lake in early October, and really enjoyed the morning. The skipper kept us informed though out the trip. We saw Bald eagles and Loons and other wildlife.

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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 the cruise! Best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We didn't have time to do the nature trail but thoroughly enjoyed our 90 minute trip on the lake on the pontoon. Our skipper was knowledgeable and informative and clearly loves his job. The pontoon was very comfortable and stable. They even provide binoculars and blankets! The Fall foliage was beautiful, we saw a loon and a bald eagle chick,... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your cruise. I hope you can come back another time to visit the live animal exhibit trail. Best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Manchester, New Hampshire
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to take your kids for a fun day of learning and exploring. Not only are there animal exhibits, but at each stop along the way there is a wealth of information about the habitat, environment and animals that live there. The information is done in a fun way with microscopes to look through, hatches in... More 

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

Wow - thanks so much for such a great review. It sounds like you had a fun day! The river otters are definitely entertaining. It looks like from your photo you were able to see them swimming and doing back flips in the water. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing... More 

Welland, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A nice walk through the woods to see the local wild life that were rescued. Area was clean and paths were wide for easier travel with children.

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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 visit and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Warwick, Rhode Island
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19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is one of those experiences that I would have never gone out of my way for. My wonderful Fiance loves places to explore animals in a natural environments and so we brought my 12 and 6 year olds there. Jamie loves otters so this was what originally drew us out there was the otter feedings. We spend a couple... 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 found us and had an enjoyable visit. The two otters are quite entertaining when it comes time for feeding. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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