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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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A good time was had by all!

Took our two granddaughters for a visit here and expected to spend a few hours. Well, we stayed all day! The exhibits were fascinating and the new eco-playground is wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Took our two granddaughters for a visit here and expected to spend a few hours. Well, we stayed all day! The exhibits were fascinating and the new eco-playground is wonderful! Even caught a live porcupine talk at the end. Can't wait to go back!

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My parents brought me here when I was a kid--one of their favorite places to visit in NH. I always enjoyed it then. I have been coming here with my kids for years, and they love it too. What strikes me are the improvements the Science Center keeps making. Our whole family was blown way by the outdoor adventure "playground"... More 

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White Plains, New York
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

lovely 90 minute tour of squam lake with experienced guide. lots of info about surrounding area, On Golden Pond location and anectdotes. They give binoculars to all to try and sight loons and eagles.

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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 the Squam Lake Cruise. We hope to see you on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Plymouth, New Hampshire
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64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A wonderful easy walk around all the animal exhibits. A great interaction for the kids and the adults.

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

Thanks so much for writing a review. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Jacksonville, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I spent the afternoon at the science center. When we first got there they were having a talk on beavers which was very informative. We walked all around the center and were really impressed with the enclosures and facilities for the animals, most of which could not live in the wild on their own. We enjoyed walking... More 

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

Thanks so much for the nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your afternoon here seeing the animals and enjoying Kirkwood Gardens and the Squam Lake Artisans Gallery. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Hill, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A very nice educational place that your kids will really enjoy! It is both fun and a great learning experience! There is KAI a nice gift shop for bringing home souvenirs.

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

Thanks so much for your review - great title for it! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. I will pass along your comments to our retail staff who will be so happy to hear the nice feedback. 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful location with great, hands on exhibits for kids. Learned lots about New Hampshire animals such as big cats (mountain lions, bobcats), raptors (owls, hawks, bald eagles), otters, deer and much more. The kids area was terrific - a new wooden, outdoor playground lets you scurry about like a red squirrel, which both kids and adults alike enjoyed.

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

Thanks so much for writing a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the new Playscape! It opened on July 1 this year and we have received lots of positive feedback. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Campton, New Hampshire
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Go at your own pace and enjoy the outdoors and the animals. Lots of learning can go on here and take advantage of the hikes they have to offer as well. Great location, you never feel rushed or over crowded here. I would even do this in a light rain. Great for adults and kids. Lots of places to have... More 

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

Thanks so much for writing a review. You're right about never feeling rushed or overcrowded. Even on some of our busiest days the exhibit trail never seems too crowded. And sometimes weather that isn't perfect is perfect here. Meaning that a little rain means the trail is pretty quiet and the animals are more active. It sounds like you have... More 

Exeter, New Hampshire
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173 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What I love about the nature center is that they are continually updating, but still keep the general feel they have always had. My family brought me here as a kid, I brought my son here when he was young, and likely he will bring his family here someday. The nature center explains the ecology of the Lakes Region, which... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing a review. It sounds like you are a long-time visitor and have seen us grow throughout the years. We are actually celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2016 - a big milestone for the Science Center. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. We'll be opening the new Water Matters Pavilion -... More 

Fairfax, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We had a terrific 90 minute cruise on Squam Lake which the Center conducts.We experienced both loon and eagle sightings. Wonderful educational experience about the lake with sprinkles of On Golden Pond movie information.Was also very leisurely and a nice size boat to enjoy. We have vacationed here over 20 years and rate this as one of the best. 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. It sounds like you got to see a little bit of everything including the amazing loons and bald eagles. What a treat! Good point about listing the cruises separately on TripAdvisor. We'll look into doing that. We hope to see you... More 

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