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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
+1 603-968-7194
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Squam Lake Science Center Tour plus On Golden Pond Cruise
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved seeing the big cats and the interesting facts in the exhibits. We liked the walk and organization of the zoo. We also liked the family / group membership plan that allows people to come back for repeat visits all year ($100 for 6 people)....More

Thank Troy B
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We'll pass along your comments to the staff here. The membership is definitely the way to go if you plan on visiting more than once per year. We hope to see you on the trails soon and perhaps on a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New renovations and facilities have significantly improved an already wonderful park. Thoughtful exhibits, live demonstrations, and helpful staff engage visitors of all ages. Paths are wide, level, and well-maintained, making this place accessible for many different abilities. Our 2-year-old was especially excited to come so...More

Thank Josh T
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're glad to hear you like the new additions to the Science Center. It is amazing to get so close to the animals - it certainly gives you a different perspective. Thank you especially for the comments about the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know the majority of the reviews are good, but I left this place in tears today. All of the animals are in really small enclosures. They all look sad, lonely & defeated.. the coyote looked the worst, scared, nervous, lonely... absolutely heartbreaking. Worst 19$...More

Thank Katie B
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing up your concerns. I’d like to give you some more information about the care of the animals here at the Science Center. The animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are ambassadors of their species, here for the purpose of educating...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Nature of the Lakes Cruise which is a 90 minute trip that focuses more on nature. [ There is another cruise that does more on the film" On Golden Pond"]. Squarm Lake is really a beautiful area and you will see some...More

Thank creagh5
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise on Squam Lake and saw some of the local wildlife. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Our visit, which was booked at the last minute, was pure magic! The interpretive exhibits, especially the Water Matters one, were very informative and fun. How are ice blocks made? How do earthworms aerate the soil? And Laurie was a great tour guide and lake...More

Thank Marcia C
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Thank you for your review! Magic - wow, we are flattered! We're glad you found us and hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon. I'll be sure to pass your nice comments along to Laurie. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing...More

Reviewed October 3, 2017

I've lived in NH for over 20 years and never knew about this gem until I saw it on the TV show Chronicle. I enjoyed the time spent there observing the live animals they have on display and speaking with the the volunteers and a...More

Thank grammy52015
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you saw us on NH Chronicle and enjoyed your visit. The fall and spring can be busy times for school field trips. However, most schools are gone by about 2:00 p.m. so if you want a quieter time...More

Reviewed September 21, 2017

This is both a fun and educational experience. We learned about the native animals of New Hampshire and the local geology. There are a number of small ponds and some marshes on the grounds, There are also trail heads for some trails on the property,...More

Thank mcauliffe13
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and had fun while learning something. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed September 15, 2017

There was a lot of nature to see and the guides were very knowledgeable. There was some about "On Golden Pond" but many people are interested in that. There were interesting facts about the movie that many people would not know. There is a gift...More

Thank pat m
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your cruise on Squam Lake. We hope to see you back in the area again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed September 15, 2017

We loved everything about this place from the way we were greeted, to the people we met on our way round, to the gentleman who gave the red-tailed hawk presentation. We were with a four-year-old and he was intrigued from beginning to end. He measured...More

Thank Cpencer
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Thank you so much for your nice review! I will pass your comments along to our staff who love to hear when people have a great visit. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

I first started going to Squam Lakes Science Center with my parents and my brother when I was about eight years old I have been going there about every other year since then and have created a lot of memories. It is a great place...More

Thank philipmolly25
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2017

Thank you for your review! It sounds like you have many years of fond memories of the Science Center and now you are creating new memories with your son. We love seeing multiple generations getting nearer to nature! We're glad you enjoyed your most recent...More

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Erika B
August 27, 2017|
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Response from nhnature | Property representative |
We have a number of coupons for trail admission available in local/regional tourism publications for $3 off trail admission for two people.
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Phu T
July 27, 2017|
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Response from nhnature | Property representative |
The admission fee for the live animal exhibit trail is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+), $14 for youth (16 and under), and children under 2 and members are free. We also have combo prices for the trail and cruise... More
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Phu T
July 27, 2017|
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Response from Cheryl W | Reviewed this property |
Adults: $19.00 Youth (ages 3-15): $14.00 Senior (age 65+): $16.00 Children 2 and Under: FREE Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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