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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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Address: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
Phone Number: +1 603-968-7194
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Great place to bring young children

My wife and I went here on a weekday after school began. The exhibits are very kid-friendly so there were a lot of families with toddlers and babies in strollers. The paths are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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New Hampshire
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went here on a weekday after school began. The exhibits are very kid-friendly so there were a lot of families with toddlers and babies in strollers. The paths are paved and very well maintained so it's highly accessible for people with disabilities. As much as we liked the exhibits, we hung out at the floating bridge... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. It sounds like you were able to spend a nice fall day with us. Hope to see you on the trails again when they open in May! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Liverpool, England
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65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Although we went as a couple this is more aimed at a younger audience. Although animals to be seen were interesting. Weather fine when we went so able to do longer walk around edge of the center Mainly outside with a number of pavilions to see animals. We went towards the end of season so the cafe had closed for... More 

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Thank Childwall56
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and would love to show you around Squam Lake on a cruise next time you are in the area. Enjoy getting Nearer to Nature! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Santa Fe, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Very nice natural environment for the animals. We walked about a mile along trails to each animal. Each spot had pertinent information about the animal. There was enough information to be educational without being too long to read. Hands on activities at each stop. Very clean.

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

Thank you so much for your nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center and learned some information along the way. Hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

As well has a place which has great educational value for any age group, you get up really close to the animals. Including Bears, Mountain lions, Coyotes, Eagles, and more

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad you were able to get up close to the animals. Hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Davis, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Dress in layers just in case the weather turns cool. Blankets available but limited on the boat. Boat driver/guide narrates and points out lots of points of interest as well as behind the scenes stories on the filming of "On Golden Pond." Don't sit near the back of the boat as difficult to hear over the noise of the engine.... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your cruise on Squam Lake and were able to see some loons. Yes, dressing in layers is a good suggestion as it can get chilly during the fall. We hope to see you on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Good value, relaxing boat trip. Knowledgeable commentary, you get to see Squam Lake at its best, it is stunning and the opportunity to see Loons.

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

Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your cruise on Squam Lake. It certainly is a gem in this area and a great way to see wildlife. We hope to see you on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Hull, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

While looking to fill in a cloudy afternoon, we discovered the science center. What a nifty place--except for the price of the hike. Seems like it was a little bit expensive and we didn't actually go. We did enjoy the outer exhibit and the ride there.

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

Thanks for visiting us - we would encourage you to actually come inside and see what we have to offer the next time you are in the area. As a non-profit organization all of our admissions support our mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. We do this through live animal exhibits along a nature... More 

Austin, Texas
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401 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We did a 3:00 lake cruise on a Saturday and it was great. Made reservations a couple months in advance and glad we did as they were full. It's a perfect way to see big Squam Lake, get a little history of the place, see some loons and maybe some eagles. Our guide Dave was very knowledgable and did a... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the lake cruise - Squam Lake has so much history and wildlife to learn about. We hope to see you on the lake or on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Deposit, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The educational material at each exhibit area was fantastic. I learned much that I did not know. The animals are rehabs that could not be returned to the wild so I felt good about seeing them in a place where they could be protected and not unfairly living in captivity. Everyone there the day we visited looked like they were... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and that the scooter (Rascal) helped with your access on the trail. There certainly is a lot to learn about our native species. We hope to see you on the trail again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Amesbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is a well-maintained park with exhibits that are informative and closely duplicate their residents' natural habitat. The high school students we brought thoroughly enjoyed the animals, especially the coyotes, bobcat and mountain lion. We brought lunch and ate in the picnic area which is nestled amongst the trees just off the trail with plenty of tables. Scheduled for the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and got to experience the live animals and the lake cruise. Squam Lake is definitely a gem in the lakes region with lots of wildlife and history to share. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best,... More 

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