Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness: Hours, Address, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
4.5
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Ruth Y
Jefferson City, TN926 contributions
Nice tour around Squam Lake. COVID policies non existent.
Sep 2021 • Friends
We took the boat tour on Squam Lake from the Science Center. Was told boats were not going out fully reserved due to COVID and much to our surprise boat was full. Masks were not required. This was a pontoon boat. We did learn the lake is made up of many basins. We heard about some places filmed for the movie "on Golden Pond". We learned a lot about the Loons & some history of the lake. We all felt could have been a bit more informative with some fun facts too to keep it interesting. Wish they had been more COVID aware with better policies.
Written September 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for the review and for letting us know your concerns about covid policies. We are still operating with covid related health and safety protocols in place. Detailed information is at our Know Before You Go page on our website (https://nhnature.org/reopen/). Our Squam Lake Cruises are still operating at 30% reduced capacity. We allow cruise passengers to remove their masks when the boat is underway because we cruise with the side curtains open to provide maximum airflow on the deck of the boat. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is a top priority for us as we continue to manage the many changes since the spring of 2020. Please let us know if you have any additional questions we can answer. info@nhnature.org All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written September 28, 2021
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NYvic
Troy, NY275 contributions
We just took the pontoon boat ride.
Sep 2021
We weren't up for walking the animal trail, but did take the boat ride. Our captain was very knowledgeable about the area, and we actually saw some loons. Nice way to spend the morning.
Written September 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manger
Written September 28, 2021
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cvandenbraak
Delaware512 contributions
Nice visit
Sep 2021 • Solo
I decided to visit again. My first visit was many years ago. I love seeing the animals. Making reservations online was easy. Friendly staff. Actually liked the one way walk. Wished the gift shop was open though.
Written September 13, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and for writing a review! Yes, our gift shop has moved outdoors and is closed during rainy weather. We look forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written September 17, 2021
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Meander649423
14 contributions
Something for everyone
Aug 2021
Senior citizen review
This was a great place for young and old to learn so much about New England wildlife. I am 70, live in the country, but it's the first time I ever saw a live bobcat or mink. We stopped at each display, read much of the information, and took our time to really enjoy the displays. Great place for kids, probably age 6 and up. There are many fun things for children including a play ground. The walk is about a mile long, mostly level and some paved, often in the shade, but has some ups and downs on gravel. I don't think I'd want to push a wheelchair through many of the sections, so check it out, plan and call ahead, before attempting. We were there 2 hours, but would have liked more time because we needed to rush at the end to make the Squam Lake cruise which is across the street. I highly recommend that cruise.
Written August 12, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review! You gave a great overview of the live animal exhibit trail and we're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Just a note that we also have two motorized scooters available for our visitors to use free of charge - give us a call to reserve one. We're very happy that you enjoyed the cruise as well. It's a great way to get out and see Squam Lake. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written August 19, 2021
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Great Pizza
8 contributions
An interesting afternoon
Jun 2021
The Center has a walking trail that is easy and takes about 2 hours to see all the exhibits.It is quite educational and well laid out! We are senior citizens but would add this is a great place to take kids.
Written June 28, 2021
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Thanks so much for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written June 30, 2021
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Martha N
4 contributions
Fun for the whole family
May 2021 • Solo
I have frequented the Science Center for years with kids and my family. It is always enriching to be outdoors and up close with animals and nature!
Written May 8, 2021
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Thanks so much for the great review! We love hearing from regular visitors who come back again and again. We hope to see you on the trails soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written May 10, 2021
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NCJEDI
Boston, MA18 contributions
A great take, please be respectful!
Jul 2020
A wonderful place to go see some of the wildlife of New Hampshire.
Many ignorant people come here with their children and bag on the glass to try to get the animal's attention-the staff should remove these people as they have plenty of signs warning people not to bang on the glass!

A very relaxed atmosphere as well! Please, respect the park and the wildlife that are there!
Written April 19, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for your feedback about visitor behavior. Yes, unfortunately, we do get some visitors who do not show respect for our animals and we do try to deal with them as we encounter them. We add more signage but maybe this is something we can talk about on our social channels as well to help further educate people. Thanks again, and we hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written May 10, 2021
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William L
Sandown, NH1,007 contributions
Late October Visit
Oct 2020 • Family
This was the last Wednesday this season they were open so we took a field trip to SLSC. COVID has changed things of course and there was also some construction. The indoor playground was closed which was a disappointment but understood. Still it’s always a great experience here and we had fun. Otters ruled the day.
Written October 28, 2020
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Thanks for the great review! We're glad to hear you had a nice visit. We agree, the river otters rock! We look forward to seeing you next trail season. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written November 2, 2020
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Laur b
1 contribution
Awesome!
Sep 2020
We took the boat cruise to celebrate my sisters engagement. Our tour guide was incredible. He was highly knowledgeable and funny. He was COVID conscious and ensured that we all had a nice time. The views were unbeatable. We had an absolute blast. It was a trip full of beautiful sights (including a bald eagle) and good company. I cant wait to go back!!! This is a must do if your are in the squam lake area.
Written October 14, 2020
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Thanks so much for the great review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise and felt safe, and of course that you saw the amazing wildlife of the area. Congratulations to your sister on her engagement! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written October 15, 2020
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USMCRip
Merrimack, NH1,582 contributions
Not quite the same due to COVID-19
Oct 2020 • Family
I’ve/we’ve been here a few times in the past and they say things are changed because of COVID 19. Ok yes there are mask requirements which is a pain because you are outside but with all the people visiting I could see why this requirement. Of course washing you hands with sanitizer (dispensers are all over) is a strong request. But so many things are closed. For example: gift shop (set up outside), all the bird displays (being rebuilt), all the places to eat (even the picnic areas). It will get better.
We really enjoyed ourselves.
If you decide to go, call first as they are limiting attendance.
Written October 3, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. This season we have had to balance the safety of our staff and visitors with the need to reopen while following state guidelines. Things like the gift shop and picnic area were changed and set up outdoors or off the trail to accommodate visitors. Exhibits like the indoor Children's Center were closed for health. We're glad to hear you still enjoyed yourselves despite the changes and we hope you felt safe on your visit. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager
Written October 6, 2020
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