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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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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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 loon cruise

We went to the New Hampshire Science Center in order to take the loon cruise that is held on Mondays and Fridays. It was great! It is led by a naturalist who knows where all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Donna C
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The park is beautiful, The customer service not that much. I planned my family day based on the information I found about the park on Google where it said the park was open until 5 pm. We Drove 1.5 hrs to find out, we missed the last admission per 10 minutes because they closed the park at 2:30 pm, due... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review. The best resource to check for hours for the Science Center website or by calling us directly. Unfortunately Google doesn't update hours for any special events. We're very sorry to hear that you drove up for a visit and could not walk the trail or see the animals. Please see the direct message we... More 

Burke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at this nature center as an activity to do with the kids. The facilities are clean, well kept and the center has apparently recently added some new exhibits. The kids enjoyed seeing the animals, the educational exhibits, the play area and the gift shop. The center mainly consists of a trail of about 3/4 of a mile in... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review. We have three public restrooms along the animal exhibit trail - at the Welcome Center, at the Webster Building near the picnic area, and at the red barn at Kirkwood Gardens between the White-tailed Deer Exhibit and the River Otter Exhibit. Let us know if you have suggestions for better signage or noting the... More 

Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the New Hampshire Science Center in order to take the loon cruise that is held on Mondays and Fridays. It was great! It is led by a naturalist who knows where all the nesting loons are on Squam Lake. She is full of information and able to answer all questions. It I s a wonderful experience to... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the Loon Cruise. We partner with the Loon Preservation Committee for our Loon Cruise's as they are the experts about loons and the loons on Squam Lake in particular. It sounds like you were able to see a lot and learn even more. We hope to see you on the lake... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended to us by a resident and it lived up to that recommendation. We started with a boat tour of Squam lake which was informative and fun. My kids are 12yo girl, 8yo boy and 7yo girl. They were entertained for most of the 1 hr long boat ride. We then had lunch at Walter's Basin and then proceeded... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review and for spending the day with us! It sounds like you took advantage of all we have to offer - cruise, animals, hiking trails. I hope you made a stop to Kirkwood Gardens as well. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great educational resource with friendly helpful staff and volunteers. Interactive exhibits add to interest and learning

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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 you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Floral Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lovely center offers hands on and interactive opportunities for learning. Our kids enjoyed the face to face contact with the animals and the presentations with different critters! There is a small restaurant and a large picnic area. The staff is helpful and the composting toilets in the bathrooms are odor free.

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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 visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

LONG ISLAND, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a rainy July day here. Enjoyed the walk through the exhibits. Nice assortment of animals, which are all rescues. Recommend taking time to go to 1 or all of the 'Up Close & Personal" animal viewings.

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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 you enjoyed the Up Close to Animals presentations. They are a great way to see some additional native animals that aren't on the trail and to learn more about them. We hope to see you on the trail again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went after being disappointed years ago before their major renovation. What in improvement! The paths were wide and level enough for grandparents. The interactive demonstrations were impressive. The animals were well cared for. The playground was great for adults and kids! We went out on the boat tour as well and enjoyed loon and bald eagle sightings as well... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review and we're glad you came back to see the changes here. We have grown and changed a lot in our fifty years. You are right about planning on spending the day. We have some nice picnic areas as well as a cafe during July and August. We hope you'll be back again soon. See... More 

Willington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If I lived in NH, I would definitely buy a membership. This is a wonderful interactive place for all ages! This is absolutely fantastic! To save money, it would be a good idea to bring your own bag lunch and water bottles. Even if it were a rainy day,come prepared with a poncho and enjoy watching the animals and trying... More 

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

Thanks so much for writing a review! Yes, if you plan on visiting more than once during the season a membership is the way to go. We have picnic areas for lunch so you can certainly make a day of it. The rainy days are often the best days to come - the trails are less crowded, the animals are... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a hit with both my boys - one who is very interested in animals, and one who is not. It was a nice walk - Grandpa even was able to walk with us, and very shady so even if it was a hot day I don't think it would be too bad.

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

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with the family. Yes, the shade of the trees keeps the live animal trail relatively cool even on the hottest days. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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