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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 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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Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

So glad we added this trail to our agenda. We opted out of the lake cruise because the weather was crummy. It is clean, organized and very well maintained. The natural beauty was exceptional. Highly educational, fun and interesting.our family really enjoyed the trail walk...More

Thank Pupperlove
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2015

Wow, 5 stars plus - thank you! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and were able to see all of the animals on the trail. The cruise can be delightful on a beautiful day and certainly educational on an overcast day. We...More

Reviewed July 18, 2015

Squam Lake was where the motion picture ‘On Golden Pond’ was filmed. But the lake itself has quite a history of it’s own. Our guide (and Captain) Eric, was able to trace the history and development of the lake on our 1 ½ hour tour....More

Thank TwoT0Travel
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2015

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your lake cruise and will pass your comments along to Captain Eric. We hope to see you on the lake and trails again soon! All the best, Amanda...More

Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great family outing for the family. The interactive exhibits are great for kids and adults. It can get busy later in the day.More

Thank Alice F
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2015

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. July and August are our two busiest months and generally it's busiest from about 11am until around 2pm. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best,...More

Reviewed July 12, 2015

A zoo of local animals and birds of New Hampshire. Very good exhibits for each one.Great bear habitat.More

Thank Bob7514
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2015

More like, lions, otters, and raptors, oh my! All of the animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are native to New Hampshire, hence the lack of tigers. Thank you for the nice comments. I will pass them along to the rest of our staff....More

Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nestled into the hillsides above Squam Lake (the Golden Pond of film legend) is this superb nature center. Featuring native New Hampshire mammals and raptors, the exhibits are spread along a trail that meanders through woodlands, rocks and streams. Each animal's area has fascinating details...More

Thank neroads
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2015

Wow - the best! That's quite a compliment! Thank you for writing a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. I enjoyed getting to know both of you and hearing your feedback about the trail. It is a pleasure to see the trail with...More

Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a well laid out walk through the woods on a trail that leads to various exhibits both alive and static providing lots of information concerning both the animals and plants and geology of the area. They have various birds (eagles/owls/etc) plus Bobcats, Coyotes...More

Thank SimonSaint
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you visited while in New Hampshire. The river otters are a highlight for many people. They are very engaging and entertaining. Yes, all of the animals here are either habituated to people or...More

Reviewed July 8, 2015

We absolutely love visiting this place. It is fun for adults as well as children! Next year we will be getting season passes because we love it so much.More

1  Thank AubreyMT
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2015

Such nice comments - thank you! We're glad to hear you like to visit. A membership is a great idea, plus you get extra benefits like reciprocal admission at other AZA and ANCA institutions. Check out the membership page on the website for all benefits...More

Reviewed July 5, 2015

A lot of fun. All kinds of local creatures. I'm a birder, so I was particularly interested in the bird section ,and they had outside feeders attracting goldfinches, woodpeckers, and even hummingbirds. You can see all of this within about 90 minutes.More

1  Thank Doug M
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thanks so much for writing a review. We have been seeing a lot of Rose-breasted grosbeak's at our feeders recently. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and...More

Reviewed July 2, 2015

The Science Center's exhibits are very special and educational. The animal enclosures are on about a 3/4 mile trail through the woods in natural settings: mountain lions, bears, bobcats, otters, etc. Each exhibit has educational material to further the experience. Great environment for kids including...More

Thank Ruth C
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thanks for writing such a thorough review. It sounds like you enjoyed your visit to see the animals and Squam Lake. You were also some of the first people to experience the new Playscape! I will pass along your nice comments to our staff. We...More

Reviewed June 30, 2015

Winter shoeshoe hikes are the best seeing all the animals in their winter habitat: Bear, mountain lions, otters, etc.More

Thank richardstuart2015
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so glad you experienced one of our Wild Winter Walks. They certainly show the animals in their full winter splendor. We hope you'll be back to see us again on the trails soon. All...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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