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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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$129.00*
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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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“golden pond” (29 reviews)
“squam lake” (65 reviews)
“all ages” (31 reviews)
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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 August 23, 2017

This is a lively, clean uncrowded nature center that has animals native to new england - deer, bears, moutainlion, fisher cat, bobcat, otters etc. Hawks, eagles, etc and a new water exploration area which the kids enjoyed. There are several buildings along the trails for...More

Thank Linda M
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and spent some time experiencing what we have to offer. Hope to see you on the trails and on the lake soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed August 21, 2017

We return almost every year. Lots of interactive things for the kids of all ages. From our 2 year old grandchild to our 15 year old. A lot more time then they suggest. There is just so many things for the kids to get involved...More

Thank Charlestontourist58
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Thanks for your review! I think you gave a good summary of everything we have to offer. We're glad you return to see us every year. See you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

After vacationing in NH every year my whole life I had never been here before and was looking for something new to do. I only wish I had gone earlier in the day. Its amazing. Its a little zoo with animals that are found locally...More

Thank Melanie G
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2017

Thank you for the lovely review! We are happy you made the stop to see us and experience the live animal exhibit trail plus the cruise on Squam Lake. What a treat to see a bald eagle catching fish! The staff here does truly enjoy...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Took the grandchildren last month. They were fascinated with the exhibits, including two bald eagles. There is a new children's playground which is age appropriate for the young while at the same time presenting a great challenge. We easily spent three hours, which included a...More

Thank chbra
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the animals and exhibits on the trail. We do still offer the guided cruises on Squam Lake but we do not go by the house from "On Golden Pond" anymore as it is fairly grown in...More

Reviewed August 14, 2017

Beautifully set in a forest like environment Clean, clean, clean. Animals were all awake the day we were there except for the black bears. The displays and exhibits were fabulous. We spent 2 and a half hours there. Great for older kids who love nature...More

Thank newman43
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thank you so much for such a nice review! I will pass your comments along to all of our staff who love to hear when our hard work is seen by our visitors. It's very nice to be thought of as a gem! We hope...More

Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We were looking for something to do on the way to our vacation destination. While at a rest area so.eone strongly suggested the science center. What a great find. The trails were well kept, the facilities equally so. The exihibts were all regional animals that...More

Thank starmarker521
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad someone recommended you visit the Science Center. It's definitely one of our goals that all visitors, regardless of height, can interact and see the animals. The playscape and children's center are always popular exhibits for kids of all...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

Great place to visit. Lots to see, do and "play". Many hands on games, learning puzzles. Meet the animals close-up exhibits throughout the day. Lovely walking trails. Overall one of the best place we visited in NH. Give yourself enough time. Picnic tables available so...More

Thank cassie123290
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Thank you so much for your very nice review! We're glad you had a fun visit and think we're one of the best in the state. We hope to see you back on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed August 4, 2017

We have had a family pass for nearly ten years and have loved it. The visiting grandchildren always look forward to our visits as do the grandparents. A must do in the Squam Lakes region.

Thank Norskejr
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2017

Thank you for your review! We love our members! We are glad you are able to visit often with your family.

Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

The idea of a zoo in a natural habitat of the animals is very nice. Everything is very well planned and maintained. There are many activities for children. Unfortunately there are very few animals.More

Thank Michael K
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Although Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), it started out as a small nature center in 1966. It is one of the smallest facilities...More

Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

I took my 3 and 8 year old here and we had a great time. We used museum passes from the library and only paid a fraction of the price. The place was filled with cool animals to see and science information for the kids....More

Thank Jill C
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2017

Thank you so much for the nice review! We're glad you came for a visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon.

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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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