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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

#1 of 7 things to do in Holderness Features Animals
23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
+1 603-968-7194
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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.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
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  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 4 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 14 July 2017

We enjoyed walking the trails, seeing the animals, enjoying the surroundings. I do wish that some of the animals had a bigger space with more to keep them from being bored. But the place was well done, and kept up. A number of times a...More

Thank jsugarma
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Enclosures are designed to accommodate the following parameters: • Needs of the animals – areas have natural features such as boulders to climb on, as well as access to water, and covered shelter areas to rest in. Enclosure sizes exceed minimum recommended standards. • Site...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

Very clean, animals are kept well.Staff is very good,giving only 3* only because the animals seemed sad and lonely or bored. It was interesting to learn about their habitats.Thank you. W and M.More

Thank _dantenapoleon21
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We take the best possible care of the animals. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means our policies and procedures undergo a comprehensive review to win accreditation. Much...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017

We went up here today as my son had been here on a field trip a few years ago and has been trying to get us here ever since. I can now see why I was very impressed by the layout the buildings even the...More

Thank philcperron
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 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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Phu T
28 July 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
28 July 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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Nancy G
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Response from nhnature | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your interest in the animals at the Science Center. The two mountain lions who live at the Science Center are a brother-sister pair. They originally came to us from Montana where they were both orphaned at... More
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