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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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Address: 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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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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Pricey but very nice

This was a bit on the pricey side but very nice and you're supporting a great organization that educates a bunch of school kids every year.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a bit on the pricey side but very nice and you're supporting a great organization that educates a bunch of school kids every year.

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Thank Konrad V
Nottingham, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with my 5 year old daughter who loves animals. They have a lot of New England animals here! (Owls, hawks, bald eagle, vultures, coyote, bears, river otters, deer, bob cat, fox, plus turtles, fish, frogs, mice, snakes) We were there shortly after they opened in the morning and all the animals were out and about. Was not like a... More 

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

Thank you for your review! Families can plan on spending a few hours or the whole day. We generally tell people to plan on two hours to walk the live animal exhibit trail. We hope you'll be back to see the animals again. Thanks for visiting! More 

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My children and I visited the Squam Lake Science Center on NH Day. They love visiting the animals. The wonderful thing about the Science Center is that it is fun to see the animals, and very educational at the same time. Make sure you pack a lunch. We always walk the trail, see the animals and then have lunch. They... More 

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

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. More 

Ashland, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the Science Center and were thrilled that most all of the animals were out an about in their habitats while we were there. It was a lot of fun to see them playing and roaming around. A must see if you are in the area.

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

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. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager More 

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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my visit. Loved seeing all the animals.and hearing about the from the employees Went on the loon tour after. It was fun to see the loons even seen a eagle nesting.

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and learning about the animals native to New Hampshire. We hope to see you on the trail and on the lake again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I really enjoyed the Squam Lakes Science Center. Plenty to see and do for kids and adults, we traveled as 2 adults. Admission is pricey but I think worth it if the weather is nice.

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

Thanks so much for your review! As a non-profit organization all of our admissions support our mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. A membership is a great deal, or many local libraries also offer discounted tickets to residents. We hope to see you on the trails and lake again this season! All the best,... More 

Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This was the perfect mix of walking trails and seeing wildlife. It was like a walk in the woods with many payoffs to keep the children occupied and engaged. We have a 2 and 4 year old and they loved this science center. It was not crowded, plenty of room to roam, lots to see, and the playground and play... More 

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

Thank you so much for such a nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and time exploring the Science Center. Just a head's up for future visits, there is a bathroom located at the Red Barn between the River Otter Exhibit and the White-tailed Deer Exhibit (about halfway around the trail). Certainly an easier stop for kiddos when you... More 

New Hampshire
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My wife and I went here on a weekday after school began. The exhibits are very kid-friendly so there were a lot of families with toddlers and babies in strollers. The paths are paved and very well maintained so it's highly accessible for people with disabilities. As much as we liked the exhibits, we hung out at the floating bridge... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. It sounds like you were able to spend a nice fall day with us. Hope to see you on the trails again when they open in May! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Liverpool, England
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Although we went as a couple this is more aimed at a younger audience. Although animals to be seen were interesting. Weather fine when we went so able to do longer walk around edge of the center Mainly outside with a number of pavilions to see animals. We went towards the end of season so the cafe had closed for... More 

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Thank Childwall56
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and would love to show you around Squam Lake on a cruise next time you are in the area. Enjoy getting Nearer to Nature! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

Santa Fe, TX
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice natural environment for the animals. We walked about a mile along trails to each animal. Each spot had pertinent information about the animal. There was enough information to be educational without being too long to read. Hands on activities at each stop. Very clean.

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

Thank you so much for your nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center and learned some information along the way. Hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager More 

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