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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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Open Now: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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...more
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A good museum site. Enclosures for the animals were a little small but the creatures seemed to be OK. The lion was peaceful but the Bobcat pounded around its enclosure. The cruise in the lake with Sale was very informative and he took us close...More

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

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 3 days ago

We visited on a day trip from Northern Vermont. The thought that went into developing this facility is exceptional. It is a great place for people of all ages, especially children to learn about our local environment and the creatures that live among us. It...More

Thank Bob R
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for such a nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and time exploring the Science Center and your cruise on Squam Lake. It certainly is a gem in this area and a great way to see wildlife. We hope you...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were a group of adults but really enjoyed the activities and information which is largely aimed at children. Terrific environment messages. We do not like caged animals but most of enclosures seemed OK, not the raptors. Very well done overall. Fantastic boat cruise.More

Thank Beatrice H
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed walking the live animals exhibit trail and the cruise on Squam Lake. All of the animals are at the Science Center because they cannot otherwise survive in the wild due to injuries,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is NOT a zoo - it's actually an animal rescue organization that has some wonderful wild animals.More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center. Yes, it's hard to classify us - we're sort of like a zoo in the woods. We are actually accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an organization that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our grandson who is three to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. It was a fabulous venue. The animals are exhibited in habitats which are natural. There are lots of interactive things for kids to do and learn from. The facility is clean...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the live animal exhibit trail in the cool shade on a hot day. We hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son did a summer program on birds for half a day for a week here and it was great. The staff was knowledgeable and good with kids. I even got a grant to help with the price! This place is a great activity with...More

Thank doogha
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear your son enjoyed his Guided Discovery and that you enjoyed the live animal exhibit trail as well. Check back in February for the summer 2019 Guided Discoveries schedule. Just a head's up that we do...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was so much to see and do. Great picnic area, nice paved path to follow and interactive little huts along the way. My favorite of all, was the full grown eatern grey screech owl! The turkey vulcher was cool too!More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the great review! It sounds like you enjoyed the changes since your last visit. The Screech Owl is pretty neat and the Turkey Vulture too. We hope you'll visit again soon (maybe in less than 25+ years)! All the best, Amanda...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bears, raptors and mountain lions. Not the zoo but the Squam lake science center. Great time for kids. App two mile trail that visits various displays and live animals. Nice presentations by knowledgeable employees. Nice easy trail. Tow boat rides available around extra cost. Squam...More

Thank Dennis J
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First - off the bat, the entrance fee seemed rather pricey ($20), but after visiting, our party feels that it is well worth it. They've got fantastic exhibits: super interactive, clever, and very well designed. Even the teens (and adults) found them fun and we...More

Thank Abby G
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and felt it was worth the admission fee. As a non-profit organization all of our admission fees go to support our mission to advance understanding of ecology...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well laid out nature trails lead you to numerous wild animal exhibits - bobcat, deer, eagles, otters, bear, coyote and owls to name a few. See these wild animals up close. Trails are extremely well designed. Great interactive play area for children. Nice gift shop....More

Thank Sunapee17
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

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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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