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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 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 good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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"golden pond"
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"squam lake"
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"interactive exhibits"
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"all ages"
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"boat tour"
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"natural science center"
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"mountain lion"
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"natural setting"
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"local wildlife"
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"new hampshire"
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"hands on activities"
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"bald eagles"
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"learn something"
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"great place to learn"
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"gift shop"
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"any age"
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"walking trails"
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Nice walkway through natural habitat displays. Fun play spaces for children. Naturalists available to explain about flora and fauna of the area. Bring a picnic lunch.

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you on the trails again this season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

I used to go here all the time as a kid and always had fun. They have a lot to offer, gift shop, walking trails, of course seeing the animals, buildings where you can go in and read information. Definitely was one of my favorite...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad you have such fond memories of your visits. We hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We expected to enjoy the Natural Science Center, but our experience exceeded those expectations. We signed up for the combo ticket admission/boat tour. At the time it seemed a bit pricey, but after our visit we felt it was worth every penny. The property is...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Thank you for the very thoughtful review! We're so glad we exceeded your expectations and that you were able to get up close to the animals. It's an amazing experience to really observe these otherwise elusive wild animals. We hope to see you on the...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Did the Winter Walk event on Snowshoes through the Science Center. 2 Hours including time in the lecture room and about a 1 mile walk on relatively flat land through the center getting to see animals and how they adapt to the winter. Saw animals...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thank you for your review! The animals look amazing in the winter in their full winter coats. The Wild Winter Walks are a great way to see them and the Science Center during the winter. We're glad you joined us for a walk and that...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

There are some very well set up viewing areas at different levels with some fun and entertaining access options. They do a great job with the presentations and interactions. The animals they have saved are kept not only alive but in good habitats.

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Loved seeing the big cats and the interesting facts in the exhibits. We liked the walk and organization of the zoo. We also liked the family / group membership plan that allows people to come back for repeat visits all year ($100 for 6 people)....More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We'll pass along your comments to the staff here. The membership is definitely the way to go if you plan on visiting more than once per year. We hope to see you on the trails soon and perhaps on a...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

New renovations and facilities have significantly improved an already wonderful park. Thoughtful exhibits, live demonstrations, and helpful staff engage visitors of all ages. Paths are wide, level, and well-maintained, making this place accessible for many different abilities. Our 2-year-old was especially excited to come so...More

Thank Josh T
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're glad to hear you like the new additions to the Science Center. It is amazing to get so close to the animals - it certainly gives you a different perspective. Thank you especially for the comments about the...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I know the majority of the reviews are good, but I left this place in tears today. All of the animals are in really small enclosures. They all look sad, lonely & defeated.. the coyote looked the worst, scared, nervous, lonely... absolutely heartbreaking. Worst 19$...More

Thank Katie B
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Thank you for bringing up your concerns. I’d like to give you some more information about the care of the animals here at the Science Center. The animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are ambassadors of their species, here for the purpose of educating...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We did the Nature of the Lakes Cruise which is a 90 minute trip that focuses more on nature. [ There is another cruise that does more on the film" On Golden Pond"]. Squarm Lake is really a beautiful area and you will see some...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise on Squam Lake and saw some of the local wildlife. We hope to see you on the trails and on the lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Our visit, which was booked at the last minute, was pure magic! The interpretive exhibits, especially the Water Matters one, were very informative and fun. How are ice blocks made? How do earthworms aerate the soil? And Laurie was a great tour guide and lake...More

Thank Marcia C
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review! Magic - wow, we are flattered! We're glad you found us and hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon. I'll be sure to pass your nice comments along to Laurie. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing...More

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Erika B
27 August 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
27 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
27 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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