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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 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” (26 reviews)
“squam lake” (65 reviews)
“all ages” (29 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
LOCATION
23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

Excellent exhibits with some very original methods (and fun!) methods of teaching facts about the animals as well as local geology and history.

Thank Rob M
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Thanks for your review! We're glad to hear you had fun on your visit. Hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

A truly excellent science center that exceeded our expectation! Our toddler had a wonderful time, and it helped that the entire place was and is stroller friendly! Best to get lunch at a nearby restaurant or to pack/bring a lunch to eat at the picnic...More

Thank travelgirl819
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

Thanks for your review and we're glad to hear you had a fun visit! We hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed all the animals and beautiful flowers... The only down fall was the outhouse type bathroom. But, there is science behind it! The gardens were so very nice we really enjoyed our walk. Note to parents. Don't put cheetah print outfits on your little...More

Thank Youotterloveme
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

Thanks so much for writing a review! Yes, we try to make everything at the Science Center as educational as possible including the composting toilets which also helps us save water and resources. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The animals can be very curious...More

Reviewed 25 June 2016

Today my husband (74) and I (70) took one of grand children (5.5) for a walk thru Center. Staff are courteous and helpful ( woman ahead of us needed wheelchair and they were there to help). Other families needed help scheduling activities like viewing animals...More

Thank Betty T
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

Thanks so much for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, particularly the new exhibits - playscape and Water Matters Pavilion. We hope to see you on the trails with the kids again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor...More

Reviewed 19 June 2016

It was a very cool day (with light sprinkles) when we took the 1:00pm Squam Lake cruise and I have to say that we were very uncomfortable once we got out on the lake with most of the plastic flap windows on the boat tied...More

Thank sheryli2014
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Of course we can't control the weather and we're sorry it was not at its best on the day of your cruise. It's usually cooler on the water than on the land. We do try to find a balance in keeping curtains down for warmth...More

Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Went there with a 8,9, and 11 year old and they loved it. Everything was well kept and you could get really close to the wildlife. The boat ride was nice but not really tailored to kids.More

Thank phil5383
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2016

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. I would agree that the Squam Lake Cruises are geared more to adults but still a great way to get out on the lake. Our goal is to get the public nearer to...More

Reviewed 31 May 2016

We took a ride to the Science Center spontaneously on a tip from the hotel we were staying at. At first, I thought the entry cost was high, but on the way out I was saying "that was well worth it!" It was a wonderful...More

Thank sarahlabrie
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2016

Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you found us. If you are thinking you will visit more than once during the year the membership is the best way to go. We also offer trail coupons in regional tourism publications and many libraries in...More

Reviewed 26 May 2016

Absolutely outstanding! Fun for everyone. New buildings and exhibit and an absolutely gorgeous new educational play center for kids. All within a natural environment. Recommended for families, nature and photography lovers!

Thank Dayle S
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2016

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 25 May 2016

Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! Well, bears and mountain lions but no tigers! And the habitats are very nice and interactive. Thisis not a zoo! Its done right - the NEw Hampshire way.

Thank Rene S
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2016

Thanks for the nice review! Great comment about doing things the New Hampshire way. We hope to see you on the trails and lake again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 26 April 2016

If you want to learn more about wild New Hampshire, this is the place to go. Solidly based in natural science, it has everything you'd want for a fun & educational family outing - nature trails, history, interactive displays & learning centers, animal & bird...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2016

Thanks so much for writing a review! I think you summed everything up well. :-) Hope to see you on the trails and on the lake this season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

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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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