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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.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“golden pond” (30 reviews)
“squam lake” (66 reviews)
“all ages” (34 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION
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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"all ages"
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"interactive exhibits"
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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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"hands on activities"
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"new hampshire"
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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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"walking trails"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Awesome place. Got in 1/2 price because of our zoo membership had a reciprocal agreement. One of the cooler zoos/natural science centers I have been to. Most of their animals seem to be native to New Hampshire. The trails are beautiful and incorporate woods and...More

Thank Jeremy B
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and learned about the wildlife native to New Hampshire. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Reciprocity program is a great way to get discounted admission! We hope to see you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place when we were staying for 2 days in White Mountain National Forest. It was an 1.5 hour scenic drive for us but definitely worth it. Our 4-year old daughter said that the best part of our 10 day vacation was "the...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for writing a review! We're glad you found us and enjoyed your visit. I love that your visit and the bobcats were a highlight for your daughter. We look forward to seeing you on the trails again soon! All the best,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sharon was most helpful. She recommended the senior combo ticket. We did the science center in the morning before taking the 1 pm lake cruise. Great open pontoon seating with a knowledgable boat captain. Great On Golden Pond stories. We had a few Loon sittings...More

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

Thank you so much for your review! I'll be sure to pass along your comments to Sharon. We're glad you enjoyed the combination trail and lake cruise pass. It's a great way to see the nature and beauty of New Hampshire. We look forward to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a trip here while staying in the White Mountains and it was great. We arrived in time for the river otter feeding that was fun to watch. The variety of wildlife is extensive, all presented in a natural setting. There are many interactive...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and learning about the animals native to New Hampshire. It's great that you enjoyed the Loon Cruise too. We hope to see you on the trail and on the lake again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are in our seventies and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was educational in a fun and enjoyable way.

1  Thank Jack M
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and for your review. All ages find something to appeal to them - we're glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the granddaughter here for a day trip. Got, there in time to see them feed the otters. The whole facility is tremendous. Well cared for with a great staff. One of the attendants placed food right in front of a viewing window so my...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you and your granddaughter enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Science Center many times with both children and adults, and each time the experience has been THE BEST! This facility caters to all ages, keeps the trails and the exhibits very clean and updated. I enjoy watching the children at...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great and thorough review! We couldn't have said it better ourselves. The bird exhibit is also one of my favorites - it's so peaceful to sit and watch the wild songbirds come into the feeders. We will continue to...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This was a nice place to walk around. Cute animals. Loved the river otters! We went on a Friday! School field trip that day. Bless the chaperones because their were so many kids running around. Not sure if the place gets packed or not. But...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The river otters are very engaging and fun to watch! We have many school field trips during May and June but most schools are gone by 2:00 p.m. If you're looking for a time...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This is our annual trip to Holderness NH to visit SLSC. Our 2 families, and 6 kids combined loved the day. They said their favorite part was the outdoor Red Squirrel play area and the indoor play area. It's really a day we look forward...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear you came out to enjoy New Hampshire Day. What a day with the beautiful sunshine! The Playscape and Children's Center are two very popular stops on the trail. Thanks for coming out to see us...More

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Reviewed 4 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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Erika B
28 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
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
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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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