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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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US$129.00*
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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 AM - 4:30 PM
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank D0ntFenceMeIn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank firemarshalbill1
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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

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

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

Thank Troy B
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

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
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

Reviewed 26 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
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

Reviewed 17 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

Thank creagh5
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

Reviewed 4 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
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

Reviewed 3 October 2017

I've lived in NH for over 20 years and never knew about this gem until I saw it on the TV show Chronicle. I enjoyed the time spent there observing the live animals they have on display and speaking with the the volunteers and a...More

Thank grammy52015
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you saw us on NH Chronicle and enjoyed your visit. The fall and spring can be busy times for school field trips. However, most schools are gone by about 2:00 p.m. so if you want a quieter time...More

Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is both a fun and educational experience. We learned about the native animals of New Hampshire and the local geology. There are a number of small ponds and some marshes on the grounds, There are also trail heads for some trails on the property,...More

Thank mcauliffe13
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and had fun while learning something. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! 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
28 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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