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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

#1 of 7 things to do in Holderness Features Animals
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.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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+1 603-968-7194
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Dedicated to providing information on the animals and environmental aspects that make New Hampshire so special, the Science Center is a beautiful, fun, enervating experience for learners of all ages! Special hands-on information centers for every aspect of life, above and below the ground entice...More

1  Thank Peggy C
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2016

Thanks so much for the nice review! You know us well! We're very excited for the Water Matters Pavilion, too. Hope to see you on the trails and on the lake soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a great family attraction! Nice walking nature trails and hikes. Lots of educational lectures. Hands on or close up time w/some of the animal exhibits. Nice gift shop and don't miss out don't one of their lake excursions! Fun for the whole family!More

1  Thank Leslie R
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2016

Thanks for writing a review. We're glad you have enjoyed your visits to the Science Center. From the live animal exhibit trail to Squam Lake Cruises to the gift shop and programs, it's nice to hear your whole family has had fun. We hope to...More

Reviewed 15 December 2015

This was a fun afternoon. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun! We challenged each other to go down the slide - and surprisingly all the men in the group obliged. Good for all ages. Well maintained trails.More

Thank randiVirginia
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Thanks for writing a review! I'm guessing that you meant "nice outing" instead of "night outing" since our trail closes at 4:30 p.m. :-) We're glad to hear you had fun and took part in some of the activities here (slides are definitely fun for...More

Reviewed 6 December 2015

Didn't see exhibiteds sec to rainy cold great gift shop that offers nice gist .Did the boat tour was outstanding, very informative guide who was endless in his narration of the lake. Scenery was spectacular.the center I believe has motorized scooters if neededMore

Thank Barb2348
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise on the lake. It's a great way to learn about and see Squam Lake. We do offer two motorized scooters for use on the live animal exhibit trail. They can be...More

Reviewed 23 November 2015

We didn't see the exhibits at the nature centr, but the boat tour (about an hour) was outstanding. The guide knew a hot about both the natural history of the lake and about how it became such a large per cent conservation.. The scenery is...More

1  Thank Ready2Go2008
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2015

Thanks so much for your review and your nice comments. We'll pass then along to our cruise captains who love to hear feedback. We hope to see you on the lake again next season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 9 November 2015

Would be a great place to take kids, plenty of interactive displays. Good variety of animals and birds, plenty of photo opportunities. Slightly expensive, $17 per adult, look for coupons in the free travel guide for the area, $3 off per person.More

1  Thank dcfans6
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2015

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. As a non-profit institution all of our admission fees help support our mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. Yes, we do have many coupons available in local and regional travel...More

Reviewed 29 October 2015

The Best Nature Center in New England. It has dozens of local animals in spacious, natural enclosures along a 1 mile wooded nature trail. The animals have been previously injured and are unable to survive in the wild. It has numerous interactive activities and exhibits...More

Thank dayzpen
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2015

Thank you so much for the very nice review. Wow - the best in New England - that's pretty good! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on the trails again next season! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor...More

Reviewed 24 October 2015

Enjoyed the trail and natural habitat offered to view these animals of NH from bears to bald eagles to mountain lions. Enjoyed reading about the animals and walking through the woods to each exhibit. The mountain lions were especially mesmerizing. Much to do for the...More

Thank Donna G
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

Thanks so much for writing a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and took advantage of the lake cruise and animal trail combination pass. I hope you had a nice day to enjoy the beautiful foliage that we had this year. See...More

Reviewed 14 October 2015

The area oozes with charm and the Science Center offers interesting views of their conservation efforts. The gift shop offers very nice gifts that represent the area.

Thank Swaseygirl
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed the Squam Lake area and found the Science Center. We hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Reviewed 8 October 2015

not only do you get to see animals and birds native to new england and eastern Canada up close , but there are interactive displays and facts about the wildlife presented, take the time and read the information , it's very educational for young and...More

Thank darrell n
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and learned about the animals here at the Science Center. We hope to see you on the trails again soon! All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

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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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Nancy G
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Response from nhnature | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your interest in the animals at the Science Center. The two mountain lions who live at the Science Center are a brother-sister pair. They originally came to us from Montana where they were both orphaned at... More
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