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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%
Travellers talk about
“golden pond” (31 reviews)
“squam lake” (67 reviews)
“all ages” (35 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"
in 19 reviews
"bald eagles"
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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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"nature trail"
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"educational experience"
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"learn something"
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"great place to learn"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice place to visit. Clean and well kept. Lots of information about the animals and their environments.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I do not like zoos but I love the Science Center. Lovely, walkable trails wind through the woods past various wildlife exhibits. It is all done tastefully. There is a great children’s activity center in the middle , indoors and outdoors, that kept our 7...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and that you had as much fun as the kids! The coyote is amazing and such a neat animal to learn about. We hope to see you on the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was impressed with the maintenance of trails...safe footing for all. Bathrooms very clean, too . Very fun trip for all ages.

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

Thank you so much for the nice review! We're glad you came for a visit and hope to see you on the trails again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Science Center specifically to take a boat tour of Squam Lake. What a great, relaxing way to spend 90 minutes, and worth every penny. Our boat captain - I think his name was Fred - was knowledgeable about everything - nature, history,...More

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

Thank you so much for the great comments! I'll be sure to pass your comments along to Captain Fred. We hope to see you on the lake or on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with family not expecting much from a small town science center, but was pleasantly surprised. The animals and their habitats were very realistic. They were not in cages but the woods. The shows they had were very informative. We spent 3 plus hours...More

1  Thank Jeffrey C
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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming to the Science Center since I was a child, but this time I returned with my husband who had never visited before. We enjoyed walking along the exhibit trail (about 2 hours) and then ate lunch at the picnic area near the...More

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

Thank you so much for your nice review! It sounds like you have a long history with the Science Center and we're very happy to hear that you continue to visit and are spreading the word. Good suggestions about the timing. Sunshine is a great...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was in holderness with my husband and we decided to visit the center. We had no idea of what to expect but really enjoyed it. I would think you need 2 hours to get through all the exhibits. Lovely setting, nice walk through wooded paths...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 you enjoyed your visit on the live animal exhibit trail and to Kirkwood Gardens. Yes, planning for at least 2 hours is a good idea for walking the animal trail (3/4 mile loop). Kirkwood Gardens is spectacular in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 9 July 2018 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 10 July 2018

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 2 July 2018

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 July 2018

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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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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