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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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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...more
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here with my family (we are all adults), it was lovely and quiet being a weekday. We got to see some gorgeous animals, the cats and the birds were particularly lovely. The bald eagle is just phenomenal and a must see. The whole trail...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the nice review! We're glad to hear you all enjoyed your visit and even some of the slides. Don't worry - all of our adult staff also "tested" the slides and the entire Playscape when it first opened. We may have had...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

October in New Hampshire is a great time for heading up north and seeing the foliage. But when it's a rainy weekend day can you still enjoy an outdoor science center? My 10 year old and I decided to try, and we were not disappointed....More

Thank Bill S
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review! We love hearty visitors who aren't scared by a little rain. Sometimes the rainy days are the best to visit - the animals are more active and it's less crowded. The live animal exhibit trail is ADA accessible for wheelchairs...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven’t been to Squam Lakes since my kids were young so wasn’t sure what it would be like 20 years later. Well it is even better than before. We brought our grandchildren 10 and 14 and spent a Saturday on Raptor day. Lots of...More

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

Thank you for the great review! We love hearing about multiple generations of families visiting the Science Center. It's certainly fun for all ages. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the activities during Raptor Spectacular - what a fun day! Good idea on the membership...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Informative, entertaining and a great group of people. Clean exhibits with many animals. Nice gift shop, and great for all ages.

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

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

Reviewed 18 September 2018

A good museum site. Enclosures for the animals were a little small but the creatures seemed to be OK. The lion was peaceful but the Bobcat pounded around its enclosure. The cruise in the lake with Sale was very informative and he took us close...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We take the best possible care of the animals. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means our policies and procedures undergo a comprehensive review to win accreditation. Much...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

We visited on a day trip from Northern Vermont. The thought that went into developing this facility is exceptional. It is a great place for people of all ages, especially children to learn about our local environment and the creatures that live among us. It...More

1  Thank Bob R
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and time exploring the Science Center and your cruise on Squam Lake. It certainly is a gem in this area and a great way to see wildlife. We hope you...More

Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We were a group of adults but really enjoyed the activities and information which is largely aimed at children. Terrific environment messages. We do not like caged animals but most of enclosures seemed OK, not the raptors. Very well done overall. Fantastic boat cruise.More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed walking the live animals exhibit trail and the cruise on Squam Lake. All of the animals are at the Science Center because they cannot otherwise survive in the wild due to injuries,...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018

This is NOT a zoo - it's actually an animal rescue organization that has some wonderful wild animals.More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Thanks for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Science Center. Yes, it's hard to classify us - we're sort of like a zoo in the woods. We are actually accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an organization that...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We took our grandson who is three to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. It was a fabulous venue. The animals are exhibited in habitats which are natural. There are lots of interactive things for kids to do and learn from. The facility is clean...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thanks so much for the great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the live animal exhibit trail in the cool shade on a hot day. We hope to see you on the trails again soon. All the best, Amanda Gillen Marketing Manager

Reviewed 4 September 2018

My son did a summer program on birds for half a day for a week here and it was great. The staff was knowledgeable and good with kids. I even got a grant to help with the price! This place is a great activity with...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear your son enjoyed his Guided Discovery and that you enjoyed the live animal exhibit trail as well. Check back in February for the summer 2019 Guided Discoveries schedule. Just a head's up that we do...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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