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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 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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • 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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took my 3 and 8 year old here and we had a great time. We used museum passes from the library and only paid a fraction of the price. The place was filled with cool animals to see and science information for the kids....More

Thank Jill C
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days 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.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking the trails, seeing the animals, enjoying the surroundings. I do wish that some of the animals had a bigger space with more to keep them from being bored. But the place was well done, and kept up. A number of times a...More

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

Enclosures are designed to accommodate the following parameters: • Needs of the animals – areas have natural features such as boulders to climb on, as well as access to water, and covered shelter areas to rest in. Enclosure sizes exceed minimum recommended standards. • Site...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clean, animals are kept well.Staff is very good,giving only 3* only because the animals seemed sad and lonely or bored. It was interesting to learn about their habitats.Thank you. W and M.More

Thank _dantenapoleon21
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

We went up here today as my son had been here on a field trip a few years ago and has been trying to get us here ever since. I can now see why I was very impressed by the layout the buildings even the...More

Thank philcperron
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great places to learn about the native animals and creatures that lives in New Hampshire. It's very well kept and clean, we enjoyed ourselves in this nature park.

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and learning about the animals native to New Hampshire. We hope to see you on the trail again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finding this slice of tranquil forest and marsh is quite easy, leaving it is more difficult. There is an ease about the paths and exhibits that will capture the attention and imagination of all ages. An easy, well laid out route takes you through vignettes...More

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

Thank you for writing a such a lovely review! We're glad you found us and enjoyed your visit. We're thrilled that you were impressed with the Science Center.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family of three, we brought our 2 month old. All of the paths were walkable with the stroller. We spent two hours and loved all the exhibits. This is a great place for a family to come with young children as they have the opportunity...More

Thank Harlie24
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and for writing a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you on the trails again as your family grows up. It's great for adults too and multi-generations.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a wonderful surprise! We reserved a boat tour of Squam lake from the center (which was REMARKABLE), but never expected to have so much fun touring the small zoo that's part of this area. The various exhibits were well kept, the animals looked...More

Thank tcandcc2016
nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing a review! We're glad you found us and enjoyed your visit. We're thrilled that you were impressed with the Science Center. We hope to see you on the lakes and trails next time you are in the area.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very enjoyable place to visit. You walk thru different trails in a large park like setting. Here and there were cages in the woods with small animals. There is a bear and a bobcat and a lot of different birds such as...More

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

Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you were able to use one of our free motorized scooters to access the live animal exhibit trail. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 7 June 2017

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center was a very pleasant surprise. We had know idea what to expect and were more than happy with the visit, There was plenty to see and do and the grounds are in fantastic shape and the walking trails exceptional...More

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nhnature, Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

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

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Nancy G
6 December 2016|
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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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Debbie H
17 August 2016|
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Response from nhnature | Property representative |
We have strollers for visitors to use at no cost. We also have scooters which can be reserved for visitors with mobility issues. If you would like to use a stroller just ask at admissions when you arrive.
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Anne-Marie F
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Response from Caroline N | Reviewed this property |
I would plan on the better part of the day. Take a picnic! it's worth the time.
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