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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness
(4.6/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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  • My wife and I went here on a weekday after school began. The exhibits are very kid-friendly so there were a lot of families with toddlers and babies in strollers. The paths are paved and very well mai...  more »
  • Although we went as a couple this is more aimed at a younger audience. Although animals to be seen were interesting. Weather fine when we went so able to do longer walk around edge of the center Mainl...  more »
  • Very nice natural environment for the animals. We walked about a mile along trails to each animal. Each spot had pertinent information about the animal. There was enough information to be educational ...  more »
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  • Just came back from a five-day vacation in New Hampshire and Squam Lakes was definitely the highlight of our trip! Informative displays, very friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wide variety of wildlife made for a great time. I'm an avid nature photographer and was able to get some amazing photos here. A ton of fun for the entire family and highly recommended!
  • Great place to bring the little ones! They need more food choices though.
  • A wonderful place for adults and children alike. A good variety of live local wildlife, science and nature exhibits, a large play area, and a variety of ecosystems. Shows and demos several times a day are very informative and entertaining.
  • Fantastic display of New England wildlife- bears, wild cats, owls, wolves, mountain lions- all alive and running around. Very educational.
  • Our daughter is 4 and loves this place, and has since she was 2. There's plenty of shade for hot days and everything's laid out so that even when the parking lots are full, the trail never feels over crowded. It is a science center, and not a zoo. Quite often, the animals are hidden from view. More often, though, quiet patience brings you face to face with NH's amazing residents. I strongly recommend a stroll through Kirkwood Gardens while you're there. This area is technically outside the Science Center, so free to enjoy, but it's immediately adjacent and offers a nice mid-visit break for kids to potty and eat snacks (food and drinks, other than water, not allowed on the trails). The gift shop has gift shop prices, but they also have low cost options for kids to enjoy gift shop victory. If you live local enough to visit more than once or twice a year, get the membership. Not only can you get in free, but just about every public activity the Center offers comes with a perk for members, including 10% at the gift shop.