• Acrocanthosaurus

    Dinosaur Day

    A day all about dinosaurs! Special activities and more.

    Tuesday, August 20

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Dinosaurs Alive! Exhibit

    See the amazing creatures that roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

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  • Mountain Lion

    Live Animal Exhibit Trail

    The live animal exhibit trail is OPEN!. Trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)

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  • Squam Lake Cruise from the air

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Experience the pristine beauty of Squam Lake.

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  • Children walking on marsh boardwalk

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  • River Otter

    Native New Hampshire Animals

    Learn about the animals that reside at the Science Center.

    Animal Exhibits

Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day - take a self-guided tour of the animal exhibit trail and hiking trails, enjoy a Squam Lake Cruise, take in the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.

Plan at least two hours to walk the exhibit trail or bring a picnic and spend the day with a visit to Kirkwood Gardens and a Squam Lake Cruise (cruises are 90 minutes). Trails are open May 1 through November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.

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Education Programs

Blue Heron School
School Programs and Field Trips
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

Discover Squam
Discover Squam Cruise on Squam Lake
Bald Eagle Adventure
Bald Eagle in nest on Squam Lake
Loon Cruise
Loon with Chick
Cruise with a Naturalist
Viewing wildlife through binoculars on a Squam Lake Cruise
Lake Explorers Family Cruise
Testing water quality on a Squam Lake Cruise
Dinner and Sunset Cruise
Sunset on Squam Lake
Private Charters
View of Mt Chocorua from Squam Lake
Group Tours
View from Squam Channel entering Squam Lake

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What People Are Saying

Eric Jewart
, 08/17/19

Had a fun visit there with my kids. We saw a presentation with a live porcupine which was cool. The presenter was very engaging. We spent about two hours total, just drifting and the main loop looking at everything there. The mountain lion and bobcat were pretty neat to see.

Edward C. Domaingue II
, 08/16/19

This is superb for children. A top choice and it just keeps getting better. The current dinosaur exhibit is just one example. Where else can you bring the family to see a mountain lion, bobcat, fox, bear in a relatively natural environment? For a respite, there are indoor exhibits and an outdoor play area. No restaurant, just a very simple snack bar, so consider packing a picnic lunch. There are lots of picnic tables. Great place for kids!!

Jacquelyn Domaingue
, 08/11/19

Lots of wildlife to see and many exhibits for children of all ages to interact with. A great (and fun) "learning" center. There was a fantastic Dinosaur exhibit while we were there, and I hope you get to see it. We had a wonderful day's outing here!

Nathaniel Abbott
, 08/10/19

This nature preserve is one or the most important places in the State, or the country. Inventive, entertaining exhibits are sprinkled liberally in between live wild animals (all rescues that would otherwise die or fair poorly). Plenty of playground installations for the Rugrats to wear themselves out on. Every parent who can must take their children as often as possible so that the messages about nature and the environment have a chance to get across and be heard and understood. There are dozens of nature and wildlife live presentations every week. This is truly a national treasure.