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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Southern Lakes Region, New Hampshire

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  • The picnic area at the science center has covered and uncovered picnic tables. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • The start of the Live Animal Trail.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Learn about moose!- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Small children can climb inside this large turtle shell.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • One of many educational exhibits along the Live Animal Trail.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • A mountain lion stalking a chipmunk.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Predators are viewed through large glass windows, where you can safely observe them up close. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Along the Live Animal Trail.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • A section of the Live Animal Trail between exhibits. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Groups gather to observe feeding time in the river otter exhibit. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • A female river otter waits patiently for feeding time.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Observing the river otters.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Spring flower in Kirkwood Gardens.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • The interactive playscape is great for children to learn while playing both indoors and outside. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Black bear viewing deck.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • A small bird museum provides a window into the cattle egret and heron habitat. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • One of many frogs along the edge of Upper Pond. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Walking path.- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Cruises are available during the summer to explore Squam Lake. - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great for kids. See live animals. Cruise the lake.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Cruises fill quickly.
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Region:
Southern Lakes Region, NH
Access: 
Hike-in
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Distance: 
0.75 mi (1.21 km)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
May 01 to November 01
Parking Pass: 
Private or commercial fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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A visit to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire wouldn’t be complete without a day at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Get up close and observe forest animals, including mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, black bear, river otter, and deer along the Live Animal Trail. This easy 0.75-mile trail brings you through a series of educational exhibits, past a pond where turtles frequently bask in the sun, and along a marsh boardwalk, which is great for birdwatching and looking for frogs and salamanders. A small bird museum is the gateway to the raptor exhibit, complete with bald eagles, hawks, turkey vultures, and the great horned owl!

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center also offers additional activities to fill your day with fun. Scenic hiking trails bring you to Upper Pond and to the top of Mount Fayal. A side trip into Kirkwood Gardens is a must-see for gorgeous flowers in the spring and summer. If you're tired of walking, Squam Lake Cruises get you off land and out onto the sparkling water. Choose from a variety of cruise tours to look for loons and bald eagles, enjoy dinner and a sunset, or explore with the whole family. Make reservations early for cruises, and be sure to check the calendar for exciting events happening throughout the season.

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