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Group Tours

At Squam Lakes Natural Science Center we are happy to create a group tour package tailored to your group's tastes and needs. Groups consist of 5 or more from an established organization or agency; reservations are required.

To book your group tour, contact Tom Klein, Operations Manager at 603-968-7194 x10 or Tom.Klein@nhnature.org.

Packages may include any combination of the activites listed below:

Explore Squam Cruise

Photo Courtesy Rich CzinaEnjoy a Science Center Lake Cruise to experience the beauty of Big Squam Lake and learn about the natural forces that created this lake, the wildlife that makes it so special, and the people who have enjoyed it for over 5,000 years. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing.

  • Discover Squam Lake’s natural and cultural history
  • Loons and Bald Eagles — observe their beauty and see them in their natural habitat
  • Explore Squam Lake’s unique qualities and majestic features
  • Experience the dazzling array of colors during autumn
  • Four canopied pontoon boats with capacities ranging from 20 to 25 people depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in Holderness.

Available: Mid-May through mid-October
Sunset on Squam LakeCost: $20/person, allow 2 hours, driver and one tour operator complimentary

Dinner and Sunset Cruise

Start your evening with a delicious fixed price dinner at Walter's Basin Restaurant, before a 90-minute early evening cruise on Squam Lake. This guided tour aboard a canopied pontoon boat showcases the beauty of Squam Lake including its natural history, wildlife and people.

Available: June, July, and early August
Cost:$45 per person, allow 3 hours, driver and one tour operator complimentary

Exhibit Trail

Mountain lionObserve live, native New Hampshire wildlife — black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, river otters, red foxes, bald eagles, hawks, owls, and more — housed in woodland enclosures as you walk along our ¾-mile self-guided exhibit trail. The trail winds through forest and field, and past streams and ponds. Enjoy interactive and educational exhibits as well.

Available: May 1 through November 1
Cost: $12/person, allow 1.5 hours, driver and one tour operator complimentary

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Fayal

For the adventuresome group, a hike to the summit of Mt. Fayal (elevation 1,067 feet) provides an excellent opportunity to see magnificent views of Squam Lake. The hike takes a minimum of one hour. On this mountainside, hikers will also find signs of past human activity, such as stone walls and cellar holes.

Admission fee is included in Exhibit Trail pass.

Natural Encounters

These Live Animal Programs, presented by a Science Center Naturalist, showcase native New Hampshire animals up-close. Capacity 80 persons. Select from the following:

Marvelous Mammals - Learn about this diverse group of creatures called mammals. Discover the characteristics they have in common as well as what sets them apart from each other and other animals.
Animals with Bad Reputations - The public image of some wild animals is often inaccurate and responsible for negative attitudes. Consider the good side of these creatures with us.
Owls of New Hampshire - Who calls in the night? Who glides through the dark on silent wings? Meet some of New Hampshire’s mysterious owls and learn what is myth and what is fact about these beautiful nocturnal birds.
New Hampshire Wildlife - Curious about the critters that inhabit the Granite State? Meet some of the wild animals you might see on a hike and learn what makes them suited for life in New England.

Available: Year Round
Cost: $14/person, allow 1.5 hours, driver and one tour operator complimentary

Stroll through Kirkwood Gardens

Kirkwood GardensTake a relaxing stroll and view over 75 plant species that attract birds and butterflies. Visit the Squam Lakes Artisans shop featuring local handmade arts and crafts. The Kirkwood Café offers sandwiches and snacks in the historic Holderness Inn at Kirkwood Gardens (open seasonally).

No admission is charged to enjoy Kirkwood Gardens.

Combination Tours

Lake Cruise and Exhibit Trail
Cost: $27.00 per person, driver and one tour operator complimentary, allow 4 hours

Lake Cruise and Natural Encounter
Cost: $28.00 per person, driver and one tour operator complimentary, allow 3.5 hours

Exhibit Trail and Natural Encounter
Cost: $20.00 per person, driver and one tour operator complimentary, allow 3.5 hours

Lake Cruise and Exhibit Trail and Natural Encounter
Cost: $40.00 per person, driver and one tour operator complimentary, allow 5 hours


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