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    Updates during this uncertain time.

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    Live Animal Exhibit Trail

    The live animal exhibit trail and all other trails are CLOSED.

    Hours and Admission

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    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Guided Discoveries are week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 14.

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    The Gift of Nature

    Memberships make a perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions. Give the gift of nature that lasts all year.

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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

Cindell C
, 02/15/20

Wonderful place for kids and adults! Beautiful wildlife, well maintained, easily navigable. I'd buy a season pass and go every morning if I lived closer.

Alexandra Durkee
, 01/14/20

Super cool! A ton of local wildlife and so much information on each animal. A beautiful place! The playground is also awesome.

Laura Himes
, 01/09/20

Kids loved this place. The dinosaur exhibit is awesome and it’s very educational in many different ways. A place to return to for sure!

Julie Abati
, 11/06/19

Fun, family friendly zoo. This facility is built and maintained to be a very natural setting for the animals. They have native species to New Hampshire like fox, fishers, deer and black bears. You get to enjoy a beautiful walk in the woods while learning about the local wildlife. They also recently built a wooden kids play area that my 13 yr old and 5 yr old love. Beautiful facility, animals areas well maintained, friendly staff. We are annual visitors.