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    Trails are open daily

    9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
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  • Great Horned Owl

    NOW OPEN: New Raptor Exhibit!

    Explore the world of birds and birds of prey.

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    Squam Lake Cruises and Charters

    Public guided cruises and private charters available. Advance reservations required.

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    Kirkwood Gardens

    Colorful plants in full bloom bring this informal garden to life, naturally attracting bees, butterflies, and birds of many species.
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    The Gift of Nature

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Visit and Explore

Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bear, mountain lion, raptors, river otter, bobcat, and more.

Plan approximately two-and-a-half hours to walk the exhibit trail. 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
Summer Guided Discoveries
Live Animal Outreaches

Enjoy Cruises on Squam Lake

The 2021 cruise season begins in mid-May. Check back for updates and tickets.

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
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

Lisa Rechisky
, 06/19/21

This place is wonderful. It's a great way to spend a half day with the kids. There are engaging exhibits and animals that are native to the region. They've implemented a no food policy and routed traffic in one direction during COVID.

Lori Blais
, 06/08/21

Another fun experience at Squam. It was clean and beautiful. Always great to see the animals. The kids always love it.

Giovanni Martins
, 06/03/21

Took our son to visit this location and he absolutely had a blast. It was cool to see the different animals. There is also a playground so kids can play. Beautiful place. We enjoyed it. Weather was cool the day we went but by the time we finished walking/chasing after our son, we were pretty warm by the end. Highly recommended to bring your kids to see all of the animals.

J. Patrick O'Donnell
, 05/15/21

It is one of the best nature centers I have been to, my grandchildren loved seeing Bobcats Raptors bear's and river otters in their natural habitat the whole tour took just over 2 hours.