The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails are open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Squam Lake Cruises run daily. BUY/RESERVE TICKETS
  • Children looking at giant bombardier beetle

    Giant Insects are here!

    Immerse yourself in a world of invertebrates.

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  • Boardwalk with fall foliage

    Nearer to Nature

    All hiking trails and the live animal exhibit trail are open daily.

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    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises daily. Advance reservations required.

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  • Black and yellow swallowtail butterfly on lilac

    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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  • Great Horned Owl

    NOW OPEN: New Raptor Exhibit!

    Explore the world of birds and birds of prey.

    Explore the Animal Trail

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.

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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



Rhea Votipka
, 09/15/22

Don't let the price deter you. We thought about not going due to how expensive it was, but we had a great time. It s like a zoo for wild animals....and honestly we were happy to support it. The educational parts were great and very well done. My 4 yr old had an absolute blast and we were there easily for 3 hours and she probably would have stayed longer. The site is stroller friendly which was great for my younger daughter. Would highly recommend.


Steph Schaffer
, 08/26/22

This place is amazing! Better than any other science nature centers we've been to outside of a museum or zoo. Easy to find your way around, includes some hiking trails, and even have a play area for the kids. Absolutely must go!


Steph Schaffer
, 08/22/22

This place is amazing! Better than any other science nature centers we've been to outside of a museum or zoo. Easy to find your way around, includes some hiking trails, and even have a play area for the kids. Absolutely must go!


Kayla Calabro
, 08/22/22

We drove up from Milford for a day-trip in August. It was an absolutely delightful experience for me and my two kids (6 months and 3 years). We used a jogging stroller and intermittently used a baby harness - both kiddos benefited from opportunities to ride, as the path is relatively long for little legs. We were greeted by lovely staff, who gave us useful information about picnic areas (there are two) and bathrooms (there are several). Then we got to roam around the property, greeting various animals. There was a bat show and a Bard owl that we got to see up close. The only sad part was that the mountain lion wasn't on site the day of our visit. I will definitely be making the trek up to visit this place again next year.

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