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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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What People Are Saying

Andrew Gorham
, 10/12/20

Mountain Lions didn't feel like coming out but plenty of other things to see. Being that close to local wildlife as opposed to zoo animals from other countries was refreshing. Probably the closest I'll ever get to a black bear in my life I hope!

hi Take
, 10/10/20

Great nature trail for kids. You can see approximately 10 animals in the trail for about 1 hour. A lot of educational resources in the exhibit. Additionally, there’s friendly crew.

Cindy Mckean
, 10/07/20

I love going to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! They have all kinds of different animals, it's very informative. They have a nice play area for kids, my grandsons love it, even the teenage ones.

Maria Dz
, 09/23/20

The Turkey Vulture is really interesting. Nice walk. Some of the animals are aging out 🤔 Great for children. One black bear!