TRAILS ARE OPEN! Every day 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Note that tickets will show as unavailable in our online ticketing system on the day of. You can purchase tickets onsite at the Admissions window.
  • Boy and coyote looking at eachother

    Trails are open!

    Every day, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.)

    Hours and Admission

  • Black and yellow swallowtail butterfly on lilac

    Kirkwood Gardens

    Open daily.

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  • Fall foliage on Squam Lake

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises run daily. Advance reservations required.

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  • View of Squam Lake crom the summit of Mount Fayal

    Hiking Trails

    Enjoy getting Nearer to Nature on a hike through fields, forests, and wetlands.

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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

Maria Zolotarev
, 09/14/23

Fantastic! Absolutely worth a visit. So many fun exhibits and so much to do for kids. They have an indoor and outdoor playground and even a zipline! The animals are great too. We happened to visit during a caterpillar exhibit and it was fantastic. This place is truly a hidden gem. We were just sad that the owls were off display at the time. Looking forward to returning for another visit. My kids loved it!

Jeremy Warren
, 08/22/23

Great little walk and the ability to see some pretty cool wildlife. Great playground and very courteous and informative staff. Entire park can take 1.5 hours if you’re rushing through, but it’s worth your time to take it slow. Very manageable with little kids or teenagers. Definitely worth a visit.

dowling godin
, 08/19/23

Super awesome place. Wild life is happy and healthy. Interactive exhibits making learning so much fun. The folks who work and volunteer are kind, caring and happy to be there. We got a membership and now we have access to a couple days at other science centers at discount and even free days for our family of 4.

C S (Cher)
, 08/17/23

Lovely place even for a drizzly day. Several exhibits were closed (near, otter, a few of the raptor enclosures) which was kind of a bummer but it was nice. The grounds are gorgeous and everything is clean and well marked. A great place for kids to learn about the natural world - a lot of hands on activities.