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.) BUY/RESERVE TICKETS
  • Boardwalk with fall foliage

    Trails are open!

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

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  • Squam Lake Cruise by Bill Hemmel

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises begin May 21. 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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  • Children working at Kirkwood Gardens.

    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Week-long outdoor natural adventure camps for children ages 4 to 12.

    Limited Spaces Available

  • Student exploring with collection net at the Upper Pond.

    School Programs

    Virtual and outdoor in-person programs available.

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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



Desiree Perez
, 05/12/22

Visited with my significant other on May 9th. Was not busy at all! Has so many interactive exhibits to learn from. Though we are both adults, we enjoyed playing and reading all the information along the trail. Love the hands on learning, it's the perfect place for children to learn new things about animals and nature while having tons of fun (and seeing animals!). The animals looked happy, and the enclosures were very natural and large for them to roam around. Will definitely return in the future!


Colton
, 05/03/22

At only $22 for an adult, this place was incredible for its modest size. The staff was very quick to service and friendly. The park and the restrooms all appeared to be very clean as well. I will say it is very heavily directed at children for a learning experience. But I absolutely love that honestly. If you are in to nature and conservation then you know that teaching the children about these wonderful animals and ecosystems is the key to sustaining them for generations to come. The exhibits were very straightforward and the educational aspects were presented in fun ways ranging from buttons to highlight points of interest, buttons to play the different sounds of similar animals, and many sliding/rotating levers to reveal fun facts and differences between photos/items on display. Loved everything about this place, and next time I'm in New Hampshire, I will definitely be returning!


Ghost 77
, 03/04/22

Absolutely amazing place to visit, especially for children. I visit most often during the summer in the late morning to early afternoon. There is little to no wait time for entry. Great to get some outside time and lots of walking, with fun and educational exhibits for the kids. Growing up, we'd go here on field trips fairly often between 1st and 5th grade, and everyone always thought it was a lot of fun.


Ghost 77
, 03/03/22

Absolutely amazing place to visit, especially for children. I visit most often during the summer in the late morning to early afternoon. There is little to no wait time for entry. Great to get some outside time and lots of walking, with fun and educational exhibits for the kids. Growing up, we'd go here on field trips fairly often between 1st and 5th grade, and everyone always thought it was a lot of fun.

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