OUR TRAILS AND LAKE CRUISES ARE OPEN! Everyone, including members, must reserve/purchase tickets in advance. BUY/RESERVE TICKETS!
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Trail Reopening Information

Welcome back! We look forward to seeing you and your family!

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Check here for updates before you come - things change daily.

This page contains everything you need to know about visiting the Science Center. Please review all changes and information below. The Science Center is following government guidelines to keep guests, staff, volunteers, animals, and our community healthy. We need you to do your part. Thank you for your patience and compliance.

Before Your Visit
  • Ticket fees are reduced to $15 for adults and seniors, $10 for youth, and free for 2 and under and members.
  • Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the last admission at 3:00 p.m.
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and come back another time. We will reschedule your tickets as available or refund your purchase.
  • All guests will be greeted at the entrance gate to answer the following health screening questions:
  • Have you or anyone in your party been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Are you or anyone in your party experiencing any respiratory symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Have you or anyone in your party had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
  • Are you or anyone in your party experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
  • Have you or anyone in your party had any new changes in your sense of taste or smell?

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Online Tickets
  • All visitors, including members, must make reservations and pay in advance for tickets online for a specific date and time.
  • Members must make reservations although admission is free for members. Members must bring and show their membership card with their tickets upon entry.
  • When you purchase your tickets online, you will be asked to register in our system. This registration allows you to login and print/download your purchased tickets.
  • Ticket sales are limited to groups of eight or fewer.
  • Members must make reservations although admission is free for members. Members must bring and show their membership card with their tickets upon entry.
  • See the Hours and Admission page for details about special admission.

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When You Visit
  • Please come prepared. We are a carry in/carry out facility. Remember that food and drink (except for water) are not allowed on the animal exhibit trail for the safety of our animals.
  • Everyone must have reserved and purchased their tickets ahead of time, including members.
  • To make the check-in process as fast and safe as possible, please have your tickets, membership card, or ID ready to show at Admissions.
  • You may check in up to 15 minutes before or after the entrance time on your ticket; late entry cannot be guaranteed.

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On the Trail
  • All visitors ages 3 and older must wear face coverings to help keep our animals, other members of the public, volunteers, and staff safe, as recommended by state officials.
  • Your family group must maintain a physical distance of six feet from other family groups.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at each trail exhibit.
  • Restroom use is limited to one person or family group at a time.
  • Guests must follow a one-way path on the live animal exhibit trail to help ensure safe physical distancing. Guests should not backtrack.
  • Some buildings and exhibits are closed. See our trail map.
  • The picnic area is closed and food is not available onsite.
  • Drinking water fountains are not operating. Bring your own water or buy bottled water at the outdoor retail kiosk.
  • The gate to Kirkwood Gardens is closed. To visit the garden, drive to it and park there. The bathrooms there are closed.

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What We Are Doing to Keep You Safe
  • Limiting daily attendance and requiring pre-purchased timed tickets.
  • Cleaning restrooms and exhibits at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and before opening in the morning.
  • Closing some exhibits and building.
  • Providing hand sanitizer along the trail at exhibits.
  • Requiring guests to wear face masks (age 3+).
  • Limiting contact between visitors and staff.
  • Screening staff prior to work. Employees are required to complete a health screening questionnaire followed by a temperature check. Only those who pass both the questionnaire and temperature check are allowed to report for work.

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Squam Lake Cruises
  • Squam Lakes Cruises are operating at reduced capacity.
  • Pontoon boats are disinfected after each passenger use.
  • Binoculars and blankets are not available this season. Please bring your own or dress for appropriate weather.
  • Cruises operate with side curtains open to provide maximum ventilation and air flow.
  • There will be no combination (trail and cruise) tickets this year.
  • Sunday services at Chocorua Island Chapel (Church Island) and shuttle service are canceled.
  • Private Charters are a great way to see Squam Lake with your family group.
Other Things to Know
  • There will be no membership sales on site. All memberships must be purchased online or through the mail.
  • The Howling Coyote Gift Shop is closed but there will be an outdoor gift kiosk.
  • You may bring your own stroller but none are available to borrow on site.

We are committed to the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff and animals. Please help us keep everyone safe by following the posted instructions and following directions from our staff. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

For questions or comments, please contact Executive Director Iain MacLeod at

Thank you for your ongoing support! As a non-profit organization, we rely on ticket sales, memberships, education program fees, donations, and meeting and rental revenue to operate. Being closed has had a significant impact on our overall operating budget. We ask you to please consider a donation to our Wellspring Appeal operating fund to assist us in caring for our animals, facilities, and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to wait in line when I arrive?

We are asking all guests, including members, to reserve a timed ticket for entry. This will help control crowds and limit lines. We will also have the ground marked to show proper spacing.

Can I leave and come back the same day?

No, due to our timed tickets, guests must complete their visit before leaving.

After I purchase my reservation and enter, will my time be limited or restricted?

Each timed reservation group should have more than enough time to see all available and open exhibits, however it is important to note that the trail will be one-way, encouraging guests to move along while adhering to the physical distancing recommendations set by the state and CDC. We ask guests to refrain from backtracking.

Why will you ask me to wear a mask?

We require all guests ages 3 and older to wear a mask while visiting to help us protect everyone, including other visitors, volunteers, staff, and our animals.

My child won't wear a mask or I cannot wear a mask for a medical condition. Does that mean we can't visit?

We understand it can be uncomfortable for children to wear a mask or that visitors have medical conditions which makes it difficult to breathe. We ask you to do your best and be mindful of the safety of other visitors, volunteers, staff, and our animals. Your family group must maintain a physical distance of six feet from other family groups.

Can I reserve tickets for a group?

At this time, group size is limited to eight people or fewer. Groups should consist of members of the same household.

I have free passes. Can I use them?

Call 603-968-7194 x 7 to reserve tickets for a specific date and time. Bring your free passes with you when you visit.

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?

No, outside food is not permitted and the picnic area is closed. You may bring your own water. Water fountains will be shut off.

Will vending machines be available?

No.

Will you be open if it is raining?

Yes, we will be open regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. All tickets are rain-or-shine. Refunds, rainchecks, and rescheduling are not available due to weather.

Will you accept cash as payment?

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time online. We accept all major credit and debit cards. If you need to use cash to purchase a ticket, please call ahead of time at 603-968-7194 x 7. Cash will be accepted at our outdoor gift kiosk.

Are you extending memberships?

We will extend memberships by two months. (Please note: We will not send updated cards.) As we face future financial challenges, many members have kindly agreed to support us by waiving the extension and renewing on schedule.

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