Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

On a recent family trip to the New Hampshire lakes region, we spent a blissful morning at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, New Hampshire.

The science center is made up of a network of trails dotted with animal exhibits ranging from insects and birds to mountain lions and even a black bear. For the younger crowd, the highlight of the morning was the Gordon Children’s Center, an interactive (and indoors!) playspace with slides, tunnels, and games, all focused on the animals and habitats on display at the science center. The staff also offer fun, informal animal shows every hour between 11am and 3pm.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center also offers lake cruises on Big Squam Lake, and summer camps for kids as young as four years old. Overall, this is a fun, educational way to get off the lake for a morning or afternoon with kids of all ages.

Date last visited: August 23, 2011

Distance from the interstate: Approximately 5 miles off 93N.

Hours of operation: Trails are open daily from May 1 to November 1, 9:30–4:30.

Admission: Adults: $15; kids (3¬–15): $10; 2 and under free.

Food services: Picnic! There are picnic tables located in a covered area just inside the ticket office, as well as a grassy area to set out a blanket. There is also food available for purchase at the Kirkwood Café (June through September only).

Website or contact info: www.nhnature.org

Directions: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located at 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, New Hampshire. Directions can be found on the website, or on googlemaps.

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Kate Lepore AUTHOR: Kate Lepore is Pit Stops for Kids' east coast editor and a mother of two preschool-aged children. Kate makes her home in Western Massachusetts when not traveling. Find Kate at Google.

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