The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails are closed for the season. View our calendar for scheduled programs.
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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

Ashley Moulton
, 11/08/21

Really amazing! Stroller friendly! Hands on learning. great for all ages. The grounds and animals are well cared for. There are learning sessions with live animals. The playground was a favorite for my 6 year old.

Terra Fletcher
, 10/30/21

Loved this place when I was seven and love it still. It's only gotten better, while keeping a lot of the charming natural interactive pieces that I remember. Even now I had a lot of TIL moments. We went when it was raining so it was pretty quiet, and all of the animal enclosures have covered areas so we didn't even get too wet. Animals looked healthy and calm as well.

Peng Hsu
, 10/27/21

This is a place that is really good for family fun. There are animals and birds for kids to see. There are also trails for hiking fun. If you are going to include a hiking trip for your visit with seniors or younger kids, don't choose the Mt. Fayal trail. It's a good trail for adults but not for all... Pick a sunny day to visit... I did have great fun here.....

Bryan Doyon
, 10/11/21

Fun experience with wild animals and interactive exhibits. The animals are local wild species and fun to see up close and the information on them is presented in an engaging way for children. The walk around the loop can take a few hours depending on how long you spend at each stop but it's an enjoyable time and a great place for families.