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.) Squam Lake Cruises run daily. BUY/RESERVE TICKETS
  • Children looking at giant bombardier beetle

    Giant Insects are here!

    Immerse yourself in a world of invertebrates.

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  • Boardwalk with fall foliage

    Nearer to Nature

    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 daily. 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.


  • Great Horned Owl

    NOW OPEN: New Raptor Exhibit!

    Explore the world of birds and birds of prey.

    Explore the Animal Trail

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

Monica Fowler
, 07/31/22

This was a great stop for our group of 5 adults, a toddler, and a baby! So many fun things to do. It was very interactive and informative. The walk was easy and accommodates a stroller, if needed.

Amber Norcross
, 07/29/22

Always a great way to spend the day with the kids. They never get bored even after several trips, the love the interactive stations throughout the place, and the playground and zipline are a favorite. The giant insects were very cool to see as well. Well worth the membership!

Stephen Trajeski
, 07/18/22

This is a really big nature center with Science involved. Good for the kids and adults to learn some everyday things about animals and insects. Love the big moving insects as you walk through the park. Would of gave it 5 starts but most of the animals were not even there. The costs is $22 for Adults fyi. It was a nice donation!

Steve Bagnato (nissanlord)
, 07/12/22

Can't say enough about this place. It's fantastic!! If your looking for a place to take the family with animals and a playground and a learning experience. Take them here. It's beautiful. Lots of shade in most places. Loved it.