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
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    Nearer to Nature

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

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    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

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The 2021 cruise season begins in mid-May. Check back for updates and tickets.

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Bald Eagle in nest on Squam Lake
Loon Cruise
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Viewing wildlife through binoculars on a Squam Lake Cruise
Private Charters
View of Mt Chocorua from Squam Lake
Group Tours
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What People Are Saying

Alissa Paul
, 06/23/22

A wonderful mix of zoo and science museum. Lots of kid friendly exhibits for both older kids and toddlers. Plan to spend about half your day if your child will want to linger at each animal. Save time for the playground towards the back!

Brianna Gray
, 05/30/22

We came here with our three kids who are 2, 3, and 5. The trail was relaxing and easy, even for little toddler legs and two adults who don't work out consistently. The animals all looked healthy and well taken care of. Their habitats were very impressive. Glad we came and will go again in the future.

Bhagya D
, 05/26/22

It takes around 45minutes -1hour to complete the tour around the animal exhibits. Spacious free parking and can buy tickets at ticket window of the center. Animal enclosures are well-maintained and animals are kept in spacious enclosures. I would totally recommend this for all age groups. They have a gift shop which has some good organic products.

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!