The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails are OPEN every day! Squam Lake Cruises run daily.
  • Boy wearing baseball cap and coyote looking at eachother through glass

    Trails are OPEN for the season.

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    Calendar of Events

  • Fall foliage on Squam Lake

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises run daily. Advance reservations required.

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  • Children working at Kirkwood Gardens.

    Summer Guided Discoveries

    Registration is open!

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  • Black and yellow swallowtail butterfly on lilac

    Kirkwood Gardens

    Open daily.

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  • Student exploring with collection net at the Upper Pond.

    School Programs

    Field trips to the Science Center.

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  • View of Squam Lake crom the summit of Mount Fayal

    Hiking Trails

    Enjoy getting Nearer to Nature on a hike through fields, forests, and wetlands.

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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

Katie Shaw
, 05/08/24

Great place to bring kids. Stroller/Wheelchair friendly paths. Play grounds and places to play throughout the center. Interactive learning stages at all the different animal stations. Spent a couple hours there and there's still so much to explore. Glad I got the annual membership so we can go back and leisurely explore all the trails! I do appreciate that it's not mandatory to walk through the gift shop to exit. Makes it so much easier exiting with little ones!

erick schneider
, 10/28/23

Nice trail that showcases each rescue animal's habitat. There is a beautiful garden about halfway around, right after Grampa's butterfly garden. Worth getting the annual pass as it is a great spot, and a great cause.

Joshua Rosen
, 10/14/23

We took the last boat trip of the season on Oct 14. The trip is an hour and a half around the lake. There were loons and bald eagles and views of the mountains that surround the lake. The guide did a terrific job explaining the wildlife and history.

Julie's bites
, 10/14/23

We took a squam boat cruise on a pontoon boat. It was extremely enjoyable. Great views, interesting birds, informative commentary. We went on the last trip of the season, October 14, and you had to be prepared for chilly weather. When the boat goes at full speed, the wind is penetrating. The boat has a roof, but it is open air otherwise. The boat has comfortable seats, there is one big step to get in or out, but the staff was helping anyone who needed help. Many elderly visitors were able to participate and had a good time.