Trails are open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Cruises run daily. BUY TICKETS
  • Fisher

    Trails are open daily

    Including holidays! 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
    Pre-purchase your tickets online.

    Know Before You Go

  • Great Horned Owl

    NOW OPEN: New Raptor Exhibit!

    Explore the world of birds and birds of prey.

    Explore the Animal Trail

  • Squam Lake Cruise by Bill Hemmel

    Squam Lake Cruises

    Public guided cruises daily. Advance reservations required.

    Learn More

  • 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.


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.)

Learn More

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

Read More About Squam Lake Cruises


What People Are Saying

Patricia Johnston (Patti)
, 09/21/21

We went on their pontoon boat Squam Lake tour. It is a 90 minute tour, and is quite enjoyable. This lake has lots of water fowl, including lions, cormorants and eagles. It was also used for the filming of "On Golden Pond". The guide was very knowledgeable. The only downside was that the nature center was hard for us to find. Their are signs, but they are small, hard to see from a moving car. Google maps took us to the wrong place using the street address. But, I would definitely go again.

Karen Kuller
, 09/21/21

My 7 year old was engaged and excited the entire time we spent walking through the exhibits, which were truly so beautifully and respectfully done. It was clear how much care, thought and love had gone into preparing an engaging educational experience for young kids that was entirely unique. It was exciting to watch my daughter soak it all in and thoroughly enjoy learning so much about science and nature. So grateful we happened upon this place.

B. B.
, 08/13/21

Very friendly staff, a nicely shaded walk and the exhibits were well spaced apart. Very kid friendly with a cool playground for the kids halfway thru the walk. Staff were out here and there with live falcons, owls and raptors for showing and were very informative and friendly to questions. The pathway throughout the "hike" was stroller friendly and although you "could" use a wheelchair as well, I do suggest having someone available to help push your chair or supervise your visit in a chair (there are boardwalks and lots of up/down hill.) Overall, a very pleasant trip! Even in 90F heat, the path was shaded with plenty of restrooms available.

Christina Erwin
, 08/11/21

It's a beautiful walk and the animals and exhibits are great. There were great hands on activities and even a playground about halfway through. Went with kids in age from 4 to 10 and they all had fun. Adults had fun too! I recommend bringing water and food. Just be aware that you can't eat on the trail, but there's a specific spot that you're allowed to stop and eat. We'll be back!