Trails and exhibits are closed for the season. View our calendar for scheduled programs.
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Know Before You Go

last updated 11/1/2021

The live animal exhibit trail and hiking trails are closed for the season.

Please review the information on this page before your visit as conditions may change. The Science Center follows CDC recommendations to keep everyone safe.

New Hampshire is experiencing "high" transmission of COVID and significantly increased numbers of cases. To maximize protection from the more infective Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, ALL visitors, vaccinated and unvaccinated, should wear face coverings at our indoor exhibits. Unvaccinated visitors should continue to wear a face covering in all public settings and physically distance from other groups while on the trail.

Before Your Visit
  • Trail capacity is limited. Morning sessions tend to be busier than afternoon admission blocks (after 12:30 p.m.) We encourage all visitors, including members, to plan ahead and make ticket reservations online for a specific date and time. Members must show their membership card upon arrival.
  • If you come to the Science Center and there are still tickets available at that time, we will sell you tickets at Admissions, but if tickets are sold out, we will not be able to accommodate your group.
  • Reserving and purchasing tickets online ahead of time GUARANTEES admission for the day and time you choose to visit. During some peak times - especially during the morning - walk-in tickets may not be available.
  • See the Hours and Admission page for details about special admission.
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home and come back another time. We will reschedule your tickets as available or refund your purchase.
  • Please come prepared. We are a carry in/carry out facility. Remember that food and drink (except for water) are not allowed on the animal exhibit trail for the safety of our animals.
On the Trail
  • Guests must follow a one-way path on the live animal exhibit trail to help ensure safe physical distancing. Guests should not backtrack. Re-entry is not allowed.
  • Some buildings and exhibits are closed. See our trail map.
  • A small number of picnic tables are available for guests to use. Food is not available onsite. Tables are also available at Kirkwood Gardens.
  • Drinking water fountains are not operating. Bring your own water or buy canned water at the outdoor retail kiosk.
Squam Lake Cruises

Squam Lake Cruises are finished for the 2021 season.

  • Squam Lakes Cruises are operating at reduced capacity.
  • Cruises operate with side curtains open to provide maximum ventilation and air flow.
  • Binoculars are disinfected after each passenger use.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and remember it is cooler on the lake. Be prepared for rain.
  • There are no combination (trail and cruise) tickets this year.
  • Private Charters are a great way to see Squam Lake with your family group.
Other Things to Know
  • The Howling Coyote Gift Shop operates an outdoor gift kiosk in lieu of indoor shopping.
  • You may bring your own stroller but none are available to borrow on site.

We are committed to the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff and animals. Please help us keep everyone safe by following the posted instructions and following directions from our staff. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave and come back the same day?

No, guests must complete their visit before leaving.

After I purchase my reservation and enter, will my time be limited or restricted?

Each timed reservation group should have more than enough time to see all available and open exhibits, however it is important to note that the trail will be one-way, encouraging guests to move along while adhering to the physical distancing recommendations set by the state and CDC. We ask guests to refrain from backtracking.

I have free passes. Can I use them?

See details about special discounts on our Hours & Admission page.

Will you be open if it is raining?

Yes, we will be open regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. All tickets are rain-or-shine. Refunds, rainchecks, and rescheduling are not available due to weather.
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