Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center information
To get up close and personal with the wildlife in the Lakes Region, visit the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Four nature paths weave through the woods and around the marsh. The highlight is the Gephart Trail , leading past trailside enclosures that are home to various creatures including bobcat, fisher (a kind of marten), mountain lion and a bald eagle.
The best boat tours of Squam Lake are run by the center; among other tours, it offers pontoon-boat cruises that observe the loons and eagles, visit sites from On Golden Pond or watch the sun set over the lake. Combination tickets for the center and tour are available.
The nearby Kirkwood Gardens, featuring many species of New England native shrubs and flowers, are specially designed to attract birds and butterflies.