Weekend Lake Cruises at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

LoonsThere is nothing like the call of a loon on a quiet NH lake in the summertime. It can bring a feeling of peace and stillness in the evening when all the busyness of the day is just a memory, along with a sense of wonder about these elusive and beautiful birds. To help others learn more about loons and other wildlife in the Lakes Region, and perhaps get to see some of these neighbors up close, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering special educational lake cruises throughout the summer.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH has scheduled many guided tours that will give folks a chance to explore beautiful Squam Lake with different areas of focus. This weekend, the Center is offering the Loon Cruise and the Explore Squam Cruise at several different times. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90 minutes in length and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats, and binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost..

lake cruise aerialFor the Loon Cruise this Friday, July 25th at 3:00pm, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has teamed up with their close friends and colleagues at Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) to offer weekly cruises focusing on Common Loon conservation, biology, and monitoring. On each Loon Cruise the Science Center Tour Captain will be joined by a LPC biologist who guides the tour and discusses the work LPC is doing across the state and on Squam Lake to protect these extraordinary birds. The cruise route is chosen to maximize Loon observations. If you miss today’s Loon Cruise, there is another one planned for Monday at 3:00.

The Explore Squam Cruise has something to delight everyone! Learn about the natural history of the lake, the wildlife that makes Squam so special, and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years. Visitors can view locations where the movie On Golden Pond was filmed over 30 years ago, while watching for wildlife like Common Loons and Bald Eagles. The Explore Squam Cruise runs a few times a day this weekend, so check the Center’s calendar here for scheduled times.

Reservations are recommended for all Squam Lake Cruises. Please call 603-968-7194 for tickets. Cost: Adult: $21 member, $25 non-member; Senior: $19 member, $23 non-member; and Youth: $17 member, $21 non-member. The cruises are not recommended for children under age 3.

Many other themed cruises are available at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and the details can be viewed on the Center’s website here. If you are looking for a memorable NH Lakes Region experience, these Squam Lake Cruises can’t be beat!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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