Did You See That? Loons and Lions and Bears - Oh My!

New Hampshire, typically known for the mighty moose, offers a bountiful wildlife treasure that all can enjoy.

New Hampshire, typically known for the mighty moose, offers a bountiful wildlife treasure that all can enjoy. Whether visitors are hiking mountains, exploring the many lakes and ponds or venturing through the pine wood forests, the landscapes lend themselves to wonderful wildlife sightings and are a fantastic learning experience for children and adults alike.

There are many species of wildlife to observe in the Lakes Region, including the most popular species such as Moose, Loon, Beavers, Bears and Eagles. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is a great place for children and adults and makes for the perfect day trip as visitors explore everything the center has to offer. Part zoo, part education facility, the center focuses on educating visitors through the many exhibits, hiking trails, lake cruises and gardens including visits to see the center's resident mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, owls and many other species. Prescott Farm in Laconia is designated as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area and offers more than three miles of hiking trails through woodlands, ponds and fields as well as a variety of farm animals for visitors to enjoy. Beans and Greens Farm in Gilford and Polar Caves in Rumney are both great seasonal destinations for trips that provide family friendly animal encounters including exotic birds and deer.

Nearby in Moultonborough, families can visit the Markus Wildlife Sanctuary and The Loon Center, which offers nature trails, exhibits and videos. The Loon Center & Wildlife Sanctuary was developed due to the decrease in number of Loons on the many lakes and ponds in the area. Loons are a rare sight on the Lakes of New Hampshire and visitors on the water consider themselves lucky when coming across this rare animal. Visitors looking for the thrill of adventure should take a ride on the Pemi Valley Moose Tour. Located in Lincoln, the Pemi Valley Moose Tour provides visitors with a 3.5 hour bus ride through the breathtaking White Mountains, as they watch for Moose along the way. The whole family will experience excitement when discovering these large creatures and can choose from daytime or nighttime Moose Tours.

So be sure to pack your camera when you travel the Lakes Region of New Hampshire because along with the incredibly scenery, you'll want to capture the exciting moment when you come across a picture-perfect wildlife sighting.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations. For more information or visitors' guides, visit LakesRegion.org, facebook.com/NHLakesRegion or follow on Twitter. For more information about New Hampshire, go to www.visitnh.gov. The LRTA office is on Route 3 in Tilton, NH and can be reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES.

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