Things To Do
Whether planning a family vacation, a road trip with friends, or a romantic getaway, you'll find that the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is home to an incredible variety of attractions and activities.
Ellacoya State Park - Gilford
With 600 feet of sandy beach, offering views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, this park is a great place to spend with the family for a day of swimming and picnicking.
Mt. Major - Alton
A family friendly hike up to Mt. Major (1,785 feet) provides spectacular panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Difficulty is considered moderate, but it's a great hike for all ages and well worth the effort to see the stunning panoramic views from the top.
Tanger Outlets - Tilton
Bring your walking shoes. Shop tax free for all of your favorite designer and brand names at this huge outlet center.
Profile Falls – Bristol
A great place to explore mother nature. Bring a picnic lunch and take the short hike in to see this impressive waterfall.
Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park - Gilford
During winter, Gunstock Mountain is the biggest ski area in the Lakes Region with 55 runs, 24 open for night skiing, and tubing. Ski trail ratings offer something for every level of skier. Spring, Summer, and Fall, visitors can enjoy New England's largest rope, aerial, and zipline obstacle course. Covering 9 acres with 91 challenges, there are 5 levels of adult courses and an explorer course for kids.
Just Maple - Tilton
Located at the Green Acres Farm, you’ll find a sugarhouse and a little barn store - the perfect stop for all your maple gifts. If you happen to be visiting during New Hampshire Maple Weekend (in March), they have events going on such as tours, samplings, and demonstrations.
Mill Falls Marketplace - Meredith
Mills Falls offers a truly unique shopping experience, featuring a wide variety of distinctive shops for clothing, crafts, and more. With distinctive dining options throughout the resort, brick walkways, flower gardens, a 40-foot waterfall, and views of Lake Winnipesaukee, it's a great place to visit while in the area.
Millie B Antique Boat Rides - Wolfeboro
Take a cruise on a 28-foot, mahogany triple cock-pit replica of a 1928 Hacker-Craft, and relive the golden age of wooden boats. It’s a one-of-a-kind ride with a 45-minute narrated tour of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
Castle in the Clouds - Moultonborough
Built over 100 years ago, The Castle in the Clouds or the Lucknow Estate, is a 16-room mansion designed in the architectural style of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. It is perched and 5,500-acre mountaintop ranch overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountain Range and hosts a museum and art gallery, restaurant, and gift shop.
Hermit Woods Winery – Meredith
A small boutique winery just a few minutes south of the Center Harbor Inn, Hermit Woods Winery offers a selection of wines that are local, vegan (except the honey wines), gluten free, and hand-processed. They offer tours and have a tasting room open year-round.
Tamworth Distillery – Tamworth
The Tamworth Distillery finds inspiration and their ingredients in the surrounding lands of this small town at the foot of the White Mountains. The distillery prides itself on being a true farm-to-bottle company: all the grains used are GMO-free and sourced from within a 150-mile radius of the distillery. Visitors can enjoy a tasting bar, gift shop, off-site café, and tours.
Sandwich Mountain Trail - Sandwich
For serious hikers, the Sandwich Mountain Trail is a 7.3-mile light traffic out and back trail offering many scenic views. Accessible year-round, the trail is used primarily for bird watching, trail running and hiking, and consists of a steep climb to the summit of Noon Peak. From there, the trail then climbs moderately to the summit of Sandwich Dome.
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center - Laconia
Connect with nature at Prescott Farm. This environmental education and preservation center is open to all ages throughout the year. The farm is designated as an official NH wildlife viewing area with 160 acres of conservation lands to explore. Visitors can play in the natural Playscape, explore the 3-story historic barn, learn about native plant and wildlife species, and enjoy more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails with views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains.
Wright Museum - Wolfeboro
The museum houses vintage artifacts and interactive displays that bring the American WWII experience to life. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum's collection. Also among the museum's highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center – Holderness
Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about our natural world for over 50 years.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse - Meredith
For over 10 years the Winnipesaukee Playhouse has been delighting locals and visitors alike with professional and community-based theatrical productions. Whether your interest is to be onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in the audience, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has something for you!
Weirs Beach - Laconia
Beach, boardwalk, shopping, dining, nightlife, family fun, events, recreation, location... there are so many reasons to visit Weirs Beach. See below for just a few great things to do at Weirs Beach!
Fun Spot - With a huge collection of vintage arcade games, mini rides, mini-golf, bowling and more, this is the place to visit for kids of all ages.
Monkey Trunks - A zipline park just a few minutes’ drive from Summit Resort, they offer over 1,800 feet of ziplines, adventure courses, a giant swing, a rock climbing wall, a kid’s course, and much more.
Mount Washington Cruises - Enjoy a scenic cruise or sunset dinner dance cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington.
Kellerhaus - New Hampshire’s oldest candy and ice cream maker, Kellerhaus has been an icon of the Lake’s Region for over 100 years. Famous for its premium handmade candy and chocolates, it’s worth a stop while you are in the area.
Lakeside Ave - Weirs Beach is Lake Winnipesaukee's most popular beach and home base to a lot of family attractions. With amazing views of the lake and mountains, visitors can take a stroll along the quarter mile of boardwalk, and explore an abundance of activities including shopping, arcades, live music and events, great places to eat, boat rides and more.
Daytona Fun Park - Family-friendly Daytona Fun Park in Weirs Beach offers a wide variety of fun activities including Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, an Outdoor High Ropes Adventure Course, Mini-Golf, Batting Cages, Classic Arcade Games, and much more.
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