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The Lakes Region

Explore the Lakes Region

The Lakes Region is a summertime haven for fishermen, families and fun. But there is something to offer in every season, from skiing and ice fishing in the winter to a fall foliage flood of color for "leaf peepers" in the autumn. It is home to America's first summer resort, Wolfeboro, thanks to Governor Wentworth, who in 1763 built a summer home on the shores of Lake Wentworth.

Each year motorcyclists of all shapes, sizes and walks of life descend on Laconia for the annual "motorcycle week". The event draws hundreds of thousands of bikes and tourists to the area; some come for the races at nearby New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but most just come to admire the chrome.

The lakes truly define this region of the state. Of the 273 lakes and ponds in this area, Winnipesaukee is the crown jewel. The largest lake in the state at 72 square miles, Winnipesaukee has it all. Scuba dive in 213 feet of water, take a scenic train ride via the HOBO Scenic Railroad or a cruise around the lake on the M/S Mount Washington in Center Harbor; rent a canoe and straddle the perimeter of the lake or swim at the popular Weirs Beach.

For a little less hustle and bustle, try Newfound Lake in Bridgewater, known for its pristine waters, 22 miles of shoreline and the sandy beach at Wellington State Beach. The Lake Ossipee region offers an unspoiled wilderness and crystal clear lakes and rivers. Or, head to the Squam Lakes natural spring-fed waters, where the movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed. Nearby Holderness is home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, a 200-acre sanctuary for wildlife and exploration of the natural world.

The countryside here is not only decorated with mountains and lakes. You can take a step back in time at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village, tour the historic mansion known as the "Castle in the Clouds" in Moultonborough or feast on an ice cream buffet at Kellerhaus at Weirs Beach.

Shoppers will find a variety of antique shops and country stores along winding back roads. The Tanger Outlet Center's tax-free shopping is a Mecca for those looking for bargains on brand-names such as Coach, Banana Republic and Yankee Candle.

The Lakes Region offers something for everyone, in every season. Explore the small towns and back roads of this magical place and you'll find a reason to keep coming back.

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Explore the Lakes Region

Covered Bridges

Durgin Bridge #45

The first bridge constructed at this site was built to replace the ford, located nearly a quarter mile upstream. The ford...

Smith Millennium Bridge #44

According to W. Edward White in his book Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, a Captain Charles Richardson built the first covered...

Squam River Bridge #65

This covered bridge replaces a steel and concrete bridge that was condemned by the state on River Street in Ashland. After the...

Sulphite Bridge #62

The existing structure replaced a framed trestle bridge erected here in 1891 or 1892 by the Franklin and Tilton Railroad. This...

Tannery Hill Bridge #68

This bridge spans the Gunstock Brook just north of the village proper in Gilford. The bridge was constructed by Tim Andrews and...

Whittier Bridge #46

This is the fifth bridge to be located at this site. The first bridge was a crude open timber bridge, according to Town Records.

Attractions

Monkey Trunks

Monkey Trunks is an adventure park that offers a high ropes courses and ziplining for kids of all ages.

Highland Mountain Bike Park

Located in the Lakes Region in the town of Northfield, Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world's only lift access mountain...

Libby Museum

The Libby Museum was established in 1912 and is on the registry of national historic places.

Mt Washington Cruises

Experience beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee from the decks of the M/S Mount Washington.

Museum of Childhood

Enchanting museum that features over 5,000 dolls, 57 furnished dollhouses, a teddy-bear room, train exhibit and twelve themed...

New Hampshire Boat Museum

The Museum, located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, two miles from the center of Wolfeboro near Lake Winnipesaukee features...

Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum

Every shelf in every room will bring cries of 'Oh look!' and 'I had one of those!' as the collection ranges from 1850s nesting...

Polar Caves

Amazing series of caves and passages formed by the falling of massive boulders nearly 50,000 years ago as the third continental...

Remick Country Doctor Museum

The chores and traditions of agricultural and domestic life are presented in self-guided exhibits in the museum's Visitor Center,...

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

If you're wild about New Hampshire wildlife, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the place to visit!

The WaterSlide at Weirs Beach & Mini Golf

Located in the center of beautiful downtown Weirs Beach. Four fantastic slides including a 75-foot drop, 110-foot dark tunnel,...

The Wright Museum

The Wright Museum is a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution dedicated to teaching present and future generations about the...

Whipple House Museum

This site was the home of Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

The railroad takes visitors along Meredith Bay an offers spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Kirkwood Gardens

A three acre garden at western vista of The Holderness Inn.

Hampshire Pewter

Hampshire Pewter offers free guided tours of the factory, where the fine art of hand casting pewter is practiced.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock has everything from mountain biking, in-line skating, and mountainboarding to paddleboats and kayaks. It also has a...

Funspot

Funspot is the largest arcade in the world with over 500 games for all ages.

Chocorua Island Chapel

Services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from the end of June until the beginning of September.

Castle in the Clouds

The incredible beauty of the Ossipee Mountains and sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee surrounds the historic "Lucknow Estate,"...

Belknap Mill Society

The Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in America and the official meetinghouse of New Hampshire, featuring...

Barnstormers Summer Theatre

Barnstormers Theatre is a 282 seat building situated in the center of Tamworth.

Ashland Railroad Station Museum

The Ashland Railroad Society Museum was opened in 1999.

State Parks and Beaches

White Lake State Park

Some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region can be found in 140-acre White Lake State Park in Tamworth.

Madison Boulder Natural Area

Madison Boulder is the largest known erratic in New England, and among the largest in the world. Madison Boulder is a huge...

Cardigan State Park

Cardigan State Park spans 5,655 acres and is an excellent area for hiking. A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of...

Ahern State Park

Ahern State Park spans 128 acres, with 3,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnisquam. Activites in the park include fishing,...

Historic Markers

The Governor's Road

Marker Number: 123

Indian Mortar Lot

Marker Number: 129

Lochmere Archeological District

Marker Number: 149

George Hoyt Whipple - Ashland, New Hampshire George Hoyt Whipple

Marker Number: 100

George A. Wentworth

Marker Number: 5

Durgin Bridge - Sandwich, New Hampshire Durgin Bridge

Marker Number: 82

Dudley Leavitt

Marker Number: 7

College Road

Marker Number: 116

The Chocorua Legend - Tamworth, New Hampshire Chocorua Legend

Marker Number: 31

Chinook Kennels

Marker Number: 155

Samuel Livermore - Holderness, New Hampshire Samuel Livermore

Marker Number: 39

Captain Lovewell's War

Marker Number: 20

The Two-Mile Streak

Marker Number: 96

The Wentworth Estate - Wolfeboro, NH The Wentworth Estate

Marker Number: 53

Birthplace of Daniel Webster

Marker Number: 91

Belknap Mill / Busiel Mill

Marker Number: 135

Baker River

Marker Number: 55

Endicott Rock, Laconia, NH Endicott Rock

Endicott Rock may be the oldest public monument in New England.

First Summer Playhouse - Tamworth, New Hampshire First Summer Playhouse

Marker Number: 90

First Normal School in New Hampshire - Effingham, New Hampshire First Normal School in NH

Marker Number: 83

Old Province Road

Marker Number: 17

Waterfalls

Lakes Region

Bring a picnic lunch and a camera, because this is a very scenic region.

Forests

Lakes Region

Rolling hills, meandering streams and majestic lakes provide a varied backdrop for this region's forests.

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