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.
Explore the Lakes Region
The first bridge constructed at this site was built to replace the ford, located nearly a quarter mile upstream. The ford...
According to W. Edward White in his book Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, a Captain Charles Richardson built the first covered...
This covered bridge replaces a steel and concrete bridge that was condemned by the state on River Street in Ashland. After the...
The existing structure replaced a framed trestle bridge erected here in 1891 or 1892 by the Franklin and Tilton Railroad. This...
This bridge spans the Gunstock Brook just north of the village proper in Gilford. The bridge was constructed by Tim Andrews and...
This is the fifth bridge to be located at this site. The first bridge was a crude open timber bridge, according to Town Records.
Monkey Trunks is an adventure park that offers a high ropes courses and ziplining for kids of all ages.
Located in the Lakes Region in the town of Northfield, Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world's only lift access mountain...
The Libby Museum was established in 1912 and is on the registry of national historic places.
Experience beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee from the decks of the M/S Mount Washington.
Enchanting museum that features over 5,000 dolls, 57 furnished dollhouses, a teddy-bear room, train exhibit and twelve themed...
The Museum, located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, two miles from the center of Wolfeboro near Lake Winnipesaukee features...
Every shelf in every room will bring cries of 'Oh look!' and 'I had one of those!' as the collection ranges from 1850s nesting...
Amazing series of caves and passages formed by the falling of massive boulders nearly 50,000 years ago as the third continental...
The chores and traditions of agricultural and domestic life are presented in self-guided exhibits in the museum's Visitor Center,...
If you're wild about New Hampshire wildlife, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the place to visit!
Located in the center of beautiful downtown Weirs Beach. Four fantastic slides including a 75-foot drop, 110-foot dark tunnel,...
The Wright Museum is a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution dedicated to teaching present and future generations about the...
This site was the home of Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
The railroad takes visitors along Meredith Bay an offers spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee.
A three acre garden at western vista of The Holderness Inn.
Hampshire Pewter offers free guided tours of the factory, where the fine art of hand casting pewter is practiced.
Gunstock has everything from mountain biking, in-line skating, and mountainboarding to paddleboats and kayaks. It also has a...
Funspot is the largest arcade in the world with over 500 games for all ages.
Services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from the end of June until the beginning of September.
The incredible beauty of the Ossipee Mountains and sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee surrounds the historic "Lucknow Estate,"...
The Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in America and the official meetinghouse of New Hampshire, featuring...
Barnstormers Theatre is a 282 seat building situated in the center of Tamworth.
The Ashland Railroad Society Museum was opened in 1999.
State Parks and Beaches
Some of the best swimming in the White Mountain region can be found in 140-acre White Lake State Park in Tamworth.
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 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 spans 128 acres, with 3,500 feet of shoreline on Lake Winnisquam. Activites in the park include fishing,...
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Endicott Rock may be the oldest public monument in New England.
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