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Find interesting Great Things to Do in Lakes region: cruises, sports, shopping

The Lake’s region is swimming in family fun all year round from beaches with action packed water sports to scenic driving tours. There’s majestic fall foliage, celebrated winter sports activities, and tax-free shopping. Outdoor and indoor attractions are abundant. Hike and bike through rustic villages and towns or take a lake cruise. Stroll antique shops, art galleries and English gardens. Discover great chocolate and pottery and every kind of natural setting your soul could wish for.
Aerial View 500x250 - Castle in the Clouds - Moultonborough, NH
Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

A mountain estate featuring activities, tours to hikes, horseback riding

Tour an elegant mansion. Hike (or ski or snowshoe) past waterfalls. Go horseback riding (or take a sleigh trip). You can do all of this, and more, at Castle in the Clouds, a mountaintop estate with incredible views and a full slate of activities, starting with a tour of the Arts and Crafts-style Lucknow Mansion, where the 1910s and 1920s come alive. The mansion, state-of-the-art in its day, features vacuum and housewide phone systems as well as vintage clothing and furnishings. And, you can tour the basement to see how the servants lived. Outside are gardens, a pond where kids can feed the leaping rainbow trout, hiking and skiing trails past waterfalls and a restaurant with panoramic views.
Sweet Sunset - Lakes Region Association - New Hampshire
Lakes Region Tourism Association

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Lots to love, lots to do, when winter hits the lakes region

Summer’s not the only season to celebrate the glories of central New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. When the temperatures drop and the snow falls, the Lakes Region is alive with skiers, snowboarders, ice-skaters, snow-tubers and skimobilers, visiting the nearby slopes; taking guided tours out onto the frozen lakes to catch a few fish; winter-hiking parts of the Northern Rail Trail; or enjoying sleigh rides across frozen fields. But you don’t have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy winter here. Arrange for a spa day, take advantage of tax-free shopping in the region’s outlets and boutiques, explore a covered bridge, visit a winery or brewery; or just hunker down before the fire at one of many scenic inns.
MiniGolf Course - Chuckster's Family Fun Park - Alton Bay, NH
Chuckster's Family Fun Park - Alton Bay

5 Mount Major Highway Alton Bay, NH, 03810 Phone: 603-875-4263

Play a round of mini golf, then get out on the water with a paddleboard, kayak

There’s nothing like playing a fun 18-hole round of mini golf on a beautiful sunny day or warm evening under the lights. It’s even better when you’re playing on a Chuckster’s course. At the Chuckster’s in Alton Bay, the former Jay’s Bayside course has been reclaimed by Chuckster’s and offers holes that challenge and entertain, with plenty of fountains, bridges, stone obstacles and shade. Bring your food and cooler to this substance-free family facility and don’t forget to leave room for ice cream (in dozens of flavors). Adjacent to Chuckster’s is SUP-NH, New Hampshire’s most experienced paddleboard company, where you can rent a paddleboard or kayak and take a lesson or just go for a tour.
Fire Pit New Hampshire Campground Owners Association
New Hampshire Campground Owners Association

Enjoy endless activities from New Hampshire’s campgrounds

Get away from the everyday with a visit to a New Hampshire campground. Stay in a tent, RV, cabin, cottage, lodge – even a yurt! – and enjoy activities from horseshoes and fishing to snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Hike, bike or take a cog railroad up a pine-scented mountain or kayak a pristine pond, river or lake. From your camping site in the woods, near the ocean or in a meadow, check out the Granite State’s historic sites, quintessential New England towns and acres upon acres of natural splendor. Visit our website for a handbook with all the details for individual parks, from whether they are pet-friendly to which ones have cottage rentals, pools, fireplaces, tennis courts, live music – or cable TV.
New Hampshire's Lakes Region
Lakeside View - Mill Falls at the Lake - Meredith, NH
Mill Falls at the Lake

312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH, 03253 Phone: 877-574-5935

Lakes region activities in a vibrant New Hampshire community

Discover great food, culture and the many pleasures of the Lake’s Region at this unique lodging on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Four distinct Inns, each with views of the lake and surrounding mountains, offer smoke free rooms, coffee makers, refrigerators and Wi-Fi. Relax in indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, on sandy beach areas and there are docks for your boat. The Mills Falls Marketplace features 11 unique shops and 8 eateries serving tasty regional cuisine from morning til night. Savor the world class Cascade Day Spa and stop in at the EKAL Lake Activity Center for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and chartered boat cruises. Be sure to walk Meredith’s vibrant Main Street Community adjacent to Mill Falls.
snowshoeing in NH
Skis? Snowshoes? Take Your Pick

For the beautiful sights and rugged workout of skiing without the high-speed downhill terrors, cross-country skiing is ideal. The Lakes Regions offers plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing, along with its plodding cousin sport of showshoeing. To get started, check out these ski areas and resources: King Pine ski area on Route 153 in East Madison, with 20 kilometers of groomed trails; Gunstock Cross Country and Snowshoe Center in Gilford with 50 kilometers of groomed trails; or Nordic Skier Wolfeboro XC in Wolfeboro, on the east side of Lake Winnipesaukee, with 30 kilometers of groomed trails.
tubing at king pine in nh
Do Your Tubing With Help From the King

King Pine ski area at 1251 Eaton Road, Route 153 Route 153 in East Madison offers snow tubing at its Pine Meadows Snow Tubing Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and daily during school vacation weeks, for only $15 per person. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere and affordability, Purity Spring and King Pine Ski Area have been a tradition for families throughout New England for decades. Phone: 800-373-3754.
ICE FISHING IN NH
It’s Winter: Go Fishing

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is known for it is fishing, and that includes during the winter season. As the temperatures drop and the lakes freeze, fishermen and -women get ready to enjoy this unique winter sport. Friendly shantytowns start to form on the lakes with colorful and sometimes wacky fishing huts that provide cover for fisher people. But, be safe! It takes four to six inches of ice to support a person and eight to ten inches to support a vehicle. Learn more about ice fishing. 603-271-3129.
old country store moultonboorugh NH
The Old Country Store; Old History Stage

You can buy treats and trinkets of all kinds at the Old Country Store on Whittier Hwy. in Moultonborough. And if you have all your senses tuned up, you might feel the stories of long ago in this place, built in 1781 on land given to Jonathan Moulton for his service during the Revolutionary War. The place also has served as a library and a post office and has hosted town meetings. Today, go there for candles, toys, shoes, local products, kitchenware, and penny candy, with a pickle barrel, maple syrup, and a good dose of John Deere merchandise. Kids will love it. 603-476-5750
Winnipesaukee river trail
Biking Alongside Winnipesaukee History

The Winnipesaukee River Trail is just right for people interested in taking a walk or bike ride on a scenic historic trail -- yet with the feel of wilderness -- close to the downtowns of Franklin and Northfield. This five -mile trail connects Tilton, Northfield and Franklin along the Winnipesaukee River and passes the historic Sulphite upside-down covered bridge. Walkers on the trail can view mill ruins and remaining portions of dams that tell the history of the five mills that operated on this river in the mid-19th century. Access points: Central Street in Franklin (under the railroad trestle); Cross Mill Road in Northfield; Old Surrette Battery property off from Park Street in Northfield (across the street from the library); 142 East Main Street off Route 3 in Tilton; Route 140 at Railroad right-of-way just past McDonalds. Email: innirivertrail@gmail.com. Trail brochure and map.
ICE FISHING IN NH
Try Fishing Through the Ice

Ice fishing is a world unto itself and you can step into it, with a little help from experts. The New Hampshire Lakes region has a number of guides like the Fish NH Guide Service based in Penacook (603-753-2993). Mark Beauchesne provides transportation to the ice, a warm shelter and tools to help finding fish. Tim Moore Outdoors, based in Greenland, provides bait and tackle, transportation, fish house and fun fishing from January 1 through March 31 (603-842-3572).
hampshire pewter wolfeboro NH
Art in Pewter Evokes New England's History

Few artistic materials are more evocative of New England than pewter. Hampshire Pewter at 9 Railroad Avenue in Wolfeboro, practices the Colonial pewterer's craft in a modern environment. The company welcomes guests to tour its workshops and watch the creation of its pewter tableware and ornaments. Watch pewter artists mix pure tin with other fine metals and then cast this liquid pewter into shapes using bronze molds. Then, workers join these castings to create classically shaped goblets, tankards, and candlesticks. After joining, they cut away all of the rough gray metal and carve the fine details. After your tour, browse through the Gift Shop to choose a piece of Hampshire Pewter as a remembrance of your visit. Open daily except Sunday. 866-282-7384
byway not the highway around NH lakes
Byway, Not the Highway, By the Lakes

So, what’s so great about traveling by car? To take in great sweeps of Lakes region scenery, get in your vehicle and tap into the Lakes region scenic driving tours. Several self-guided driving and walking tours are described by the people who know the area best -- the Lakes region tourism association. Scenic drives take you along Lake Winnipesaukee and around the general region, presenting grand views, lakeside villages and fun places to eat and shop. [ photo: NH Dept.of Resources and Economic Development ]
kids at Prescott Farm in winter Laconia NH
Explore the Snowy Woods at Prescott Farm

It is brisk; it is bright; it is beautiful. Get outside in the winter and enjoy snow sports with the help and guidance of experts at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia. This organization is dedicated to getting people outdoors for fun and health. It offers lots of group activities like guided snowshoe hikes (both easy and difficult); sledding parties and adventure walks on three miles of woodland, pond and field trails. Explore the three-story historic barn and an old-fashioned maple sugar operation (in March). 603-366-5695.
shopping in the Lakes region of NH
Beautiful Lakes; Beautiful Shopping

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a place of great natural beauty year-round. For people who want to or need to shop , the interior sights are grand, also. Visitors find excellent (and sales-tax-free) shopping at places like Tanger Outlets in Tilton, with 50 designer outlet stores, and, at the other end of the spectrum, antique shops in almost every town. A vast quilting store is Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, with its adjacent knitting supply store, Patternworks. Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, right at hand, has 14 shops (including a candy store, clothing stores, and a bookstore) in a historic mill. The Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach, is one of the few candy makers still making ribbon candy and candy canes onsite. Drop in to taste the homemade ice cream and make-your-own sundae.