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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.
Clear Winter Day - 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.
Winter Lake View - Lakes Region Tourism 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.
Bluegrass Band - Great Waters - Wolfeboro, NH
Great Waters

54 N. Main Street Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-7710

Something for everyone to enjoy under the N.H. summer sky at Great Waters concerts

A summer evening in the fabled Lakes District of New Hampshire, listening to great music in a tent in a meadow: Those are the nights Great Waters has planned for this season of marvelous music at the spectacular Castle in the Clouds. There’s a fun event for everyone in 2021, from jazz artist Peter Cincotti, a free folk festival and a Bee Gees tribute band to rock ’n’ roll music, a Broadway spectacular featuring artist Kate Baldwin and a Comedy Night guaranteed to get everyone laughing. At the Castle in the Clouds, visitors can tour the historic Lucknow Mansion and its exhibits, stroll through gardens or enjoy miles of hiking and walking trails. There’s even a pond where kids can feed the ducks.
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.
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.
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.
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).
kellerhaus chocolage in weirs beach nh
Candy, Candles, Collectibles

Wintry weather, family holidays, and candy. These three go together like two horses and a carriage. Since 1906, Kellerhaus on Endicott Street North in Weirs Beach has been delighting customers year-round with homemade candies, unique gifts, and awesome views, not to mention the candle and collectible showrooms. Visitors can watch the candy being made by hand in the candy shop. Bring your appetite to the ice cream sundae and waffle buffets. Your taste buds will thank you.
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 ]
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.
Old Country Store in Moultonborough, 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