Things to Do
Set in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular Lakes Region, Meredith Bay attracts those seeking seasonal outdoor fun and invites you to discover its unique character, historic sites, scenic vistas and breathtaking wildlife. In addition, the surrounding area offers a variety of quaint villages; including the antique shops and art/craft galleries of Meredith, the excitement and family enjoyment of Weirs Beach, the picture perfect New England village of Wolfeboro as well as a number of other things to do in the Lakes Region.
Listed below are a sampling of area activities and attractions convenient to Meredith Bay.
Old Print Barn– This large Art Gallery exhibits paintings, original prints, drawings and photographs for 5 centuries. It’s open 10-5 daily all year, except on Christmas and Thanksgiving. The Old Print Barn is located on at 343 Winona Road in New Hampton. You can call them at 603.279.6479.
Chi-Lin Arts and Antiques of Asia – this exquisite shop & gallery offers unique pieces hard to come by in the western hemisphere. Chi-Lin Arts and Antiques of Asia is located on 17 Lake Street in Meredith, NH. (603) 279-8663.
New Hampshire Music Festival – music lovers take notice of this first-class music festival. Call for performance schedule and further details. The New Hampshire Music Festival is located on 7 Main Street, Plymouth. (603) 238.9007.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse – this professional community theatre provides the highest quality talent around. Located in Weirs Beach, call for more performance times and more information. (603) 279-0333.
Funspot – The Guinness Book of World Records holds that Funspot is “The biggest arcade in the world.” This complex offers every imaginable indoor activity, from mini golf, a driving range, arcade, bowling, bumper cars, and much more. Funspot is located on 579 Endicott St N, Laconia close to Meredith Bay. (603) 366-4377.
Logs of Fun Arcade – for a well-rounded arcade experience, choose from an arcade, mini golf, and an indoor climbing wall. Logs of Fun Arcade is located in Weirs beach. (603) 366-2424.
The Mount Washington – located less than a mile from Meredith Bay, this astounding and reputable cruise is referred to as “The most beautiful daytime scenic cruise in New England.” Check out the Sunday Champagne Brunch or come for relaxing afternoon. As the sun sets the ‘Mount’ revamps the atmosphere with great dining and live entertainment.
The Doris E. – this vessel is an ideal solution for a relaxing afternoon. Take a cruise of Meredith Bay and northern Lake Winnipesaukee.
The Sophie C. (US Mail Boat) – if you are feeling adventurous then head over to The Sophie C. as you visit the islands of the lake during its regular mailing delivery cruises.
To book a cruise on these vessels, go to the booking office in Weirs Beach or website for schedules and tickets. The Sophie is located on 211 Lakeside Ave. Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03246. (603) 366-5531
O Steaks & Seafood – fine dining & water views in an elegant steakhouse with a patio at the Lake Opechee Inn. Located on 62 Doris Ray Ct, Laconia. (603) 524-9373
Lago – a beautiful hotel on the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee, Lago offers complimentary cheese and crackers and delicious meal options. Dine in the restaurant or have a drink on the dramatic outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Be sure to enjoy a fine half price bottle of wine on Wednesdays. Located on the intersection of Route 3 and Main Street in the center of town (10 minutes from Meredith Bay). (603) 279-2253
Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing – the dimly lit classic ambiance on the lake with docks and a gazebo is truly breathtaking. Choose between dining tables or the lounge with the oversized sofas. Be sure to have one of the world’s best salads! Located at Church Landing in the center of town (10 minutes from Meredith Bay). (603) 279-5221
Guiseppe’s Ristorante – Guiseppe’s offers great food, a full bar, and live music. Located in the center of the action, it is an ideal spot to spice up a Friday night. On a warm day, go right next store for Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Located at the INNS & SPA at Mill Falls in the center of town (10 minutes from Meredith Bay). (603) 279-3313
Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant and Gift Shop – owned and operated by the Hart family since 1954, Hart’s is a renowned family-style restaurant. Their home-style cooking claims that every day is Thanksgiving Day at Hart’s. The address is 233 Daniel Webster Highway at the Junction of Route 3 and Route 104 (5 Minutes from Meredith Bay). (603) 279-6212
Canterbury Shaker Village – this mega complex offers tours and demonstrations at the 23 Shaker buildings on 969 acres. See breathtaking views and relax at the restaurant and gift shop. Canterbury Shaker Village is located on Shaker Road, Canterbury (603) 783-9511.
Castle in the Clouds – this is truly one of New Hampshire’s classic wonders. Built by millionaire Thomas Plante around 1900, this estate offers impressive views of the lakes and mountains reached by hiking trails. Tour the castle, take a hike or go for a horse ride. Route 171, Moultonborough. (603) 476-5900.
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium – if you can’t decide where to take your next adventure, then go for an exciting expedition through space. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is located on 2 Institute Drive, Concord (603) 271-7827
The Loon Preservation Center – visit protected areas for the Loon Nest Trail and be sure to check out the exhibits and gift shops. The Loon Preservation Center is located 0n Lee’s Mill Rd., Moultonborough. (603)476-5666
New Hampshire Boat Museum – this is the place for classical styles, featuring the finest of mahogany and antique boats. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is located on Center St., Wolfeboro Falls. (603) 569-4554.
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad – for a simply relaxing tour of the rolling landscape surrounding the lake, take a train ride along Lake Winnipesaukee’s shoreline. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is located on Ladd Hill Road, Meredith. (603) 279-5253.
Alpine Skiing – the surrounding areas offer several reputable mountains within 30 miles of Meredith Bay including Gunstock, and Ragged Mountain in the immediate vicinity. Other New Hampshire favorites such as Loon, Waterville Valley, Cannon, Mt. Sunapee and Brenton Woods are a short drive away.
Fishing – fishing boats are available for rent at marinas around the lake, such as Meredith Marina on route 3, Meredith. (603) 279-7921. Pick up your supplies at AJ’s Bait and Tackle’s new location on 8 Mill St. in Meredith. (603) 279-3125. Fishing lessons are also available for newcomers to fly, bass, and ice fishing. Call (603) 455-6157.
Gyms – there is a nice variety of health clubs to work out and swim at around the area, each with their own unique programs. Body Design By Joy, 25 Sawmill Rd, Gilford. 603-524-1860, and the Fitness Edge, 169 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. (603) 279-0411.
Hiking Trails – New Hampshire has some of the best hiking and backpacking in New England. Here are a few of the finest trails in the region.
Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough
Mount Major, Gilford
Rattlesnake Mountain, Holderness
Mount Washington –Presidential Range, Crawford
Mount Israel, Sandwich
Waukewan Highland Park, Meredith
Hamlin Park, Meredith
Red Hill, Moultonborough
Canoe and Kayak – Wild Meadow Canoe and Kayak on Lake Winnipesaukee offers everything and is about 20 minutes away in Center Harbor. If you need more information on sales, rentals, repairs, instruction, guided tours, and demo’s, this is the place to go.(603) 253-7536
Horseback Riding – during the temperate seasons Gunstock offers nearby Horseback riding for all levels of talent. For more information call (603) 293-4341.
Golfing – listed below there are 6 public access golf courses within 30 miles of Meredith Bay.
Waukewan Golf Club (603) 279-6661
Laconia Country Club (603) 524-1274
White Mountains Country Club (603) 536-2227
Ragged Mountain Country Club (603) 768-3600
Pheasant Ridge Country Club ((603) 524-7808
Owl’s Nest Golf Club (603) 726 3076