Summer Fun: The Top Things to Do Around Lake Winni
There’s nothing like summer at Lake Winnipesaukee — make the most of it! Picnics, swimming, canoeing, fishing, boating, and so much more are right in your back yard. What adventure will you embark on today?
Weirs Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are plenty of activities for every member of the family, including kayaking and tubing. If you’d like to rent a boat near the beach, Anchor Marine is just a 11-minute drive from Meredith Bay, with a large selection of boats, including family runabouts, waterski boats, and pontoon boats.
Want to try something new? Learn how to waterski with Feet First Watersports in the center of the Lakes Region on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham. With their “Guaranteed-to-Ski” method of training, you’ll be riding the waves in no time!
In the Lakes Region, the fun doesn’t stop after the sun sets — there are so many summer night activities to enjoy with your family!
Step back in time with a visit to the Weirs Drive-In Theatre. One of the oldest drive-in movie theatres in America, the Weirs Drive-In Theatre has a snack bar, four different movie screens, and is open every night! Check out today’s movie list here.
If you’re craving something sweet, Liliuokalani’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar is the place for you! Open from May to October, they have a large variety of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and chocolates. With three boat docks near the shop, you can arrive by car or boat!
End the day with a bang! Atlas Fireworks will host firework shows at Weirs Beach every Saturday night, which you can enjoy from the beach, docks, or boardwalk. Celebrate summer with gorgeous views from the beach and vibrant firework colors. For show details, click here.
Experience a gorgeous sunset dinner with views of the New Hampshire waters. Each restaurant listed is along the waterfront and offers a delightful selection of appetizers, entrées, and more:
- The Big Catch: Enjoy casual dining with various seafood dishes such as the New England Clam Platter and New Bedford Sea Scallops while overlooking the Newfound Lake from the deck.
- Garwoods: Take a seat on a patio deck overlooking Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee while enjoying Teriyaki Tenderloin Tips or an exquisite Grilled Seven-Ounce Burger.
- Shibley’s at the Pier: Gaze over the calm waters of Alton Bay and watch the paragliders glide through the air, while eating a delicious Filet Mignon or a Cream Lobster Linguine.
School is out, so treat the kids (or let your inner child out) with these fun activities!
Head over to Logs of Fun Mini-Golf in Alpenrose Plaza, which features an 18-hole championship mini-golf course. This course includes two waterfalls and a scenic open course design. If you’re looking for a more classic course, head to Daytona Fun Park, which has go-karts, bumper boats, and an 18-hole classic mini-golf course. There’s also an Outdoor Adventure High Ropes Course with options for climbers of all ages.
Prefer indoors? Half Moon Amusement Arcade is located in the heart of Weirs Beach, with two arcades within: A Penny Arcade and a Family Fun Center. The games range from video games and bright pinball machines to antique games and Skee-Ball.
If you’re interested in solving mysteries, take a look at The Escape Room Experience in Laconia. This season, they are featuring three different rooms of varying levels of difficulty. You can either join a public room and meet new people or rent a private room for family and friends. Rooms fill up quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot online!
Solar Gazing in the Field with N.H. Astronomical Society
Mondays | July 15th – August 26th | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join Marc Stowbridge of the N.H. Astronomical Society at Castle in the Clouds. He’ll have his hydrogen alpha telescope set up and ready for you to stop by, look at the sun, and learn all about it!
Franklin Farmer’s Market
July 16th – September 24th | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Shop for fresh groceries while supporting local farms and vendors! Choose from a large variety of fruit, vegetables, meats, and other local specialties in Marceau Park on Central Street.
BBC Autumnwatch New England Viewing Party
Wednesdays | July 17th – August 7th | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
In October 2018, BBC and PBS partnered up for live broadcasts of Autumnwatch New England on Holderness. View the four BBC episodes that featured the beautiful foliage at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
2nd Annual Puzzle Cup
July 26th – July 28th
Hit the ice while supporting a great cause at this men’s and women’s ice hockey tournament! It’s three days filled with hockey, games for kids and adults, a silent auction, and much more. This event fundraises and spreads awareness for those impacted by autism and served by Easterseals, N.H.
July 27th | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Play games, go on pony rides, and participate in a silent auction on the Hebron Common. All the proceeds support the Union Congregational Church of Hebron.
July 28th | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join Lakes Region Chamber in their centennial celebration! There will be lawn games, raffles, and a free BBQ. Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Belmont Old Home Day
August 10th | 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Participate in a fun-filled day starting with a pancake breakfast on Main/Mill St. and ending with a parade and fireworks in Bryant Field to celebrate summer in Belmont.
Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay
August 31st – September 2nd
Incorporate unique additions to your home décor with various arts and crafts made by local artists!