Blog :: 06-2014

Exploring Lake Winnipesaukee by Boat: Some Favorite Destinations

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Wolfeboro NH town docks

Wolfeboro's Cate Park (http://visitwolfeboro.com)

Spanning a massive distance of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the third largest lake in all of New England. For years, this gorgeous body of water has served as a hallmark summertime playground for thousands of people from across the nation. Offering panoramic vistas, signature lakeside attractions, excellent marine facilities and superb fishing areas, Lake Winni remains one of the most popular destinations for boaters in the Northeast. If you're looking for some boat-accessible destinations during your Lake Winipesaukee vacation, read on!

Weirs Beach

Located on the western shorelines of Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New Hampshire. More than just a beach, it's home to endless activities for all ages. Weirs beach is famous for its thrilling water slides, intensive ropes/obstacle courses, mini-golf, zip lines, bowling alleys, scenic cruises, bi-plane rides, go-karts, and its world-renowned arcades. If you are traveling with your children, be sure to check out this remarkable lakeside area - one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East coast!

Stonedam Island

If your idea of an ideal summer vacation includes getting closer to nature, Lake Winnipesaukee's got that, too.  Amid the tranquil waters of the western part of the lake by Meredith Bay lies a hidden gem known as Stonedam Island. This 112-acre area serves as one of New Hampshire's best-kept nature preserves, and is an extraordinary destination for both locals and tourists alike. If you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, or having picnics in a stunning natural setting, be sure to make your way over to this beautiful archipelago. On the East side of the island, there is a small dock that can accommodate up to two smaller-sized boats.  Alternatively, you can easily and affordably rent kayaks or canoes from spots on nearby shores such as Weirs Beach. On the banks of Stonedam, you will find a historic cabin, built from 200-year-old logs that were moved from Camp Kahona and reassembled here. The trails are gorgeous and provide sweeping views of the lake. If you are a nature lover, be sure to boat to this exquisite island, and experience beauty that you cannot find elsewhere!

Wolfeboro

In the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the picturesque streets of Wolfeboro are lined with quaint gift shops, signature ice cream stands, food vendors, and an endless number of excellent restaurant options. Perfect for those who enjoy a lively, downtown experience, this New Hampshire town attracts vacationers year-round. On weekends, day-trippers can harbor their boat for up to several hours in one of the town's four public docks, free of charge. Wolfeboro also offers a convenient trolley system for exploring the town, perfect for those who have traveled here by boat. Common activities here typically include shopping the downtown district, enjoying a concert at the Cate Park bandstand, and visiting some of the many museums filled with the lake's memorabilia and information on local boat builders, fishermen, and waterskiers. If you are planning on taking a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Wolfeboro should absolutely be on your checklist.

Boats offer a fun and unique way to get to know Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't have your own or don't want to transport it? A web search can point you to many options for renting boats by the day, week, or month. Come explore!

 

3 Family-Friendly Summer Events in the Lakes Region

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Planning a trip to New Hampshire's Lakes Region? Discover some of the most popular summertime activities and events that our area has to offer! With so many exciting things to do every day of the week, it's no wonder so many NH residents and people from all over the world choose to come here during their summer holiday season. Enjoy panoramic views while relaxing on New Hampshire's beautiful lakefronts, eat out at a few of the most talked-about restaurants in town, enjoy musical performances from renowned artists, but most importantly, be sure to catch the top summer events in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!

Interlakes Summer Theatre

Integrate the arts into your vacation this year at Interlakes Summer Theatre, a "feel good, broadway style musical theatre." This talented bunch of performers delivers the perfect opportunity to ditch the screens and immerse yourself in a different time and place entirely. Whether you're a theatre veteran or a first-timer, the five different musicals performed over the course of the summer are sure to dazzle. You and your friends and family are sure to find something to love at the Interlakes Summer Theatre. This year, choose from "The Wiz," based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," to "Miss Saigon," by the creators of "Les Miserables," along with many others. Located at the Interlakes Community Auditorium in Meredith, the theatre is convenient for all Lakes Region vacationers. They even have a Children's Theatre; be sure to check out their performances with your little ones!

Weirs Beach Midnight Fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Winnipesaukee, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. AP / Jim Cole http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/07/2012-fourth-of-july-fireworks.html

Fourth of July fireworks on Lake Winnipesaukee, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. - AP / Jim Cole http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/07/2012-fourth-of-july-fireworks.html

Weirs Action Committee is making history this year by celebrating Independence Day the very moment it comes around: 12:01 a.m.! Gather your family and friends at Weirs Beach to ring in this year's Fourth of July with a stunning display of fireworks. For those who'd rather be snoozing by midnight, additional fireworks shows will be held on Friday night at 10:00 p.m. from the shores of Endicott Park at Weirs Beach. You could even take the family on a fireworks cruise- the view from a boat in Weirs Bay is especially lovely, with the fireworks exploding almost directly overhead.  Come enjoy the lively festivities and commemorate America's birthday on a gorgeous sandy lakefront beach at the annual event sponsored by Weirs Action Committee. Come down for an exciting afternoon on the boardwalk and finish the night off by watching the spectacular array of the Weirs Beach fireworks!

Crafts at Cate Park

Ready to use your imagination, let your creativity come to life, and build a fairy house? Yep, that's right: Build a fairy house! Have a blast with the kids at the fourth annual Fairy House-Building event from Wolfeboro Area Children's Center. Located in Wolfeboro's Cate Park from 10 am to 2 pm on July 5th, put your crafting skills to the test with your Lakes Region neighbors. All supplies used must be natural (materials found in nature), so it's a great way to get the kids outside, collecting pebbles, twigs, leaves, grass... all kinds of things to make your fairy house unique.