Lakes Region —
New Hampshire’s Natural Playground
The Lakes Region is famous for its large, clear lakes and small ponds with 70,000 acres of prisine waterways but is also surrounded by mountains, deep woods, farmlands, and small quiet villages and busy resort towns. While there are 273 lakes and ponds in the region, one lake dominates them all, Lake Winnipesaukee, at 72 square-miles, 274 islands and 200 miles of shoreline.
The lakes make the region a mecca for swimming, boating, fishing or water skiing. You can cruise Lake Winnipesaukee on the vessel Mount Washington or take a guided boat trip on Squam lake, made famous in the film "On Golden Pond." There are also summer theaters, fairs, nightclubs and restaurants serving gourmet fare and others with a reputation for good home cooking.
Cultural attractions include the Museum of Childhood in Wakefield, The Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, the Antique Boat Museum in Meredith, Moultonborough's Loon Center or Castle Springs with its famous Castle in the Clouds, the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, Squam Lake Natural Science Center in Holderness, amusements at Weirs Beach, and Laconia, which is famous for its Motorcycle Week and the historic Belknap Mill. Shopping, from small boutiques in resort towns to factory outlets like Tanger Outlets in Tilton, can be found throughout this diverse region. The region is also home to the Belknap Mill center for the arts with shopping is everywhere, from small boutiques in resort towns to factory outlets, such as the Tanger Outlets in Tilton.
Summer may be the Lakes Region's best-known season, but wrap the hillsides in spring green, the blazing colors of fall or a thick blanket of snow, and it is every bit as magical. The region is an all-season vacation area where visitors return year after year. In autumn, harvest season offers fresh produce and colorful foliage that can be enjoyed from any drive. Come winter, there is ice fishing and ice sailing, skating and snowmobiling and world-class skiing (cross-country and downhill). Spring is the perfect time to watch exquisite glassware being made at Pepi Herrman Crystal in Gilford, or take a tour of the Hampshire Pewter Co. in Wolfeboro.
Located in Central New Hampshire, the Lakes Region is an ideal base for traveling all over the state if you choose. The camping options span from small, quiet, primitive places to resorts with all the amusements to satisfy visitors of all interests.