Lakes Region – New Hampshire
The Lakes Region is home to many popular lakes such as Squam Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Lake Sunapee, and the largest lake in the state, Lake Winnipesaukee. It is in the east-central part of the state and offers tons of water recreational offerings. Boating and waterskiing are the most popular in the summer as are paddleboarding and kayaking in smaller bodies of water. In the cooler months, visitors will find people ice fishing, ice skating, and ice sailing on many of these lakes.
The Lakes Region is known nationally for the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week and is also home to popular attractions like the Squam Lakes Science Center, Winnipesaukee Railroad, Castle in the Clouds, the M/S Mount Washington Boat and the live concert venue Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. The region is also rich in shopping including outlets, markets, galleries, and gift shops.
The most popular beach in the Lakes Region is Weirs Beach. It’s not just a beach but a focal point of activities, recreation, and a walkable boardwalk.
Rebuilt in 2010, the Weirs Beach boardwalk is over 1300 feet long and offers amazing views of the lake and Ossipee mountains. The Boardwalk welcomes the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad daily in the summer and fall and makes several runs daily along parts of Lake Winnipesaukee. The Boardwalk is also home to the M/S Mt. Washington, whose main port is at Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. From the boardwalk, cross Lakeside Avenue and you’ll be able to enjoy numerous arcades, gift and jewelry shops, bumper cars, and food. At one end of the boardwalk is the Winnipesaukee Pier, with more food, arcades, mini golf, shops and boat rentals. At the opposite end you’ll find the Weirs Beach Drive-in Theater.