Summer is nearly here, and that means things are heating up in the Lakes Region. We can hardly wait to get outside and take part in the many great activities in this area. This central portion of New Hampshire is known for its picturesque lakes and mountains, as well as its charming, quaint lakeside towns. It’s been a popular summer destination for people from all over New England for decades. If your summer vacation is bringing you up to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region–and it definitely should–then we have some great ideas for you to make the most of your summer. Book a room at the only Lakeside Bed and Breakfast in the Lakes Region today, and start planning out your exciting summer itinerary.
How to Make the Best of the Lakes Region
There are more things to do in the Lakes Region than you’d have time to do, even if you spent an entire summer up here. To be sure, the lakes region comes alive during the summer months. Beyond spending time on the lakes themselves, here are 10 great things to do when you visit us in New Hampshire this summer:
Hike up Mt. Chocorua in Albany. The peak stands at 3,480 feet, and is steeped in legend. Mt. Chocurua is one of the most popular hikes in the area, and a definite “must-do” activity during your summer vacation in the Lakes Region.
Discover Newfound Lake in the town of Bristol. On the lake, there’s a lighthouse, and during the warmer summer months you can take a boat ride to Profile Falls, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool and a waterfall shower.
Imagine huge rocks left over from the last Ice Age. That’s what you’ll find at Madison Boulder Natural Area. Here, big boulder, the largest known boulder in New England, stands at 23′ high, 83′ long and 37′ wide, and weighs in at an incredible 5,000 tons.
The Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Lakes Region. It sits in the Ossipee Mountain Range, and as its name suggests, offers dramatic views below. On the property itself, there are 45 miles of hiking trails to explore.
Walk through the Polar Caves in Rumney, which were created somewhere around 50,000 years ago. The nature trail will lead you through a pine forest to get to the caves. On site, you’ll also see a covered bridge, a maple sugar shack and museum, and even a sluice and mines where you can pan for gold, gems or fossils.
The Memorial Arch, also known as Tilton’s Arch, is a replica of Ancient Roman arches, and was built in the 1800’s. It stands at an impressive 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide.
Ride the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad around Lake Winnipesaukee, leaving from Meredith Bay to Weirs Beach and onto Paugus Bay. The trips are either 1 or 2 hours, and are a great way to see the region’s natural beauty.
If you want to step back in time and experience the Lakes Region as it once was, head to Weirs Beach. It has an old-fashioned boardwalk packed with arcades, ice cream, shops and pizza places. You can even take in a movie at the drive-in theater; one of the last remaining in the country.
Gunstock Mountain Resort, located in Gilford, is the perfect place for the avid outdoor enthusiast to spend a day. At Gunstock, you can go mountain biking, hiking, fishing, tubing, ziplining, and blueberry picking all in the same day. We also recommend taking the scenic lift ride to the top of the mountain, and testing out their Mountain Adventure Park.
Have you ever heard of Barnstorming? A group of summer travels would head to the Lakes Region each summer, traveling around from theater to theater (barnstorming) to put on their shows. The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, located in Tamworth, opened its first production in 1931 and still puts on over 8 shows throughout the summer months.
The possibilities for fun in the Lakes Region are endless. Book your stay at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast today, and come experience summer in New England’s best vacation destination.