New Hampshire Lakes Region Info

New Hampshire Lake Winnipesaukee Region Resources and attractions
Lakes Region Visitor Centers
New Hampton:Open daily, year-round.
Take Exit 23 off I-93, head east on Route 104. We're right off the exit ramp on left. 

Alton Bay: Open May-October.
Route 11, on the bay next to the town docks in the old train station.

Stop by the New Hampton Visitor Information Center to purchase White Mountain National Forest Parking Passes. 1-7 day passes ($5); Annual ($20) and Household ($25) available.

Manchester Airport:

Strategically located in the heart of New England, Manchester Airport is just twenty minutes from the Massachusetts border and less than an hour's drive from the region's most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast beaches and peaceful lakefront resorts. Easy access, competitive airfares, ample affordable parking and a growing schedule of non-stop and direct jet service make Manchester the airport of choice in New England. Manchester Airport is served by: Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection COMAIR, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways and US Airways Express.


Times have changed and so has the "MOUNT". What used to be basically a summer attraction now operates May through October, offering Daytime Scenic, Evening Dinner/Dance and Special Theme cruises. In 1987 a new home port facility was built at Weirs Beach. This new building included an on-shore kitchen, expanded gift shop and modern offices. For the past ten years the "MOUNT" has been owned and operated by local individuals.

With a capacity of 1250 passengers, the MOUNT is a popular venue for school proms, college gatherings, and large corporate celebrations, not to mention all the tourists visiting New Hampshire. The MOUNT is a true fixture in the Lakes Region making the choice of where to get married an easy one. We estimate that over 700 happy couples have tied the knot on the MOUNT and many return to share the memories.
For more information Visit the MV Mount Washington Website Click Here

Covered Bridges in New Hampshire

Covered bridges represent a link with our past. They stand as monuments to builders who had the vision and the ability to design and construct engineering masterpieces of wood. Men such as Ithiel Town, Stephen Long, James Tasker, and more recently, Milton Graton have left a lasting impression on the landscape.

The romanticist might see that covered bridges represent a more relaxed time, free from the stress of modern age. These structures evoke images of a slow horse and buggy ride to church on a quiet Sunday, a stolen kiss under the cover of the bridge, or the peacefulness of fishing from a seat on the edge of the bridge, line in the water yet indifferent as to whether or not a fish bites. The historian might see in these spans the development of truss types still in use today, the original attempts to understand the strength of materials, and the analysis of stress on complex structures. Everyone can agree that these bridges were essential to progress by replacing dangerous ferry crossings, reducing the isolation of rural areas, increasing travel speed, and aiding commerce.

Because of their obvious antiquity and their visual appeal, covered bridges have long been appreciated. New Hampshire's wooden bridges were highlighted in W. Edward White's 1942 booklet, Covered Bridges in New Hampshire, and in any subsequent articles and books. Because of such advocacy, covered bridges became the first type of historic structures specifically protected by state law in New Hampshire. The Laws of the State of New Hampshire, 1963, Chapter 96 pertain to the preservation of these bridges. The law recognizes that wooden covered bridges are of historical interest and are desirable to retain. These bridges are eligible for state aid for their rehabilitation, and a public hearing is required when such bridges are proposed to be demolished.
To Read more about New hampshire covered Bridges Click Here for a free online Book.

Other attractions that make the Lakes Region Special

  • Castle in the Clouds, Moultonboro, NH
    Spectacular mountaintop setting with breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee.A mansion museum interpreting ca. 1914 Arts and Crafts architecture and lifestyle
  • Sophie C and the Mail Boat Weirs Beach Laconia.
  • Funspot Laconia
    Funspot is the largest arcade in the world, founded by Bob Lawton in 1952. It provides quality entertainment in an atmosphere right for the whole family! And its array of fun is continually growing. Funspot offers over 500 games, a 20 lane ten pin & candlepin bowling center, cash bingo, outdoor & indoor mini-golf, a restaurant, a tavern and more!
  • Logs of Fun Arcade & Daytona Fun Park - Weirs Beach, NH
    The New Hampshire Lakes Region Fun Parks, Logs of Fun Arcade & Mini-Golf and Daytona Fun Park GO-KARTS, have a NEW High Ropes Course plus BUMPER BOATS and Go-KARTS, Batting cages and a slew of arcade games to guarantee fun for all ages on your family vacation to The Weirs Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • Great Waters Music Festival
    Performances areindoor in the beautiful Kingswood Arts Center at 21 McManus Road in Wolfeboro.
  • Gunstock Mountain Resort Gilford NH
    A 4 season resort for Family Fun
  • Kellerhaus - Weirs Beach
    Come visit Kellerhaus in beautiful Weirs Beach, NH. Browse through eleven unique gift rooms loaded with unique treats for everyone. Watch us make homemade candies and chocolates in our candy shop. Bring your appetite to our delicious ice cream sundae and waffle smorgasbords.
  • Lakes Winnipesaukee Historical Musuem Weirs NH
    To preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee.
    The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society fulfills this mission in large part through the summer hours at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum. See the pertinent sections on this web site for details on hours, directions, exhibits and events.
  • MeadowBrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion Concert Series Gilford NH
  • Mount Major Hiking Trail Alton NH
    This is a loop hike up to Mount Major where there are fantastic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The hike ascends via Boulder Loop Trail and descends on Major-Straightback Link, Brook Trail, and Mount Major Trail.
  • NH Boat Musuem Wolfboro NH
    The Museum features many of the finest examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats on a rotating basis, including; Gar Wood, Chris-Craft, Century, Dodge, Penn Yan, Lyman and Hacker.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Holderness NH
    Spend a day - walk the trails, take a Science Center Lake Cruise, enjoy the beauty of Kirkwood Gardens, have a snack at Kirkwood Cafe, and shop naturally in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop.
  • Surf Coaster, USA Weirs Beach Water Park.
  • Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad & Dinner Train - Meredith
    The Winnipesaukee RR. rides along 7 miles of shoreline on New England largest lake. and also enjoy the Weirs Beach area featuring arcades, food, a boardwalk and a fine sand beach and more along with the MV MT Washington, All 262 feet of her that docks right at the train station.
  • Wright Musuem
    The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor's Center, and the museum's military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum's military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank - the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.
  • New Hampshire Speedway Louden NH NASCAR and other racing events
  • Interlakes Summer Theatre
    Interlakes Summer Theatre is a beautiful, recently renovated and air-conditioned 420 seat proscenium theatre located in the heart of the Lakes Region on Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • Annalee Dolls
  • Belknap Mill
    ABOUT THE MILL The Belknap Mill is: * The Official Meetinghouse of the State of New Hampshire. * The oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the U.S. * The only industrial knitting museum in the U.S. * The Lakes Region's year-round art and history center * A four-story building incorporating a museum, art gallery, concert hall and event facilities.
  • Shaker Village @ Canterbury
    Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to learn about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers through tours, programs, exhibits, research, and publications.
  • League of New Hampshire Craftsman
    Founded in 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the years of the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times, through education and by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League continues this mission today.
  • The Winnipesaukee Belle
    For more than a century, cruise boats have plied the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Today, one vessel, “The Winnipesaukee Belle,” provides passengers with the opportunity for relaxing public cruises and memorable private charters on the picturesque 72 square mile Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • The Old Print Barn