Things to Do In New Hampshire Near Lake Winnipesaukee

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Today I am sharing Things to do in New Hampshire near Lake Winnipesaukee. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire and part of the lakes region. There are several towns that abut the lake, one being Meredith NH.  If you have never been to Meredith, be sure to click through this post,  “things to do & stay in Meredith NH.”

New Hampshire is part of New England and is bordered by Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. We live in Massachusetts and we visit New Hampshire a few times a year as it’s a special vacation spot for us.

Updated since I wrote this post, we bought a lake house about 15 minutes minutes south of Lake Winnipesaukee! Want to take a tour and rent our lake house? Click through to this post, “rent our lake house” to see all the details.  

We recently partnered with The New Hampshire Travel and Tourism Association to share Lake Winnipesaukee things to do in New Hampshire. 

Things To Do Lake Winnipesaukee 

Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire paddle boarding at church landing

There are several activities around the lake and many of them are located in the towns of Meredith, Laconia, Gilford, Moultonboro, Alton Bay and Wolfboro.

Marketplace At Mill Falls

The marketplace at Mill Falls is part of the Mill Falls resort and has several boutiques, eateries, bakeries, ice cream and several clothing shops.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track



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Laconia, New Hampshire / Weirs Beach

Laconia Nh is between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake. Laconia is famous for Laconia Motorcycle Week, also known as bike week, in June each year.

The Weirs Beach community is located at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee and is a great day trip.

Fun Spot Weirs Beach 

Fun spot is located Weirs Beach Community in Laconia and it’s a huge activity center filled with arcade games, indoor mini-golf, a bowling alley and pizza shop. Be prepared to stay a while, especially if you have kids.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH

Looks like fun right?

A perfect of example of Live Free in NH and have fun.

Monkey Trunks in Laconia New Hampshire

Just next door to Fun Spot is Monkey Trunks, a zip lining obstacle course which I cannot believe my husband tried. It was such a great bonding experience for him and the kids to do this together. They had so many laughs and so much fun.

Just a heads up, this is a very popular attraction so go early in the day so you don’t have to wait in long lines. The lines do move quickly though.

There is also a Monkey Trunks in North Conway, New Hampshire near the Polar Express Train Station (see the North Conway Polar Express post I wrote last year). That is another great vacation spot, especially in the winter. We took the kids to North Conway a couple years ago to visit Santa’s Village (in Jefferson NH) and take a train ride to the North Pole and it was amazing!

Lake Winnipesaukee summer vacation 2016-15

Weirs Beach Go-Kart Track

Across the street you will find the Go-Kart track which I think was one of the kid’s favorite activities. So much so that we had to go back another day and do another 10 rounds! -ha.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track

Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad 

You can take a scenic train ride along Lake Winnipesaukee from Meredith Bay NH to Weirs Beach in Laconia. 

The Elkay Activity Center in Meredith

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track

The Ekal Activity Center in Meredith right on the main road, just next door to Church Landing, and has everything you could possibly imagine as far as watersports goes.

Not only can you rent paddle boards, canoes, kayaks for kayaking and aqua cycles, you can charter a pontoon boat or take a guided tour on the lake in an Antique boat. The possibilities are endless.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track

We rented paddle-boards one morning and the kids had a blast. We paddle boarded up and down the shoreline in town and had a great time stopping at the beach and hanging out.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track

Best Restaurants Lake Winnipesaukee Meredith NH

A few of the restaurants that turned out to be favorites are the Lake House Grill located inside the lower level of Church Landing, The Town Docks which is right on the main street and is casual waterfront dining, The Camp located in the lower level of the Chase House of Mill Falls, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria located in the historic Mill Falls Inn and marketplace and the Waterfront Cafe also located in the Mills Falls Inn. By the way, the Waterfront Cafe has the best breakfast! Delicious. The Mill Falls marketplace also has great clothing shops, home furnishings and fun souvenirs. Be sure to visit the candy shop and see the 40-foot waterfall too.  Of course, we hit Ben & Jerry’s too.

Lake Winnipesaukee vacation 2016 / Mill Falls / Meredith NH/ Fun Spot / Monkey Trunks / Go-Kart Track

One fabulous feature is you can pull your boat right up to The Town docks in town and go shop or dine. This is a sandy beach themed restaurant so flip flops or sneakers are best. It’s a super casual atmosphere with great music.


There are so many things to do in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Not only can you visit during the summer months but New Hampshire also offers some of the best skiing and fall hiking sports in the country. Being from New England, it’s a well-known fact that New Hampshire’s “live free” motto is truly like no other. Be sure to check out their find your next adventure site to plan your own trip. You may also like the New Hampshire lakes and beaches website as well as this hiking guide. Thank you so much to the New Hampshire Travel and Tourism Association for sending us on this fabulous trip!

This post brought to you by New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Four Generations One Roof.

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  1. Constance S says:

    This looks like an amazing trip and I love that there is so much to do with a short driving distance. Great family spot.

  2. I used to love visits to New Hampshire, growing up on the East Coast! I’d love to bring my family up there – so much fun to be had!

  3. I haven’t ever been to New Hampshire and didn’t have any idea there were so many things to do. You have really enticed me to book a trip soon.
    Thanks for all the info.

  4. I love New Hampshire! Haven’t been in years but I hope to go back soon!

  5. How FUN! I have a good college friend in New Hampshire – I need to visit her soon!

  6. Looks like a BLAST! I need to get back to the NE–such a great vacation spot!

  7. Jane Petermann says:

    We lived in NH for 16 years. We miss that beautiful place every day.

  8. Such a beautiful place. The pictures of the lake are just stunning. Looks like you had so much fun.

  9. looks like a place Steve would enjoy visiting……..and you know me, I love traveling any where!!

  10. It look so idyllic!! 🙂 You photos are stunning too ♥

  11. Jessie Anderson says:

    Lovely pictures! I live in the lakes region; abou 25 mins from Lake Winnipesauke. It is such a breathtaking lake. One of my favorites in NH.
    Have you ever been to Newfound Lake? It is a very beautiful lake as well and much less crowded than Lake Winni. It is very clean although a bit cold.

  12. Victoria Morgan says:

    There is much more to the lake than just Meredith. You barely scraped the surface.

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