Summer fun in the Lakes Region
Take a day or week this summer to kick back and relax in the serene Lakes Region. Your family will find swimming, camping, adventure and wilderness fun.
Aerial Treetop Adventures
Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford
Swing through the trees! Aerial Treetop Adventures encourages families to explore Gunstock from a squirrel's eye view as you traverse 91 different challenges spread out along five tree-suspended ropes courses. Elsewhere at Gunstock’s Summer Adventure Park, find zip lines, mountain coasters, and Segway tours.
Blueberries typically ripen in New Hampshire in mid- to late July. Great spots for a morning or afternoon of pick-your-own fun include Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm in Newport, Berry Good Farm in Goffstown and Blueberry Bay Farm in Stratham.
Castle in the Clouds
Take a trip into the clouds at Castle in the Clouds, a 19th-century mansion perched atop a mountain overlooking the northern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit the castle for breathtaking views and explore over 45 miles of winding walking trails.
Ellacoya State Park
Spread your blanket at Ellacoya State Park’s 600-foot long sandy beach in Gilford. Besides the picturesque views across the waters to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, you can swim and fish, then head to the picnic grounds for lunch. Park also available for RV camping.
Lake Life Lessons, Wolfeboro
Get started with wakesurfing, the trendy waterskiing/surfing hybrid sport. Lake Life Lessons in Wolfeboro offers lessons for all ages and coaching for wakesurfing and other water sports. You’ll be shredding Lake Winnipesaukee in no time.
For breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee, try the moderate 3.8 mile round-trip hike to the top of Mount Major in Alton. For little hikers, the trail offers scenic views of the lake from various stopping points along the way. Make your hike as short or long as you like.
M/S Mount Washington
On Lake Winnipesaukee, dance under the stars on an evening Family Party Cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington. Bring the kids for a fun night of dinner, dancing and family entertainment. Children under 13 ride for free.
Fake a step into the past at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, which was named Yankee Magazine’s 2018 Editors’ Pick for “Best Historical Experience” in New Hampshire. The museum features hands-on farm fun, arts, crafts and traditional food demonstrations, and a family nature trail to views of Mount Chocorua.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Learn more about the flora and fauna of New Hampshire at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. The center’s trails wind through meadows, marshes and forests where you can visit live animal displays of some of the creatures who call the area home – including a black bear and bobcat.
Weirs Drive In
Love the retro feel of Weirs Beach? After a day of fun in the sun, take in the latest summer blockbuster at the Weirs Drive In. And yes, just like always, shows start at dusk.
Wellington State Park
Wellington State Park beach on the shores of pristine Newfound Lake is home to the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Weather-permitting, the lake is open daily for swimming, boating and fishing. Once you’ve dried off, follow the park’s kid-friendly nature trail to shaded picnic areas and spectacular views of Cliff and Belle Islands.
Wright Museum of World War II
In Wolfeboro, learn about a pivotal time in history at the Wright Museum of World War II’s annual family day on July 8. Festivities include rides in restored WWII vehicles, WWII re-enactors, WWII memorabilia, as well as a magic show, animal shows, games and other kid-friendly fun. Bring the grandparents for a special day.
Looking for a kid-friendly campground? Some favorite places for families to pitch their tent include Jellystone Park and Campground in Ashland, Mi-Te-Jo Campground in Milton, and Moose Hillock Campground in Warren, home to a heated oversized pool with pirate galleon waterslides.