Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of New Hampshire, the Lakes Region offers a treasure trove of family-friendly activities all year round. With its stunning lakes, vibrant foliage, and charming towns, the region beckons families to embark on unforgettable adventures. In this post, we'll explore some of the exciting seasonal activities that will undoubtedly make your summer a memorable one. From wildlife encounters at the Squam Lakes Science Center to exhilarating go-kart racing, leisurely boat rentals, and much more, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

  1. Squam Lakes Science Center: Located in Holderness, the Squam Lakes Science Center is a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts. With its mission to educate and inspire visitors about the region's ecology and wildlife, the center offers interactive exhibits and live animal presentations. Families can explore the various trails that wind through forests and wetlands, allowing for encounters with native wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, otters, birds of prey and more. The Science Center's educational programs, including guided boat tours on Squam Lake, provide an enriching experience for all.

  2. Go Kart Racing in the Weirs: For a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience, head to the Weirs, where you'll find several go-kart tracks. Places like Daytona Fun Park and the Weirs Beach Go Kart Track offer exciting go-kart racing experiences suitable for different age groups. Daytona Fun Park features fast twisting turns and Viper style go-karts, allowing for exhilarating races, while the Weirs Beach Go Kart Track offers double seated go-karts that zip through a quarter-mile track at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, providing an extra element of challenge and excitement.

  3. Boat Rentals: Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam offer abundant opportunities for water-based adventures. Several boat rental companies around the lake provide options for exploring its vast beauty. For example, Fay's Boat Yard in Gilford offers a wide range of boats, from pontoon boats for leisurely cruises to speedboats for water sports enthusiasts looking to explore Lake Winnipesaukee. Similarly, Winni Marine offers boat rentals on both lakes, including kayaks and paddleboards, for those looking for a more serene experience.

  4. Cruises on the Mount Washington: Experience the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee on a cruise aboard the iconic Mount Washington. This majestic vessel offers scenic cruises, including brunch and dinner options, allowing families to enjoy breathtaking views of the lake's crystal-clear waters and surrounding mountains. With spacious decks, onboard dining, and live entertainment, a cruise on the Mount Washington is a memorable experience for all ages.

  5. Train Rides on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad: Embark on a nostalgic train journey with the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Departing from Meredith and Weirs Beach, this charming heritage railroad takes passengers on scenic rides along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Marvel at the stunning vistas, quaint towns, and idyllic landscapes as you relax aboard vintage coaches. The railroad offers various themed rides, including family-friendly excursions, creating a delightful experience for train enthusiasts of all ages.

  6. Swimming at Ellacoya State Park: When it's time to cool off and enjoy some beach fun, Ellacoya State Park on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee is the perfect destination. This beautiful park features a sandy beach with designated swimming areas, picnic spots, and playgrounds. Spend a leisurely day basking in the sun, swimming in the refreshing waters, and building sandcastles with your family. The park's facilities, including restrooms and a snack bar, ensure a comfortable visit for families.

  7. Polar Caves: Venture into the enchanting world of Polar Caves, located in Rumney. This geological attraction features a series of caves formed during the last ice age. Embark on an awe-inspiring self-guided tour as you navigate through narrow passageways, tunnels, and hidden chambers. Discover remarkable rock formations and learn about the region's natural history. The park also offers animal exhibits, a nature trail, and a mining area where kids can search for gemstones and fossils.

  8. Concerts at the Bank of NH Pavilion: If you're in the mood for live music, the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford hosts a variety of concerts and events throughout the year. This outdoor amphitheater offers a picturesque setting amidst the trees and boasts a diverse lineup of renowned artists and bands. From country and rock to pop and alternative, the Pavilion provides an exceptional entertainment experience for the whole family. Be sure to check their schedule for upcoming concerts during your visit to the Lakes Region.

  9. Mini Golf: Indulge in some friendly competition and test your putting skills at the region's mini golf courses, including Pirate's Cove in Winnisquam and Weirs Beach. With creatively designed courses adorned with water features, obstacles, and challenging holes, mini golf provides a delightful experience for all ages. Spend quality time with your family as you navigate the courses, enjoy some friendly banter, and celebrate those memorable hole-in-ones.

  10. Rail Bike Adventures: Located at the historic Laconia Railroad Station, rail biking has become a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. The rail bikes, specially designed to traverse the railroad tracks, offer a front-row seat to the picturesque surroundings. The experience is not only a feast for the eyes but also an invigorating adventure that blends outdoor exploration with a touch of history.

New Hampshire's Lakes Region is a haven for families seeking memorable adventures and quality time together. From the Squam Lakes Science Center, where nature and education intertwine, to the adrenaline rush of go-kart racing and the leisurely joys of mini golf and boat rentals, there's an activity to suit every family member's interests.

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