Weather in New England can always be surprising. The last few weeks in New Hampshire have been considerably cloudy and rainy, but even on a rainy day, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. Whether you're on vacation or just looking for something to do on a cold and cloudy day, here are a few options to consider:

  1. Check Out a Museum: The Lakes Region is home to several museums that can be enjoyed rain or shine. For history buffs, the Wright Museum of WWII or the New Hampshire Boat Museum (opening Memorial Day Weekend) in Wolfeboro are excellent options. For science lovers, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, a little further south in Concord, offers hands-on exhibits and an immersive planetarium experience.

  2. Go Bowling or Play Games at Funspot: Bowling and arcade games are classic family activities that can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. Funspot in Laconia, offers 20 bowling lanes with both candlepin and ten pin bowling, and features hundreds of classic and modern video games, pinball machines, and more. Relive the glory days of arcade gaming with games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders. Plus, enjoy lunch and drinks right here at the D.A. Long Tavern.

  3. Catch a Movie: Going to the movies is a great way to spend a rainy day. The Lakes Region has several theaters, including Gilford Cinema 8 in Gilford and the BarnZ's Meredith Cinema in Meredith. Both locations offer a variety of movies, from new releases to classic films. And if you're looking for an even more indulgent experience, head to Smitty's Cinema in Tilton, NH where you can enjoy recliner seating and table service with a menu full of comfort food, beer, wine and cocktails.

  4. Solve Puzzles at Escape Our House: Escape Our House in Gilford, NH offers a unique and challenging experience for families on a rainy day. Participants are locked in a themed room and must solve puzzles and clues in order to escape within a certain amount of time. It's a great activity for families who enjoy problem-solving and teamwork.

  5. Get Creative at Art Escape: Art Escape in Laconia, NH offers a fun and engaging way to spend a rainy day. They offer a wide range of art projects for all ages, including pottery painting, canvas painting, and mosaics. It's a great opportunity for families to create something together and bring home a unique souvenir from their trip.

Spending a rainy day in New Hampshire? Don't let it keep you from having a memorable time. Check out one of our recommendations above and let us know what you think!