Family Vacations: Lake Winnipesaukee

Fish, boat, swim, or just enjoy the view at Lake Winnipesaukee.

Summers at Lake Winnipesaukee are all about cottages by the shore, leisurely boat rides to the store for groceries, moonlit swims on warm nights, and a rod and reel on the dock.

Winnipesaukee is New Hampshire's largest lake, dotted with 253 islands and edged with coves, deep inlets, and bays. All sorts of craft share the water -- ski boats, sailboats, kayaks, and elegant wooden boats dating back decades.

Each of the area's villages has something different to offer. Weirs Beach is a perennial family favorite, where you'll find arcades, bumper cars, an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater, waterslides, and tour boats. Its 1950s wooden boardwalk flanks the beach, and on certain nights in the summer, fireworks explode high in the sky above hundreds of boats. Wolfeboro is a classic New England town with white-steepled churches and gracious old houses.

During the winter months you'll find ice fishing and ice sailing on the lake, and cross-country and downhill skiing nearby. Snowmobiling is another popular pastime.

Lake Winnipesaukee Visitor Information

Address: Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

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