Glacial Lake Winnipesaukee is more than just a place to beat the city heat in summer. It's dotted by about 264 tiny islands that seem to float on 69 gorgeous square miles of pristine lake water. It's very easy to make the most of your time at New Hampshire's largest lake.
Of course, going for a quick dip in its naturally cool blue water is the very first thing you should do at Lake Winnipesaukee. Always start with a splash!
If it's a beach day you need, just head for the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, to Weirs Beach. These fine sands make up the most popular beach in the entire Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
This lake is ideal for peace-lovers who want to set off rowing on a canoe or kayak. Just don't forget a spare paddle!
If you don't feel like rowing, see if you can tame the winds by going sailing on the lake. Or, you could just book yourself a seat on the Mount Washington Cruise, whichhas been ferrying tourists since 1872!
Here's a great way to spend an afternoon on the lake: rent a tube and a powerboat to pull it along the lake surface. Tubing is a quintessential part of every Lake Winnipesaukee getaway.
With nearly 70,000 acres of freshwater, there's plenty of fish for every fisherman. Just follow the fishing rules, and you'll be able to hook salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth or largemouth bass at the local fishing holes.
The lake's 200 miles of shoreline makes for fun lakeside camping opportunities. You can set up a camp at established campsites near lakeside towns like Alton, Moltonborough and Meredith.
Visiting in fall? Prepare yourself for nature's greatest spectacle: the turning of the leaves. Keep your eyes on the trees, as vibrant colors erupt from the canopy that surrounds this lake. This fall foliage spectacle is heaven for shutterbugs.
Between the lakeside towns, there are great stretches of wilderness you can explore. See if you can hike up Mt. Major (1785 ft) for an unbeatable view of the lake.
Enjoy a horseback ride through the greenery at Castle In The Clouds - a beautiful mountaintop estate. There are many other horseback trails that criss-cross the Lakes Region.
In winter, you'll be able to check out the Annual Sled Dog Derby of Laconia. Cheer for your favorite pack of dogs!
Embark on an epic roadtrip: the Lake Winnipesaukee Loop Drive (about 97 miles long, depending on the route). With quaint lakeside towns like Laconia acting as your pit-stops, this is a great way to explore the Lakes Region.
In the town of Meredith, book yourself a seat on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. This scenic journey winds its way through the wilderness for about an hour, but you'll want it to just keep going.
Are you after a thrill? At Gunstock Mountain Resort, you can go zip lining over the canopy at great speeds of up to 70 mph!
Make your trip to Lake Winnipesaukee an unforgettable one for your kids, by taking them to Funspot, the world's largest arcade. Rekindle memories of your own childhood, as you play classic games from the 70s and 80s.
For a good old-fashioned date night, watch a classic movie at the Weirs Drive-in Theater. It's one of the last remaining old-timey drive-in theatres in USA: the remnant of a simpler time.