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Things to do in Lake Winnipesaukee

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Arcade
“If you're here for a long visit and looking to entertain the kids on a rainy day, this is a great spot to kill several hours. Arcades, family dining and bowling.”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
“Amazing food/ hiking and sightseeing -Summer= Outdoor seating with amazing view -Winter= Sunday Brunch Buffet with amazing view Hiking Trails for all levels *We suggest the 7 waterfalls route (kid friendly terrain but not stroller accessible) Area for feeding the fish (bring quarters for fish food machine) Horseback riding available Trolley to the actual Castle for touring inside the historic location ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Mountain
“Hiking (relatively easy) with beautiful views. Located in Alton, just down the road from the bungalow.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Offers year round fun. Winter and Summer activities at this close by ski resort ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Beach
“Lots to do in the area of Weirs Beach - swim, take a boat cruise, visit an arcade, shop, etc.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“This is a fantastic way to get out on Lake Winnipesaukee! It is a fun way to see the lake! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“I've simply had good meals here. The food is Irish-American, with a large drink and cocktail menu. In the summer you can eat out on the porch which is very enjoyable!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There is a drive-in movie theater, boat rentals, lake cruise, great restaurants and more”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“On the water. Beachy. hopping destination for seafood in a lakefront setting with outdoor tables and tiki lounge.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheatre located near Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire, United States. Opening in 1996, the venue seats nearly 9,000 guests”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Laid back American kitchen in a rustic boathouse-inspired setting on Lake Winnipesaukee”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great local restaurant within walking distance from Samoset. Nightly specials like $5 burgers on Mondays and $10 pizzas on Tuesday. They also have a small general store for small items. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“On the water. Italian and Italian/American favorites. Nice atmospere and bar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Winnipesaukee while cruising down well-groomed trails at Gunstock Mountain. This mountain offers: downhill & cross country skiing snowshoeing tubing and many more activities. Even mountain top yoga is an option!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Build-your-own-sundae ice cream smorgesboard with a candy shop and toy shop attached. Don't miss this!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the Wright Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans. The museum is open daily from May 1st to October 31st.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Ski Area
“Offers year round fun. Winter and Summer activities at this close by ski resort ”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“I've simply had good meals here. The food is Irish-American, with a large drink and cocktail menu. In the summer you can eat out on the porch which is very enjoyable!”
  • 29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“On the water. Beachy. hopping destination for seafood in a lakefront setting with outdoor tables and tiki lounge.”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Laid back American kitchen in a rustic boathouse-inspired setting on Lake Winnipesaukee”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great local restaurant within walking distance from Samoset. Nightly specials like $5 burgers on Mondays and $10 pizzas on Tuesday. They also have a small general store for small items. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“On the water. Italian and Italian/American favorites. Nice atmospere and bar. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Best lobsters in town. Can either eat there or take home. They offer lobster dinners, lobster rolls, and even live lobsters”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is the best restaurant down by the Pier. But make sure you distinguish it from the Shibleys softserve and fast food across the street. The eat in restaurant is the best in Alton by the docks on the water. They have a nice deck on the back of the restaurant that is right on the Lake with a great view of Alton Bay. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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