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Things to do in The Lakes Region of NH

Looking for something to do in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire? Look no further! Here is a list of things to do with all the details.



Tilton’s Arch


Tilton’s Arch is also known as Memorial Arch. It is located in Northfield, NH. The arch was built in the late 1800’s and is a replica of a Roman Arch. The arch was built by Charles Tilton and served as a memorial to his ancestors. The arch measures 50 feet high and 40 feet wide and is made entirely of granite. Charles was the driving force behind The Tilton School. The arch is used for various functions as well as picnics. It is a terrific spot to view Old Home Day fireworks.



The Kellerhaus


The Kellerhaus is located in Weirs Beach. They have an ice cream buffet and chocolate.


The Kellerhaus was started in 1906 by Otto G. Keller.  Ice cream was made in the early 1920’s. In 1950, Otto was semi-retired while his 2 sons, Seth and Pittman ran the store. Seth and his wife, Peg, purchased a plot of land overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. Peg purchased gifts and candles for the store while Seth decided customers should be able to create their own sundaes. They opened for business in 1966. In the 1970’s, the candy room was added. In 1987, third generation Rick and Kathy Keller took over.  Today, the ice cream and candy is made with Otto’s original recipe.



Madison Boulder Natural Area


The boulder is located off Route 13 in Madison.  Yes this may be just a rock but the history and the beauty is amazing.


Madison Boulder is New England’s largest known erratic. The 17-acre site was acquired by the state of New Hampshire in 1946. The boulder was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1970 by the United States Department of the Interior. The reason it was named a landmark was because the large, erratic “is an outstanding illustration of the power of an ice sheet to pluck out very large blocks of fractured bedrock and move them substantial distances.


The boulder area is open from the middle of May through the middle of November.


Madison Boulder is made from large quartz crystals as well as fine-grained feldspar. These elements were built up under strong pressure from a large molten mass deep in the earth over 200 million years ago. When the molten cooled, it was hardened. Over the years, most of the surface of the earth was swept away by wind and rain but the granite stayed in place.


Boulders like the Madison Boulder were moved great distances during the ice ages. The boulder sites on ice sheets.


Newfound Lake


The lake is located in the town of Bristol.  Newfound Lake is named one of the cleanest lakes in the world.


The lake is 4,106 acres in size and is also one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire at over 180 feet deep. The lake is about two and a half miles wide and seven limes in length.  It is surrounded by eight springs and 22 miles of shoreline.


View the Newfound Lake Cam!


Newfound Lake covers four towns in NH:  Bridgewater, Bristol, Hebron and Alexandria, New Hampshire.  They also have two lighthouses:  Newfound Lighthouse at Paradise Point Lodge on Route 3A in Bridgewater and Reed Lighthouse near the ledges on West Shore Road.


Newfound Lake hosts many NH events such as the NH marathon held the first week in October, Granite Ledges Triathlon is held in September, Hebron Gazebo programs are held on Sunday evenings in the summer, July 4th parade in downtown Bristol NH and Ice Racing On Sundays in January through March.



Weirs Beach


Weirs Beach is home to the ever popular Bike Week in June.  Weirs Beach was named “Weirs” back in the days but was never officially named Weirs Beach until 1955. The simple reason for this was because until 1951, there was no beach. The beach was created between 1949-1951.


Weirs Beach’s most popular attraction is the Boardwalk which was destroyed in the floods of 2008. In 2010 the Weirs Beach boardwalk was rebuilt.  The boardwalk begins on Lakeside Avenue and runs the entire length of the beach and docks. There are benches every few feet so people can sit and enjoy the view of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are a few ways to get from the boardwalk down to the water. At the beginning of the boardwalk there are stairs that lead to the picnic areas and bathhouse. In the middle of the boardwalk are stairs that lead to the public boat docks. Many people like to sit on the docks and watch to boats come in and out. The MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship ticket office is where you can purchase tickets to cruise Lake Winnipesaukee on the M/S Mount Washington Ship. There is also a ticket booth to ride the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.  Another way to get to the beach leads to the Winnipesaukee Pier. The pier has several shops and an arcade.


There are several activities to do on Weirs Beach. There are tow arcades:  the Penny Arcade and the Family Fun Center. The Weirs beach Waterslide and Surf Center are great water parks where you can cool off from the hot summer sun.


 Weirs Beach has six miniature golf courses.


Daytona Fun Park and Weirs beach Go-Kart Track are fun for all Go-Kart enthusiasts.


The Weirs beach Drive-In Theater opened in 1949 and has four screens.

There are several restaurants that have something for every taste and palate.  The Patio Garden has Italian and American food, seafood, pizza and salads.  JB Scoops Ice Cream carries over 50 flavors. Half Moon Pizza Stand has been in business at Weirs Beach for over 40 years. The Stageview Sub Shop offers subs, burgers and seafood.


Also see: Lake Winnipesaukee Attractions by GPS Coordinates



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