Top things to do in Lakes Region

Top Choice Historic Building in Lakes Region

Castle in the Clouds

Perched on high like a king surveying his territory, the arts-and-crafts-style Castle in the Clouds wows with its stone walls and exposed-timber beams, but it’s the views of lakes and valleys that draw the crowds. I…
Science Center in Squam Lake

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

To get up close and personal with the wildlife in the Lakes Region, visit the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Four nature paths weave through the woods and around the marsh. The highlight is the Gephart Trail, l…
Museum in Wolfeboro

Wright Museum

For a Rosie-the-riveter and baked-apple-pie look at WWII, visit this museum's interactive exhibitions that feature music, documentary clips, posters and other American paraphernalia. There are also uniforms, equipme…
Cafe in Wolfeboro

Downtown Grille Cafe

Order at the counter then head to the back patio for a great view of Lake Winn with your ham-and-pepper-jack panini, hot-pressed cubano or, our favorite, the kickin' buffalo chicken wrap with blue cheese and hot sau…
Pizza in Wolfeboro

Nolan's Brick Oven Bistro

Delicious pizzas – cooked in the brick oven and laden with ingredients sourced from local farms – are the big draw at this popular spot a block north of the village center. But the kitchen offers a world of alternat…
Sandwiches in Squam Lake

Squam Lake Marketplace

This gourmet grocery store and bakery serves excellent breakfast and lunch sandwiches, local homemade fudge and other goodies. You'll also find beer, wines, sake, marinated meats and veggies (ready for grilling), pa…
Asian in Wolfeboro

East of Suez

From Thai red curry with black tiger shrimp to Korean BBQ flank steak, pan-Asian dishes are the specialties of the house at this off-the-beaten-path longtime favorite, where locals and visitors-in-the-know gather on…
Bar in Weirs Beach & Laconia

NazBar & Grill

This colorful lakeside bar is recommended because it's a scene. This is Weirs Beach, after all. Watch boats pull up to the dock as you sip your cocktail beside – or in – the lake. Bar fare includes nachos, salads, w…
Sandwiches in Meredith

Lakeside Deli & Grille

For a delicious lunch with prime Lake Winnipesaukee views, hit the front porch of this deli just east of downtown, beloved for its reasonably priced sandwiches, homemade soups, and fish tacos with fresh haddock and …
Cultural in Weirs Beach & Laconia

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

One of New Hampshire's quirkiest annual gatherings, the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, on the third or fourth Saturday in October, draws thousands of visitors to downtown Laconia to admire the world's largest jack-…