No matter how much you wish for perfect summer sun all season long, during this time of year sometimes bad weather is inevitable.  While there is nothing you can do to change the weather, there are things you can do to make sure you are prepared with plenty of activities to keep you occupied when rain does occur. Just because Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the most beautiful outdoor regions in the area, it doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities that you can do indoors when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Here is our list of some of the best rainy day activities that are sure to pack in the fun.

Visit Lake Winnipesaukee Museums

There are a number of museums in the area, such as the official Lake Winnipesaukee Museum. This property will show you how Lake Winnipesaukee has changed throughout history and is a historic landmark. You will leave learning more about this area of the country than you ever imagined.

Plus, if you are a big history buff there is also the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. This museum focuses on WWII and has a gallery and a theater. If you have little ones on your hands, consider the Dover Children’s Museum for an interactive experience.

Go to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

If you want to learn more about space, then this local planetarium & discovery center is the perfect place for you to visit on a rainy day. This family-friendly planetarium was built as a memorial for Christa McAuliffe, the first US private citizen (part of NASA’s Teacher in Space Project) in space. In 2001 it became the official memorial to Alan Shepard, the first first American in space and one of only 12 to have stepped foot on the moon. There are special programs, hands on exhibits and a domed theater where you can watch films all within the same building.

See Science Center

Located in Manchester, NH, this Science Center is filled with fun activities for the whole family. The Science Center is an educational experience with more than 100 exhibits, summer family math workshops and plenty of opportunities to do your own actual experiments. The See Science Center is open 7 days a week and is part of the Blue Start Museum program. For more information and hours visit their website.

Shop Till You Drop

If you are always looking for good deals on quality clothing, why not take a trip to the TangerOutlets in Tilton, NH? It offers some of the best shopping in the area, featuring brand name and designer fashions and accessories for the entire family all at factory direct prices. If it’s too rainy outside, grab your umbrella and enjoy a a fun way to spend the day hopping from store to store.

Have Some Fun at Funspot

When it is raining outside and you still want to have as much fun as possible with the whole family, take a trip to Funspot—which features one of the largest collections of classic video games in the world. With more than 500 different game machines, bumper cars, bowling and a golf simulation room, and food, there is something for everyone at Funspot.

Visit the Mills Falls Marketplace

The Mills Falls Marketplace in Meredith is a great spot to shop for local goods. Plus, if you stroll into the Innisfree Bookshop you can even stock up on games, toys, activities and children’s books for the little ones so you can keep your kids entertained inside all day long. The Mills Falls Marketplace also is home to 8 restaurants with casual to fine dining options, and even a spa, and come back on a dry day to enjoy the many outdoor activities.

Grab Some Ice Cream at Kellerhaus

Just because it’s raining out, it doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect time for ice cream or other sweet treats. Kellerhaus is a local institution and has been a favorite of those in the region for more than 100 years. Here you can get all kinds of different flavors of ice cream or browse the Candy Smorgasbord full of chocolates, hard candies, gum, fudge, licorice and more for the ultimate sugar high.

With so much to do around Lake Winnipesaukee, a little rain can never get in the way of a day full of fun in the Northeast’s most beautiful lake region.


Linda Fields is a realtor serving the lakes region of New Hampshire who specializes in lake area property. If you are looking to sell property, re-locate or trying to find the perfect vacation property in the Winnipesaukee area, give Linda a call at 603-253-4345.