During the warm summer months, nothing can be as relaxing as slipping away to beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee for some fun in the sun. This region of New Hampshire is not only home to countless beautiful lakeside properties, but it is filled with fun activities and beautiful attractions that will keep the entire family enthralled all summer long.
Here are some fun trivia facts about Lake Winnipesaukee are sure to get you and the family out exploring and under the warm sum in this beautiful lakefront region.
- Lake Winnipesaukee actually means “beautiful water in a high place.” With its crystal clear lakes and stunning mountainsides, it is easy to see why this name was chosen for this region.
- If you want to enjoy some good old-fashioned summer night fun, then take a trip to the Weirs Drive-In Theater. Every evening at dusk you can enjoy a double feature of current hit movies. The box office opens at 7pm so make sure you get there in time to get the perfect seat. There is no better way to take in a movie on a warm summer night.
- During the summer months, the Beans and Greens Farmstand stays open for visitors and locals alike. Here you can enjoy local baked goods and fresh produce, see local animals or even try your luck on the corn maze.
- Depending on your definition of an “island” it is said that there are 365 unique islands in the lake area, meaning there is a different island for every day of the year.
- If you are an avid beach-goer, then Weirs Beach is the place for you. It is Lake Winnipesaukee’s most popular beach and is super family-friendly, with everything from restaurants and train rides to mini golf, arcades and bumper cars all around the beach. The jewel of this beach of course is the 1300-foot boardwalk right in the heart of the area.
- If you want to take in the true beauty of this area, especially in the summertime, then a visit to the Castle in the Clouds is a must. This mountaintop “castle” is actually a historic turn-of-the-century 16-room mansion that you can explore and enjoy a 270-degree view of the entire mountain and lake region.
- If you want to explore the best sites of Lake Winnipesaukee area and are keen on adventure, visit the Highland Mountain Bike Park where you can ride downhill along dozens of different mountain bike trails. If you want to take in the views but want to stay out of the heat—consider the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad instead. It is a great way to explore the entire perimeter of the island from a cool and comfortable seated position.
- Lake Winnipesaukee is actually home to the oldest summer resort in the US—Wolfeboro.
- If you love to fish during the warmer summer months—there are plenty of fish that call Lake Winnipesaukee home. This includes brook trout, rainbow trout, salmon, small and largemouth bass, yellow and white perch, lake trout, hornpout, cusk, white fish and pickerel.
- The temperature of the lake water varies greatly throughout the year. During cloudy summers, expect the water to be around 67-74 degrees. However, during sunny summers, the lake can often reach up to 79 degrees—the perfect swimming temperature.
- Finally, while most people use the term Lake Winnipesaukee to describe the entire area, there are actually 273 lakes and ponds in the Lakes Region—meaning there is always plenty to do and plenty to explore all summer long.
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 Winnepesaukee area, give Linda a call at 603-253-4345.