The New Hampshire Lakes Region is just gorgeous! One of the most well-known lakes is Winnepesaukee, which, in my opinion, is very commercial, and not where I'd personally want to be, but it works for some people. There are arcades, places to rent boats & jet skis, lots of shops & restaurants, and general attractions. This is great for people who like to be on the go. One thing I enjoy at Lake Winnepesaukee is the cruise on the Mount Washington. It's a fun way for the whole family to see the lake and some of the grand homes around it.
Another well-known NH lake is Squam Lake, which is very quiet. It is the location where the movie On Golden Pond was filmed, and is much more rustic. Squam Lake has estuary preserves and is just a different environment from Winnepesaukee. It only opened public boat launches in the past couple of years, and jet-skis are not allowed, so that keeps it quiet, also.
It's fun to go out with the boat for the whole day, no matter what lake you are visiting!For lunch, sometimes there is a good place to anchor or even pull in to shore and have a picnic. The lake we visit has a small beach just about 100 yards from the house. There is a roped off area and a dock which the kids love. The boats go by very quietly, and there are lots of people out kayaking. Grandma and the dog enjoy just cruising. But then poor Grandma gets talked into a ride in the rocket towed by the boat!
Of course, this is New England, so in addition to lake side activities like boating, swimming, camping and hiking, there are plenty of historic sites to visit in the area, such as the Canterbury Shaker Village and America's Stonehenge. There are also tons of antique & collectible shops. For those who enjoy motor sports, there is Laconia Motorcycle Week each June, when the area is full of bikers from all over. and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, featuring NASCAR racing.
I know I'm having a great time no matter what we are doing this weekend! If you ever have a chance, definitely visit the New Hampshire Lakes Region!