Family on docks looking into the lake.

School’s Out, What Now? 4 Fun Family Summer Vacation Ideas Around Meredith

Cannonball splashes are met with peals of laughter. The crackle of firewood mingles with the first crunch into a sticky s’more. A boat cuts across the water as the setting sun casts a warm glow over Lake Winnipesaukee.

These are the scenes of Meredith’s most sun-kissed days, and they include all the fixings for a fun-filled family summer vacation. Now that those last school days are wrapped up, let loose on the banks of Meredith Bay with activities to fit the nature of any family getaway.

4 Ideas for Planning a Fun-Filled Family Summer Vacation at Mill Falls

Little girl blowing bubbles in front of Mill Falls at the LakeIf Your Family Likes: Adventuring in the Great Outdoors

Keep the camera handy for that mountaintop photo op — outdoorsy families are on the perfect path to vacation bliss in the Lakes Region. Scout out family-friendly hikes, like the one up West Rattlesnake Mountain, for a chance to stretch your legs and admire aerial views of Squam Lake. For a different type of (tree)top-level view, make like a bird and fly as a family from tree to tree on Gunstock Mountain’s adrenaline-pumping zipline tour. To connect with the great outdoors on a low-key level, round out your trip by pedaling along one of our area bike paths.

If Your Family Likes: Learning Something New Every Day

Summer vacation isn’t synonymous with “learning-free-zone” (right, Mom?). Add a few fun facts to your family’s repertoire by visiting a Lakes Region museum or nature center. Learn about a loon’s impressive diving and fishing skills at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, a small but info-packed center with displays, short videos, and access to walking trails on the Markus Wildlife Sanctuary. To get up close and personal with even more educational wildlife, head to Squam Lake Nature Center in Holderness (a crowd pleaser for families with young kids) for animal exhibits and narrated lake cruises.

If Your Family Likes: Chasing Summer Nostalgia

Parents, think about your most sentimental summer vacation memories. Spreading out a picnic blanket at the park, speeding down a waterslide, and cashing in tokens at a penny arcade are all summer traditions you can pass along during a visit to the Lakes Region. Ellacoya State Park is the place to take a picnic lunch and soak up a slow afternoon with a frisbee and a view. For a practically one-stop-shop for classic fun, wistful moments are around every corner at Weirs Beach with an 11-acre waterpark, two arcades, bumper cars, and even a drive-in movie theatre.

Girls jumping off dock into the Meredith Bay

If Your Family Likes: Sticking Close to the Water

Of course, you don’t have to venture far when the best waterfront in New Hampshire is right at your fingertips. The EKAL Lake Activity Center keeps families happily afloat with endless ways to play on the lake, from stand up paddle boarding to antique boat rides. If the only way to convince the kids to dive off the docks and head back to shore is with the promise of a top-heavy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone or s’mores by our firepit, you know it’s been an A+ vacation.

Take it from those of us who know the lake, mountains, and activities here inside and out — a family summer vacation at Mill Falls is a guaranteed blast. Whether you’re looking to shake up the typical trip or start a new tradition, tell us a bit about what your family likes to do together and we’ll help you craft an itinerary that’ll steal the spotlight at your kids’ next Show and Tell.

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