5 Laconia Attractions to Add to Your New Hampshire Getaway

We know how it goes — between all the shopping, dining, and outdoor entertainment to be had here in Meredith, it’s easy to overlook the surrounding areas. As all-inclusive as our neck of the woods is, however, there’s even more to explore when you visit our neighbors. To start, we’ll introduce you to a few of our favorite Laconia attractions.

5 Laconia Attractions to Add to Your New Hampshire Getaway

Weirs Beach
It’s not a proven fact, but we’ll bet it’s near impossible to visit Weirs Beach and not have a good time. A favorite for locals and visitors alike, this hotspot is home to everything from a public beach to a Go-Kart Track and blast-from-the-past arcades. Whether you’re seeking a day of family fun or some sandy time in the sun, Weirs Beach is a beacon for good times in Laconia, N.H. — if you stop by in July or August, grab a partner for some good old-fashioned square dancing on the boardwalk!

Monkey Trunks Zipline Park
For a Laconia attraction that caters to your adventurous side, take to the ropes at Monkey Trunks, the area’s go-to adventure park. See how many of the 48 swinging, hanging, or rolling challenges you can tackle along the giant Adventure Course, or fly tree-to-tree on a zipline tour through the woods and over the property pond. Soar into the Lakes Region during the summer and you can even partake in a sunset or nighttime zipline experience.

Belknap Mill
Step back in time with a visit to New England’s oldest hosiery factory. Within the beautiful brick walls of The Belknap Mill lives the Hosiery Museum and Power House Museum, complete with original machinery (some of which is still in use today!) and storyboards from the building’s booming textile years. Forgot to pack socks? Visit the gift shop on your way out to pick up a pair made right in the Mill, and don’t forget to take a stroll through the property’s Riverside Gallery for exhibits by local artists.

Ahern State Park
You know and love Lake Winnipesaukee, but have you met its similarly-named neighbor, Lake Winnisquam? Ahern State Park rests along 3,500 feet of lake shoreline with 128 peacefully wooded acres to boot. Nature lovers of all levels can find a place to play in the park, whether it’s through a canoe ride on the water or peddling the NEMBA trails on a mountain bike.

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Though the timing is essential for this seasonal favorite, our collection of Laconia attractions wouldn’t be complete without the dazzling New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. Adding to an already bustling visit for autumn admirers, the weekend’s festivities are filled with live music, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, and of course, pumpkins as far as the eye can see. The crowning jewel of the event itself is a 35’ tower of twinkling jack-o-lanterns, making a picture-perfect backdrop for your New Hampshire getaway memories.

That’s the beauty of the Lakes Region — no matter how many times you visit, you’ll never run short on new sights to see. At just a quick drive from our front doors, stretch your traveler’s curiosity and add some of these Laconia attractions to your next New Hampshire itinerary.


Photo: Weirs Beach, David Salafia via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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