Laconia and Lake Winnipesaukee Tourist Attractions
Laconia (pop. 16,000) is located near Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire. The area is popular with tourists during all four seasons.
In the centre of the lake district to the south of the White Mountains is Lake Winnipesaukee, which attracts large numbers of visitors, particularly in summer. Weirs Beach, on the west side of the lake, has the widest range of leisure and recreational facilities (two water parks, bathing beaches, steamer trips) but is also the most crowded resort. Quieter places are the old bathing resort of Wolfsboro on the east side of the lake, and also Center Sandwich, Tamworth and Ossippee, with their numerous pretty antique shops. A peaceful, if somewhat antiquated way of life can be led in Canterbury Shaker Village. Laconia is the largest village in the region.
Castle Springs, Moultonborough
Castle Springs was originally names "Lucknow" and was built in 1913 by Thomas Plant. The walls are made of granite stone and roof is finished with Spanish red slate. The castle stands high up on a ridge with views over Lake Winnipesaukee.The grounds cover eight square miles and include natural waterfalls, viewing platforms and walkways. Horseback riding is also offered on the grounds.
Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad departs from either Meredith or Weirs Beach and offers one and two hour rides along the old "Concord to Lincoln Line" in old restored coaches.
Meredith - Annalee Doll Museum (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Annalee Doll Museum in Meredith features dolls from the Annalee Doll Co. dating from 1934.
White Mountain National Forest is a popular area, with hiking trails running through the mountains, campgrounds, and scenic drives.