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STUFF YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE
Take a ride aboard the Sophie C,
which is a U.S. mail boat. The boat departs from Weirs Beach, and is
a sister vessel of the Mount
Washington. The Sophie C is quite different
than its big brother the Mount. It's lower to the water and much
smaller, therefore it tends to rock slightly with the waves and just
feels less like a cruise and more like a boat ride. It winds around the islands
of Lake Winnipesaukee to deliver mail, and it even sells ice cream on board. It's
typically more interesting for children.
Weirs Beach itself is flanked by a
boardwalk lined with plenty of arcades, places to eat, and various
activities. There are restrooms, and the Weirs is central to most
other area attractions. Some Friday nights during the summer
there are fireworks at 10pm. The rain date is the following
night. The beach is wide and sandy, and stays pretty shallow
out a good ways making is good for water games.
Funspot is about one mile north of Weirs Beach on route
3 and is an establishment you can't miss it. It is
an absolutely humongous arcade with games of every type and variety
imaginable. There is truly something for every age at Funspot.
Mini-golf, driving range, indoor golf center, blowing
alley, ropes course, cash bingo, a tavern and more. Funspot is
currently the largest arcade in the world.
If it's warm, there is a small
water park right at the Weirs which you probably noticed if you've
been down there. They are the
Water Slides. They are
located right at the corner of Lakeside Ave and route 3, right at
the Weirs Beach sign.
If you head up route 11b from its
intersection with route three, you'll see the Daytona Fun
Park. They offer go karts, batting cages, a climbing wall,
bumper boats, a bunjee thingy and
another mini golf course. There is also another go-kart track
across the street from Funspot.
Squam Lakes Natural Science
Center is an excellent place to go if your kids don't mind a
little walking. Walk the trails to see live animals and educational
exhibits. You will observe bears, deer, eagles, bobcats, owls,
mountain lions, foxes, and more. It's a bit of a drive from
the Weirs area, but its worth it. Consult their
website for directions.
series often nets some big name performers that your youngsters
might like. In the past, names such as N 'Sync and 98 Degrees
were here. Adults might
prefer performances by Bill Cosby, Alan Jackson, The Boston Pops,
The Beach Boys, and quite a few more. Check their site for the
& Greens Farmstand has a few live animals that might interest kids,
along with a koi pond, corn maze and various activities scheduled throughout the
summer. Adults will love the backdrop of hills for a nice picnic as
they have a large selection of locally made products and baked goods.
This last one is geared mostly
for adults, but
has something unique kids might like. Castle in the Clouds
offers stunning views of the lake and mountains, an area to get food
and ice cream to enjoy on a nice patio
overlooking everything, and a self guided tour of a
beautiful castle with a remarkable history. Before you go,
stop at a store and pick up a loaf of bread to keep in your car.
On the way out from the Castle, stop at
Shannon pond on your right. There are fish in this pond
that are more like the size of sharks; just plain huge.
There are fish food dispensers there, but the fish are tired of that
snack. Tear a few slices of bread into a little pieces and
then throw them in all at once. They will thrash so violently that people lining the
edge of the docks will get splashed with water. They will
jump up clear out of the water. Interested in
This is just a sampler of some of
the things you can do with your children around here. It is by
no means a complete list!