Enjoy a Unique Experience with a Cruise NH Trip on Lake Winnipesaukee This Summer!
Lake Winnipesaukee, named for the Native American word meaning “smile of the great spirit” is New Hampshire's largest lake. The glacier formed and spring fed, Lake Winnipesaukee is surrounded by three mountain ranges and is 504 feet above sea level. The Lake is approximately 25 miles long, 15 miles wide and covers 72 square miles. It's wooded shoreline, and clean, clear waters have made it a popular summer resort for over 200 years, and visitors from all over the world have come to rest and relax among its beautiful surroundings.
Traveling by ship is the best way to experience the unique views and beautiful towns that line Lake Winnipesaukee. Cruise NH's vessels the M/S Mount Washington, and her sister vessel and the M/V Doris E. regularly depart from five ports of call, each offering a glimpse into the beauty that is Lake Winnipesaukee!
Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH
Step back into a nostalgic era of American history in Weirs Beach. You can't miss the blinking neon sign on Rt. 3. It directs you to the beach. Take some time to stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy beautiful lake views and a relaxing look at old New Hampshire. There's a public beach, arcades, waterslides, and the areas only operating Drive-In theatre that offers great double features.
At the center of the boardwalk, you'll find the M/S Mount Washington ticket office, gift shop, and snack bar. M/S Mount Washington and the U.S. Mailboat offer numerous cruises departing from Weirs Beach each day, all summer long.
Wolfeboro has been a popular summer resort since the 1700s and is considered the oldest summer resort in the country! Governor John Wentworth vacationed here in 1764, and it is one of the lake's busiest ports.
Wolfeboro is a classic example of New England charm, and its streets are full of stores, restaurants, and galleries. There truly is something for everyone in the family here. Home since 1818 to Brewster Academy, one of New England's most prestigious private schools, the campus overlooking Wolfeboro Bay, has taught many successful students including a U.S. Vice President.
You can board the Mount Washington in Wolfeboro Tuesday through Saturday at 11:15 AM.
Known as the “Latchkey to the White Mountains,” Meredith is home to the famed Mills Falls Marketplace. Here you'll find unique shopping and many restaurants. The marketplace overlooks Meredith Bay and features brick walkways, shaded benches, beautiful flowers and it's own picturesque waterfall.
Main Street is lined with shops and over a dozen local restaurants just a short walk from the town docks. With four beautiful country inns located in Meredith surrounding the Bay, including the Inn and Spa at Mills Falls, you'll find plenty of places to stay to soak up some New Hampshire hospitality.
Make sure to enjoy lunch at the Town Docks Restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food and beautiful views while the little ones play in the sand. On Mondays, the M/S Mount Washington stops in Meredith.
Alton Bay, NH
Reaching back over 175 years, Alton Bay is one of the oldest shipping ports on the lake. Located at the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, it features a unique bandstand situated right in the middle of Alton Bay.
The original Mount Washington Cruise Ship, a side-wheeler, was launched from Alton Bay in 1872 and today, the Mount Washington stops to take on passengers every Sunday. For a special treat, enjoy our special Brunch buffet available on board every Sunday and enjoy a relaxing meal while cruising the lake.
Center Harbor, NH
Locate on Lake Winnipesaukee's picturesque northern shoreline, Center Harbor is home to the world famous “Keepsake Quilting” located in a charming marketplace on Route 25 on the Moultonborough line, right near the town's only stop light! Across from the marketplace on Lake Street is where the M/S Mount Washington spends the winter, adjacent to the town's dock and beach.
The Mount Washington stops in Center Harbor every Monday in July and August at 11 a.m.
If you're planning a vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee this summer, make sure to visit any Cruise NH ticket office to experience a unique view of New Hampshire's crown jewel! We offer many daytime scenic cruises, evening dinner cruises and our spectacular Sunday Brunch. If you're planning an event, wedding, company outing, or would like to arrange a private charter, give us a call at (603) 366-5531 and let us help you plan a memorable event your family and friends will be talking about for years to come!