Top 10 Things to do in Center Harbor, United States

December 16, 2017 Russell Mellin

Center Harbor is a town located in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 1,096, a number which multiplies severalfold during the summer months. It is situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake.
Restaurants in Center Harbor

1. Castle in the Clouds

455 Old Mountain Rd, Rte 171, Moultonborough, NH 03254-3517 +1 603-476-5900
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4.5 based on 496 reviews

Castle in the Clouds

This "castle," a former estate, and the surrounding grounds, offer remarkable views of the White Mountains and Lakes Region.

Reviewed By MS06 - Boston

I had last been here about 18 years ago, and the house has had quite a makeover. Fascinating to stroll around. There are lovely views, but the leaves were late this year. If you want to stroll to the waterfall, do it on the way up as there is a different road down. The entrance fee is quite pricy.

2. West Rattlesnake Mountain

Rt. 113, Holderness, NH 03245 +1 603-271-2215
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5 based on 160 reviews

West Rattlesnake Mountain

Reviewed By SteveH0615 - Pennsylvania

The rattle snake trail is a must do. Fairly easy to start and then gets a little steeper. Little kids may need a little help near the top. It took our group four hours for the round trip. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the awesome view of Squam lake.

3. Moulton Farm

18 Quarry Road, Meredith, NH 03253-6606 +1 603-279-3915
Excellent
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Moulton Farm

Moulton Farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. We are now open for our 2018 season. Our farm market offers baked goods, prepared foods, cider doughnuts from Cider Bellies, seafood from Sal's Fresh Seafood, and a quality selection of meats, cheeses and other items from northern New England producers. Our garden center offers a wide range of plants and supplies for your garden, deck or patio. In September and October enjoy our corn maze and "pick your own" pumpkin patch and our full range of fall favorites such as pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks from our fields and pies from our farm bakery. In November and December in addition to seasonal produce, you will find holiday foods and decorations including locally grown Christmas trees.

Reviewed By Annecva

Cider Bellies Doughnuts is right next to the farm stand. There's plenty of activities for the kids (tractor ride, corn "sand" box, corn maze, magic show). All around great place to visit with your family.Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed our fall activities and the special magic show we had as part of one our "Old Farm Days" events. Thanks for your review!

4. Keepsake Quilting

12 Main St, Center Harbor, NH 03226-3607 +1 603-253-4026
Excellent
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Keepsake Quilting

Reviewed By verocrafter - Vero Beach, Florida

Always wanted to go here. Have gotten catalogs for years. Stop at quilt shops every where I go. Nice selection of fabrics. Having been to tons of quilt shops would have liked to have seen tons of finished quilts hanging from the ceiling. Thought they would have more classes. But overall fun stop for a quilter.

5. Monkey Trunks

579 Endicott Street North, Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03246-1967 +1 603-367-4427
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Monkey Trunks

Monkey Trunks offers fun for children, adults and families! Participants begin with ground school and receive safety instructions on how to navigate through the course. They then move on to the green course to demonstrate they have the ability to properly use their equipment. After completing these two stages, participants will progress through the levels - each level becomes progressively more challenging! Monkey Trunks courses feature ziplines, swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, cargo nets and more! Each Monkey Trunks location includes a children's course for the littlest of monkeys, with platforms no more than 6' off the ground. The children's courses include 6-8 challenges with an 80' zipline at the finish. Reservations are encouraged and can be made anytime online or by phone! Our Weirs Beach location offers a unique experience - zipping at night!

Reviewed By Susan G - Norwood, Massachusetts, United States

Great staff walk you through a training course before you head to the main course on your own. Rules are easy to follow and staff are on hand to remind you. Some rope spans are quite challenging while others are quite easy. Zip line was great fun!

6. The M/S Mount Washington

211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03246
Excellent
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4.5 based on 436 reviews

The M/S Mount Washington

No visit to New hampshire is complete without a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington. Scenic cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake depart Weirs Beach daily late May through October. The lake is surrounded by mountains and dotted with islands and offer some of the most spectacular scenery in New Hampshire. Alternating ports: Wolfeboro, Alton Bay, Meredith and Center Harbor. Breakfast, lunch and cocktails are available on board. Sunset dinner dance cruises feature buffet dinner and dancing to live music.

Reviewed By nejorob - Plymouth MA

Staying in Meredith for a few days included a coupon for the Lake cruise which we have never done.
It was a bit cool but the trip to Wolfboro from Weirs Beach was great. Our only complaint was the food. Under a Deli Offering it had a Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce sandwich. Sounded good, but what we got was a very greasy, heavy grilled Turkey and stuffing sandwich. Not " Deli " as we know it.

7. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245 +1 603-968-7194
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4.5 based on 329 reviews

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a fun and enlightening place for everyone to enjoy. Here at the Science Center, we house and exhibit many different wild animals, including river otters, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, bears, birds, foxes, and skunks. The wild animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center are ambassadors of their species, here for the purpose of educating our visitors about New Hampshire's natural world. Most are orphaned, injured, or otherwise unable to survive in the wild. Observing these animals up-close, together with experiencing our hands-on exhibits, offers visitors the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of our native wildlife and appreciation of the natural world.

Reviewed By Marcia C

Our visit, which was booked at the last minute, was pure magic! The interpretive exhibits, especially the Water Matters one, were very informative and fun. How are ice blocks made? How do earthworms aerate the soil? And Laurie was a great tour guide and lake boat driver. Loves everything about Little and Big Squam...and it shows! Don't miss this attraction!

8. American Police Motorcycle Museum

194 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith, NH 03253-5607 +1 603-279-6387
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5 based on 58 reviews

American Police Motorcycle Museum

Museum is closed. Our museum is the only museum in the country which chronicles the history of the motorcycle policeman. There are 94 motorcycles on display from 1909 to 2005, a movie theater, a workshop where we build a bike a year, a special Laconia Race exhibit with racers from 1909 to the present,our lobby is dedicated to our military with original WW11 motors and much more. Our pride and joy is our junior motor officer area where children receive a badge and police ID card if they take a pledge to read every night, obey their parents, promise not to bully, and say no to drugs.

Reviewed By Patricia G - Hollis Center, Maine

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire has much to offer tourists and residents alike. This museum is a "must" place to visit. I've visited for each of the last 3 years and am looking forward to another visit this summer. The museum is unique in...MoreThank you very much for your thoughts. We are proud to share the rich history and sacrifice of all those who serve. Hope to see you again. Sincerely Doug

9. Wild Meadow Canoe and Kayak

Route 25, Center Harbor, NH 03226-3612
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5 based on 5 reviews

Wild Meadow Canoe and Kayak

We are located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Center Harbor, NH. We offer a wide variety of Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, and Canoes for sale or rent and carry a full like of accessories. Take a daily or weekly rental to your favorite spot in the Lakes Region, or access Lake Winnipesaukee right here at our shop.

Reviewed By rwdw - Catlin, Illinois

A few weeks before out vacation we were searching for a place to rent kayaks on Lake Winnipesaukee which was close to where we were staying in Ashland. We called Wild Meadow and was told that they did have the kayaks we wanted. The man on the phone went over thier rates (half day, day, ect...). I told him that we wanted a half day on the morning of June 24th. He took my name, number in my party and told me that he would see me at 9:00 am. I asked him if he needed a deposit? No he told me, I will have everything waiting for you.
So we arrived a little before 9 am and everything was set out and ready for us. We all signed the paperwork and paid him. After some instructions on where the speed boat channel was and nice places to go, we set out.
It was a Monday morning and we had most of the lake to ourselves. It was a sunny day in the 70's with very little wind. It was great for kayaking along the coast..
We paddled away from Center Harbor by some homes, but mostly it was wooded area.
Since there were very few speed boats we paddled across the lake going east by Three Mile Island. We were barked at by a dog guarding a dock and house on one of the small islands. One kayak in our group did paddled as far as the Old Long Island Bridge.
Then we turned around and took our time paddling back to Center Harbor. On this side there were many more houses to look at along the way.
Lake Winnipesaukee will take you away from all of the stress of the modern world if you let it. Kayaking in its waters did it for me.

10. The Old Country Store

1011 Whittier Hwy, Pob 186, Moultonborough, NH 03254-3307 +1 603-476-5750
Excellent
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

The Old Country Store

Quite possibly the oldest retail establishment in America built on the corner from the barn frame in 1781 we carry the items that other stores don't carry from penny candy to wrought iron hardware to an old museum above the store we're open seven days a week and there's some thing for everyone ages 3 to 100

Reviewed By slcats - Laconia, New Hampshire

Such a unique store to shop or just browse in. Only bought the Old Farmers Almanac but enjoyed looking at everything. I have been to this store starting as a child. The penny candy was a big draw then. They still have it but it...MoreThank you for your great review! Yes we have watched all the candy get smaller and go up in price over the years! Hope to see you again soon?

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