Other things to do in or near Weirs Beach include:
• Bumper Boats at the Daytona Fun Park (pictured in above photo)
• Batting cages at the Daytona Fun Park
• Climbing walls at the Logs of Fun
• Ropes courses: Skytrail Adventure at the Daytona Fun Park; the Monkey Trunks ropes course at Funspot; and in Gilford, the Aerial Treetop Adventure at Gunstock.
• Bowling at the Funspot
• Zipline Tours, Segway Tours, and Scenic Lift Rides at Gunstock
• Children’s activities at the Meredith Children’s Museum. Each room of the “Zeum” has a different theme with exhibits to stimulate imaginative play.
• In addition to the two arcades at the Half Moon, there are also arcades at the Winnipesaukee Pier, Logs of Fun, and the Funspot, for a total of FIVE arcades in Weirs Beach! They are all GREAT places to have fun on a rainy day!
• Escape rooms are another great activity on a rainy day. In Gilford, you can escape from the Escape Hour House. In Laconia, escape from the Escape Room Experience. In Meredith, escape from Crack the Code.
Here’s a trivia tidbit for a rainy day – did you know that New Hampshire features a professional home team for three of the five major team sports? They are the NH Fisher Cats (baseball), farm team for the Toronto Blue Jays; the Seacoast United Phantoms (soccer); and the Manchester Monarchs (hockey), farm team for the Los Angeles Kings! In football, the Manchester Wolves played for six seasons, from 2004 to 2009, before going defunct. Only New Hampshire basketball fans have never had a professional home team.
The Winnipesaukee Muskrats (formerly known as the Laconia Muskrats, from 2010-2015) of the New England Collegiate Baseball League had their inaugural season in 2010 at Laconia’s Robbie Mills field and are still going strong. Of course, Laconia has always had a great baseball team!
Appearing at the Great Laconia Fair of 1902, the Laconia team was one of the strongest baseball teams in the entire state of NH.
HISTORY OF BALLOONING (and other things to do) AT WEIRS BEACH
From 2005-2007, the AeroBalloon ballooning service operated from the parking lot of the Weirs Beach Waterslide. The service took passengers floating up, up and away, to 300 feet high, safe and secure in the basket of their 100% helium filled, securely tethered balloon. Flights left only when wind and weather conditions were favorable. The ten minute flight offered a really magnificent 360 degree view of the lake without leaving Weirs Beach.
Ballooning has a long history at Weirs Beach, as can be seen in the postcards and photos below. Ballooning started as early as 1890, or before. The 1890 program for the annual NHVA reunion included the following schedule: On Wednesday, August 27, 1890, at 4pm: “…Prof. Ned Hathaway, the famous aeronaut, will make a balloon ascension of 2000 feet, from the Association grounds, and descend from that height with a parachute. Prof. Hathaway has made over 300 ascensions, and some thirty descents with parachute. July 16th he made a successful ascent and descent from Weirs.” On Friday, August 29, 1890, at 2pm: “…a balloon ascension and descent with with parachute by Miss Nellie Wheeler. She has made over 200 ascents and has the reputation of being a successful aeronaut.”
A crowd gathers to watch a balloon ascension on Lakeside Avenue in the 1900’s. Click here to enlarge the above postcard.
Successfully launched, the hot air balloon rises over Lakeside Avenue. Click here to enlarge the above postcard.
Another hot air balloon ascension on Lakeside Avenue.
Other things to do in Weirs Beach that are no longer available:
• Parasailing high over Lake Winnipesaukee
• FlyBoarding in Weirs Bay. Invented in 2011, the FlyBoard channels the thrust from a PWC (Personal Water Craft) through a hose to the FlyBoard operator, where the propulsion can be controlled and directed, allowing the participant to reach heights of up to 40′ over the water.
• Jumping 30′ into a giant airbag at a Weirs Beach parking lot
• Pitching cage at the Winnipesaukee Pier
• Rollerskating. See the sticker below.