No visit to Weirs Beach would be complete without an excursion out onto Lake Winnipesaukee. From Weirs Beach, even with its vast view, you are only seeing a small part of a huge Lake. In the center of the Weirs Beach boardwalk, you’ll see a train station where tickets can be purchased for the cruise boat the M/S Mount Washington, the US Mailboat M/V Sophie C., and the newest addition to the CruiseNH fleet, the M/V Winnipesaukee Spirit.There are morning, afternoon, and evening cruises. There are 1 hour, 2 hour, and 3 hour cruises. There are dinner, dance, sunset, family, foliage and fireworks cruises, so there’s really no excuse for not getting out onto the lake.
Since 2020, Tiki Hut Boats of NH (603) 396-2380 has been conveniently located at the Winnipesaukee Pier in Weirs Beach. The Tiki Hut boats are available for 90 minute express cruises, 2-hour private charters, and a Reggae night on Wednesdays.
HISTORICAL CRUISE SHIPS
Many other Weirs Beach boat tour services have come and gone over the years. The Foxy was one of the better known of these defunct services.
Below is a photo collage of three new cruise boats and three old cruise boats. From left to right, top to bottom: the old Mount Washington, 1872-1939; the new Mount Washington (before its 1983 expansion), 1940-present; the new mailboat Sophie C., 1945-present; the Doris E., 1962-present ; the Governor Endicott, 1905-1929; the old mailboat Uncle Sam, 1906-1961. Click on each link to see an extensive collection of images.
In 1849, the original cruise boat in Weirs Beach, the Lady of the Lake, began services. The 1890 photo below shows an empty Lady approaching the main wharf at Weirs Beach to pick up waiting passengers. Click here to see a collection of Lady of the Lake (1849-1893) images.
The Uncle Sam mailboat, circa 1960.