- The list below includes 89 free or cheap things to do in or near Laconia, New Hampshire, including 92 different types of inexpensive activities like Arcades, Mini Golf, History Museums and Beaches.
- From White Mountains National Forest to Ahern State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Laconia and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Wolfeboro, Concord, Meredith and Gilford.
America during the height of World War II is covered through several exhibits at The Wright Museum. Rather than looking specifically at the soldiers who were on the battlefields, the museum prefers to exhibit the heroic efforts of ordinary people.
The Clark House Museum Complex preserves and houses three buildings restored with period furniture: the 1805 Schoolhouse, the 1800's firehouse with restored horse-drawn fire engines, and the refurnished 1778 Clarkhouse.
Originally built in 1778, the Clark House Museum was donated by the Clark Family for historic preservation. Its rooms are furnished with period antiques and curiosities. Also on-site is a Firehouse with antique fire trucks and a schoolhouse from 1805.
The heritage and life on the waters of New Hampshire is upheld by collections at the New Hampshire Boat Museum. Educational programs targeted toward children are considered the foundations of the museum, but other boating events are also held.
Dedicated to the protection of loons, The Loon Center is located within the Markus Wildlife Sanctuary, with access to walking trails. The Visitors Centre provides exhibits, videos and information about the loon and other local wildlife.
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23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 3245 MoreLess Info
The Squam Lake Natural Science Center is an interactive attraction focused on education and preservation of New Hampshire Wildlife. Rescued animal exhibits include bears, bald eagles and river otters. Walking trails explore the Kirkwood Gardens and three local ecosystems.
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408 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH 3894 MoreLess Info
The Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association runs one of Wolfeboro's most respected recreation and sports play areas. Known by locals as The Nick the recreation area is home to seven playing fields, a running track and a walking path.
Castle in the Clouds is a 1914 mansion built in the Arts and Crafts style. With 360˚ views of the mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee, the estate features extensive walking trails, a trout pond and gardens. Accessible by trolley, a guided tour provides a history of the 16-room mansion.
Wellington State Park is home to the state's largest freshwater beach, along the shores of Newfound Lake. The park also offers a snack bar, picnic area and playground, along with well-marked hiking trails and boat launch facilities.