Laconia, NH Town Profile & Lifestyle Comparison

Laconia is the hub of the area known as the Lakes Region. Nestled among three lakes, Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipesaukee, it lies almost in the geographical center of New Hampshire. Laconia offers excellent advantages for a great variety of year-round recreational activities. Summer recreation  includes all of the water sports (boating, sailing, water skiing, swimming, yachting, fishing, jet skiing, and wind-surfing.) The Laconia Country club is an outstanding 18 hole golf course. Laconia’s downtown has undergone extensive renovations and buzzes with activity, shopping and restaurants. The Belknap Mill constructed in 1823 is the nation’s oldest unaltered brick textile mill and “NH’s official meeting house.” The historic lake cruise leaving from Weirs Beach aboard the M/S Mt. Washington, holds 1250 passenger, includes public and charter rides, clam-bakes, moonlight and special theme cruises. Winter activities include skiing at Gunstock Ski Area, cross country trails, snowmobiling; ice skating, ice fishing, tobogganing, and winter hiking. The O’Sheas Industrial park & New Lakes Business Park attracts industry to Laconia. Laconia boasts a new 15,000 Sq. Ft. Police Station and recently expanded its historical library. The Laconia area provides excellent newly expanded school systems and sports programs. Several elementary schools and the middle school have undergone extensive renovations and additions. Many special events take place throughout the year including: country fairs, antique car and boat shows, flea  markets, regattas, water skiing competitions, art shows. Laconia’s Weirs Beach is home to the Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Week, and the World Champion Sled Dog races each February. One of the largest and most well known communities found within Laconia is Weirs Beach. Weirs Beach is the center for family entertainment with its indoor arcades, miniature golf and boardwalk and sandy beach area with large public docking facility.

Population: 17, 060 (this number increases during the summer months)

Land Area: 20.1 Sq. Mi. Inland Water Area: 6.0 Sq. Mi.

Bodies of Water: Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, Lake Opeche, Pickerel Pond.

Schools: Elm Street School, Pleasant Street School, Woodland Heights Elementary, Memorial Middle School, Laconia High School, NH Voc. Tech.

Town Office: 527-1270

Town Website:  www.city.laconia.nh.us

Belknap County Economic Development Council: 524-3057

Chamber: 524-5531

Pubilc Library: 695 Main Street

Library Website:  www.laconialibrary.org

Rec. Facilities: Several town beaches, 12 city parks, 2 Health Clubs, Gunstock Rec. Area and Skiing, Belknap Mill, Seaplane Services, Winnipesaukee Scenic RR, Funspot, Lake Winnipesaukee, Historical Society, Several Health Clubs, Airport, Quaint downtown with  specialty shops, Restaurants, Funspot Amusement Center, Weirs Beach Waterslide, Miniature Golf, Marinas, the Laconia Country Club and the Laconia Library