Lake Sunapee Summer Cruise
Photo Courtesy Great Island Photography

It’s a season of sandy toes, fresh fruit from farmers markets, and lemonade on front porches. Summer is also the perfect season to visit Lake Sunapee and experience all the unique outdoor activities they have to offer while catching some New Hampshire sun.


Lobster and Clambake
What’s a better way to kick off the summer than with fresh seafood? If you have a hankering for seafood, you will definitely get your fill at Mount Sunapee’s clambake. Featuring littleneck clams, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, corn bread, and salad.
Also includes cocktail hour with appetizers. End the evening with a chairlift ride to the summit, and if you time it right, you might even get to watch the sunset as you ride up Mt. Sunapee. For prices and times check out:

Sunapee Lions Motor Vehicle Show
Sunapee Lions Motor Vehicle Show

Antique & Motor Vehicle Show
If you like cars and motorcycles, then you don’t want to miss this antique show. The Antique & Motor Vehicle Show features cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies will be presented for the favorites in each class.

There are also a variety of vendors and a motorcycle keg rolling contest that will have you cheering for your favorite contestants. You also get free Aerial Skyride ticket when you pay admission for the show. For ticket costs, dates, and more details check out:

Aerial Sky Ride
If you are looking for a romantic date night or some peace to yourself, check out the aerial sky ride at Mount Sunapee most weekends thruout the summer. You can connect with nature while enjoying the idyllic summer views and drinking some wine as you ride the chairlift. For more information go to

Annual Strawberry Festival
Follow your sweet tooth to the Annual Strawberry Festival in New London, afestival that offers something for everyone and is great for the whole family. Check out the variety of vendors, music, art, kid’s games, and food.

Don’t leave this festival without trying one of the delicious homemade strawberry desserts. Listen to the master gardener explain how to grow your own strawberries or take a horse and buggy ride. Take the kids to see the alpaca, and go to the General Store for some penny candy. For more information:


4th Of July Celebration
One of the best firework shows is at Lake Sunapee Harbor. Come join the 4th of July celebration that offers a variety of activities for the family.

The Sunapee Harbor fireworks are usually a day or two before the 4th, so check out our events calendar page for the date.

Participate in the Watermelon Race at Burkehaven Field. At dusk, watch fireworks from Lake Sunapee Harbor, and on Saturday, check out the Independence Day parade. After the parade, head over to Veteran’s Field to celebrate Firemen’s Day for a fun day of games, inflatables, crafts, and food.


League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
Looking for unique crafts that are made by passionate designers? Come to the oldest continuous craft fair running in the country. For nine days starting in the first week of August, over 350 craftspeople from all over the country showcase their work. Watch craft demonstrations, and participate in workshops (great for all ages) where you can make your own piece of craft in a workshop with a master craftsman.

The fair is located at the Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park, featuring a canopy zip line, a treetop obstacle course, miniature golf and more.

Take a relaxing stroll through the Sculpture Garden. There are a variety of performances including: musical, puppet show, and even a magic show. For more information:

Lake Sunapee Sailing Day
Lake Sunapee Sailing Day

Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day
This is not your typical sailing day. Come and play your hand in the Poker Cruise. You will start at Lake Sunapee harbor, and from there, you will follow the map to four points on the lake, where you will be given playing cards at each point (from a power boat decorated with balloons). All sailboats and cruisers are welcome.

The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the sport of sailboat racing on Lake Sunapee

For more information: visit

All Summer Long


Newport Golf club
Newport Golf Club is an 18 hole golf course nestled in the heart of the Lake Sunapee Region. Our championship length course conditions allow average rounds to be played in 4 hours. We have been a golf club for more than 70 years. Our facilities include a snack bar, lounge and a banquet facility that can accommodate outings up to 200 people.

Eastman Golf Course
We are fully operational as of May 22nd.
All 18 holes are open. All greens are open! The golf course has recovered beautifully.

Outdoor Tennis

Enjoy 3 courts on the grounds of a quaint New England Inn.

Available by reservation M-F with limited availability on weekends. Enjoy great views of Mount Sunapee from this vantage point which is surrounded by pretty gardens and manicured lawns. Friendly Inn staff can assist you with up to 12 racquets, at no charge, if you forgot your racquet! Various sizes available from child to adult.

Dexter’s Inn
Innkeepers Penny and John Augustine
258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, NH 03782 USA
Mailing Address: PO Box 703
Phone: 603-763-5571 Toll Free: 800-232-5571
Web site:

Horseback Riding

Granite Rose Morgans
Granite Rose Morgans

Lessons and Trail Rides available at our local Morgan Horse Farm!

Horseback riding and being around horses is, by the very nature, a dangerous activity. At the horse farm you will be asked to sign a State of NH waiver that releases the horse farm of any and all liabilities.

Trail Rides
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter…
Come enjoy a ride on our beautiful back country roads and woodsy trails.
Our trail rides are suited for small groups with a minimum of ten hours previous riding experience.

Granite Rose Morgans
Bradford, NH 03221

Skeet Shooting

Enjoy rounds of skeet shooting at a local shooting range! A great outdoor activity to enjoy with friends or family.
Hours TBA.
Please book this activity at :

Rody’s Gun Shop
Sunapee Street, Newport, NH
(603) 863-3356

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