Living in New England can be quite the task… sometimes it’s mid-June and the temperature is 47 degrees. Or, it could be Christmas Eve and it’s 78 degrees! Either way, it can be hard to find some fun and exciting hobbies to keep you busy during the summer months.
As a child growing up in a small town, it was really hard to find something to keep me busy that didn’t involve getting dirty. I never really liked hanging out around the house and watching TV. I always found something to do outside, whether it involved making mud pies to sell to imaginary people, or trying to dig up a bunch of worms and put them in a box to show my parents. When I started dating my now boyfriend of three years, I discovered a side of me that I never knew existed. After the summer of Graduation in 2015, we decided it would be fun to buy a cheap jet ski and drop it in the nearby lakes and rivers. So, that summer, we went out and bought our first Jet Ski and have not stopped riding every since! There’s quite a thrill and an adrenaline rush when your jumping waves and dodging water on what seems like a never-ending lake. Being able to spend my days soaking up sun, in a bikini, with good friends on the Margate Sandbar is my kind of day! Over the past three Summers in New England, I think it’s safe to that our favorite place to bring the Jet Ski is Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It’s about an hour and a half drive from where we live, but the drive is nice and relaxing, and theres lots to see on your way up! To say the least, the Lakes Region in New Hampshire has natural beauty that I really can’t describe. In my opinion, there is nothing like spending hot summer days on a gorgeous lake with good friends and food! To see for yourself, check out the Lakes Region HERE!
A few of our favorite spots include:
- Meredith Town Docks- Meredith, NH (Slight fee of $20 to use the public boat ramp during the summertime, but guaranteed fun and there is no set time you must be out of the water due to closing of the ramp…it stays open all the time)
- Gloucester, Massachusetts (There a public boat ramp located behind Gloucester High School). We ride through the water and pull up close to shore on Good Harbor Beach
- Merrimack River (Lowell or Chelmsford, MA ramps) Sometimes it’s nice to get out of work on a Tuesday at 5:30 and load the Jet Ski to drop it somewhere close to home since it stays light out till 8 PM!
- Mascuppic Lake – Tyngsboro, MA (Always such nice people who live on the lake, with warm water that is refreshing after a hot day! Just watch out for lots of wildlife and birds that also visit the lake. We have come across a family of swans who are VERY protective of their young)
- Beaver Lake- Derry, NH ( Beautiful lake that isn’t too far, but just far enough away to get that New Hampshire feel)
Check out our favorite spot in New Hampshire HERE.
If your not really into water sports of any kind, theres tons of other things to do around the Lakes Region that don’t include water! When were not spending the day soaking up the rays in our bathing suits, we enjoy casual lunches or dinners, and some shopping as well. If your a person who likes to dress up and go out for nice dinners or cruises, there is plenty to do for you also! During the day and night, the M/S Mount Washington offers spectacular scenery views during a nice cruise around the lake. If you’d prefer a train ride, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad offers an extensive range of times for a quiet and enjoyable ride around the lake. If your the shopping type, the Weirs Strip has quite the selection of little gift shops and arcades, which is ideal for all ages. If you’d prefer to watch the sunset from the top of a mountain, or enjoy the outdoors instead of shopping, be sure to check out the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonboro, NH. For more information on things to do around the lakes region, click HERE.
I hope you are able to find something to keep you cool and busy during the hot summer months that are yet to come here in New England!