Early Autumn Activities in the Lakes Region

Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm

Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm

While the days are still warm and the nights are crisp and cool, harvest season comes to New Hampshire. This is the time to get out and celebrate the bounty and beauty of the Granite State—in the Lakes Region especially—as the scenery becomes simply spectacular! Here are some fun events happening this weekend and next that will help your family to enjoy Autumn’s gifts of nature…

On Saturday, September 13th, Prescott Farm in Laconia will be hosting their 5th Annual Harvest Festival from 10:00 – 3:00. Visitors can enjoy a number of festivities, including horse-drawn hayrides, a petting farm, face painting, live music, delicious food, games, hay jumping, tours, and much more! Admission is free, but there will be a small fee for hayrides ($1/per person/ free for Members of Prescott Farm & kids ages 3 & under) and pumpkins for decorating ($2/ea.). For more information, visit Prescott Farm’s event website here or call 603-366-5695.

Also this weekend, September 13th – 14th, the Lakes Region will be celebrating New Hampshire Railroad Days! The Hobo Railroad and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad have teamed up to offer a very special way to take in the scenery around Lake Winnipesaukee. Purchase an adult ticket for just $16 and enjoy a ride on the Hobo Railroad one day and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad the next day—two rides on just one ticket! Children 3-11 years old can enjoy both rides for just $12. Guests can also tour the restored Lakeport Freight House & Museum in Lakeport, NH from 9am to 4pm this weekend as well as the restored Ashland Railroad Station & Museum from 1pm to 4pm. Both facilities will be open in celebration of NH Railroad Days. Tickets can be purchased on-line through the railroad’s reservation service or at the station. For more information, please visit www.HoboRR.com or call 603-745-2135.

Don’t miss the Festival of Flight at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center this weekend! On Saturday, September 13th, join the knowledgeable guides at the Science Center for a day devoted to the wonders of flight and migrations. Here is the schedule of events:

Festival of Flight at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Festival of Flight at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

9:30-11:00 a.m. – Hawk Watch (near the NH Geology Exhibit)
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Crafts for Kids (Bluestone Terrace of the Webster Building)
11:00 a.m. – Osprey Program (Tamworth Pavilion)
12:00 p.m. – Up Close to Animals – Peregrine Falcon
1:00 p.m. – Osprey Program (Tamworth Pavilion)
2:00 p.m. – Up Close to Animals – Broad-winged Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk

All Festival of Flight activities are part of regular trail admission. No reservations required. For more information, please visit nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Next Saturday, September 20th, The Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth will be holding its annual Harvest Festival beginning at 11:00am. The festival is an all-ages celebration of New Hampshire’s harvest season on a 200-year-old working farm, with fall harvest and gardening talks, demonstrations, fiber arts exhibits, a bee keeping talk & viewing hive, seasonal games, historic crafts, tractor rides, and so much more! A farm-to-table Farmhouse Kitchen lunch will be available for purchase as well. Admission to the festival is $10 for ages 11 and up, $8 for ages 5-10, and free for ages 4 and under. For more information, visit www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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