Destination guide

Squam Lake has movie star attraction

The star location of the movie "On Golden Pond", Squam Lake forms part of New Hampshire's spectacular Lakes Region. Over the years, the area has become a mecca for bird lovers, who come to spot the resident feathered friends, such as bald eagles, common loons, and great blue herons. A waterfront Squam Lake vacation rental makes a great base for various outdoor activities, including fishing, sailing, and the hiking trails of Rattlesnake Mountain. Don't miss the bobcats and mountain lions in the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, or a sunset boat cruise from the main town of Holderness.

Things to do

Bear-ing up on Squam Lake's nature

Opened in 1966, the Squam Lake Natural Science Center in Holderness is an educational and fun nature center. A major family attraction in the Lakes Region, the nature center is open from May to November and offers varied attractions. Follow the Gephart Trail through mature forests and marshland where you may spot black bear, mountain lion, and bobcat. Or take a Squam Lake cruise to spot river otters and raptors. Don't miss an hour or so in the center's attractive Kirkwood Gardens, which has a cafe and an art gallery.


Old-fashioned fun in New Hampshire's Lakes Region

The New Hampshire Lakes Region is popular with the active set. Famed for its hiking trails up Rattlesnake Mountain, or the scenic shoreline walks around the lake, the area is especially popular during the colorful fall period when the trees look spectacular. Book a Squam Lake vacation rental right on the beach and have full access to the region's lake adventures, including sailing and fishing. If you're more into science than sailboats, head to Holderness, the lake's main town, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. After dark, dine out in one of Holderness' restaurants or kick back with a brew from a local craft brewery.


Ice, ice baby - Squam Lake is a year-round adventure

New Hampshire's Lakes Region attracts a loyal band of visitors all year round. The warm summer months are naturally the most popular, when endless days of sunshine and balmy temperatures last from June until September. Fall is the next most popular season to visit. The fall foliage is some of the prettiest in the state and Squam Lake vacation rentals can get booked up quickly. In winter, temperatures drop rapidly, the lake freezes over in parts, and snowfall is more than likely, so pack warm layers.

Natural features

Rattlesnake Mountain has a real bite

Located a 2-hour drive north of Boston, and just south of the White Mountain National Forest, Squam Lake is part of New Hampshire's beautiful Lakes Region. A big draw for hikers is West Rattlesnake Mountain, which boasts a variety of rugged trails for every level of hiker, many with sweeping scenic views of Squam Lake. Old Bridle Path is one of the most popular hiking routes. Lined with pine forests and wildflowers, hikers may spot moose and black bears, as American bald eagles soar overhead.

Where to stay around Squam Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,414 vacation rentals near Squam Lake. From 350 Cabins to 774 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Squam Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Squam Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Squam Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lake Winnipesaukee: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln: 958 vacation rentals
  • New England: 39,740 vacation rentals
  • White Mountains: 2,598 vacation rentals
  • Meredith: 1,208 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Squam Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Squam Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Squam Lake:

  • Lincoln: 958 rentals
  • Meredith: 1,208 rentals
  • Laconia: 881 rentals
  • Wolfeboro: 1,028 rentals
  • Bartlett: 1,029 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Squam Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Squam Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Winnipesaukee Pier: 1,216 rentals
  • Gunstock Mountain Resort: 874 rentals
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook: 1,203 rentals
  • Ridgewood Country Club: 1,404 rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse: 1,251 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Squam Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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