5 Beautiful Lakes to Visit in New England

As early signs of spring begin to pop up around Forest Properties apartments in New England, there’s no better way to welcome spring time than spending time with Mother Nature – especially near the water. Lakes in New England are just as beautiful and refreshing as the ocean, but are often more accessible, less expensive to visit, and bring a different sense of peace. From beach days at the lake to hiking, here are 5 beautiful lakes to visit in New England this season.

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Walden Pond, MA

Walden Pond is perfect for a day trip from the heart of Boston – it’s only 25 minutes from The Parkside! This 61-acre pond is best known as one of the preferred writing spots of Henry David Thoreau, and from the moment you arrive, you’ll feel at peace. Stroll down paths around the pond and enjoy nature’s beauty from the beach (under the watchful eye of lifeguards, of course). Be sure to arrive early as the park closes to visitors once the parking lot fills up.

Squam Lake, NH

Abundant wildlife, peaceful islands, and a bustling harbor are just some of the draws to beautiful Squam Lake in New Hampshire. This quiet summertime destination, located just under 2 hours from Arbor View, is in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Whether you chose to visit for the day or spend the weekend, pack a backpack, hiking shoes, and your favorite snacks to explore this natural oasis. Here are a few activities to kick off your visit:

  • See river otters, black bears, eagles, and more at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Explore nearby hiking trails and over 30 islands
  • Unwinding on a sunset cruise
  • Shop at the Squam Lake Marketplace

If you’re planning a weekend trip, the Squam Lake Inn is a cozy option that perfectly captures lake living. You’ll have no choice but to indulge in some rest and relaxation!

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Newfound Lake, NH

Prefer to cool off in a freshwater body of water this summer? Newfound Lake (at Wellington State Park) in Bristol, New Hampshire has you covered! Located 1 hour and 45 minutes from The Pines in Portsmouth, this deep-water glacial lake boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. At approximately 2 ½ miles wide and 7 miles long, there’s plenty of room to swim and splash around!

Lake Willoughby, VT

Kayaking adventures, fishing for rainbow trout, and pristine mountains surrounding a 320-foot-deep lake? Sign us up, please!

Lake Willoughby – the second deepest lake in Vermont – has spring-fed origins that supplies the lake with refreshing water that’s perfect for a summertime swim or kayak adventure. There are public beaches at the north and south ends of the lake with several picturesque places to take a dip. Looking to stay on drier land? Willoughby State Forest has a variety of hiking trails for every visitor.

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Lake Waramaug, CT

Residents of Wyndham Park are in for a special treat with Lake Waramaug (1 hour and 45-minute drive). Known for sandy beaches and clear, pristine water, this S-shaped lake is located in the rolling forested hills of rural Litchfield County, CT. The lake provides the basic necessities of lakefront adventure, including:

  • Great fishing spots
  • Smooth waters for boating and kayaking
  • Camping at Lake Waramaug State Park

What are your favorite lakefront destinations in New England? There truly is an endless variety of lakes to choose from, so share yours (and fav outdoor activities!) with us on Facebook.

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