At a Glance: Weirs Beach

The honky-tonk heart of Lake Winnipesaukee may be the perfect cure for rainy-day blues. Kids go nuts—in a good way—at the HALF MOON AMUSEMENT ARCADES, challenging each other and nearby adults to pinball, skee-ball, Whac-a-Mole, and bumper cars. 603-366-4315,

Nearby FUNSPOT claims to be the world’s largest arcade, with more than 500 games, plus bowling and indoor mini golf. 603-366-4377,

Feed the troops with pizza, subs, and lobster rolls from one of the many stands along the main strip, then polish things off with a visit to the make-your-own-sundae bar at German-style candy shop KELLERHAUS. 603-366-4466,

When the clouds clear, the WEIRS BEACH DRIVE-IN is an ideal evening wind-down; each of its four giant screens shows a double feature at dusk. 603-366-4723.

Note: The smartest tourists sleep far away from all the cacophony at one of the peaceful yet kid-friendly inns at MILL FALLS in Meredith. 800-622-6455,