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Lake Winnipesaukee has been a tourist destination for more than a century, especially for residents seeking respite from the summer heat of Boston and New York City. The Native American name Winnipesaukee means either "smile of the Great Spirit" or "beautiful water in a high place."
- Alton, the largest town in area in the lakes region.
- Gilford, home to Gunstock Mountain Resort and to Meadowbrook, a popular New Hampshire concert venue.
- Laconia, the main commercial city on the lake (surrounding Paugus Bay). Included in Laconia is Weirs Beach, the largest public bathing area on Winnipesaukee. Every year Laconia is home to Bike Week, attracting thousands of motorcyclists to the area.
- Meredith, whose harbor lies on the northwestern reach of the lake.
- Center Harbor, a small town in Belknap County which serves as the winter home for the MS Mount Washington.
- Moultonborough, with its Castle in the Clouds, an estate atop a small mountain.
- Tuftonboro, which contains Melvin Village.
- Wolfeboro, which bills itself as the "oldest summer resort in America."
There are at least 253 natural islands on Lake Winnipesaukee that are at least 3 feet (0.9 m) above lake level and contain vegetation, about 130 of which are over .25 acres (0.10 ha) in size. 26 of these are 25 acres (10 ha) or larger:
- Long Island—1,186 acres (480 ha)
- Bear Island—780 acres (320 ha)
- Cow Island—522 acres (211 ha)
- Governors Island—504 acres (204 ha)
- Rattlesnake Island—368 acres (149 ha)
- Welch Island—187 acres (76 ha)
- Little Bear Island—143 acres (58 ha)
- Stonedam Island—141 acres (57 ha)
- Timber Island—136 acres (55 ha)
- Sleepers Island—113 acres (46 ha)
- Mark Island—102 acres (41 ha)
- Black Island—90 acres (36 ha)
- Barndoor Island—88 acres (36 ha)
- Black Cat Island—75 acres (30 ha)
- Pine Island—74 acres (30 ha)
- Whortleberry Island—69 acres (28 ha)
- Sandy Island—67 acres (27 ha)
- Jolly Island—50 acres (20 ha)
- Three Mile Island—47 acres (19 ha)
- Round Island—43 acres (17 ha)
- Lockes Island—42 acres (17 ha)
- Diamond Island—37 acres (15 ha)
- Dow Island—32 acres (13 ha)
- Big Beaver Island—30 acres (12 ha)
- Camp Island—28 acres (11 ha)
- Mink Island—26 acres (11 ha)
- Birch Island—25 acres (10 ha)
Five islands are connected to the mainland by bridges (Black Cat, Governors, Long, Oak, and Worcester), and another eight (Bear, Birch, Cow, East Bear, Jolly, Loon, Three Mile, and Sandy) are serviced by the U.S. mailboat M/V Sophie C.