Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show (Meredith, New Hampshire)
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Minnesota may have 10,000 of them, but New Hampshire residents will tell you without hesitation that no state does lake life better than the Granite State. Lake Winnipesaukee, with its inlets and islets, coves, and lush waterside scenery, is nothing short of a boat-lover's paradise. It's fitting, then, that the Big Lake also happens to host one of the country's best antique boat shows.

Set in the quintessential lake town of Meredith, the Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show offers boat enthusiasts and casual vacationers the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the East Coast's most impressive antique and classic wooden boats. While nothing could surpass the picturesque nature of the town's lakeside vistas, the collection of perfectly restored boats secured to Meredith's public docks at the end of July is a fitting tribute to region's unrivaled beauty.

More information: The 40th annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show takes place July 26–28, and is free for spectators to come and go as they please.