New Hampshire's Family Resort? Believe it.
If you want a close by, easy on the wallet but activities-rich vacation with the kids, Waterville Valley might be just what you're looking for. In just 1 hour from the Massachusetts border you can be deep in the White Mountain National Forest, diving into all the fun, healthy and FREE activities this natural playground has to offer. Waterville Valley is just 15 minutes off the highway but, almost instantly, you'll get the sense you're off the beaten path. The town was designed by former Olympic skier and visionary, Tom Corcoran, with each component carefully and tastefully placed near the town center, giving visitors the sense they're in an oasis in the mountains. The result? No ugly electrical wires or fast food chains, a safe, well-lit community where everything is within walking distance and mountain views . . . in every direction. As a guest in Waterville Valley, you have easy access to hikes for all abilities, important especially, if you have younger kids who might not be ready to take on a 4000 footer (or a parent who might not be ready to climb with a kid on their back). Hikers are encouraged to stop by the valley's Adventure Center for a map and directions to the area's best hikes, suited to ability. Spoiler Alert: Goodrich Rock is an easy hike that rewards visitors with a ladder climb to the top of a giant boulder, while the Welch/Dickey Loop often shows up on lists of best scenic hikes in New England. And if you do want an adult-only day, parents can send their kids to camp! Waterville Valley offers day camps for all ages (and with names like "WINGS", "SOAR" and "HAWK", you know they involve a lot of outdoor adventure). Oh, and have we talked about the Freedom Pass? Stay at a participating hotel, like the Black Bear Lodge, and you'll receive a pass that gives you access to many kid-friendly activities like tennis, biking, boating, chairlift rides and, we save the best for last, the Splash Pad at the White Mountain Athletic Club (a wacky outdoor splash area and funky pool for lots of playful, outdoor fun). So next time you're looking for a place to get away with the family, consider Waterville Valley. It's fast living up to its claim as "New Hampshire's Family Resort".