There's Nothing Like Summer In Waterville Valley.
Did you know that Waterville Valley was first known as a summer vacation spot? It wasn't until former Olympic skier and visionary, Tom Corcoran developed the mountain 1966 that became most associated as a ski resort. If you want a close by, easy on the wallet but activities-rich vacation with the kids this summer, 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. 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" and proves you can have as much fun in the mountains in summer as you can winter.