The White Mountain National Forest is not only one of New Hampshire’s most treasured attractions, but the nation’s as well. Its delicate beauty and vicinity to the populace is paired with 1,200 miles of hiking trails, ski areas and 23 campgrounds to create a wonderful natural attraction. Enjoy birding and the WMNF’s gorgeous waterfalls.
Lauded by The Boston Globe as being as “Shakespeare as Willie himself intended,” Waterville’s own Shakespeare in the Valley features professional actors who perform the greats on an outdoor stage. The actors hearken to true Shakespearean stage acting with interactive dialogue and nonstop entertainment.
Snow’s Mountain is a favorite of hiking and biking enthusiasts. Visitors are encouraged to access the apex of Snow’s Mountain by way of Snow’s Mountain Chairlift—which allows for some wonderful scenery. There are over 30 miles of manicured trails for both hiking and mountain biking.
As the only institution in Northern New England with national accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center provides a wealth of educational opportunities. Explore the live animal programs and research findings revolving around New Hampshire’s ecology.
It’s hard to find someone whose childhood wasn’t touched by the Curious George books. Now adults and children are invited to The Curious George Cottage, the former summer home of Curious George creators Margret and Hans Rey. Enjoy a collection of educational and cultural exhibits, programs and sites.
The Skatepark is located in Town Square and boasts of a large horseshoe bowl, a street course including a hubba and mini ramp, pyramids, banked ramps, handrails and quarter pipes. The second half of the Park is an outdoor dirt BMX track with jumps, banked turns and dips.
Buckets, Bones & Brews initially began as an outdoor BBQ venue. It’s now one of Waterville Valley’s most popular restaurants, with yummy fare like pulled pork sandwiches, shaved steak sandwiches, specialty fries and buckets of ribs, grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers.
Jugtown, despite its name, also has everything to make your morning run smoothly. Fresh brewed coffee, warmly baked cheese danishes and even cold cuts for lunch are just a few of Jugtown’s features. You can also stock up on food from the grocery store for your Waterville Valley visit.
The Schwendi Hutte is a delicious blend of breakfast sandwiches, fruit strudels, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, a daily selection of homemade soups, stews and entrées and outdoor grilling. If this wasn’t enough they also serve beer, wine, Espressos, Cappuccinos and other coffee and hot chocolate drinks.
Awarded “Best Coffee Shop in the White Mountains” by NH Magazine in 2011, Mad River packs a phenomenal, flavorful punch. Enjoy an assortment of the best in cafe fare, from fresh roasted coffee, cappuccinos, espresso, and lattes, to baked muffins and breads, egg sandwiches made to order, cookies, and treats.
The Chat Room Coffee House does it all. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi access, they offer laptop computer repair services, computer workstations, color copies and printings, desktop publishing, UPS shipping, fax services, and more. While you start your day or stop in to take care of business, enjoy candy, snacks, and yummy beverages.
Campton is only 15 minutes from Waterville Valley, so make the trip to Woodpeckers. Enjoy their wide screen televisions, billiards, foosball, darts and video games. Après Ski and Happy Hour is from 4 to 6pm, karaoke is held Thursdays and Saturdays, and Sundays feature football specials.
The Mad River Tavern is great for a relaxing evening with family, friends and international cuisine. Enjoy appetizers like the Mussels Tarragon, Tavern Wings and Soup of the Day. For the main entrée, choose from seafood, field and Mexican cuisine. Main menu features include Chicken Oscar, Mediterranean Sauté and Veal Parmigiana. Mad River has a full liquor license and may serve mixed drinks, cocktails, beer and wine.
Canoe Restaurant and Tavern is located 45 minutes away in Center Harbor. Perfect vistas of Lake Winnipesaukee are served alongside exquisite entrées such as the hand-cut steaks and award-winning Sweet and Sour Calamari. There are also quirky dishes like the Lobster Mac & Cheese that are sure to please. Take your pick from five, unique dining areas.
Much like North Conway, Jackson is over an hour away from Waterville Valley. However it will be worth the trip if what you seek is a night on the town. Beer on tap, cider and weekly entertainment put Shannon’s on the map. Also enjoy pizzas and other Italian entrées.
You cannot play like the pros without playing with the right gear—or the right look. At the Waterville Valley Golf Pro Shop, you’ll find sportswear from Nike, Ping, Monterey Bay, and Fairway Golf & Resort. Look for clubs and bags from Tour Edge and Wilson and the Sun Mountain speed carts.
Dreams & Visions is here for that great gift for a loved one or home décor. Accessories and jewelry by Holly Yashi and Michael Michaud are favorites. Also find Willow Tree figures, Hadley pottery and handmade, New Hampshire products. Sundresses, straw hats and bags, and skin care products are sold as well.
The nearest major airport to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire is Lebanon Municipal Airport (LEB / KLEB). This airport is in West Lebanon, 61 miles from the center of Waterville Valley. Daily commercial service via Cape Air connects passengers to Boston and White Plains, New York. LEB is a hub for those traveling to the Upper Valley. Ground transportation to and from LEB is supplied by Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise car rental agencies, as well as various taxi and limousine services. The Advance Transit bus serves LEB, along with the Amtrak and Vermonter trains.
Public transportation to and from Waterville Valley is supplied by the Concord Coach buses running daily from Boston, MA to Plymouth, NH. Plymouth is 25 minutes from Waterville Valley, so the town urges visitors to make arrangements in advance using Advanced Rent A Car or Zipcar.