So what if you’re not into skiing? You’ve still come to the right place. Waterville Valley is known for its wide variety of activities year-round, and winter is no exception.
At the heart of many of these activities is the Curious George Cottage, once home to Margret and H.A Rey, the creators of the world’s most beloved monkey, Curious George. Today, the cottage is maintained by the Margret and H.A Rey Center, whose mission is to honor the Rey's legacy by recreating the rich intellectual and creative environment they provided when they lived in the valley. Then there are literary groups, writers workshops, snowshoe hikes, discussion clubs, and lectures series.
If you prefer ice to snow, check out the Waterville Valley Ice Arena adjacent to Town Square. A year-round facility, the arena provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages. Youngsters and adults who dream of Olympic glory can also sign up for figure skating and hockey lessons, along with youth hockey league tournaments. The arena is also home ice for the Plymouth State College hockey team, so you can join the locals in cheering for the PSC Panthers.
A short walk from Town Square is the White Mountain Athletic Club, with swimming, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms, and cardiovascular room. Having exercised, you won’t feel guilty about going upstairs to enjoy the cutting-edge cuisine at the Coyote Grill, recently featured in Best Restaurants of New England.
Waterville Valley’s recreation department sponsors a wide range of activities for all ages including open gym with toys and sports equipment for all ages, yoga, games, crafts, cooking for kids, indoor cycling, water fitness, basketball, and more. The recreation department also hosts special events, including the popular Waterville Idol, where visitors and locals vie for the top honors and join the audience in a sing-along of old Waterville favorites.
If shopping is your game, the Village at Town Square offers a variety of shopping experiences, from books and music to clothing and accessories, souvenirs and specialty gifts—all tax-free.