Waterville Valley in the summer is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with activities for every age and interest. A favorite activity since the valley’s earliest days is tennis. Back in 1884, the valley had only one court. Today there are 18 courts and they are among the best in the country. Tennis Magazine ranks the Waterville Valley Tennis Center as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in America, and Tennis Resorts Online rated it for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains. Two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver has enjoyed the red clay courts here. The views, red clay and friendly staff make this a destination. That is why this is home to the annual New Hampshire Open.
Nearby is the Adventure Center—headquarters for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in the winter—and the summertime home of Waterville Valley Super Park, a skateboard and inline skate park featuring a 10-foot-high half-pipe, vert ramp, street court, pyramids, grind rails and more. Young skaters can also attend the Waterville Valley Skate Camp, which provides day and overnight campers with a safe environment for improving their skateboard skills, having fun, and making new friends.
When it's too hot for outdoor skating, visitors head over to the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, a great place to cool off on a summer day. The cool rink provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages. Youngsters and adults who dream of Olympic glory can sign up for figure skating, hockey lessons or youth hockey league tournaments.
Across the street is the White Mountain Athletic Club, where visitors can take a swim in the brand new indoor pool and a 25 meter outdoor pools, work out in the cardio room, lift some weights or run a few laps on the indoor track. For after-workout relaxation there’s the hot tub, sauna, and steam room, or dinner at the Coyote Grill restaurant upstairs.
Waterville Valley's recreation department hosts an active day camp program as well as bingo, ice cream socials, sports of all kinds, yoga, cooking, crafts, and many more activities for children and adults. Special community events are staged throughout the year. Family Play Day, for example, includes old-time festivities such as a fireman’s BBQ, a watermelon toss, a giant obstacle course and a pie-eating contest. The annual Community Lau lights up the valley with tiki torches, live music and good food.
Waterville Valley’s central Town Square is a beehive of activity throughout the summer. On Sundays, naturalists from the Squam Lakes Science Center present live animal programs. The Town Square courtyard also features live outdoor concerts many evenings, often followed by fireworks. Visitors drop in with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music.
Next to Town Square is Corcoran Pond, another valley spot where guests gather to relax on the beach, play in the sand and swim. For more activity, explore the pond via peddle boat, kayak or stand up paddle board.