A natural doorway to the past, Polar Caves gives families an underground adventure through a network of caves and passageways formed by a retreating glacier during an age when woolly mammoths still roamed the earth. Encompassing a stretch near Hawk's Cliff, the highlight of Polar Caves Park is the caves themselves, which wind underground through the rock, twisting and turning before reemerging at the surface. Self-educating explorers can guide themselves through the subterranean walkways, where escaped slaves, Prohibition-era rumrunners, and angry teenage saber-toothed tigers found safety. Previous occupants have left behind evidence of their hidden lives, including a wood-burning stove and cider press. Along the trails, both above ground and underground, educational opportunities abound, with signs proclaiming local history and distinguishing local flora and fauna. Diminutive Dr. Dolittles enjoy practicing their deer whispering at the petting zoo, and landlocked fans flock to the birds at the waterfowl display.
Surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Ski Resort enlivens winter-weary visitors with miles of powdery slopes and myriad winter activities. Flee cityscapes marred by mud-splattered snow banks and chain-smoking snowmen and find frosty refuge on Waterville's 4,000-foot mountain. Twelve lifts serve more than 50 adrenaline-tingling trails, with varied terrain suitable for all styles and skill levels—from first-time bunny slopers to half-pipe acrobats and ski-savvy mogul-tamers. The Town Square Condominiums, located in the center of Waterville's self-contained mountain village, provide tuckered snow surfers with a cozy place to warm their mittens and reminisce about the day’s most distinctive snowflakes. Each one-bedroom condo is outfitted with a queen bed, full bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen.
Clark's Trading Post is a family owned and operated summer attraction since 1928. Enjoy an amazing performance with our North American Black Bears or the Yandong Chinese Acrobats. Take a ride on the White Mt Central RR and encounter WOLFMAN! Have fun on the rides and tours. Enjoy the museums or specialty shops.
Sculpted into tree-studded mountain slopes, Ragged Mountain Golf Club's 18-hole course plots a winding path over dramatic elevation changes. When played from the double black diamond tees—the club borrows skiing terminology in an homage to the winter activities hosted at the same site—club pros compare the layout to a U.S. Open course and advise only scratch golfers or those with remote-controlled golf balls to brave the tips. Along with tight tree lines and rolling terrain up and down the mountain, the course runs over streams that come into play on 14 holes. With onsite lodging and golf-and-stay packages, Ragged Mountain invites golfers to set aside a weekend amid the mountain air. In the winter, Ragged Mountain activates a high-speed, six-person chairlift, from which skiers, snowboarders, and snow-angel enthusiasts gain access to two mountains with 50 trails, including 11 glades and three terrain parks. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 74.9 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 149 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
After seven years of guiding thrill seekers through winter snowmobiling tours, SledVentures' team of White Mountain wayfarers decided to parlay their spirit for adventure into a year-round enterprise, establishing DirtVentures ATV Rentals and swapping snow-covered runs for the rugged terrain of spring, summer, and fall. A typical tour begins with a crash course in vehicle operation and safety before cruising through the trails of the New Hampshire mountains, including an easy trail on old railroad bed alongside the river. Brief stops along the way allow amateur explorers to not only visit the area stores and treat themselves to ice cream, but to also take pictures of the burbling streams, mountainside panoramas, and tree-lined scenery that surrounds them at every turn. All riders must wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and boots in order to operate DirtVentures' Brute Force 300 ATVs. Locations may vary throughout the year.
From their home base in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Out Back Kayak’s guides let their adventurous spirits run wild on kayak, ATV, and snowmobile tours. Off-road vehicles' treads easily navigate 80 acres of forested terrain along the Pemigewasset River, where kayakers paddle through churning Class I, II, and III rapids. From beaches and islands to wooded ravines, the natural surroundings also serve as an arena for paintball, in which competitors tag their opponents with biodegradable paint to simulate the way real soldiers sew Kick Me signs onto their enemies' shirts.