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Whether dog sledding and sleigh rides or a magical evening, you’ll find a variety of indoor and outdoor winter activities in the Bethel, Maine region.
Conveniently located behind Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel, Après Aglow is a new activity for all ages. With trees wrapped in thousands of twinkling lights, this trail is adorned to make your winter visit with us shine bright. Fun for the whole family, take a leisurely half-mile-long stroll through the woods and stare in awe of this enchanted trail.
Chances are high that you’ve gone to Santa’s Village as a youngster yourself. Do you remember the thrill of seeing the reindeer, elves and even Santa himself? Santa’s Village is a little over an hour away from Bethel, and may just be the perfect respite from a week full of skiing.
Located in both Bethel and Oxford, Carter’s offers miles of cross-country skiing for all levels of skiers. Both locations have full rental and demo equipment to fit any skier. Lessons are also offered.
The Mahoosuc Guide Service is a small family run business that offers a wide variety of activities during all seasons and for all levels of experience. Day trips on nearby trails offer a unique opportunity to experience the trill of dog sledding through beautiful mountain scenery.
Snowmobiling is a huge favorite among the winter crowd in Bethel! We have miles of groomed snowmobile trails, with expert advice and great snowmobile machines. Reach out to Northeast Snowmobile about rental and tour information.
If you’re in the mood for a movie on the big screen, The Gem Theater is the perfect spot to go. A completely- first-run theater, the Gem shows blockbusters, art films, independent movies and offers a schedule of live events too.
This is a wonderful non-profit organization that provides free year-round adaptive recreational programs for children and adults with physical disabilities. It is a very active organization at Sunday River Ski Resort.
Some of the finest ski experiences in the Northeast are within a short drive’s distance from Bethel. Whether a novice or extreme sports enthusiast, you’ll find the perfect trail here.
Winter speaks for itself in Sunday River… some of the finest alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding in the Northeast as well as snowmobiling. So many choices to get your vacation off to the right start!
The Sunday River Ski Resort is the primary reason for being here in the winter. With eight peaks of snow-filled adventure, skiers with abilities that range from beginner to expert can find the trails of their dreams. The resort boasts the finest snowmaking in the Northeast and Sunday River Ski Resort keeps its snow well into the spring months.
Offering 131 trails and 18 lifts to service the multiple peaks of snow, Sunday River now prides itself with the Northeast’s first Chondola, a combination of six-person chairs and eight-person gondola cars on one high-speed lift. The resorts offers day and night skiing, snow tubing, ice-skating, a wonderful Ski School, Black Diamond Family Entertainment, and Fireworks on Saturday nights.
For a change of pace, you may want to head over to Mt. Abram in nearby Greenwood, Maine. This family-friendly mountain has 44 trails, 5 lifts, a snow school and daycare.
Of course, everyone has heard of Sugarloaf. It’s almost a 2-hour drive from Powder Ridge, but it is an awesome spot to ski or just visit. Bundle up well… it can get very cold up in those mountains! Those who grew up skiing on Sugarloaf will always have a soft spot for its world-class skiing and winter events.
Located in neighboring Rumford, Black Mountain is “Maine’s best winter fun value.” Boasting affordable downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, it has recently expanded its trails and built a new base lodge.
Tuckerman’s Ravine is about an hour from Powder Ridge, as it is located on the east side of Mount Washington in the White Mountains National Forest of NH. Famous for its extreme skiing, deep snow and challenging slope, Tuckerman’s Ravine draws thousands of people every year.
Year Round Attractions
The seasons of Spring, Summer and Fall can be grouped together. If there’s no snow on the ground, you can probably do any of these Bethel area activities.
Not only is the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum home to the largest piece of Mars on Earth, but it is also home to one of the world’s foremost collections of extraterrestrial rocks from the moon and the Asteroid Belt.
With a ten-lane ten-pin bowling alley, three pool tables and an arcade, Bethel’s River Lanes is a great entertainment center for the whole family. This Sunday River area entertainment center is located next to the Gem Theater.
Located a short drive away from Bethel in Jefferson, NH, Santa’s Village has brought magic to families for several generations. It’s a thrill for small children and fun for adults too!
Located at Story Land in Glen, NH, the Living Shores Aquarium is an indoor walk-through adventure that includes over 32,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, tide pools and immersive activities. Meet otters, pet the stingrays and talk with tropical bird.
Located in nearby Glen, NH, Story Land is a safe and natural setting where children and their imaginations can run free. Daylong live shows, all-inclusive rides, free parking and free pet kennels. Have tea with Cinderella at a Character Dinner.
Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting
There are several local businesses that provide rental canoes, kayaks, maps and travel guides. If you prefer a guided experience, check out Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground – the local specialist for river boating, local maps and information. For White Water Rafting, you may want to head further north. The Magic Falls Rafting Company provides regularly scheduled trips from Bethel to the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. Two other great options are North Woods Rafting and Northern Waters Outfitters in New Hampshire.
The back roads and rough terrain of Newry are wonderful for trying out an ATV. If you didn’t bring your own vehicle, the folks at NorthEast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals can get you set up for a true Maine adventure.
During the warmer months, Mount Abram in Greenwood, Maine offers a lift-accessible, downhill mountain bike park designed for beginners and families. Trail features include banked turns, whoops sections, long sweeping turns and amazing views. Be sure to visit the fine folks at Barker Mountain Bikes if you need bike rentals or repairs!
The Mahoosuc Land Trust provides wonderful summer hiking trails at several of it’s land conservation properties. Explore the McCoy-Chapman Forest, the Rumford Whitecap, Glassface Ledges and many others.
Local Swimming Holes
It would not be Maine if there were no local swimming holes! Just a short drive from Timber Ridge, down Douglass Road, turn right and drive for about two miles, you will find a lovely little spot with a small sandy area and a little waterfall and fast running water, in places. Very tranquil.
Drive a short bit later, and you will find Frenchman’s Hole – the place the older kids like to go to jump into the water. Drive down to the dirt road until you reach a wooden bridge – take a left here, go over the bridge and then over the next bridge – and take an immediate right turn onto another dirt road. Keep going for about ½ mile. You will find Frenchman’s Hole, a waterfall and a very deep swimming hole. Locals jump off the rocks into the water! Geronimo! Another local spot is on North Road (take a right before the Big Adventure Center). Go 2 miles up the road and you will find a sandy-shored small water hole, man made by the town of Bethel for its citizens.
Founded in 1966 at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collects, preserves, displays, and shares the history of western Maine and the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire and Maine through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.
Located about 2 ½ hours away from Powder Ridge, a great shopping area for central and southern Maine as well as New Hampshire. Go to the website for store listings and hours of operation.
Freeport is a beautiful coastal Maine village with over 170 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, B&B’s, hotels, fantastic restaurants & casual cafes. Home to world-famous L.L.Bean and to numerous outdoor adventures, they are just 15 minutes north of Portland.
Just over an hour away are the outlets in North Conway. There are over 60 outlets to choose from.
So much easier than hiking! Get in the car and drive! Maine is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northeast. These drives are not all in Maine – some have you travel over to New Hampshire, which, of course, is our next door neighbor. Here is a link to some beautiful rides: Click Here
Speaking of our New Hampshire neighbor, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is another breathtaking drive. Check the website at www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com to make sure that the road is still open – it closes when the snow starts to fly.
If you are interested in having maps with you on your vacation, don’t forget to print them at home.
Finally, if you have not found something in this list that interests you, please go to www.Bethelmaine.com and browse through all the offering there. We are sure that you will find something to entertain you and your family.
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