Sometimes, just knowing you have the opportunity to leave the daily routine behind and focus on vacation fun instead makes all the difference in how you approach life. When things get busy, making your way somewhere scenic, exciting, and new can be equal parts fun and important for regaining balance. When it comes to beautiful locales that are loved by travelers looking for a well-deserved break from across the map, Vail, Colorado sits at the top of the list. This scenic mountain town offers year-round access to fun, flavors, and versatile activities with incredible views to match. Those who are fortunate enough to be heading this way with the entire family in tow will find the experience that much more meaningful. Here, making lifelong memories is an integral part of the itinerary and with so many attractions and activities to choose from, visitors will have no issue customizing a family getaway to fit their particular sense of travel style from start to finish.

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What Makes Vail Such an Amazing Family Getaway Destination?


In short, just about everything! Vail was first incorporated in 1966 and since that time, has continued to grow its reputation as a world-class ski resort and a year-round destination for travelers to enjoy in Colorado. Its mountainous terrain and small-town charm make it a wonderful place for families to enjoy time away from the demands of daily life. While the views are certainly inspiring, Vail is also home to a wide variety of activities and attractions that can be selected to accommodate travelers of all ages too. Vail also offers up a dynamic setting to explore no matter what season brings families this way. Those who prefer the winter will find Vail comes to life in a vibrant ski-culture style. Warm-weather adventuring families can just as easily fill their to-do lists with outdoor activities, savor stops, and fun views that are sure to be unforgettable. The beauty of a trip this way lies in the many options that await. Traveling families certainly know how important those options are when traveling with adventurers with interests of all types.

Summer Activities for Families to Enjoy in Vail


If you and your traveling crew consist of family members that are interested in spending time outdoors and focusing on conservation alike, then a summer trip to Vail should definitely include time at the iconic Betty Ford Alpine Garden. This gorgeous stop sits at 2,700 meters above sea level and offers guests a chance to explore a stunning botanical garden that gives mountain plants and flowers a place to thrive! The Betty Ford Alpine Garden is a great place for those traveling with little ones to enjoy admiring the colorful scenery while offering up a space for kids to run and roam freely and safely during a visit too. The garden regularly hosts educational programs for kids throughout the summer for those with older kids who are excited to take a more in-depth approach to a visit. There’s even a children’s garden on-site made for little explorers to discover something new at their own pace.

Time spent on the Vail Recreation Path is certainly worth your while when you’re visiting Vail in the summer with the entire family at your side. This inviting route stretches 15 miles across the region and connects East Vail and Vail Village seamlessly. Consider strolling the path or speeding things up by renting bikes for the entire family and making a day of it. A ride along this trail is a good way to take in the sights at a clip that works for your family group. It’s a safe place for little kids and a great opportunity for teenagers to feel a sense of freedom without leaving the trail.

Those summer traveling families heading to Vail and looking for a diverse lineup of warm-weather activities to enjoy will want to consider partnering their efforts with the local team at Sage Adventures. This premier provider of outdoor recreation tours and activities is one-of-a-kind. They’re always ready to help families tailor their summer getaway activities to the ages and abilities of the kids that come along for the fun. Sage Adventures offers everything from guided fishing and biking to horseback trail rides and white-water rafting adventures as well. Pick one or enjoy them all alongside a knowledgeable and friendly guide while you’re in town.

Vail Winter Activities for Families


While spring in Vail is an amazing time to see wildlife and admire wildflowers and fall is a perfect time for family leaf peeping, it’s a winter stay that takes the cake for many Vail-bound families. That’s because winter is the ultimate downhill fun season in Vail and a time when families of skiers and snowboarders alike can put their skills to the test on fresh powder. Vail Mountain Ski Resort is a top stop for families heading this way this time of year with good reason. Boasting upward of 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and seven back bowls across town in total, there’s no shortage of options for outdoor winter fun when you and the family set your sights here.

The mountain views in the winter are truly spectacular and are sure to inspire visitors of all ages. The skiable terrain is set up to accommodate athletes of all levels. Younger children and beginners can easily book lessons on-site to get comfortable on their skis before trying harder slopes. Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find Vail Mountain has much to offer in the way of challenges if that’s what you’re searching for too! From night skiing options depending on what time of the year you arrive to opportunities to check out all the savory après-ski stops when cravings come calling, there’s something to satisfy just about everyone during ski season in Vail.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Vail is a stop where winter traveling families can make the most of cross-country skiing or guided snowshoe tours too. This destination even offers seasonal sleigh rides when it’s a holiday family trip that’s planned to Colorado. Those families who prefer to take in the snowy terrain from above won’t want to miss out on options to hop aboard the scenic gondolas that are situated across Vail. These offer amazing views from a bird’s eye perspective and give little ones a chance to take in a view they might otherwise not be able to reach yet on foot. This is also a great option for families as those 12 and under can ride the gondolas at no cost.

Book Your Stay in Lodge at Lionshead


The next time the family plans to head to Vail, make sure to book inviting and luxurious accommodations at Lodge at Lionshead. Amenities like outdoor heated pools and hot tubs as well as a fitness center, concierge services, and full in-home kitchens ensure everyone has what they’re looking for and more during their stay. Reach out today to learn more!