Our Favorite Family-Friendly Summer Activities
If you are looking for the perfect summer family vacation destination, look no further! The Vail Valley is the ultimate destination for fun and adventure with the entire family. From outdoor recreation and activities to cultural events and festivals, there are many amazing ways to keep your family busy. Read on for some of our favorite family-friendly summer activities to get you started.
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6 of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Summer Activities That You’ll Love
At the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead, you’ll find ziplines, a mountain coaster, adventure courses, tubing hills, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, and more. The options are endless! Almost all adventures have both adult and kid-friendly versions starting with Summer Tubing and Marmot Mini Tubing. There’s also the Golden Eagle and Little Eagle Ziplines, and Gore Range/ Holy Cross and Pine Cone adventure courses for the kids.
The Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster can be ridden by an adult with a small child, while bigger kids and adults can go independently. The Paramount Peak climbing wall and a Bungee Trampoline can accommodate all ages. One of the most thrilling adventures, requiring a full day, is the epic Game Creek Zipline Tour, with nearly two miles of ziplining and aerial bridges coupled with incredible views.
Hiking, Biking, Rafting, & More
If “the family that plays together, stays together” is your motto, then we’ll help you pack your vacation full of mountain recreation. We are happy to recommend hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and road biking routes. We can also book any number of tours or guided activities for you and your family.
Choices include whitewater rafting, biking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), jeep and ATV tours, fly fishing, rock climbing, sporting clays, llama trekking, and more. Skill and thrill levels range from easy to moderate for families with younger kids to intermediate and advanced for families with teens and young adults.
If the kids want an adventure of their own, try any of Vail’s day camps. Pre Kamp-Vail (ages 2.5 to 5) and Camp Vail (ages 5-12) are offered daily and have various activities on any given day. There are also specialty camps like Camp Eco Fun, Extreme Camp Vail (think rafting and rock climbing), and Mad Scientists.
Walking Mountains Science Center offers weekly programming for pre-K up to age 13, including Nature Tykes, EarthKeepers Preschool Programming, Nature Store Hour, and more. Budding artists will love the Alpine Arts Summer Camp. There are also skill-building sports camps for almost every sport imaginable throughout the summer. Try hockey, basketball, soccer, and more.
4 Eagle Ranch
Looking for something to do that celebrates Colorado’s western heritage? Visit 4 Eagle Ranch located west of Vail in Wolcott. It is a quintessential Colorado ranch. During the day, you can go horseback riding or face off at the Double Diamond Paintball course. They also offer jeep tours, ATV tours, and Zip Adventures zip lines.
On Monday and Wednesday evenings, 4 Eagle Ranch hosts its popular Western Family Nights from 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, lawn games, and s’mores around the campfire.
For the Little Tykes
There are countless parks with different themes around town, so kids and their parents won’t get bored. Riding the gondola or the free in-town bus become their own unique adventure, too. The Vail Library, right next door, has story hours, free Bravo! Music festival concerts geared to kids, and a great playroom with puzzles, books, and games. How about a program at the Vail Nature Center like an Evening Beaver Pond Tour or S’mores and More? Across the street from Lodge at Lionshead, Imagination Station has games, art projects, musical instruments, and costumes to help spark creative play.
Vail Family Fun Fest
On most Saturdays in Lionshead, families can visit stops like Creation Station, The Science Tent, and Play Town in a festival-like setting called Vail Family Fun Fest. There are also contests and group games throughout the day like the “Water Balloon Toss of Death,” The Blue Moose “Pizza Toss of Champions,” Hula Hoop Extravaganza, and the Ultimate Simon Says.
Make Your Base Camp at Lodge at Lionshead
With so many family-friendly summer activities in Vail keeping you busy, you’ll need to find the perfect place to serve as your base camp during your visit. Make yourself at home in luxurious accommodations at Lodge at Lionshead. Our beautiful condos and studios set the scene for an unforgettable getaway with your loved ones! Make reservations, book activities, and more with the help of our thoughtful staff. Our concierge services are always available to point you in the right direction with their local insight.