Summer Kid Friendly Activities
As soon as the snow begins to melt, out come the mountain bikes around Vail. The choices of trails throughout the surrounding areas seem endless.
Family fishing vacations prove to be refreshing and exhilarating. With a number of trout streams within minutes of Vail, everyone can enjoy catching plenty of rainbows, browns and cutthroat.
From meandering paths through town to hiking trails in nearby national forests, you can take your pick of hiking adventures with the kids.
- Horseback Riding
Go horseback riding with the family for a spectacular way to see the Rocky Mountain wilderness.
- Whitewater Rafting
On a hot summer day, nothing quite beats a whitewater rafting trip.
- Wagon Rides
Take a step back in time and enjoy a wagon ride near Vail.
- ATV / Offroad
Throughout the White River National Forest you’ll find plenty of trails where ATVs, jeeps and other four-wheel vehicles are permitted. Wind through valleys and across ridges.
- Gondola Rides
During the summer months, the gondola at Vail provides a great opportunity to get to the higher elevations in style. Magnificent views await you and your family.
Summer Attractions for the Family
- The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum
This museum celebrates the 130-year history of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. Members of the entire family find the artifacts, photos and equipment a fascinating study in this hall of fame.
- The Vail Nature Center
Just outside of Vail Village, you’ll discover seven stunning acres of terrain holding a wide array of wildlife. A guided walk is a wonderful way to take full advantage of this nature experience.
- Viewing Wildlife
In the region around Vail, Colorado, you have abundant opportunities to view the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps you’ll see bighorn sheep, elk, black bears or mountain goats. The kids thrill to see these wild animals up relatively close!
- Scenic Drives
Take the kids on a scenic drive on the Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway. This is 75 miles of incredible sights, high in the Rockies. Besides a wide array of wildlife along the way, you will see colorful wildflowers and beautiful snowcapped peaks.
- Other Attractions
If you are in Vail in July, the whole family will love to celebrate the 4th at America Days. This event is free, and has a parade and everything else you’d expect for a Fourth of July celebration. Later in July, the Eagle County Fair is held at the fairgrounds in Vail, and boasts plenty of music, food and festivities for all ages.
Winter Fun Activities for Families
- Ice Skating
Glide hand-in-hand with your youngster at one of Vail's several quaint outdoor ice rinks, including the Bavarian-themed Alderhof in Lionshead Village.
- Snow Tubing
Vail and Beaver Creek both have snow tubing hills operating from mid-December through early April.
- Kids' Snowmobiling
Children ages 6-12 can rip around a safe track on specially designed mini-snowmobiles at Vail's Adventure Ridge. It's like go-kart racing on snow. How cool is that?
Vail family snowshoe tours depart daily in the afternoon. Vail also offers a magical moonlight tour at 7 PM.
- Kids' Ski School
The Vail and Beaver Creek kids' ski schools are staffed by instructors specializing in teaching kids the fundamentals that promise a lifetime of enjoyment.
- Dog Sledding
Several dog sledding operators near Vail offer family friendly tours lasting about two hours that include well-deserved hot drinks.
- Alpine Arts Center
Enjoy programs, classes, camps and special events for children, teens and adults offered year round. Drop-In studio use for all ages is available.