Family Time Vail Style
Of course, bringing joy to children’s hearts is very rewarding. But don’t mom and dad deserve to have a little fun as well? When it comes to Vail, the good news is that no matter what season you come here to visit, there will be plenty of activities every member of the family can enjoy. And nothing can beat the sort of fun that brings everybody together in that special way!
While Vail is best known for its snowy mountains and all things people do in the colder months on those stretches of pristine white goodness, this beautiful area blooms with fantastic things to do in warmer months as well. After all, the changing of the seasons doesn’t make the mountains go away! There are streams and forests awaiting renewal under that snow. Whatever time of year it is, Vail caters to plenty of family activities. Here are just a few things to consider when planning fun for the whole gang.
Vail’s reputation as a paradise for skiers precedes it like a blizzard as winter returns and the lifts start up anew. Skiing is the first order of business, and there’s plenty of options for those bringing the tykes along with them. Slopes are available for skiers of any skill level. And there are special “adventure zones” for kids that feature tunnels and other features to enhance their enjoyment. Lessons are available for the young and old, and that can extend to snowboarding and other more extreme options for those adventurous family units.
But it’s not just all about skiing when the snow falls here. Family-friendly activities extend from the obvious to the surprising. For those who want to practice their figure eights, there are outdoor ice-skating rinks in town where you can test your blades while enjoying the incredible Rocky Mountain scenery. If all that leaves the team wanting more, how about a little fun with some dogs? Canine teams will pull you on sleds through the backcountry, whipping through the crisp winds with the chance of catching some wildlife while you’re at it!
Welcoming Some Warmth
Spring thaws and summer heat brings a whole new sense of life to Vail, and with it, a whole slew of cool things for the family to do. Now that the mountains are free of the thick white stuff, hiking trails open up, giving kids and adults alike the chance to reconnect with nature as they test their uphill abilities. Jeep tours are also available in case you’d rather be carted around. Get motored by guides off-road, deep into the woods, catching sights people just won’t get from the highway blacktop. If you want to get your inner cowboy on, try out horseback excursions.
By the way, let us not forget that when snow melts, you end up with water! In Vail, that means having the chance to take the plunge into some awesome activities that will delight the kids while giving parents the thrill of their lives. Families who love to fish together will find plenty of chances for angling in local streams. If the gang is into kayaking, rentals and tours are easy to book and very rewarding. If your brood wants to level up, try out some whitewater rafting. And if you decide you’d prefer things to remain high and dry, ziplining above the trees is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
All Season Options
You may be surprised at just how many things there are to do under the roofs of Vail. For example, there’s a museum dedicated to snow sports. There are also attractions ranging from interactive tech installations for the kids to bowling alleys. If the kids love to shop, you’re in luck. Zip in and out of everything from local craft shops to name-brand retailers.
But there are outdoor to things year-round as well. For those families who enjoy looking at stunning creations, try out one of Vail’s famous Art Walks. Food-tasting festivals and beer events like Octoberfest are available year-round. There are also car-free areas to enjoy like the Vail Village and Lionshead, giving the whole family a taste of Alpine life. Film and music festivals figure large here, so check your calendars!