Family Traveler

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  • Walking Mountains Science Center has summer science camps that allow your kiddos to experience the wild places of the Vail Valley while nurturing their connection to the natural world through backyard explorations.
  • Beaver Creek’s Five Star Kid Camp will have you wishing you were still a kid. Campers will enjoy activities such as jeep tours, zip lining, indoor rock climbing, river rafting, and more!
  • Cordy Camp offers kids an opportunity to spread their wings and try a variety of activities like tennis, golf, swimming, basketball, hiking, fishing, games and arts and crafts lead by professional instructors.
  • Vail Recreation District Mad Scientists camp allows inquisitive participants to explore topics to a depth rarely achieved with elementary-age children. The VRD has chosen different topics like, magnetism, electric motors and rockets to help young scientists gain a better understanding of how the world works. 
  • Vail Recreation District Youth Summer Camps feature hands-on learning about the natural environment and have adventure-packed days including rafting and caving, arts and crafts, plus golf, gymnastics, ice skating and more.

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Make A Full Day of It

  • Epic Discovery is an adventure park at the top of Lionshead Gondola. There are activities for adults & kids of all ages such as a mountain coaster, summer tubing, zip lining, ropes course, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and so much more!
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park  is a unique attraction that has thrill rides, cave tours, laser tag and so much more. Bring out your inner scientist as you study stunning caverns and formations in Colorado’s largest showcave. Or, bring out your wild side as you fly down the mountain on Colorado’s first alpine coaster. Whatever your family enjoys, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is sure to please everyone.
  • Walking Mountain Science Center offers an array of fun programs for families, children and adults. Explore their three facilities in Avon and Vail and discover your curious side. Programs include Bug Sarafi, Earth Explorers, Morning Bird Walks, S’mores and More, Photo Safari, and other exciting options.
  • When you visit 4 Eagle Ranch you can choose to kick back and take in the beautiful scenery, or you can get out and have some extraordinary experiences…of course, you can do both! The ranch gives guests an authentic Colorado experience by offering an abundance of activities such as ranch menagerie, horseshoes, volleyball, steer head roping and The Trading Post. You can also book a stay in 4 Eagle Ranch’s beautiful Homestead House, originally built in 1925 (remodeled in 2011)… Which makes enjoying all the ranch has to offer that much easier.  
  • Piney River Ranch is located right below the Gore Range and is Vail, Colorado’s most breathtaking destination for weddings, retreats, and day-trips. They offer a variety of activites that guarantee fun for the entire family like, horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking to beautiful waterfalls or simply relaxing by the fire pit. If one day isn’t enough for you to take in all that PIney has to offer,there is lodging for our overnight guests.


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Parks & Playgrounds

In the Vail Valley, we love to be outside, and that’s true even for the littlest locals. Playgrounds are abundant throughout the valley and include:

  • Pirate Ship Park in Vail
  • Donovan Park in Vail
  • Red Sandstone Park in Vail
  • Lionshead’s Birds Nest in Vail
  • Nottingham Park in Avon
  • Pavilion Park in Eagle Vail
  • Brush Creek Park in Eagle
  • Freedom Park & Skatepark in Edwards.