Enjoy Your Summer With Events For Families In Summit County, Colorado

Many people think of Summit County's resort areas as primarily for winter skiing. What you might not know is that those same resorts are excellent locations to take your family for the ultimate, stress-free family vacation during the summer months as well.

Get the kiddos out for a hike! With abundant hiking trails in the area, you can find the perfect day hike for any level.

Get the kiddos out for a hike! With abundant hiking trails in the area, you can find the perfect day hike for any level.

There are numerous opportunities to enjoy day trips to the unique vistas that the mountains provide. Activities such as rock climbing, biking, hiking, ATV trips, rappelling, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and boating are just a small sample of the summer activities that the mountains have to offer. Do a little research online or contact one of our local visitor centers and you'll be well on your way to a great Rocky Mountain adventure. Read on for more information about how Summit County can provide you with the perfect destination for your next family trip.

All summer long, there are tons of special events and ongoing activities that are perfect for families. Here are three top-notch providers of fantastic family friendly activities and entertainment:

Keystone

During the summer, Keystone offers a variety of fun family-friendly options. Keystone is also home to Kidtopia, with free daily activities for families such as nature hikes, face painting, arts and crafts, outdoor movies and more. Each year brings expanded offerings, new themes and even more entertainment. River Run Village, which is populated with great restaurants and shops, is a great area for the whole family to stroll around and enjoy a beautiful summer day in the mountains.

Breckenridge

In Breckenridge, ride the free gondola up to check out exciting activities for all ages, like an elevated roller coaster, a zip line, alpine slide, a maze, gold panning, a climbing wall and a bungee trampoline. In addition you can find guided hikes, 4x4 tours, Segway tours and bike rides. 

The Mountain Top Children's Museum, which works hard to provide a safe space to explore educational and creative activities, is another great stopping point for younger families. Geared toward children under 10, it has a great staff and quality programming. It even includes an easily accessible Kid's Night Out for parents wishing to have a night out on the town, which is convenient because it is located right in the heart of Breckenridge near shops and restaurants.

Frisco

If you happen to be in Frisco during the Fourth of July, you won't want to miss their legendary town celebration. You can begin the day with a pancake breakfast, follow-up with a local parade, enjoy bands all day long and then finish off with a spectacular fireworks show over the Frisco Bay Marina.

But if you miss out on that celebration, Frisco is still a glorious place to spend a summer day. Several hiking trails and recreational paths are located right in town, a free historic park and museum, water activities at the Frisco Bay Marina and many shops and restaurants that cater to younger visitors. Frisco's Main Street is relatively calm and quiet with an easygoing vibe perfect for all ages.

With the gorgeous views, the extensive activities, and the family friendly resorts, your family can have a wonderful summer vacation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

We're Thankful for Snow in Summit County

The snow has arrived!

My morning walk...

My morning walk...

Personally I love warm weather and sunshine. Winter is long enough around here, and if I can get a few more hikes in before the snow hits, I'm not one to complain. 

But even I had to admit the dry, unseasonably warm November was dragging on a bit too long. Things were getting awfully dried out around here, and it was so warm we noticed some trees starting to bud. Several ski resort opening days got delayed, and at the shop we met some disappointed visitors who were here for their ski vacations and had to settle for a few open runs at A-Basin.

When Thanksgiving is a week away, the white stuff is a welcome sight, and last Thursday, we certainly got some--along with colder temperatures adequate for snow-making--just in time for the resorts to open. 

Then this morning, more snow! I'm not sure what the totals are, but it is definitely starting to feel a lot like winter time here on Frisco Main Street. I think I'm ready for Thanksgiving now.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we'll be open only from 9-11 am on Thanksgiving morning, then we will be closing and going home to relax and celebrate the holiday.

Stay Healthy While You Travel - Consider the Elevation

No one wants to be sick on vacation. Your time off work is supposed to be time when you can relax and rejuvenate. Since you don't want to waste your valuable vacation time feeling miserable, it's important that you do everything you can to stay healthy while you travel.  

Of course, you can do the normal things. Get plenty of sleep in the week leading up to your trip, take some vitamin C, wash your hands often, and try to stay away from people who are contagious. All of these little things will help you prevent illness before your vacation begins.

However, when you are traveling to the beautiful mountain communities of Summit County, Colorado, you also need to keep in mind how the elevation might impact you. Some people start to feel sick because of the increased elevation, but there are things you can do to minimize your risk.

First, stay hydrated! Your body releases more fluids at higher elevations so you'll need to drink more water to compensate and avoid headaches.

Speaking of fluids, you might want to go a little easier than normal on alcoholic beverages. Alcohol hits you harder at higher elevations, so wait and see how you feel before you have a second drink.

If you have even a slight cold, consider taking a decongestant before going to a higher elevation and before coming back down from a higher elevation. When you are congested, your ears will have a more difficult time popping to equalize the pressure as you change elevations. If you've ever experienced ears that are stuffed up, it is pretty annoying and uncomfortable.

If you know you're prone to altitude sickness, check with a doctor before your trip to see if there is a medication that could alleviate altitude sickness. Hopefully it won't be necessary, but you will be so glad you have it if you need it! Ibuprofen can also help if you find yourself with a headache from the elevation.

These precautionary measures, combined with generally taking it easy for the first few days, will make your time in the mountains much more enjoyable. 

A Gift Shop Hopping Guide to Frisco, Colorado

If you enjoy shopping, there's nothing quite like checking out the gift shops in a new location or revisiting an old favorite. If you're headed to Summit County, Colorado this winter, the two primary Main Street shopping areas are Frisco and Breckenridge. There's also the Outlets at Silverthorne, as well as some shops at Copper Mountain and Keystone resorts.

Our shop, Frisco Fun & Formal, is located right on Frisco Main Street, and we absolutely love being there. You'll find a slow pace and small town atmosphere, free parking, and a good variety of independently owned shops without being overwhelming.

At our gift shop on Frisco Main Street, we sell this locally-made card that has a photo of Frisco Main Street.

At our gift shop on Frisco Main Street, we sell this locally-made card that has a photo of Frisco Main Street.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your shopping time on Frisco Main Street:

Check out the Options

Not all gift shops are created equal: some carry a wide range of items (like us!) while others are more specialized. In Frisco, you'll find books, toys, jewelry, souvenirs, antiques, candy, accessories and clothing for the whole family. Decide what interests you most, and get hopping!

You might also want to start with a list of people you are shopping for, think about the kinds of shops you need to visit, and keep track of what you've purchased as you go. If you see something along the way that you're interested in but not quite sure, you can also jot down the item, price and name of the shop so that you can come back later.

Look for the Local Angle

Obviously gift shops in popular vacation spots highlight activities and features of the local area. In Frisco you'll find all types of skiing and mountain-centric items. Some of our favorite items here at our shop are coasters, ornaments and picture frames made from local beetle-kill wood.

Visiting our local gift shops is a fun way to support small independent businesses and keep things thriving so there will continue to be plenty of great places to browse.

Make the Most of Your Shopping Time

As you're on your gift shopping adventure, make sure you don't fall victim to hunger or dehydration. Low blood sugar does not make for an enjoyable shopping trip. Give yourself plenty of time so you can eat and drink along the way as needed--that way you won't feel rushed when browsing. Frisco Main Street has plenty of great options for food and drinks, whether you need a quick pick-me-up or want to sit down for a nice meal.

We hope to see you this winter on Frisco Main Street. Happy shop hopping!