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.
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:
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.
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.
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.