Kids Activities in Vail – Summertime Outdoor Adventures


Welcome to the ThinkVail we hope you find this list of summer outdoor kids activities in Vail helpful.

Whether you’re a local who lives here in Colorado or are just visiting from afar, finding fun and fantastic outdoor kids activities is important for an unforgettable summer full of adventure. Below is a list of some of ThinkVail’s favorite summer outdoor activities for kids! Choose from a diverse line up of Vail valley experiences including hiking, rafting, biking, jeeping, horseback riding, dinosaur camps and more. Enjoy!

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Summer Outdoor Kids Activities in Vail

Fossil Posse Dinosaur Camp

Foster Your Young Future Paleontologist

Fossil Posse’s mission is to instill an appreciation of natural sciences, specifically paleontology & the prehistoric world, and the environment as a whole, by providing a fun, interactive, and education-based adventure for children and families in the Vail valley. Kids can hold REAL fossils, such as teeth, skulls, and bones and EXPLORE the prehistoric Colorado landscape!

  • Dinosaur Day Camps
  • Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Parties
  • On-Site Museum at Dinosaur Junction
  • Guided Tours of Local Dinosaur Sites and Fossils.

(970) 390-5934
Business Address: 100 Yacht Club Drive, Wolcott, CO 81655




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Timberline Tours

Offering Rafting Trips, Jeep Tours & More

Timberline Tours is the Vail Colorado’s premier whitewater rafting and backcountry jeep tours outfitter, also offering stand up paddle board (SUP) and duckie river trips on Colorado’s Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers. Come and experience this world-class outfitter and create some memories with your family and friends. Also, perfect for corporate groups.

  • Whitewater Rafting Trips
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Adventures
  • Inflatable Duckie Float Trips
  • Mild/Moderate/Advance Jeep Tours

(970) 476-1414
Business Address: 1432 Chambers Avenue Eagle, CO 81631




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Venture Sports

Offering Road, Cruiser, E-Bike & Mountain Bike Rentals

Enjoy a fun day of bike riding for your entire family. Whether you want cruisers and tag-alongs for the recreation path that meanders past Gore Creek, mountain bikes to hit the trails on Vail mountain or bike rentals for an exhilarating Vail Pass tour. Venture Sports has got you covered with their great gear and incredible customer service.

  • Mountain Bike Rentals
  • Road Bike Rentals
  • Comfort Cruiser Rentals
  • E-Bike Rentals
  • Kids Bikes, Trailer and Tag-Along Rentals
  • Vail Pass Tours & Glenwood Canyon Tours

(970) 949-1318
Business Address: 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. Avon, CO 81620




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Piney River Ranch

Horseback Riding, Fishing, Canoe Rentals & Hiking

Situated on picturesque Piney Lake, nestled at the foot of the majestic Gore Range, Piney River Ranch is a private, forty-acre Rocky Mountain retreat located just twelve miles north of Vail Village, surrounded by thousands of acres of back country wilderness within the White River National Forest. It is the perfect place for FUN!

  • Horseback Riding
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Canoe & Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals
  • Breathtaking Hiking For All Abilities
  • On-Site Restaurant & Lodging

(303)  905-4439
Business Address: 700 Red Sandstone Rd. Vail, CO 81658




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Paragon Guides

Custom Guided Hikes, Biking & Llama Treks

Since 1978 Paragon Guides has offered a variety of unique, once-in-a-lifetime backcountry adventures within the White River National Forest and the famous 10th Mountain Division Hut System. From easy Lunch with a Llama hikes that are perfect for kids to multi-day hut-to-hut trips for more experienced adventurers.

  • Llama Treks
  • Multi Day, Hut-to-Hut Excursions
  • Mountain Bike Guided Tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Rock Climbing Trips:

(970) 926-5299
Business Address: 210 Edwards Village Blvd. Suite B107, Edwards, CO 81632




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Stand Up Paddle Colorado

SUP Rentals on Nottingham Lake in Avon, CO

Enjoy a day on the water with a stand up paddle board, inflatable single and tandem duckies, paddle boats or a HUGE monster board rental that can hold the whole crew. Spend the day frolicking at the Avon lakeside beach and enjoy a 1-hour (or more) self-guided tour around the lake. Fun for ALL ages!

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals
  • Inflatable Duckie Rentals
  • Paddleboat Rentals
  • Monster Board Rentals

(970) 453-7873
Business Address: 1 Lake Street, Avon, CO 81620


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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

A Gorgeous High Altitude Botanical Garden 

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an internationally acclaimed botanic gardens known for its alpine horticulture, education and conservation. It is the highest elevation botanical garden in North America situated at 8,200’ (2,700 m) in Vail, CO in the central Rocky Mountains. This beautiful setting boasts an extensive and unique collection of alpine and mountain plants collected from around the world.

  • Guided and Self-Guided Tours of the Gardens
  • Botanically-Themed Programs, Workshops & Clinics
  • Children’s Garden, Discovery Cart, Betty’s Market & Gift Shop
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Research & Conservation Programs

(970) 476-0103
Business Address: 522 S. Frontage Rd. East, Vail, CO 81657




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Vail Valley Skateboard Parks

Popular Skateboard Parks throughout the Vail Valley

Skateboard parks are the perfect place for fun, summer activities whether your a first-time skater or a seasoned pro. Local skate parks around Vail can be enjoyed skateboarders, bikers, scooters and aggressive inline skaters or on roller blades and all are welcomed. Each park is designed for its specific location and to provide unique challenges to its users. However, most parks incorporate bowl, street plaza and/or flow designs. Please were a helmet at all facilities.

  • The Zeke M. Pierce Skate Park in Lionshead
  • Freedom Skate Park in Edwards
  • Gypsum Skate Park

(970) 479-2279
Business Address: 395 Frontage Rd. West, Vail, CO 81657



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Vail Farmers Market

A Fantastic Array of Produce, Artisan Gifts, Flowers, Jewelry and More

For more than 20 years the Vail Farmers Market has flourished on Meadow Drive in Vail, CO. With more than 140 tents on 16 Sundays throughout the summer this market is sure to please. We have entertainment for everyone and bring people from all over to enjoy the Rocky Mountains on a Sunday. Enjoy strolling down the pedestrian area while tasting treats and enjoying live music and entertainment. The Market begins mid June and goes through the beginning of October.

  • Local Produce & Products
  • Colorado Arts & Crafts
  • Handmade Jewelry
  • More than 40 Food

(970) 401-3320
Business Address: East Meadow Drive, Vail Village, CO, 81657




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