When families decide to go on vacation, many choose Estes Park because there’s so much to do. Rocky Mountain Park is a natural playground, but when a family wants a break from the trail, Estes Park offers activities for the preschooler, the grandparent and everyone in between.
Looking for fun family activities to do in Estes Park? Why not:
- Take to the Water – Take in the majestic view of Longs Peak from a kayak or a ten-person pontoon boat on Lake Estes. Or, drop a fishing line in the water and try your luck. The Estes Park Marina store sells fishing supplies and licenses. If you’re up for a swim, try the Aquatic Center. It has six lap lanes, diving board, water slide and a wader pool for kids six and under with parental supervision. The Trout Haven Fishing Pond is ideal for introducing kids to fishing. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout and a catch is guaranteed. Imagine the look on your child’s face! No license needed.
- Climb a Wall, Climb a Rope – The climbing gym at Estes Park Mountain Shop has more than 4,500 square feet of climbing terrain, ranging from bouldering to wall climbs. The staff belays so kids as young as two and as old as 75 can relax and learn to climb. The Open Air Adventure Park has 32 elements to test your skills, from a swinging bridge to an aerial snowboard to a suspended cake walk. The YMCA of the Rockies has a ropes course, a three-sided outdoor climbing wall, indoor swimming pool, zip line and disc golf. The YMCA also offers day camps for kids run by youth counselors from around the country.
- Earn a Badge, Take a Class – Rocky Mountain National Park teaches kids about nature and animals in the park through its Junior Ranger program. Fill out a booklet of relevant games and activities and earn a badge. While the child is busy, adults can take a field seminar from The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute. This “classroom without walls” offers hands-on field experiences on wildflowers, mammals, birds, bees, cultural history, outdoor skills, photography, painting and writing.
- Skateboard or Bike – If the teenager in the backseat is getting a little fussy, take him to the Lawson Skate Park, a 6,000-square-foot skateboard/BMX/inline skate park with 13 ramps and rails located near the high school campus. Or, Peddle, walk, rollerblade or skateboard the 3.75-mile loop around Lake Estes. The Estes Park Marina rents bikes.
- Tour Rocky in Style or Explore Geocachin – See the Park without having to drive, and have an experienced tour guide explain what you are seeing. Green Jeep Tours offers five unique tours, from a 3-1/2-hour tour of Rocky Mountain National Park to a fall tour of the elk rutting season. Geocaching is an outdoor, treasure-hunting game using GPS. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the hidden geocache.
- Get Some Trail Tags – Hike a trail and reward the kids with a trail tag, a small cloth patch that can be sewn on jackets, backpacks or hats. It’s a great way to motivate a child that last half mile to an alpine lake. Learn about the history of trail tags and make it a family tradition. Trail tags are sold in most downtown stores.
- Satisfy Your Need for Speed – Race go karts around a winding track or play a game of mini-golf on one of two, multi-level courses with waterfalls. Estes Park Ride-A-Kart also has bumper boats, bumper kars, batting cages, Casey’s Train, extreme bungee trampoline and an arcade.
To find out about more family fun activities in Estes Park or where to stay during your family vacation, pick up one of our free guide books in town or request a free copy online.Tags: What to Do