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Family Fun and Activities

4-Eagle Ranch : From guided horseback rides, horse-drawn wagon tours, cattle round-ups, and games of horseshoes and bocce ball, 4-Eagle Ranch is fun for the whole family! Also featuring Vail family activities like Western Family Night, Tom's Tent, and First Thursday Country Dance Night. Located just 24 miles west of Vail in Wolcott, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time to the Old West. 970-926-3372

Back Country Jeep and Hummer Tours : Experience Colorado family fun in the mountains in a whole new way! Ride custom 4x4's through beautiful meadows filled with summer wildflowers and get a glimpse of stunning alpine vistas in half-day or full-day tours.

Beaver Creek Rodeo : Located in Avon, the Beaver Creek Rodeo takes place every Thursday night through the summer season. Beginning at 5:00pm with pony rides and a mechanical bull, the Rodeo is fun for the whole family! More Information

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens : Come see the beauty of the highest public botanical gardens in the world. Featuring public tours, educational programs, and guided tours. Visit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens website for a full summer schedule.

Friday Afternoon Club : Fridays June 25 - September 3, 2010, weather permitting. Sit at the top of the Vail mountain and enjoy free live music, horseshoes, and drink specials.

Hot Air Ballooning : View the breathtaking Vail Valley from above! Full excursions include approximately 60-75 minutes of flight time, while "A Taste of Ballooning" offers 30-40 minutes of flight time. Contact Camelot Balloons 1-800-785-4743

Rock Climbing :  Get a true Rocky Mountain experience on a guided climb with instruction from a seasoned professional. Or, if you don't feel ready to tackle the mountains just yet, try the Lionshead climbing wall at the base of the Gondola.

Segway Tours : Offering both guided tours and unguided rentals, cruise around town in a whole new! Introduced in Vail during the summer of 2009, Segways are one of the "greenest" forms of transportation. All riders must be 14 years old and at least 70lbs. Sage Outdoor Adventures, 970-476-3700

Tennis : Whether you are looking for fun with the whole family or wanting to improve your swing, Vail has many tennis courts available. For more information on tennis courts and lessons, please call Vail Racquet Club 970-476-4840 or Vail Tennis Center 970-479-2294

VPAC Free Family Films : Enjoy free family films at the Vilar Performing Arts Center! Arrive early because seats fill on a first-come first-served basis. Each film begins at 6:30pm and runs every Wednesday from June 30 - July 21.

Zipline Adventure : Soar at 30mph 100-200 ft above the floor of a Canyon on ziplines that extend from 150 to 1,000 feet! Or, extend the action and dare to challenge yourself on the high adventure ropes course.

Summer Camps

The Vail Recreation District invites you to enroll your children into one of their exciting summer day camps! From hiking to river rafting to arts and crafts, children of all ages can gain a hands-on learning experience they will never forget. Registration opens April 5, 2010 and is on a first-come first-served basis.For more information and to register your child, please visit the Vail Recreation District's website or call 970-479-2290.

  • Pre Kamp Vail (30 months to 5 years) June 14 - August 20 : Preschool-aged children enjoy learning activities such as arts and crafts, games and daily outings. Location: Golden Peak Children's Center. Drop Off: 8 to 9 a.m. Pick Up: 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Camp Vail (5 to 12) June 14 - August 20: Vail's premier day camp invites children to experience all of the activities available in our unique mountain surroundings! Campers can choose from sports, art and science activities, and special outings such as martial arts and swimming. Location: Red Sandstone Elementary School.Drop Off: 7:30 - 9 a.m. Pick Up: 4 - 5:30 p.m
  • Extreme Camp Vail (8 to 13) July 2 - August 6 (Fridays ONLY): Adventurous activities such as rafting, a trip to Water World, and a trip to the Glenwood Caverns are available for your child to enjoy.
  • Camp Eco Fun (4 to 6 and 7 to 11) June 14 - August 20: This hands-on learning experience focuses on the natural environment of the Vail Valley at the Vail Nature Center and offers crafts and activities which support the weekly ecological theme. Location: Golden Peak Children's Center and Vail Nature Center. Humming Birds : Ages 4 to 6: Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hawks : Ages 7 to 11: Tuesday and Thursday
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