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7 Summer Family Activities in Vail, Colorado

Welcome to Vail, Colorado, a summer playground nestled amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains. If you're planning a family vacation during the warmer months, Manor Vail Lodge is the perfect destination. With its luxurious accommodations and prime location, this lodge provides an ideal base for families to explore the wonders of Vail. In this blog post, we'll highlight seven spectacular summer activities in Vail.

1. Vail Nature Discovery Center

Immerse your family in the wonders of nature at the Vail Nature Discovery Center, located a short distance from Manor Vail Lodge. This educational and interactive center offers a range of programs and activities designed to engage visitors of all ages. Explore the pristine surroundings through guided nature hikes, learn about local wildlife through informative exhibits, or participate in workshops and presentations that highlight the importance of environmental stewardship.

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2. Hiking in the Gore Range

Vail boasts an extensive trail network that winds through the stunning Gore Range. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an adventure amidst breathtaking alpine landscapes. From leisurely family-friendly hikes to more challenging mountain summits, Vail offers trails suitable for all ages and skill levels. Ask the knowledgeable staff at the front desk for trail recommendations and maps to ensure a memorable hiking experience.

3. Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain

Head up Vail Mountain on the gondola and enter a world of adventure at Epic Discovery. This family-friendly destination offers a variety of activities suitable for all ages. Fly through the air on ziplines, navigate through challenging ropes courses, and test your balance on the alpine coaster. Epic Discovery also features interactive learning experiences that educate visitors about the local environment and wildlife.

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4. Mountain Biking 

When the snow melts and summer arrives, Vail's mountain biking trails come alive, offering an exhilarating experience for the whole family. Rent bikes (20% off through Epic Mountain Rentals) suited for various skill levels and explore the network of scenic trails that wind through Vail Mountain. From gentle, meandering paths to adrenaline-pumping downhill courses, there's something for everyone. Experience the rush of mountain biking while immersing yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

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5. Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Seeking an adventure on the water? Look no further than whitewater rafting on the nearby Colorado River. Join a guided rafting tour with Sage Outdoor Adventures, suitable for families, and paddle through thrilling rapids while surrounded by awe-inspiring canyon landscapes. Don't worry if you're new to rafting; experienced guides will ensure your safety and provide an unforgettable experience for the entire family. 

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6. Horseback Riding

Experience the beauty of Vail's backcountry on horseback. Ride through pristine meadows, fragrant pine forests, and babbling streams as you bond with gentle and well-trained horses. Several ranches and outfitters in the area offer guided horseback riding tours for families, providing a unique opportunity to connect with nature and create lasting memories. Consult the staff at the front desk for recommendations and assistance with booking.


7. Stand-up Paddleboarding at Nottingham Lake 

Nottingham Lake & Beach, located in Avon, CO, only 15 minutes from the Lodge, offers a serene setting for stand-up paddleboarding. Rent paddleboards and glide along the crystal-clear waters of the creek, surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery. Paddleboarding is a fantastic activity for the whole family, allowing you to cool down and explore the tranquil waterway at your own pace while enjoying the peaceful ambiance of nature.

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A summer vacation at Manor Vail Lodge in Vail, Colorado, promises endless opportunities for family fun and adventure. From hiking and mountain biking in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains to thrilling activities like whitewater rafting and horseback riding, there's something for every family member to enjoy. Explore the wonders of Vail Mountain with Epic Discovery, glide along Gore Creek on a stand-up paddleboard, and immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature at the Vail Nature Center. With Manor Vail Lodge as your home base, your family will create cherished memories and experience the best of Vail's summer offerings. Book an unforgettable summer getaway in Vail, Colorado!