While we head into ski season, we’re still reminiscing about our weekend in Winter Park this past August. Winter Park is the perfect mountain retreat in summertime with plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for families with a taste for adventure.
With hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, boating, camping, horseback riding, ziplining, golfing and more, there is no shortage of summer outdoor entertainment in Winter Park.
Outdoor enthusiasts definitely won’t be disappointed with the hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Winter Park. You can pick just about any one and find amazing views of scenic vistas, waterfalls, high alpine lakes or ski runs.
There are over 600 miles of mountain biking trails in the area, with some of the best downhill terrain in America at Winter Park Resort. The award-winning Trestle Bike Park is 37 miles of freeride trails accessed by three lifts. Half day and full day passes are available with a special rate on Fridays.
The base of Winter Park turns into an adventureland for kids of all ages with a range of activities available individually or get all-day access with an Adventure Pass excluding mineral panning. Choose from:
- ALPINE SLIDE (the longest in Colorado)
- ZEPHYR SCENIC LIFT RIDE
- MINI GOLF
- HUMAN MAZE
- OUTDOOR CLIMBING WALL
- LEAPS & BOUNDS BUNGEE
- MINI ZIPLINE (up to 100 lbs)
- JUMPY SNOWCAT (bouncy house for up to age 12)
- MARY JANE MINE MINERAL PANNING
We’ve ridden other alpine slides in Colorado, and Winter Park’s tops them all when it comes to fun! The Alpine Slide has its own chair lift and there was little to no wait no matter what time of day we rode it. My six-year-old daughter, Reagan and I zipped down once together, and after that she was ready to ride solo!
The mini zip line was the first we had seen like it. Easy to get on and off of, I’d call it a great first zip line for young kids. Though she’s been on bigger zip lines, Reagan loved it!
The town of Winter Park is just a five-minute drive away for even more family fun! During the weekend we were there, the Zoppe Italian Family Circus happened to be in town. It was great afternoon entertainment before some pizza and bowling at the Foundry Cinema and Bowl.
Whoever came up with movies and bowling should be congratulated. In addition to current movies shown in two oversized, luxury HD theaters, there are also large screen TV’s up behind all eight bowling lanes.
We ordered up gourmet, wood-fired pizzas and cocktails while enjoying a few games of really bad bowling and lots of laughs. You can choose to have your pizza and cocktails served to you in the theater as well.
TIP: Don’t pass on The Foundry’s homemade desserts. The ice cream sandwiches – The gelato flavor of the day sandwiched between two crisp, waffle cakes – are to die for!
The Foundry definitely isn’t your Dad’s bowling alley. With leather couches to relax on in between turns at the line and the retro décor and memorabilia throughout (make sure to check out the bathrooms – yes, both!) I felt more like I was at a hip club than a bowling alley. Reagan was bemoaning going bowling until we walked in. Who says bowling alleys have to be boring?
We stayed on property at Founders Pointe, which meant the Village at Winter Park Resort and base area was just a quick walk across the street for shopping and dining. A favorite dining spot in the base village is the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, where I highly recommend the Monte Cristo: ham, turkey and Swiss cheese, smeared with mustard and cranberry preserves on thick soft French bread, dipped in beer batter and fried to order. Served with a berry balsamic sauce. It just doesn’t get any better than that! Unless, you also pair it with one of their fine Belgian beers. I doubt you’ll find a more extensive collection anywhere.
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