Things To Do in Vail Valley — Summer Activities

With so many Vail Valley summer activities, it’s a good thing the days are long and you have endless energy, right?! Start the day with a latte and consider what's going to be your adventure for the day. Decide if you’re more of a biker or hiker, walker or runner. If motors are more your things, sign up for an off-road adventure in Edwards. Take a jeep tour or get out on an ATV. Float slowly through the air in a hot air balloon to see the Rocky Mountains in an entirely different way. Hop on a horse in Avon for a clip-clop sort of day.

Even in landlocked Colorado, there are plenty of water-based Vail Valley summer activities to dive into. Go for a whitewater rafting or kayaking adventure in Avon, rent standup paddleboards, pedal a pedal boat or borrow a canoe. There are fountains for kids to splish-splash in as well as a few outdoor public pools, such as those in Eagle or Gypsum. Take part in yoga classes in Beaver Creek and crafting classes. Visit a bookstore for best sellers and timeless classics, then find a spot in the sun and get lost in the words. While away the afternoon at one of Vail Valley’s many parks — your kids will have fun, and you can relax. Or hit an area recreation center for family fun out of the sun. Soccer and lacrosse tournaments take place throughout the spring, summer and fall right here in the Vail Valley as well. Participate with a team or check out some great action on the fields.

Summer Activities Mean Vail Valley Fun

After a day full of adventure, it may be time to chill out, which means an entirely different kind of Vail Valley summer activity. Listen to the sounds of an orchestra under the dazzling stars in Vail, or check out a contemporary dance or classic ballet at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Quaint, cute Minturn has a drive-in movie theater on hot summer nights. Farther west, the Down Valley towns of Gypsum and Eagle have outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Libraries offer books, obviously, but also so much more with their summer programs of music, magic and various other programs and lectures.

Take a short hike and have a quiet moment of reflection overlooking the river. Get an ice cream cone at one of the many farmers’ market that simply overflow with nature’s bounty, artisan crafts and tasty vittles. One thing is for sure, things to do in Vail Valley during the summer abound. Get to it!

Summer Activities in Vail Valley by Area

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Things To Do in Vail Valley by Category

Avon Recreation Center

Vail Valley Summer Activity
90 Lake Street, Avon
(970) 748-4060

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation programs and services available through affordable daily rates, punch cards and monthly memberships, the center is accessible to locals and visitors alike. The 40,000-square-foot facility has space for birthday parties, sports leagues and fitness classes, and childcare is available. The aquatics center is a popular feature, with a five-lane lap pool,... read more

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation... read more

Bearcat Stables

Vail Valley Summer Activity
2701 Squaw Creek Road, Edwards
(970) 926-1578

A magical time awaits all visitors to Bearcat Stables, which is open to the public in both the summer and winter. During the summer, enjoy guided single-day rides or multi-day outings in the backcountry. When the weather turns cold and snowy, enjoy a romantic sleigh ride. Whenever you go, budget in time to peruse the Bearden Homestead, which features historic cabins and a photographic history... read more

A magical time awaits all visitors to Bearcat Stables, which is open to the public... read more

Mio Studio

Vail Valley Summer Activity
48 E. Beaver Creek Boulevard, Suite 205, Avon
(970) 376-3184

Mio Studio is a Vail art studio focused on art instruction. Mio, the instructor and owner, offers workshops, oil painting instruction and drawing classes. His instruction focus is on all mediums, including landscape painting, figure drawing, still life and plein-air techniques. Art instruction is offered to for adults with class sizes limited to five. All materials are provided. Mio will also travel to homes and locations for... read more

Mio Studio is a Vail art studio focused on art instruction. Mio, the instructor and owner,... read more

Nova Guides

Vail Valley Summer Activity
7088 Highway 24, Red Cliff
(719) 486-2656

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red Cliff is your one-stop spot. During the summer take a jeep or ATV tour, enjoy whitewater rafting or fishing or even try out the popular paintball. In winter take a guided snowmobile tour or a top of the Rockies tour in a snow coach. In addition Nova Guides has a... read more

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red... read more

Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

Vail Valley Summer Activity
175 Main Street, Unit C-106, Edwards
(970) 926-1006

Satisfy a creative urge at Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads, which features a wide array of gemstones and beads along with individual and group instruction. If you’re not up for crafting your own trinkets, choose from the store’s selection of regionally made jewelry. The shop also hosts fun-filled activities for kids' parties and other gatherings.

Vail Segway Tours

Vail Valley Summer Activity
254 Bridge Street, Vail
(800) 800-0424

If you are looking for a new way to see Vail, consider Vail Segway Tours. At Vail Segway Tours you can take a tour of the town of Vail and see everything entirely via Segway, regardless of your age or endurance level. This is an environmentally clean, green and fun way to explore the Rocky Mountains while having your own personal mode of transportation. During... read more

If you are looking for a new way to see Vail, consider Vail Segway Tours.... read more