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

Alpine Arts Center

280 Main Street, Unit C-101, Edwards
(970) 926-2732

Alpine Arts Center is a hub of creativity located smack dab in the middle of the Vail Valley. For those who want to try their hand at artistic mediums such as ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry making, painting, photography, sculpture and general arts and crafts, the center offers an array of classes, workshops and drop-in sessions for artists of all levels and ages. If you're... read more

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Avon Recreation Center

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

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Mountain Resort Concierge

PO Box 2953, Vail
(970) 460-4719

Mountain Resort Concierge is a luxury management company that offers one-stop shopping for all of your vacation needs. The goal of the company is to exceed the expectations of customers by providing an all-in-one hospitality experience. Just book your accommodations, and Mountain Resort Concierge will contract third party vendors to handle the details. Services range from restaurant reservations to plane flights, child care to concert... read more

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Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

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 Wheel Base

610 W. Lionshead Circle, Vail
(970) 476-5799

Since 1992 Vail Wheel Base has been providing both front and full-suspension mountain bikes, downhill bikes, free-ride bikes, kids' bikes, child carts and hybrid and comfort bikes. This family-owned operation also offers customized tours, ranging from family friendly to high adventure and challenging. You also rent a full line of bikes as well as purchase accessories in the store. Stop by the friendly shop, right in... read more

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Walking Mountains Science Center

318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon
(970) 827-9725
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail
(970) 479-2291

Whether you're young or young at heart, if you love nature then Walking Mountains Science Center is the place for you. From kids' summer science camps and STEM programming to guided snowshoe hikes and interpretive nature walks, no matter the season there's an opportunity to learn and become immersed in the natural world. They also host an environmental film series, a speaker series and educational... read more

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