Vail Activities & Programs

Vail is synonymous with activity so the list of Vail activities is long and exciting. Unlike in other parts of the country, when it snows in Vail, locals rejoice. (Don’t forget to check the Vail snow report on this site to find out just how much of the fresh, fluffy powder awaits.) And, just because you’re here in summer, don’t think you’ll miss out on the white stuff: It’s been known to snow on the  4th of July.

Tons of Vail activities take place right on Vail Mountain. Tackle the alpine coaster, ziplining, ropes courses, bungee trampoline and of course Vail hiking and mountain biking trails. Remember to drink lots of water and be ready to have the time of your life!

Stay in town and take in some of the off-beat Vail activites. Let your kids splash in the Children’s Fountain, wade around in the river or walk the plank at Pirate Ship Park at the base of Gondola One. Rent a bike to cruise through town; pack a picnic and plan to be out all day long.

Visit the world-renowned Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and take in one of their programs. There is a trail that wends its way through native, high-altitude plants. This garden, named for former First Lady Betty Ford, is the highest alpine garden in the United States. Kids love the scavenger hunt while traipsing through the quiet floral environment. It’s open year-round, with a newly completed Alpine House.

Vail Activities from the Inside

Right next door to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. There are dozens of performances and programs each summer, and something for everyone in the family.

Sometimes a break from the Colorado sun or the lovely snow is needed. Well, Vail has you covered (ha, pun intended!) with some fun Vail activities and programs. In Lionshead visit the Imagination Station, the perfect place for a child to learn, explore and play. Check out the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum that’s chockfull of ski history, visit a funky gift shop and engage in fireside chats with a Tenth Mountain Division Veteran weekly.

Vail activities might include hiring a guide to go through the high country or going off-roading.

When the light wanes the music flows. Some is free, some is not, but all of them are a musical treat: jazz, bluegrass, classical and good old-fashioned rock and roll!