You’ve finally landed in Aspen and you can’t wait to hike, bike, eat at new restaurants and wander around the shops. But with kids in tow, you’re not sure how to navigate all of these activities, and still ensure a good time for the whole family. From summer camps, to on-mountain activities, the best playgrounds, and the sweetest places to get a treat, we’re here to help.
Part of the fun in visiting the mountains surrounding Aspen lies in the hands-on learning opportunities children can have with nature. Over the course of a few days in this pristine setting, you can watch their minds expand, their imaginations grow, and their confidence in their physical abilities soar.
Whether you’re looking for a day camp, a multi-day specialty camp or daycare for children ages 1-3, check out Camp Aspen Snowmass.
Designed for the tiniest campers (ages 1-3), children are treated to a variety of age-appropriate guided activities, all centered on The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center at the Snowmass Base Village. Purchase can be made in-resort.
Paradise Bakery and Cafe
You’ll be able to smell the scent of waffle cones down the block. Nothing like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day.
Red Fox Frozen Yogurt
Open only in the summer, this stand off of the Pedestrian Mall is great for frozen yogurt, with plenty of toppings to choose from.
Peach’s Corner Cafe
For a healthier sweet treat, check out their smoothie options.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a cheeseburger and fries. In the summer the neighboring ice skating pavilion turns into mini-golf central.
Limelight Hotel Lounge
Kids can enjoy a hand-tossed personal pizza, while parents enjoy specialities like the flight of three Sangrias.
Don’t miss the kid-sized mac & cheese — a miniature version of the sinful comfort food.
This park is centrally located and borders the downtown core. Parents can get a drink at one of the nearby restaurants, while kids enjoy the playground.
Located in the West End, this is a great less-busy option in the summer.
Right off of the Rio Grande trail, Herron Park has a playground, picnic tables and shallow pools ideal for hot summer days.
Your kids will automatically gravitate toward the fountains at the end of the mall— endless entertainment without spending a cent.
Aspen Recreation Center
Also known as the “ARC,” the rec center features indoor pools, a two-story water slide, a rock climbing wall, and a skating rink. It’s a perfect place to spend rainy afternoons.
Saturday Farmer’s Market
Open from 8am to 3pm on summer Saturdays, bring your kids to check out local vendors, eat kettle corn, and play with puppies from the Aspen Animal Shelter.