Looking for a way to entertain the family and keep the kids active and busy while on your Colorado bicycle trip? There’s a plethora (yes, we said plethora) of Colorado family weekend getaway activities to pair with your cycling adventure. Here’s our top 5 Colorado family weekend getaway destinations:
Located 160 miles west of Denver, Glenwood Springs is an easy and scenic drive up I-70. Adventure awaits you at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Thrill rides and cave tours will keep you and the kiddos busy. If you’re brave enough, test your mettle on the giant canyon swing that will launch you out and over Glenwood Canyon and 1300’ above the Colorado River. You might be more suited for the Alpine Coaster, where you’ll scream (literally) down 3400’ until you come to a gentle stop. Don’t worry, you’ll be in full control. USA Today named the Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park one of the
“10 Best Roller-Coaster Rides of Your Life.” in 2014. Not to be missed.
There are plenty of other things to keep you occupied and active while in Glenwood Springs. Try cycling the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail on our Colorado Rocky Mountain Adventure bike tour or raft down the Colorado River. Take a break from cycling and hike Hanging Lake, a marvel of Mother Nature and a geological wonder.
Take a ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Voila! You’re at 10,350’ and ready to enjoy your day at Adventure Ridge. You’ll find there’s a little of everything, from a kid’s zip line to a kid’s rope course (don’t despair – there are adult versions, too). For a more sedate experience, try your hand at the interpretive animal theme mini-golf course. This 9 hole par 3 “course” spotlights local Vail Valley animal species and is sure to keep you informed and entertained. There’s even a kid-friendly FAC (Friday Afternoon Club), where you’ll enjoy everything from food & beverages to live music and free lawn games.
You might opt to hike the Berry Picker Trail from the base of Lionshead to Adventure Ridge – no tickets required! How about a bike ride down Vail Pass? Or try your hand at fly fishing? There’s plenty of opportunity to feed your adventurous spirit in Vail. Photo credit Julie Kruger Photography
Take a deep breath, ‘cause here are 15 family-related activities to enjoy in Colorado Springs:
Air Force Adademy, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Glen Eyrie Castle, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, whitewater rafting, Royal Gorge Aipline tour, Royal Gorge Bridge, Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, Seven Falls. Check out visitcos.com if you need 40 more reasons to visit!
You guessed it, there’s an adventure park in Denver! Elitch Gardens Theme Park is centrally located in downtown Denver. Visit the Downtown Aquarium, where one million gallons of extraordinary experience await you and your family. Explore the Butterfly Pavillion and feast your eyes on 1600 butterflies, along with Rosie, the famous tarantula.
A day hike with the family is just what the doctor ordered to satisfy cravings for the great outdoors, and there are plenty to be had while on your bicycle vacation. Try the Trading Post Trails at Redrocks – easy to get to from Denver and ripe with beautiful sandstone formations and meadows.
Lions & tigers and bears…in Colorado? YES! And you thought you had to travel to Africa on safari! Located in Keensesburg, CO (an hour Northeast of Denver) this must-see sanctuary rescues and provides homes for large exotic and endangered captive wild animals. The sanctuary encompasses 720 acres of rolling grassland and has additional areas under development. Walk “A Mile into the Wild” on a walkway that stretches – you guessed it – a mile – and provides guests with unprecendented views of the wolves, lions, tigers, bears and other large carnivores that call the sanctuary home. This is a phenominal facility, giving hundreds of abused animal another lease on life in a serene and calm environment. Best time to visit? Summer evenings, June – August. Photo credit Colorado.com
It’s not just for skiing any more! Keystone is the place for on-mountain summer fun. Plus it’s proximity to Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail make it all the more attractive! How about a little summer snow tubing? Mountain Biking 101 classes? Or an outdoor adventure via horseback? Golf or tennis anyone? There’s plenty of adventure waiting in Keystone. Pair one of these great adventures with a Colorado bike trip!
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