Free Things to do in Vail Colorado

With so many free options to choose from, a family vacation to Vail Colorado is perfect for those looking for affordable adventure. These free Vail activities will appeal to both kids and adults and provide life-long memories for the whole family.

The spectacular views and boundless nature are always free at Vail Mountain. When visiting Vail Mountain, be on the lookout for colorful wildflowers and native animals like the majestic Colorado Elk and Bighorn Sheep and don’t forget the camera to capture fantastic pictures of your hiking adventure.

Speaking of adventure, the town’s Adventure Ridge is an ideal place to spend an afternoon without spending a dime. Challenge the kids to a game of bocce ball or horseshoes and challenge yourself in the slackline park. Adventure Ridge also features a dig where kids will be delighted to uncover dinosaur bones! The famous Vail Gondola is perfect for adults seeking a little romance on their family vacation to Vail.

If the Vail Gondola ride was not romantic enough for you, try a walk in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. You will love exploring these free botanical gardens featuring alpine and mountain plants and kids will enjoy the many programs designed just for them.

Visit the Nature Discovery Center for free guided hikes that highlight the diverse wildlife and plants that call Vail home. One of the best Vail activities, hiking through the forest is both educational and fun for the whole family.

Lastly, spend your Saturday afternoon enjoying a wide selection of free activities at Lionshead. Activities include hula-hooping, face-painting and contests to see who can best toss both water balloons and pizza dough!

All of these fun, free and family-friendly activities make Vail a great choice for your next getaway. The hardest part will be choosing which free events to attend!

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