With a name like Winter Park, you might expect that summers would be pretty dead, but the opposite is true! Our small winter town is truly an all-seasons vacation destination, and as much as you will love the cold and snow in the winter, the cool and fiery colors of fall, and the promise that spring offers, your summer journey to Winter Park promises to make you fall even deeper in love with the beauty that is an essential part of the town! This guide to the top summer outdoor things to do in Winter Park will give you a new appreciation of the season as you play as hard as children on a jungle gym!
Summer offers the perfect weather for a round of golf, and the Granby Ranch Golf Course located at 2579 County Road 894 in our neighbor town of Granby is the first place you should unpack your clubs! Offering a course that is built to be challenging without intimidating novice golfers, the beautiful views and glimpses of wildlife that occasionally will stroll across the greens will make you forget the shot you are trying to make and have you reaching for a camera instead! The Fraser River runs through this landscape of lush and verdant green adding to its charm, and if you feel as if you need some extra tips on your swing, their PGA professional staff offers lessons; just make an appointment!
The Not So Wild West
Every Western you have watched has a four-legged supporting cast, and although Winter Park is not really considered the Wild West any longer, you can have your own four-legged supporting cast when you check out the horseback riding tours offered by Snow Mountain Stables at 1101 County Road, also in Granby. Enjoy a two-hour guided horseback ride through the Colorado countryside, or if you really want to give your youngest child (between the age of 3 and 8) a thrill they will never forget, let them ride atop their own gentle “giant,” a pony being led by a responsible adult!
Cast a Line or Two
Perhaps the only sport more frustrating than golf and more loved as well, fly fishing is a popular activity in the summer in Winter Park. Whether you stand alone on the side of the river in hip waders, casting your line into the waters in the eternal battle of man versus fish or you sign up for a fly fishing trip with the amazing guides at Mo Henry’s Trout Shop, 78902 US Highway 40, every minute of your fishing adventures will be memory makers you will never forget! If you did not happen to bring along your own fishing gear, Mo Henry’s has everything you need and is located right here in Winter Park.
Bob Sledding in the Summer?
No, we aren’t crazy, we are just extremely excited about the Winter Park Alpine Slide! Located at 85 Parsenn Road, this exclusively summer activity begins with a touch of the winter season as you take the Arrow Chair Lift to the top and glide down over 3000 feet of “slide” perched atop your own “bobsled.” This is Colorado’s longest alpine sled, but no matter how long it takes you to get to the bottom, it is never long enough, so be sure to purchase an Activity Day Pass and ride it as many times as you wish! Tickets must be purchased online at least 48 hours in advance, so plan accordingly or risk missing out on this super fun summer activity!
No Special Equipment Needed
Sometimes the simplest things to do in Winter Park end up being the most impactful, and a hike along the Winter Park trails can be the perfect example. Grab a water bottle, a hat and sunglasses to block out the sun, and your most supportive shoes, and just walk! The Fraser River Trail is one of the easiest, offering very little altitude gain and a scenic amble along the Fraser River and continuing on for about 5 miles (round trip). If you are looking for something a little more, the Yankee Doodle Trail is also 5 miles long but offers a little more challenge to experienced hikers as you climb higher, seeking the most beautiful views!
Ride the Waves
For the ultimate in summer outdoor adventures, you need look no further than MAD Adventures, 78311 US Highway 40 Suite 200, for a white water rafting trip that promises to make your heart beat a little faster! Offering a variety of classes of rapids, photo opportunities, and the chance to get a little wet and cool on a beautiful summer day in Winter Park, this daredevil activity will give you bragging rights with your family back home.
Summer Nights with Visit Winter Park Lodging
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There is nothing we love more than a good rainstorm here in Winter Park—except maybe a good snowstorm—and when the skies turn a gloomy gray and that wet stuff falls from the clouds during your Winter Park vacation, we can promise that you too will soon feel the same way! Yes, even if it dares to rain during YOUR vacation, these fun activities in Winter Park will keep you warm, dry, and entertained as you shop, explore, and dash between the raindrops as you come in and out of museums, restaurants, and whatever else we find for to do. This guide to rainy day activities in Winter Park in our favorite mountain village will ensure that EVERY minute of your getaway, not just the dry ones, will be even better than you imagined!
A Step Back in Time
As the rains fall, you will stay dry as you spend the hours exploring the Cozens Ranch Museum, 77849 US-40, learning how life was so much different for the early settlers who made their home in this area. Times were rough, especially during the winter, but when Cozens Ranch Museum was simply another stop on the stage coach trail, visitors could always count on a hot meal and a warm place to relax before continuing on with their travels. Today, the buildings that make up the museum have been restored to their former glory, bringing to life the days when travel was by stagecoach, heat was provided by fireplaces, and air conditioning wasn’t even a glimmer in anyone’s eyes. Take a step back in time and enjoy the simpler life for a few quiet hours during your Colorado vacation.
The Heart of Downtown
Serious shoppers never let anything like a few raindrops interfere with their habit—er, we mean hobby—and the downtown area of Winter Park will definitely be your new happy place, rain or shine! Pick up a new tee shirt or some cool souvenirs at Moose Hollow Trading Company in Cooper Creek Square or find a sweet gift for your sweet mom who is babysitting her sweet grand puppies at the General Store, also in Cooper Creek Square. Your children are being relative angels as they splash in mud puddles while you rush them from store to store, so we think a stop at Imaginations would be a worthy reward. Also located in Cooper Creek Square, this fun toy store has a great collection of board games, so pick up a few of your favorites and get competitive in your Visit Winter Park Lodging rainy day sanctuary after you have finished with your shopping expedition! Looking for some winter clothing, ski gear, or other outdoor accessories but don’t think you will use them enough to pay full price? Winter Park Trading has a fantastic selection of gently used clothing and equipment that won’t break your bank and is located next to Cooper Creek Square!
Our favorite part of any vacation is the food; being able to try out new restaurants, new foods, and yes, new beverages makes our hearts beat a little faster, and on a rainy Colorado day, trying out a new restaurant can be a great way to stay dry! Sip and snack at Adventures Decanted, where wine, cocktails, charcuterie boards, pastries, and small plates will make you forget about the dreary weather outside. Located in Cooper Creek Square, their menu changes with the seasons, but is surprisingly well rounded for an establishment that is mainly there for the wine! Paella’s Restaurant and Bakery has a fantastic seafood selection, but we want to be 100% honest with you: We go there for the bakery treats, because how can you go wrong with chocolate and ice cream and sweet cakes? Although we have had a simply wonderful time in Cooper Creek Square, it is time to venture out of its boundaries as we choose a nice Italian dinner from Volario’s, located at 78786 US Highway 40. Offering the best of Northern Italy cuisine, you could spend hours here, sipping red wine and enjoying your favorite dishes; pizza, pasta, and veal Milanese are what’s on their menu! Their dessert menu offers a twist to our favorite Italian sweet, serving strawberry mint cannolis and their ricotta cheesecake will make you wonder why every cheesecake isn’t made with ricotta!
Keep It Cozy with Visit Winter Park Lodging
The rainiest of days offer a sweet comfort when spent under the protective roof of our homes and condos, so unwrap the games you just bought, light a fire in the fireplace, and brew yourself a fresh pot of coffee. We can’t predict when the rain is going to stop, but we can predict you will have the time of your life when you choose Visit Winter Park Lodging for your rainy day adventures. Reserve your stay with us today!