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Summer Vacations in Vail

When the snow melts, a whole new world of activities opens up in Vail. This alpine wonderland features sunny, 80-degree days that create a haven for outdoor enthusiasts at our Colorado family vacation resort.

Experience Vail summer events and attractions during your next visit.

Summer Activities

  • 13 championship golf courses
    The Vail Valley is serious about golf. With 13 breathtakingly beautiful courses, this high-altitude destination is a golfer's paradise. From local public courses, to the championship Red Sky Golf Club, players of all abilities will find a course and an experience suited just for them. And, just in case you’re wondering, it’s true what they say. The ball does fly farther at altitude.

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  • Art Galleries
    Vail and Lionshead Villages are full of art. Visit the many art galleries in the area and witness the incredible inspiration that the mountain life offers. 

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  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
    The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are the world's highest botanical garden, located at 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, Colorado, United States, at an 8,200 feet altitude in the Rocky Mountains. The Gardens are open to the public year round.

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  • Biking (mountain, trail, tours)
    Best in class service from friendly knowledgeable staffing to top equipment at excellent rates. Look no further for your biking gear needs.

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  • Bird Watching
    Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Vail with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers.

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  • Bowling - Bōl
    bōl offers a unique dining and family entertainment experience. With a full service dining room and sixty-foot bar, we also have an ace up our sleeve with ten lanes of bowling glory. bōl's sleek and modern design is one of a kind that help to make the establishment the most exquisite bowling alley in the world.

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  • Climbing and Mountaineering
    Enjoy the best of Colorado with our Vail Rock Climbing trips.

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  • Concerts
    There are many concerts throughout the summer in Vail. Enjoy them in the open air Amphitheater, enjoying a beer in our local breweries, or the comfort of a regular theater. 

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  • Dining - Gessner 
    You don’t need to leave Grand Hyatt Vail to experience thoughtfully sourced, fresh seasonal cuisine and great cocktails in Vail. Savor idyllic mountain and creek-side views from Gessner Restaurant while enjoying Rocky Mountain inspired cuisine.

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  • Dino Digging 
    Be a paleontologist for a day at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. Get a little dirty digging for dinosaur bones, teeth and plants. Our paleontologist will make sure you have all the training and tools you need.

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  • Disc Golf 
    Disc golf is a popular activity that seems like it was custom-made for the Colorado mountains.  Vail Valley disc golf  courses get you outdoors on beautiful, natural courses, hiking from hole to hole, with a quiver of lightweight discs.  You will enjoy breathtaking scenery and lovely weather while trying to avoid obstacles like trees, rocks and rivers to sink the disc into the target. These disc golf courses are the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiasts looking to have fun.

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  • Eagle County Fair and Rodeo
    The Eagle County Rodeo has non-stop entertainment including The Freedom Riders Drill Team, Mutton Bustin’, wagon hitch, rodeo clown and professional rodeo contestants and their horses. Professional rodeo action consists of two types of events: roughstock events and timed events.

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  • Fly Fishing
    Because learning the sport of fly fishing can be an intimidating prospect for novice anglers, and even experienced fly fishermen can benefit from honing new skills, Vail Valley Anglers has developed our Fly Fishing Schools. These courses are designed to teach the specifics of fly fishing and cover everything from casting, tying knots, fly choice and different fly fishing methods, all taught with step-by-step detail that will speed up your learning curve.

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  • Gondola lift rides 
    Kids love the thrill of the ride and the connection they make with the dogs. A fantastic way to explore the wilderness, and to create memories to last a lifetime.

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  • Hayrides and Cattle Rides 
    Vail Stables is uncompromisingly Colorado, specializing in beautiful mountain horseback rides near the town of Vail. We have been the leading provider of tours on horseback for over 17 years and offer adventurers an all-access pass into the back country of the White River National Forest.

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  • Hiking and Backpacking
    Vail summer activities offer miles of scenic hiking trails for all ability levels. Explore the wildflowers, catch a glimpse of wildlife, and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Vail Mountain offers numerous hiking trails to be explored, both by foot or by Gondola.

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  • Hot-air Balloon Rides 
    Hot air balloon flights are surrounded by brilliant blue skies and breath catching Rocky Mountain Vistas. It's what vacation legends and enchanting memories are made of....
     
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  • Jeep Tours 
    Looking for something different to do during your Colorado vacation?  Experience the magnificent Rocky Mountains in varied locations within the White River National Forest on one of our scenic Jeep tours. Our knowledgeable Jeeping guides will take you to elevation heights of 12,000 feet in open air Jeeps. 

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  • Kayaking and White Water Rafting
    Vail is a great place to base your rafting or kayaking adventure from. Boasting its own Whitewater Park in the center of the village as well as Class I to Class V river trips on the Eagle, Colorado, and even the Arkansas rivers. 

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  • Miniature Golf
    If you're looking for some family-friendly fun during the summer season, then set aside some time for a game of mini golf at Gore Creek Mini Golf. Located near Vail's Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) in Lionshead Village, this nine-hole, three-par course features an animal theme, making it possible to learn more about Vail's mountain wildlife as you play.

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  • Nightlife 
    Take part in the second awakening of our quaint alpine villages. After an adventurous day on the mountain, arrive in Vail or Lionshead Village for the commencement of a new beginning as the evening takes over. Explore the Villages and enjoy Signature Specials while you reminisce on the day’s best moments with family and friends.

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  • Epic Discovery activities (Alpine Coaster, Tubing, Zip-lining, hiking and more) at the top of Vail Mountain
    Summer in the mountains is taking on a whole new feel with Vail's Epic Discovery. With Adventure Courses, Ziplines, a Mountain Coaster, Tubing Hills, a Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, and much more, the options are endless.

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  • Shopping  
    Vail is the premier place to browse, purchase, and explore. Stroll the heated cobblestone streets and discover your own little piece of Vail. Between Lionshead and Vail Village, Vail offers hundreds of shops from boutiques to outdoor gear to art galleries. Find the perfect cowboy boots or ski boots, jewelry and cocktail dresses, or apparel and art.

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  • Skeet Shooting, Sporting Clays, Trap Shooting and Paintball
    Find ultimate family fun this summer with Nova Guides! With over 30 years of experience we’ve got the best summer activities in the valley; offering Side-by-Side and ATV tours and rentals, Jeep tours, private water fly-fishing, archery, paintball, and teambuilding!

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  • Tennis
    The Vail Tennis Center offers a slice of heaven, eight Har-Tru clay courts with the Gore Range as a stunning backdrop. Open daily in the summer, the Tennis Center includes a full-service pro shop that rents rackets and courts, offers private lessons and provides clinics for all ages. 

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  • Train Rides
    There is nothing like taking a Vail / Beaver Creek train tour in the area through the majestic mountains of Colorado. Great for the whole family or anyone that wants to experience the beauty of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

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  • Walking Mountains Science Center 
    At Walking Mountains Science Center we provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding, and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs.

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When you visit Vail Residences at Cascade Village during the summer, take a walk or bike ride along the scenic, paved trail located behind the hotel alongside Gore Creek. If you follow the trail east, it will take you to Vail and Lionshead Villages, the Vail Golf Course and even over Vail Pass to Summit County. Taken west, the path leads to several parks with lively playgrounds and picnic facilities.

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DISTINCTIVE DINING at GRAND HYATT VAIL

Food and drink celebrate the culinary heritage of the Colorado Rockies. This delicious blend of cultures echoes Vail’s own heritage.

Open all day, Gessner, the resorts signature restaurant is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies.

Enjoy breakfast buffets, relaxed lounge lunches and refined dinner experiences all overlooking Gore Creek and Vail Mountain.

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