Family Activities & Things to Do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The best family vacations are those in which no member of the family is left out of the fun. Thankfully, Steamboat Springs is an amazing family-friendly destination that’s ideal for both winter and summer vacations. With family activities galore, you’ll have no problem finding fun things to do to please every member of your family. Check out our picks for our top favorite kid-friendly things to do on your next Steamboat vacation. If you’re still stuck for ideas, take a look at our Winter Activities and Summer Activities pages.
Tread of Pioneers Museum
At the Tread of Pioneers Museum, your whole family will learn about Steamboat Spring’s heritage. With exhibits on Native Americans, the pioneers, mining, and much more, the museum provides a thorough look at all things Steamboat. There are a number of interactive computer and video exhibits as well as hands-on exhibits and a daily scavenger hunt for the kids. The museum is beautifully put together and definitely worth a few hours of your time. Located at 800 Oak Street, it’s open year-round on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hahn’s Peak Museum
The Hahn’s Peak Museum is located about an hour’s drive north of Steamboat Springs and it’s open from daily Memorial Day to Labor Day, noon to 4 p.m. Located on a former gold mining camp, the museum and surrounding historical buildings provide an in-depth look at the mining history of the area, complete with a variety of artifacts. Situated at the base of Hahn’s Peak, you’ll enjoy stepping back in time while also taking in the incredible views. The museum is perfect for visitors of all ages, with a little something for everyone.
Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park
The Amaze’n Steamboat Fun Park has a huge variety of fun activities for every member of your family. Take some time to play a little miniature golf, find your way through the giant maze, or challenge your kids to a game of laser tag. There’s also gemstone panning, a bungee trampoline, and a bounce house. On an especially hot day, play a game of Shoot’n Shower Basketball (where you compete to make the most baskets and the loser gets a cool shower of water) or play with the Water Walkerz, huge inflatable balls that you climb into and use to walk around on water. The park is open daily during the summer months, weather permitting, with limited hours and activities after Labor Day.
Coca-Cola Adventure Zone
Located in Gondola Square, the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone is wonderful if you’re looking for an action-packed day. With a ropes course, climbing wall, mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, bounce house, and more, the Adventure Zone is perfect for kids of all ages. It’s typically open from early June to late August, with select weekends open after Labor Day.
Steamboat Zip Line Adventures
If your family is looking for something thrilling while in town, head to Steamboat Zip Line Adventures, located just a short drive from Steamboat on Rabbit Ears Pass. They have a six-segment zip line that whisks you down the mountain at speeds of up to the 35 MPH. Each tour takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. While this is an amazing adventure for everyone, please note that children must be over 50 pounds in weight to participate. The facility is open from May through October and reservations are recommended.
Howelsen Hill boasts a number of fun activities all year long. If you’re visiting during the summer months, don’t miss out on the Howler Alpine Slide. The slide has a 2400-foot track with twists, turns, and great views of downtown. The slide is open daily from late May to mid-August, with limited operation hours through September.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp
At the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, your kids can perfect their dance, theatre, creative writing, and equestrian skills. A variety of camps are available throughout the year, including half- and full-day camps. Perry-Mansfield is an internationally renowned facility and it is also the oldest continually operating performing arts school in the country. Your aspiring artists are bound to come away with some impressive skills after spending time at this camp.
Steamboat Kids’ Adventure Club
If your children would rather spend their time being out in nature, the Kids’ Adventure Club is sure to delight them. Designed for children ages 3 to 14, the club is available during the week from mid-June to late August. Your kids will have the opportunity to go hiking, swimming, biking, and more, all while meeting new friends. You can get additional information on availability by calling 970-871-5390.
Old Town Hot Springs
Old Town Hot Springs is located right in the heart of town and it’s perfect after a long day of outdoor adventures. With both natural and chlorinated hot pools, you and yours are sure to enjoy a relaxing soak whether you’re visiting in the winter or the summer. During the summer months, there are two 230-foot waterslides as well as a floating obstacle course. While the kids are playing in the pool, treat yourself to a massage or an invigorating workout in the fitness center.
Strawberry Hot Springs
You’ll find Strawberry Hot Springs just a short drive from downtown Steamboat. The springs are right next to Hot Springs Creek and they boast 104-degree water along with some impressive masonry and fantastic views. Children are welcome at the hot springs, but those under the age of 18 are not allowed after dark as clothing is optional in the springs after the sun sets. If you visit in the winter, keep in mind that four-wheel drive or snow chains may be necessary based on the snow conditions. There are shuttle companies in town that can provide transportation to the springs.