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Family Travel: 9 Best Idaho Springs Family Activities

Idaho Springs Colorado family fun

Idaho Springs, Colorado is just a stone’s throw away from Denver and offers a variety of family-friendly activities and attractions. From hot springs to mine tours to the waterwheel park, here are some fun things to do in Idaho Springs that the whole family can enjoy.

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Idaho Springs Top 9 Family Activities

    1. Indian Hot Springs: Relax and unwind at the Indian Hot Springs. They offer geothermal mineral water pools, private baths, a swimming pool, and a spa. It’s a great way to spend a soothing and rejuvenating day with the family.
    2. Heritage Visitor Center: Visit the Idaho Springs Heritage Visitor Center to learn about the town’s rich mining history. The center offers interactive exhibits, artifacts, and displays that educate visitors about the area’s past.
    3. Idaho Springs Reservoir: Head to the Idaho Springs Reservoir for a day of outdoor recreation. You can go fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply enjoy a picnic by the water. The serene surroundings make it a peaceful spot to spend time with your family.
    4. Clear Creek Rafting: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on Clear Creek. Several rafting companies in Idaho Springs offer guided trips suitable for families. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy some adventure while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
    5. Argo Gold Mine and Mill: Take a tour of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill, which was once one of the largest and most productive mills in the world. The guided tours provide insights into the area’s gold mining history and allow visitors to explore the tunnels and see the equipment used during the mining operations.
    6. Charlie Tayler Waterwheel Park: Visit Charlie Tayler Waterwheel Park, located along Clear Creek. The park features a historic waterwheel, picnic areas, and a playground for children. It’s a great place to relax, have a picnic, and let the kids play. Just follow the path between City Hall to Bridal Veil Falls. 
    7. Smokin Yard’s BBQ or Beau Jo’s: Grab a meal at Smokin Yard’s BBQ, a popular family-friendly restaurant in Idaho Springs. They serve delicious barbecue dishes, including ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. The casual atmosphere and tasty food make it a hit with both kids and adults. If pizza is your jam, check out Beau Jo’s pizza’s delicious thick-crust Colorado-style pizza and calzones. 
    8. Historic District. Spend the afternoon visiting art galleries, boutiques and sipping on locally crafted suds or enjoying the Miner Street Market.
    9. Oh My Gawd Road. Take a ride on the wild side and drive up “Oh My Gawd Road” aka Virginia Canyon Road which gets its name from its unpaved, narrow and scenic views of Mount Evans and the Continental Divide. 

There is something for everyone at Idaho Springs!

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