Family Travel

Check-out oodles of adventures in Colorado including where to find the best family travel getaways & Denver kid friendly activities.

Colorado’s newest National Park looks a bit different than you’d expect

Grab the family for an educational road trip to the country’s newest national park: Amache National Historic Site. Almost two years after President Joe Biden signed the bill that would turn the former World War II Japanese internment camp into a historic site, the National Park Service on Thursday announced its official inclusion in the system. This comes after the town of Granada acquired and donated the land needed to set up the site. Amache, also known as the Granada Relocation Center, was one of 10 incarceration sites established by the War Relocation Authority during World War II to detain Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the West Coast of the United States under the terms of Executive Order 9066. More than 10,000 people were incarcerated at Amache from 1942-1945, wh...

Winterfest Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies

Over President’s Day weekend, YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center will host the inaugural Winterfest Weekend, a fresh take on their long-running Mountaineering Weekend. Nestled on more than 850 acres in Estes Park, CO, YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center is the perfect destination for affordable, approachable winter fun; and, from February 17-18, this new winter festival is designed to encourage people to spend more time outdoors – and learn new skills! Throughout the weekend of snowy fun, guests can: Learn about the Rocky Mountains in the winter and how climate change is impacting the seasons on a guided snow ecology hike Take an Intro to Snowshoeing class, to learn about winter preparedness, different types of snowshoes and when to use them, and proper form while ...

Fun scavenger hunt with “Itty Bitty Art” installments in Golden

Are you looking for a fun fall activity that could turn into a scavenger hunt with your kid?  The second installation of the Golden Public Art Commission’s (PAC) Itty Bitty Art arrived in Golden in October, with 14 new ground level artworks that will delight kids and adults alike. The PAC selected 14 new, tiny art works to be installed in unexpected places in Golden’s oldest park, Parfet Park and on the Washington Avenue bridge over Clear Creek. The artworks might be in a hole in a tree, a crack in a sidewalk, near electrical boxes, or on top of a bike rack. Colorado artists created art pieces with names like, Fairies Gather Here, London Calling, Firefly Lantern and When Pigs Fly and installed them around Parfet Park to compliment the first round of Itty Bitty Art intro...

Ice Racing at Georgetown Lake in Colorado

If you’ve driven on I-70 in the wintertime, you’ve likely seen the four-wheel drive vehicles racing on Georgetown Lake. After a lot of wondering, we did some digging. During January and February, locals and travelers hop into their AWD and 4WD vehicles to experience ice racing on this frozen lake (conditions permitting, of course). Spectating is free and, for a small fee, drivers are invited to take to the ice. Sessions are offered for all levels of drivers with a valid driver’s license, insurance and an appetite for adrenaline. Note: to schedule a private ice racing event, contact the Town of Georgetown.  Is Ice Racing Safe?  The ice depth and quality is checked in four different areas before anyone is allowed to enter the lake. The ice averages between 12-22 i...

Adventurous Denver family of six completes the Triple Crown

In 2019, the Bennett family (mom, dad, four children, and a trail dog) set out to accomplish a goal that would change the course of their lives. They sold their home, quit jobs, uprooted from their community, changed the way they educated their children, and turned their lives from civilized to feral in order to hike the Triple Crown together. Not everything went according to plan, and the family quickly learned they would be at the mercy of elements beyond their control. A plethora of trail angels came to their rescue throughout the course of their 584 days of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail (this one got thrown in because of COVID), Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail.   Collectively, the family would agree that the moments they shared with trail ...

Guide to Denver Holiday Events, Lights and Christmas Fun 2023

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Holidays in Denver are downright magical and we have pulled together Holidays in Denver: Your Guide to Events, Lights and Christmas Fun. Check out the very best holiday lights displays in Denver, holiday performances, family-fun activities for families like bumper cars on ice, dreamy candlelight walks, the Polar Express, a trail of lights and so much more.  MORE FUN IDEAS! If you’re lucky, we’ll have a white Christmas so don’t miss our Ultimate guide to outdoor skating in Colorado and 30 places to go sledding in Colorado. And if you need some inspiration with your shopping, check out our Colorado Holiday Gift Guide with 50+ ideas,  Denver’s best holiday markets and the 7 Best Christmas tree farm...

Our favorite family finds in Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado offers a variety of family-friendly activities and attractions that are perfect for a fun day out with your loved ones. Here are some ideas for year-round family fun in Littleton. Family fun in Littleton, Colorado Hudson Gardens: This beautiful botanical garden is a great place for families to explore nature. You can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, have a picnic, or attend one of their special events like Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns. Chatfield State Park: Located just southwest of Littleton, Chatfield State Park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, and water sports. You can also visit the Chatfield Farms area, which features a working farm, historic cabins, and a children’s play area. Don’t miss all the fun fall pumpkin fe...

Our favorite family adventures in Evergreen, Colorado

Just a stone’s throw away from Denver, Evergreen, Colorado is a beautiful mountain town tucked in the foothills. It offers a wide range of fun activities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Evergreen. Family fun in Evergreen, Colorado Evergreen Lake: Evergreen Lake is a popular spot for outdoor recreation. You can go fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or ice skating, depending on the season. The lake is surrounded by picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. Favorite tip: Be sure to check out the lake’s popular New Year’s Eve celebrations with ice skating, fireworks and more.  Elk Meadow Park: This park offers hiking and mountain biking trails, making it a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of the area....

Denver’s best haunted hotels: enter if you dare!

Do you love a fright? These Denver haunted hotels boast spooky histories and if you’re lucky, ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds for your stay.  Denver’s Best Haunted Hotels THE STANLEY HOTEL Well known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s classic horror novel “The Shining,” this Estes Park hotel is regularly featured as one of America’s most haunted hotels. In 1911, chief housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was involved in an explosion that blasted her through the floor into a room one story below. The location of the explosion was repaired and converted into Room 217, the same room King visited when writing “The Shining.” Guests staying in Room 217 often report unwanted housekeeping services, including having items put...

2023 Ultimate Guide to Fall Break Fun in Denver

Denver offers a wide range of activities for families to enjoy during the fall break. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply soaking in the beautiful autumn scenery, there’s something for everyone. Here are some fall break activity ideas for families in Denver: Fall Break Fun in Denver 2023 Fall Foliage Drives: Take a scenic drive in the nearby mountains to see the fall foliage. Consider routes like the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway or the Lariat Loop. Colorado’s best fall colors, ghost towns and drives Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Fall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch. You can pick your own pumpkins, enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, and even pet some farm animals at places like Anderson Farms or Chatfield Farms. Guid...

Denver’s top fall events and festivals for families

Fall is arguably the best season of the year in Denver and we have rounded up Denver’s best festivals and events for families.  But first, don’t miss:  Ultimate guide to fall in Colorado: best drives, hikes and colors Colorado’s Best Fall Colors: Best Drives, hikes, ghost towns and farms  Guide to Colorado’s best pumpkin patches and corn mazes Colorado Family Outdoor Adventure: An All-ages Guide to Hiking, Camping and Getting Outside!  Denver’s Best Fall Festivals for Families Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms WHEN: Thru Oct. 28, 2023 WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms Get lost in Chatfield Farms’ seven-acre Corn Maze, or simply watch the fun from one of two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Smaller...

Divorced mom hikes Appalachian Trail with 15 kids

After a divorce, Nikki Bettis saw her family starting to struggle. So, she decided to take her 15 kids, ranging in ages from 25 to 4, to hike the 2,198.4-mile Appalachian Trail. See full video here.