Family Travel

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

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. 

Grand Lake, Colorado: Fall fun for families

Grand Lake, Colorado is a beautiful destination year-round, and the fall season is no exception.  With the largest natural lake in Colorado surrounded by gorgeous mountains, there are plenty of activities and attractions you can enjoy during the fall in Grand Lake. Also, while you’re enjoying fall in Colorado, be sure to check out these guides Scenic Driving Colorado: Exploring the State’s Most Spectacular Backroads and Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado.  Fall Fun in Grand Lake Fall Foliage: Grand Lake is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and in the fall, the changing colors of the aspen trees create a breathtaking landscape. Take a scenic drive or hike through Rocky Mountain National Park or Arapaho National Forest to witness the vibrant fall foliage. Wildlife V...

Colorado’s best Oktoberfest celebrations: keg bowling, fun runs & more!

I once bought a Halloween costume just because its name was Gretchen. It was a dirndl. You know, the costume you think of when you think Oktoberfest? Yeah, well. That stuck. I think Oktoberfest every year (and even one time wore the costume – although it no longer fits).  There are so many great Oktoberfest celebrations both in town and up the mountain. Here are some of our favorites: Mountains and More Royal Gorge: September 9-21, ride the lunch train through the Royal Gorge with Bavarian fare and special Logo pint glass and of course, Oktoberfest beer! Breckenridge: One of the biggest and most fun Oktoberfest celebrations in the Rocky Mountains. Try dozens of different beers and food. Enjoy dancers, costumes, oompah band and polka music. Stick around for the keg tapping and gam...

Guide to Colorado’s Best Fall Colors

Colorado is known for its stunning fall colors, thanks to its diverse range of deciduous trees, particularly aspen and cottonwood, which turn brilliant shades of gold, orange, and red during the autumn season. While the best time to see fall colors can vary from year to year depending on weather conditions, the peak usually occurs in late September to early October in higher elevations and later in October at lower elevations. Here are some fabulous family places to explore in Colorado this fall: 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!  Colorado’s Best Fall Colors Aspen: The town of Aspen is name...

Estes Park: Top 10 Fall Activities for Families

Estes Park, Colorado, is a wonderful destination for fall family fun. Located at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities, beautiful fall foliage, and family-friendly attractions. Also, while you’re enjoying fall in Colorado, be sure to check out these guides Scenic Driving Colorado: Exploring the State’s Most Spectacular Backroads and Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado.  Estes Park Fall Family Adventures  Explore Rocky Mountain National Park: Fall is a fantastic time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, as the park’s landscape transforms into vibrant shades of orange, red, and gold. Take your family on scenic hikes, spot wildlife such as elk and bighorn sheep, and enjoy breathtaking views of the mou...

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Fall Activities for Families

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a fantastic destination for family fun in the fall. Located near the city of Golden, this 12,119-acre State Park offers a wide range of activities that everyone can enjoy. Here are some suggestions for family fun in Golden Gate Canyon State Park during the fall. Also, while you’re enjoying fall in Colorado, be sure to check out these guides Scenic Driving Colorado: Exploring the State’s Most Spectacular Backroads and Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado.  Golden Gate Canyon State Park Fall Fun Hiking: The park features over 35 miles of trails, varying in difficulty and length. Take a leisurely hike through the colorful fall foliage and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some popular trails for families include the Forgotten Valley Trail, Coyote ...

Georgetown, Colorado: Top 8 Family Fun Activities

From an energy museum to a lake to ice cream and candy shops, Georgetown, Colorado is a charming historic town located in the Rocky Mountains. While it may be small, there are plenty of family-friendly activities and attractions in and around Georgetown. Here are some fun things to do as a family in Georgetown, Colorado. Looking for more Colorado fun? Be sure to check out Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs: Getaways, Outdoor Recreation Bites and Brews and scroll down for our summer activity guide with 200+ Denver activities. Family Fun in Georgetown, Colorado Georgetown Loop Railroad: Take a scenic train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the opportunity to learn about the area’s mining history. Kids will enjoy the...

Colorado’s best scenic train rides for kids

Colorado is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, and exploring them by scenic trains can be a fantastic family activity. Here are some Colorado scenic trains that offer family-friendly experiences. Are you looking to ditch the train and hit the trail? Check out Colorado hiking with kids: 50 hiking adventures for families and scroll down for our summer activity guide with 200+ Denver activities!  Colorado’s Best Scenic Trailrides with Kids Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: This historic train takes you on a spectacular journey through the San Juan Mountains. You and your family can board the steam-powered train in Durango and enjoy a round trip to the charming town of Silverton. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning mountain views, deep canyons, and...

Evergreen Explorations: Two Colorado parks you’ve never heard of

Sure, you’ve strolled around Evergreen Lake and hiked at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park but how about expanding your explorations even further to check out Fillius and Bergen Parks in Evergreen, Colorado?  Bergen and Fillius Parks are along the historic Lariat Loop Trail. Both parks, located in Evergreen, offer hikes, picnic areas and historic stone structures designed by architect J.J.B. Benedict. Bergen Parkway divides both parks. Douglas-fir and mature ponderosa pine forests make these parks excellent on hot summer days. Looking for more Colorado fun? Be sure to check out Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs: Getaways, Outdoor Recreation Bites and Brews and scroll down for our summer activity guide with 200+ Denver activities. Bergen Park The 25-acre Bergen Park was built on lan...

Manitou Springs: Top 10 family fun activities

Manitou Springs is the perfect place to explore as a family. Nestled between Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs offers fun attractions, outdoor adventures, delicious food and affordable lodging. Looking for more Colorado fun? Be sure to check out Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs: Getaways, Outdoor Recreation Bites and Brews and scroll down for our summer activity guide with 200+ Denver activities.  Here are some fun things you can do as a family in Manitou Springs: Manitou Springs Family Activities Explore Manitou Cliff Dwellings: Visit the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, a unique archaeological site featuring ancient Native American cliff dwellings. You can explore the preserved structures, climb ladders, and learn about the history and culture of the Anas...

Central City: 7 Fun Activities for Colorado Families

If you’re like our non-gambling family, Central City, Colorado has not been on your radar. But did you know that Central City offers several family-friendly activities and attractions that can provide a fun-filled experience that includes a Family Series at the opera, whitewater rafting, festivals and more? Here are some options for family fun in Central City: Central City Family Activities Gilpin County Museum: Located in Central City, the Gilpin County Museum showcases the region’s rich mining history. You can explore exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that bring the past to life. Central City Opera House: Take the family to the Central City Opera House, one of the oldest operating theaters in Colorado. Enjoy a variety of performances, including family-friendly pro...