Fun on a Dime Summer
Colorado’s favorite Playground, Winter Park is also one of the most affordable and family-friendly destinations. From activities to events & more, check out our top ideas for summer fun, all for $20 or less. Pick your favorites, and go play!
- Visit Winter Park during the summer and you will soon notice that music is what we do—and we do it well! We are happy to put on state of the art festivals featuring world famous headliners, and many of these events are presented FREE! View our Summer Signature Events to learn more, including show dates and line-ups. Past acts have included Night Ranger, Cheap Trick, Leftover Salmon, Little Feet, Eric Darius, Dave Koz, Bret Michaels, the Nevilles. See what’s happening while you’re in town!
- Our High Note Thursday weekly music series attracts a variety of performers to play in the outdoor arena at Hideaway Park locals love Thursdays in the summer when each week a different band takes the stage from 6-8 p.m. Pack a picnic, and join us!
- FREE live music at Old Schoolhouse Park in Fraser wafts through the valley each Tuesday during the summer months for our Fraser Tuesday Picnic in the Park. This is a family event, so children can enjoy kids’ activities and play outdoors while the adults listen to live music!
- Festivals, Fun Runs, Pancake Breakfasts, Block Parties and more await you in Winter Park. View our online event calendar, and discover what’s happening in Colorado’s favorite Playground during your stay.
- Cast a line and try your luck at hooking the big one at the Free Family Fishing Ponds sponsored by the Fraser Valley Lions Club. The ponds are located directly off HWY 40, right next to the Safeway Shopping Center in Fraser.
- Bring the kiddos over to the Winter Park Visitor Center (located in downtown Winter Park across from McDonald’s) where they can check out a free, fully stocked Outdoor Adventure Activity Backpack, then hit the trails and do some exploring in our rather large backyard!
- Did you know you are only 45 min away from a National treasure, Rocky Mountain National Park? The park is a must-see when you’re here. Take the short trip and pay an entrance fee ($20 per vehicle) to access a multitude of pristine trail systems, rushing waterfalls and serene lakes, and get a glimpse our native wildlife in its natural habitat.
- Winter Park’s alter ego is Mountain Bike Capital, USA.™ With over 600 miles of trails, many accessible right from town, it’s no wonder we are a Mountain Biker’s Paradise. Get out and try it yourself!
- Spend a little on a day pass for the Grand Park Community Recreation Center where you can play all day with an indoor swimming pool, lazy river, water slide, hot tub, climbing wall, fitness equipment, basketball court , and outdoor play area.
- Mountain Moon Yoga Studio, located at Winter Park Station, offers a free, donation-based yoga classes every Monday morning at 9am.
- Strike out on your own for a day hike. Find out more about hiking in Winter Park here, or stop by our Information Center located at 78841 US Highway 40.
- Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser was the original homestead established in the valley and now serves as a community historical museum. Visit the museum Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. Check for special events; they often host guest speakers and special presentations.
- The Pioneer Village Historical Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs (about 45 minutes from Winter Park) is open Wed-Sat from 10am-4pm
- Feeling artsy? Take a gallery tour filled with original pieces from our regional artists! Elkhorn Art Gallery, Elizabeth Kurtak Fine Art Gallery, and WP Framewerx are all located in Winter Park and Fraser. View a full list of Galleries here, or view a gallery map to start your art walk tour!
- The Fraser Valley Library is a great place to find a nook and a new favorite book, then relax by their fireplace and escape for a few hours.
- Head over to Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies and pay the $15 day use fee to play in their fully stocked craft room.
- Catch an afternoon matinee film at the Foundry Cinema and Bowl typically only $7 for a ticket.
- Score sweet deals on finds no one else will have, or pick a theme and dress up to see town in style. View a list of thrift and consignment shops in the area