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10 Things Under $20 to Do This Summer


The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber knows it is important for families to stick to a budget when traveling. That’s why the chamber has collected this list of 10 things to do for under $20 this summer in Winter Park. In fact many of these activities are free! Start your planning by exploring our lodging deals

1. Bike or hike the 600 miles of trails.

Hiking and biking are two of the most popular activities in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. Luckily, there are plenty of trails that are absolutely free to explore! Once you hike the trails, you can't help but Bike Winter Park. If you have a bike, it's free! Affordable rentals are available at numerous bike shops around town.

2. Attend a free festival or event in Winter Park. 

Winter Park hosts affordable festivals and events nearly every weekend in the summer, including High-Note Thursdays (June-August/free), Fitness in the Park (July-August/free), and many bike and road races, art events and more! Check out the events calendar.

3. Ride Colorado's longest Alpine Slide. 

Winter Park Resort is home to the state's longset alpine slide. Take a ride! 

4. Play at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Play, even if you don’t stay, at YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch. Most kids' day passes are under $20 and kids under 5 are free. Activities include disc golf, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, craft shop (additional fees apply), playgrounds and hiking.

5. Cast a Line in a Lake or River.

A great way to fill your morning with excitement? Try fly fishing or lake fishing. Don't forget a fishing license for anyone in your group who is 16 or older. Fishing in the Fraser Rivery Valley Lion’s Club ponds is free for kids under 18. Inexpensive rod rentals are available across the street at the fly shop, or you can bring your own gear for free.

6. Visit Cooper Creek Square.

Cooper Creek Square in the center of Winter Park has free family fun throughout the summer with ice cream socials, juggling, comedy and magic stage shows, street performers, face painting and crafts and more!

7. Hit the movies or the bowling lanes.  

At the Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Winter Park, you can bowl and watch a movie relatively inexpensively.  

8. Go to a rodeo.

Horses, bulls, sheep, and more! Grab your hat and get to the rodeo -- most individual rodeo tickets are under $20. 

9. Take a brewery or wine tour.

Take a brewery tour or do a wine tasting at one of the many wineries, distilleries, and breweries dotting our community. Or check out our Craft Beverage Trail a self-guided trail among the valley’s diverse selection of breweries, distilleries, and wineries passionate about creating unique, quality beverages and providing a memorable experience for locals and visitors alike.

10. Learn local history. 

If history is a passion, visit one of the museums in the area. Cozens Ranch Museum is the site of the first ranch and stage stop in the Fraser Valley. The Kauffman House Museum is the last of the early Grand Lake log hotels in existence. At Pioneer Village Museum in nearby Hot Sulphur Springs tools, clothing and artifacts from the old West live on. Learn about all the museums though

Even though Colorado's Rocky Mountains are a popular destination in the summertime, there are still plenty of specials, packages, and discounted rates available. Stay during the week for the best prices this summer and to avoid the crowds on the trails!

Pro tip: Sign up for a Winter Park Experience Pass and gain access to deals and discounts as well as the insider's guide to incredible local adventures and experiences. It is free and available on your mobile device.