Vail may be better known for its winter recreation, but all it takes is one visit to the Vail Valley during summer and fall to find anther full season of unlimited recreation and family fun.
Talk to any local and you will hear them attest that summers in the Vail Valley are just as thrilling as the winter. It's easy to jam-pack a day with adventurous activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, white-water rafting, horseback riding, and hot-air balloon rides. Other popular activities include scenic chairlift rides, jeep and Hummer tours, heart pounding zip-line tours, or single track mountain bike rides on Vail or Beaver Creek Mountains. Exploring our prized golf, hiking, fly-fishing and rafting will leave you thinking summer is the best time to be in Vail. Top it off with art and cultural events, quaint outdoor patios for dining, musical entertainment, spa services and shopping galore and you will find yourself planning a return trip ASAP.
As you begin to plan your visit, you also need to know about all the summertime activities in Vail that are Free!
June 27-August 29, Wednesdays at 11am: A free hour long walking tour of Vail's public art collection meets at the Vail Village Visitor Information Center on the top level of the parking structure. The tour then winds its way through the Village with discussions of master planning and the importance of site specific commissioned art in creating the charm of the village. Call 970-479-2344 for more details.
The highest botanical gardens in the world with a unique collection of alpine, sub-alpine and other mountain plants and flowers. Open from dawn to dusk daily through September with tours, children's programs and many other daily activities. For more information, please call (970) 476-0103
Ford Park, Pirateship Park, Donovan Park, Bighorn Park- each is different. Check them all out to bring a smile to the kid's faces! There's no better place to just relax and enjoy your surroundings than Vail with benches and beautiful sitting areas all around to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the summer time flowers and surrounding landscapes. You may even happen upon one of the FREE street entertainers as you relax and enjoy. And be sure to take in the many fountains and water features throughout Vail Village.
Tuesdays, June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 15 & 22 (Shows start at 6:30pm). This annual free summer concert series is hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months. With shows ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to funk and beyond, the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights has become synonymous with summer for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy sunshine, picnics, friends and incredible free music.
Fridays, June 22-August 31. Begins at 5pm
Guests and locals alike kick off the weekend with Vail's Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) at Adventure Ridge, high atop Vail Mountain. FAC on the Talon's Deck features the best views in the valley with amazing sunsets, free live music and activities, food and drink specials, and more.
Sundays, June 17-September 2, Noon to 3pm. Jazz at the Market presents ten free outdoor concerts featuring local and regionally-based jazz talent at the Vail Farmers' Market. The jazz concerts are a natural complement to the fabulous shopping and wonderful food for which the casual outdoor market is known. Covered seating is available, so stop by and enjoy refreshing jazz! Jazz at the Market is presented in a tent at Solaris on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Concerts will start at noon with seating for up to 100 inside the tent. Stop by to check out refreshing jazz groups at our new concert venue, and enjoy!
Enjoy spectacular wildflowers and wildlife as you explore the nature and forests of Vail. Pack a picnic and your camera. Hike the Berrypicker Trail from the base of the gondola to Adventure Ridge and ride the gondola back to the Lionshead for free!
Head to the LionsHead parking structure and check out Vail's FREE skate park. Open dawn to dusk daily, the FREE skate park features a half-pipe, pyramid, multiple ramps, transitions, rails and banks, plus a street course area for younger or less experienced riders.
Enjoy a FREE tennis match at the Golden Peak Tennis Courts. Tennis can be played at the courts on a first-come, first-served basis for FREE.