Best Itineraries for Aspen with Kids

If you’re planning a trip to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Aspen (and its surrounding area) is the perfect family destination! A year-round delight, the city is known for its sweeping mountain views, posh restaurants and boutiques, and outdoor skiing and hiking activities. But if you’re not sure what to do once you get there, we’ve got you covered. Next time you’re planning to travel, this list of best itineraries for vacationing in Aspen with kids can help make your trip the best one yet! 

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Aspen Uncovered: The Perfect Day for Kids by Amanda for Nugget

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Nugget Travel’s kid-centered itinerary has all your family-friendly needs covered for an amazing day in Aspen, including wonderful restaurant recommendations, local playgrounds, and lodging suggestions! With each recommendation, blogger Amanda includes fantastic tips, like if the area is accessible for strollers, if the restaurant has high-chairs or kids menus available, and other great tips for smooth family travel. Start with breakfast at Poppycocks Cafe, an Aspen institution that’s been serving tasty eggs, pancakes, and french toast for years! Then, you can check out Wagner Park Playground for a little unwinding. Kids will also love playing and learning at The Aspen Fire Department and Museum, where they’ll learn more about the history of firefighting and even get to play with the fire hoses!. Spend the rest of the day learning to ski at Buttermilk Mountain, praised for being the most kid-friendly and “beginner” slopes in all of Aspen. Read more here.

Perfect Aspen Itinerary | 3 Days by Where To Next

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Always wanted to take your kids skiing at Snowmass to enjoy the slopes together?  Tessa has put together an awesome itinerary to get you started! While it doesn’t explicitly include tips for kids, it can easily be adapted for families, and it’s particularly helpful when it comes to restaurant recommendations. Spend the morning skiing on Snowmass and then grab lunch at Gwyn’s High Alpine, where children can overlook a stunning view and dig into burgers and fries. Tessa also recommends one morning at Bonnie’s for a quick pancake breakfast, and for a later snack, kids are sure to love ice cream at Paradise Bakery & Cafe. Mi Chola is perfect for a Mexican meal in the city center. For parents, Tessa provides some wonderful recommendations for Aspen’s après ski scene, including a local distillery, Woody Creek. Maps of the ski trails enhance this wonderful itinerary!  Read more here.

Your Family’s 5-Day Summer Itinerary by Snowmass Colorado

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Put together by the local experts at Snowmass Tourism, this itinerary details the ideal summer week in Aspen. Bring kids hiking along the Brush Creek Trail or the Nature Trail one day, taking in Colorado’s best mountain views and natural beauty. Or, maybe a full day of white-water rafting is more your style? Families will love making memories in the Lost Forest, located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, an action-packed family-friendly site includes climbing walls, zip lines, ropes courses, and an alpine coaster.  Children, on the other hand, will appreciate the independence of the Snowmass Recreation Center, where they can spend hours enjoying a waterslide, hit the basketball or tennis courts, and take a dip in the outdoor heated pool.  Dinner recommendations include everything from locally-sourced farm to fork at Elk Camp to grab and go options like Pastores, perfect for active families.  With so much to do, five days at Aspen and Snowmass may not be enough! Read more here.

Aspen is sure to quickly become a favorite for your family!  With so much to do, no matter the season, it is worth multiple trips to truly explore what Aspen has to offer.  Hopefully, this list of best itineraries for vacationing in Aspen with kids will spark your family’s interest in planning a great vacation! 

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