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Top Summer Activities for Kids in Steamboat Springs

Summer is arguably the best time of year in Steamboat: there are fun events, sunny days, amazing outdoor activities and a river to cool off in when you need it. Are you planning a family vacation to Steamboat this summer? Here are five things that kids of any age will love:

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo
Each summer, the pro rodeo comes to town on Friday and Saturday nights bringing barbeque, bulls, live music and lots of fun. Kids will enjoy watching real live cowboys rope cattle, ride bulls and race horses under the lights of the Brent Romick Arena. Get there early for a dinner of mouthwatering barbeque, snag a seat on the bleachers and listen to bands perform until the fun gets going. Pro tip: while it can be scorching hot right away, once the sun goes down it gets cold! Bring layers and a blanket to sit on to ensure that you’re comfortable all night long. Buy your tickets here.

Old Town Hot Springs
Located right on the edge of downtown Steamboat, the Old Town Hot Springs provides fun for kids of any age. With multiple pools with water of varying temperatures, a huge waterslide and a baby and toddler splash area, this is the perfect place to spend a morning. A childcare center can offer a break for mom and dad and pssst…. you can even book a massage there and get some much-needed pampering.

Local Playgrounds
Steamboat has no shortage of parks and playgrounds throughout town. Check out our list of the best ones here. Remember to bring water and sunscreen! If you’re looking to make a day of it, stop by Yampa Sandwich Co and grab a picnic to bring with you.

Fun on the Mountain
The mountain isn’t just for winter! Each summer, the base of Mount Werner turns into a fun zone for kids. This summer (2021) might look a little bit different due to the current construction that ensues while our resort undergoes renovations, so while activities like the Outlaw Mountain Coaster and mini-golf are closed, many family favorites are still open. “The Mountain Beach” offers a sandy area for kids to play and splash in the river that runs through the base area of the mountain. A scenic chairlift ride provides views for days (and kids 12 and under ride free!). Older kids will love taking a hike up the mountain to enjoy the wildflowers, potential wildlife spotting and views.

The Bud Werner Memorial Library
Got a rare rainy day? Don’t fret! Steamboat has an awesome library with an even more amazing children’s section. Check their schedule for different kids events each day like toddler story time, Stories in the Garden (in the botanic park) and STEAM stories for kids ages 3-7. Most story times include songs, books and an activity.

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