Downtown Winter Park’s Hideaway Park turns into a fun snow zone during the winter time. The gently sloping southeast corner is perfect for sledding and there’s also a nice fire ring to warm up cold hands and toesies. The best part is, you don’t even need to bring your own sleds because they are provided by the Fraser Valley Lions Club. Hideaway Park is also the perfect spot to build a snowman!
To find Hideaway Park and the sledding hill, just look for the Winter Park Visitor Center with the huge bronze moose outside. The Visitor Center is directly across the street from McDonald’s in downtown Winter Park. Call the Visitor Center for more info at 970-726-4118.
Winter Park loves snow tubing so much it now has 3 tubing hills!
For those staying at the base of Winter Park Resort, the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill (located next to the Vintage Hotel) is a great way to end a fun day on the slopes.
There are also another two tubing hills in the nearby town of Fraser: The Colorado Adventure Park, which offers tubing & snowscoots (mini kid-only snowmobiles), and The Fraser Tubing Hill.
For further information on each of the tubing hills, click here.
This brand-new, state-of-the-art facility is a paradise for kiddos. Our favorite is the pool area with a big loop water slide, a lazy river, a zero-depth entry area with mini slides and fountains, a water-basketball net and diving boards. For the parents, there is a hot tub right next to the lazy river that allows you to keep an eye on them floating around, lap lanes to get some cardio, and a wet and a dry sauna.
In addition to the pool area, there are basketball courts, a gymnastics center, weights, cardio machines, running/walking tracks and an indoor climbing wall.
Adults who want to work out on their own can use their drop-in child care, Playful Penguins Child Care. Morning child care hours are Mon-Thurs from 7:45am to 1:15pm and Fridays from 8:45am to 1:15pm. Evening hours are 4:45 to 8:00pm Mon through Wed and 4:45 – 6:45 on Thursdays. Saturdays they are open 7:45 am to 2:15pm only.
For more information and daily admission, visit their website or call 970-726-8968.
There are loads of ice rinks to choose from, starting with the Village Ice Rink at the base of Winter Park Resort and ending at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA in Tabernash. All of them have their special features. See below for the descriptions, locations and costs for each.
Village Ice Rink, at the base of Winter Park Resort, is one of the newest rink in the valley. It is a very quaint open-air rink with lots of atmosphere and scenery. Village restaurants and shops lie just a few steps away, and the ski slopes are around the corner, so it’s easy to find plenty to do nearby. Rentals are available at the Winter Park Resort Rentals shop across from Starbucks for $8-$10.
Cooper Creek Square Ice Rink is the most centrally located ice rink in the area and it’s probably the most well-known. It’s a covered rink, but is open-air so you still get the rush and feel of an outdoor rink. There are loads of shops and restaurants at the adjacent Cooper Creek Square mall, plus a really neat fire ring with benches to warm your hands and feet. Skates are available for rent at Christy Sports in Cooper Creek Square and at the neighboring Viking Ski Shop.
Fraser Valley “Ice Box” Rink is a state-of-the-art, complex located on County Road 5 just outside the town of Fraser. This NHL-size rink is a covered outdoor rink with ice-skate rentals on site, plus a warming room and a concession stand. In the summertime, it becomes an inline skating rink, plus it’s right next to baseball and soccer fields, too. Click here for more details.
To get out and explore a little, plus burn some energy, take your kids snowshoeing. There are many easy trails that are well-traveled, which means the snow is more packed down and easier to trek.
You can rent snowshoes for only $15 a day at our local partner Epic Mountain Sports. Just swing by their shop in downtown Winter Park or call them at 970 726-2868.
You can easily spend an hour toying around at the Village at the base of Winter Park Resort. Our Winter Park Lodging Company Mascots, Willem and Nicholas Bradford, love Goody’s Creperie and Ice Cream Shop. You can slide up to the bar to indulge in one of their many ice cream flavors, such as “birthday cake” with sprinkles on top.
The twins also love the new outdoor train and playground area, the outdoor musical instruments and climbing all over the huge Coca-Cola bear. The Village also provides little red wagons to tote the wee ones and all their possessions around the shops and restaurants.
Be outside to enjoy the scenery and soak up the minerals of the natural hot springs while your kids play in the water of several kid-friendly pools. During the summer there’s also a large swimming pool with a water slide open, too.
The drive to the town of Hot Sulphur Springs is beautiful, too. It’s about 45 minutes west on Hwy 40 from downtown Winter Park.
Build a snowman! Open space and snow is abundant all over Winter Park and Fraser Valley. Hideaway Park on the main drag in Winter Park is great, and so is Wolf Park on King’s Crossing Road. Click here to see both on a map. Or have a snowball fight. Anywhere you want. Built a fort, make snow angels, whatever you want. Be outdoors bundled up and you’re bound to find something fun to do in Winter Park.