Outdoorsy, active, adventurous, Grand Lake is an ideal ‘playground’ for kids of all ages. With so many recreation activities and attractions, boredom is not an option here. Let’s play!
LAKE LOVE: Just add water for instant fun. At Headwaters Marina on Grand Lake, you’ll find pontoon boats, pedal boats and Crestliners to rent. The Kayak Shack can have you paddling in no time, or hop on a Stand Up Paddle Board from Rocky Mountain SUP. Splash around and make a sand castle at Grand Lake’s beach and park, too. Boat rentals area also available at Trail Ridge Marina, Beacon’s Landing and Highland Marina just minutes away. For fishing fun, see the experts at Kirk’s Fly Shop for local info on where to drop a line.
THINGS ON WHEELS: Kids on the move will love Rocky Hi Speedway where you can drive a Go Kart and Bumper Cars or rent a bicycle to cruise around town. Take to the trails on an ATV, too. Rentals are available at On the Trail Rentals. Zoom zoom!
HORSING AROUND: Take a trail ride through spectacular scenery at Winding River Resort. Younger riders can take a pony ride, visit the petting zoo, and take a lively Hay Ride. Thunder Horse Outfitters also offers adventurous rides and activities. Watch for moose and elk too – they love this area as much as we do.
TAKE A HIKE: The signature Grand Lake hike is to Adams Falls, located at the far end of town. The hike to the dramatically beautiful falls is only about a third of a mile, making it both kid-friendly and rewarding. Continue on to see meadows and creeks and possibly some wildlife. Grand Lake is two miles from the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park where tons of kid-friendly hikes are available.
LIFE IS SWEET: Nothing says summer-pleasure like a sweet treat! In the historic downtown area, we have scrumptious options for ice cream, gelato, donuts, handmade candy, fudge and more. Stop by Dairy King, LuLu City, Grand Lake Chocolates, and the Quacker Gift Shop. Try a milkshake at Squeaky B’s and a cinnamon roll at Jump Start Coffee, too. At the beach, ice cream is available at Miyauchi’s. Savor your treats at our town park and make time to play on the playground, too.
LIKE A LOCAL: Currently, because of Covid restrictions, you’ll need a reservation to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. This also includes the trails in-town, like Adams Falls and East Inlet, so plan accordingly. Find the link to make reservations on the front page of our site.