Top Ten Mountain Resorts for Summer Fun - Page 2
5. Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont
A scenic four-hour drive from Boston, Vermont's Smugglers' Notch Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Champlain. The resort's family vacation programming has been in place for more than 30 years, offering a wide variety of summer-fun activities for kids of all ages. In fact, Smugglers' offers a Family Fun Guarantee that states, "If any member of your family participates in one of our programs and doesn't have fun, Smugglers' will refund the entire program portion of that family member's stay." Children ages three to seventeen can choose from a variety of day camps, with activities ranging from arts and crafts to music to nature walks. For the more adventurous older child, the High Adventure Experience is something they will not soon forget, with bouldering, geocaching, kayaking, swimming, and the exciting Via Ferrata course that includes a zip-line, waterfall climb, Burma Bridge gorge crossing, and rock climbing. Other popular choices include a tennis camp, skateboard camp, and videography camp. The resort also offers a child-care center for children under the age of three, a recreation center, eight pools and four waterslides, a massage center, health and wellness workshops, golf driving range and clinics, parentchild aquatic lessons, multiple playgrounds, mini-golf, a weekly farmers' market, and much, much more.
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4. Winter Park Resort, Colorado
Don't be fooled by its name. Winter Park Resort, just 67 miles from Denver, is not just for snow lovers. During the summer months, this resort offers experiences to families that you won't find anywhere else. Winter Park's Trestle Bike Park is the fastest growing bike park in the United States, offering 33 miles of gravity-fed trails. There's even a trail specifically designed for beginners and a school that offers guides, coaching, and a two-day camp just for women. Don't want to get on a bike, but still want to feel the wind through your hair? Winter Park boasts Colorado's longest alpine slide at 3,000 feet, with a 610-foot vertical drop. For the first time this summer, Winter Park is welcoming the Zoppé Italian Circus from August 6 through 13. In addition to a festival and seven circus performances, there is also a daycamp for children ages six to thirteen where they can learn to juggle, trapeze, walk on stilts, and be a clown! And all summer long, Winter Park offers many activities and events families will love, like free outdoor movie nights and a live music series. Other unique attractions include a human maze, bungee trampoline, and the GyroExtreme, a ride that simulates floating in space.
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3. Big Sky Resort, Montana
Thinking a visit to Yellowstone National Park would be great, but don't necessarily want to spend a week there? Big Sky Resort is the perfect solution. Only 18 miles from the north entrance of Yellowstone, Big Sky allows for an easy daytrip (or two) to the park, but offers a plethora of family activities at your "basecamp." While the kids play at the onsite daycare center, parents can start their mountain vacation off right with an "Adjusting to Altitude" massage at the resort's spa. For extraordinary vistas, Big Sky's scenic lift ride provides summer visitors with a bird's-eye view of the surrounding mountains. At the top, you can dine at the restaurant and play a game of frisbee golf. The 18-hole course winds down the mountain to the base area, or you can hike back down on a self-guided nature trail. For thrill seekers of all ages, Big Sky offers a high-ropes course, a bungee trampoline, and a two-hour zip-line adventure. For those wishing to keep two feet firmly planted on the ground, Big Sky boasts an Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole golf course. A Junior Golf Camp is held every Tuesday and Thursday and the month of July is "Family Golf Month" when kids play free with an adult after 3:00 p.m. At Big Sky's Kids Club, children four and up can spend the afternoon participating in organized, themed activities.
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2. Sunday River Resort, Maine
Located among the picturesque western mountains of Maine, Sunday River Resort is an easy 90-minute drive from Portland and three hours from Boston. For the cyclists in your family, the Sunday River Mountain Bike Park offers 30 trails and more than 25 miles of riding. If hiking is more your speed, the Appalachian Trail and hundreds of other mountain hikes and nature walks await. Take in the glorious views by riding Sunday River's Chondola to North Peak, where you can access the mountain biking and hiking trailheads, as well as The Peak Lodge for an afternoon lunch. For water-loving families, nearby rivers and ponds offer secluded swimming holes and excellent fishing. Or, rent a canoe or kayak and explore the rivers by boat. Prefer the greens? Voted "Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek magazine five years in a row, the Sunday River Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine's most enchanting forests. On a rainy day, don't miss The Big Adventure Center in nearby Bethel, featuring laser tag, indoor rock climbing, bowling, an arcade, mini-golf, waterslides, and volleyball.
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1. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, California
Summer in Lake Tahoe is beyond compare with gorgeous vistas, endless sunshine, and countless activities, making it one of the most popular year-round destinations in the world. And for visitors looking for summer fun for the whole family, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is the place to be. At the resort's new base area village, there are 35 shops and restaurants, an outdoor roller-skating rink, fire pits to roast marshmallows, a bungee trampoline, a mini ropes-challenge course, free outdoor movie nights, live music on the weekends, and special events happening all summer long. The resort also offers daily activities for kids from arts and crafts to nature hikes, plus tennis, golf, and swim lessons are available for all ages. For those wishing to wander a bit farther, Northstar has guided horseback rides for all levels of experience on trails offering spectacular views of the High Sierra peaks. Families also enjoy the resort's Geocaching Adventure, a GPS-guided treasure hunt, and the star-gazing tour. With 191 square miles of crystal-clear water, Lake Tahoe itself provides hours of entertainment with guided boat tours to jet skiing to kayaking to swimming.
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