Whenever we travel somewhere new, we always have grand expectations for how each day is going to proceed. That is especially true when you make your way to beautiful Estes Park. This travel destination is known for bountiful outdoor beauty with plenty of outdoor attractions and activities in the area. However, Estes Park like everywhere else can be prone to bad weather when you least expect it. Don’t let a rainy day get you down whenever you travel to Estes Park. There are plenty of indoor activities and attractions that are sure to keep you and the whole family occupied. Take a look at some kid friendly indoor activities in Estes Park:
Estes Park Aquatic Center
Estes Park is a top summer destination, and you will find that plenty of our vacation rentals offer pool side fun. However, that fun can be put to a rest if the day takes a turn with some unexpected rain. Don’t worry as you can still enjoy some pool fun when you head over to Estes Park Aquatic Center. This local aquatic center offers an indoor swimming complex that lets you splash around in the water while avoiding the rain. Make sure to check out the hours to see if they are open during your visit!
Visit a Local Museum
If you want to take your kids somewhere exciting while still having a learning experience, look no further than the local museums. The Estes Park Museum is simply named so you can understand all things Estes Park. This mountain town got its start with the local Native American tribes. You can learn all about the sense of community here along with interactive displays and exhibits that go into detail of local artists and the Rocky Mountains. Or check out Moraine Park Museum nearby that sits at the northeast corner of Moraine Park. The onsite outdoor amphitheater is used as a beautiful wedding and special event venue during clear weather. The onsite museum is what you want to visit during the rain where you can learn about native plant life and interpretation programs. Don’t miss out on these educational yet exciting local museums perfect for a rainy day!
See a Movie
If your family cannot agree on somewhere to go to hide out from the rain, you can always just see a movie. Heading to your local cinema has always been an incredible family experience and the same continues when you visit Estes Park. Check out Reel Mountain Theater right here in Estes Park to find the latest hit movies playing. They have several different giant screens showing all of the favorite hits. The summer season is an especially great time to check out the movies, as most of the year’s biggest movies are released at this time. You can always grab a gift card as a great gift for a friend or family member who lives in the area. The concession stand has all of your favorite snacks including popcorn, candy, and soda. A night at the movies has never been so fun, especially here in Estes Park.
Tour the Stanley Hotel
Speaking of movies, a local attraction in the area is where the idea of “The Shining” was created. That’s right, Stephen King himself visited the Stanley Hotel right here in Estes Park to spark the creativity for his eventual novel and movie adaption. The Stanley Hotel offers daily tours from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM where you can check out all of the “spooky” spots in the hotel that inspired a masterpiece. While it may sound spooky, it is perfectly family friendly!
Estes Park Mountain Shop
Don’t let the rain ruin your spark for something adventurous and hit up the Estes Park Mountain Shop. This local mountain shop has exactly what everyone is looking for: an indoor rock climbing wall. If you have not tried rock climbing yet, you are missing out on a thrilling experience. Climb up designated “rocks” on the wall on paths to make it up to the top. Everyone is always harnessed in, making sure you stay safe the entire time. The rock wall has multiple paths too for all experience levels so little ones can join in on the fun. Let the experts at Estes Park Mountain Shop show you your first or tenth time up the rock wall!
Get Ready for Your Own Mountain Adventure in Estes Park
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to still have a great day when it is raining in Estes Park. The area has plenty of fun for the whole family so vacation does not go to waste. Book one of our vacation rentals in the area to stay close to these attractions and much more.