Family Activities

Fun for the Whole Family!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens offers a variety of family-friendly activities. Families can sign up for guided hands-on activities that explore the beautiful environment surrounding Vail. Families looking for a self-guided experience can come to our Children’s Garden which is a great place for children to discover and play!

Family Guided Activities

Tuesday/Wednesday 10:30am-noon

In Summer

(Family Activities end Aug. 12th) Every week Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hosts nature-themed activities that are fun for the whole family. You will discover the amazing environment that surrounds the Vail area through different hands-on activities. We offer four different themes – check the calendar for what is available this week!

Children’s Garden

Activities: 9am-4

Garden: Spring-Fall

Discover our botanical gardens in the family-friendly Children’s Garden. Activities engage children’s creativity while also being a great place to stop for the whole family. Stop by the Discovery Cart to check out what the daily self-guided activity is. Hang out in the shade in our rocking chairs, perched over Gore Creek. Let the kids play in Betty’s Market or head into the Schoolhouse Gift Shop to find many garden-inspired keepsakes.

Scavenger Hunt

Everyday 10-4

A great way for the family to see the whole area of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is with our Scavenger Hunt! Search for clues to discover more about alpine plants. Take your time enjoying the hidden and wonderful areas of the gardens or let the kids race through and enjoy their sense of adventure. Children who complete the scavenger hunt get a special prize. The Scavenger Hunt starts at the Education Center, available every day from 10-4.

Self Guided Activities

Garden: Always Open

Take a walk down the creek or a stroll through the gardens and be sure to grab our brochure! Our Self-guided pamphlets give you special insights about the plants that we have here at the gardens. Discover the unique adaptations of the plants and the role they’ve played in history. From being transported around the world, to their importance to Native Americans, every plant here has a story.

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