Make your Winter Park 4th of July a Holiday Base Camp! There is a ton of fun to be had, wine to be tasted and fireworks to put some sparkle into your night. Start your weekend with the Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration Rendezvous Run for Independence .
Go for a Run:
New this year, the annual Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration will be held in downtown Winter Park at Hideaway Park. For athletic souls, the morning starts at 9 a.m. with the Rendezvous Run for Independence 5 mile run/walk. Register for the race. The event includes inflatables, face painting, live music and the RE/MAX Peak to Peak Fireworks Display. It is presented by Rocky Mountain Honda dealers.
Sip & Swing
Those looking to beat the heat while celebrating the Independence weekend can enjoy fine wine and a lively atmosphere at the 5th annual Village Uncorked wine festival, taking place in The Village at Winter Park on Saturday, July 4 from 12 – 4:00 p.m. Wine lovers will get an opportunity to taste over 50 different types of wine while pairing it with an array of over 10 delicious cheeses. Local artists will also be showing off their work while guests enjoy live music from James and the Devil. Admission is free, but for just $25 visitors will get unlimited wine tasting the whole afternoon as well as a commemorative wine glass.
The Village will also be transformed into an art gallery complete hands-on interactive “Learning Tents,” which will feature adult and youth art classes and demonstrations, cheese workshops, and a wine and cheese pairing course. Visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind photography, stained glass, jewelry and more.
- Ride or hike the 600 miles of trails around Winter Park that make the area Mountain Bike Capital USA™. It’s free, as long as you have your own bike. Affordable rentals are available at numerous bike shops around town. At Granby Ranch you can even ride the chair lift for free Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 22 (weather permitting) through September 27.
- Ride Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide at Winter Park Resort. Cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids 5 and under.
- Play, even if you don’t stay, at YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch. Day passes for visitors are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 (kids under 6 get in free). Activities include disc golf, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, craft shop, playgrounds and hiking, among others.
- Fishing in the Lion’s Club ponds is free for kids under 18. Inexpensive rod rentals are available across the street at the fly shop, or you can bring your own gear for free.
- Cooper Creek Square in the center of Winter Park has free family fun throughout the summer with ice cream socials, juggling, comedy and magic stage shows, street performers, face painting and crafts and more!
- At the hip new Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Winter Park, movies are $10, bowling is $12/person/hour (or only $9/person/hour from 4-6 p.m.!), and food starts at only $6.50.
- Mountain Moon Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels throughout the week for just $15 per class, while Elevate Pilates & Physical Therapy has group Pilates classes for $20 each. Free Fitness in the Park classes are offered every Sunday, June 14-Aug. 30, in downtown Winter Park.
- Take a brewery tour or do a wine tasting at the Hideaway Park Brewery, Moffat Station Brewery, The Library and Winter Park Winery. There are also happy hours at various locations around town. Check with the staff at the Winter Park Information Center (78841 US Highway 40) for tour and tasting details, and a weekly list of happy hour specials.
- Brush up on the history of the area by visiting one of the fascinating museums in the area. Cozens Ranch Museum is the site of the first ranch and stage stop in the Fraser Valley. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (62 and older), $3/students and free for children under six. The Kauffman House Museum, which costs just $5 for adults and is free for kids 12 and under, is the last of the early Grand Lake log hotels in existence. At Pioneer Village Museum in nearby Hot Sulphur Springs tools, clothing and artifacts from the old West live on. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (60 and older), $3/students and free for children under five
We love Winter Park. It’s relaxed and laid back atmosphere coupled with great outdoor scenery and recreational activities make it the perfect Basecamp for anytime of the year, especially summer and the 4th of July holiday! Head to their website for a ton more information: http://www.playwinterpark.com/
~MTN Town Magazine
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