Disclosure: I was given a Toyota Sienna to test drive for a week in exchange for a review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
Things To Do In Estes Park Colorado With Kids
YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park
YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. The best part about this weekend getaway is how easy of a drive it is, even in the winter.
You can fill your day and nights at Estes Park Center YMCA with so many programs and activities. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way. For this stay we enjoyed a lot of relaxing time in our cozy cabin, rollerskating, archery, crafts (SO MANY CRAFTS), basketball, bingo and the fun New Years Eve family dance.
Dick’s Rock Museum – Estes Park
Your trip to Estes Park isn’t complete without stopping by Red Rose Rock Shop! Visit the store along the Big Thompson River to shop for rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, gifts, and decor. Check out Dick’s Rock Museum, a historical landmark, free of charge connected to our main store. Enjoy some coffee or lunch at Coffee On The Rocks, right next door to Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick’s Rock Museum.
Big Thompson River – Estes Park
Homemade Taffy – Estes Park
The Donut Haus – Estes Park
On your way out of town you will see this cute little donut shop on the hill. The story of The Donut Haus began more than 3 decades ago in Estes Park, Colorado where German baker, Dieter D’Alquen, started making donuts in an old gas station. His donuts were so fresh, light, and delicious, people from all over the country (and even the world) lined up outside the door, including Estes business owner, Lois Marth.
Lake Estes – Estes Park
The Munchin House – Estes Park
Our little getaway for New Years Eve was perfect. We had a great mix of rest, re-connection, fun and exploring. And all of that was enjoyed by the whole family in the Toyota Sienna. Let me be honest, I grew up driving minivans so I have a whole other view of what a minivan is. Well that was until we experienced the Sienna. This is the true #MinivanLife ! The Sienna really is the perfect family vehicle, especially an on the go busy family like ours.
- Loved the extra cargo space in the back, even with the third row up we were able to fit our luggage, toys, and cooler with out any issues.
- Great looking interior – leather accents and seating
- Moon roof x 2! The kids loved theirs and we wished we had some warmer days to really enjoy them.
- Handled great in the mountains.
- Loved the Dual Controls for the heater as well as the steering wheel and seat heaters. Perfect for that cold mountain air!
Masshole Mommy says
We were up at our condo in New Hampshire on New Year's Eve! Glad you were able to visit Estes Park – it sounds like a cool place!
Joanna Brittain says
We stayed home, watched the ball drop on tv, and played family games. I did create hour bags for my girls to open every hour until midnight.
Melissa Chapman says
Love the car it really looks like it holds a lot of people and cargo. The Estes Park trip looks like a great way to see nature and enjoy the new year.
Ninja Mommers says
These all sound like really great things to do in Colorado. We stayed home and played board games with some close friends for New Years!
Angela Tolsma says
I love that their is a salt water taffy place! I love visiting those. Also donuts, I love finding unique donut places!! This park seems like an awesome place to spend the weekend!
Beth Davidson says
Last time I went to Estes Park I just wanted to see the Shining Hotel. Lol. It's so pretty there though, love your choices!
Reesa Lewandowski says
It sounds like you had such a blast together!! The Toyota Sienna is really awesome looking!
Krystel Seijo says
I haven't been to colorado in years and would love to go back. That place looks great
ana de jesus says
I love that Estes Park Colorado is your New Years Eve tradition and anywhere where there are donuts you are guaranteed to find me haha!Plus that Toyota looks like the perfect family ride as well x
Glam Karen says
Traveling with kids is always such an adventure! I think this place is perfect since there are plenty of things to do for them. I also love the scenery!
Elise @ Belle Meets World blog says
Such a beautiful place! Salt water taffy and donuts are my favorite, so I love that you recommended those. This is definitely on my list because I'd love to visit that area – thanks for all the ideas!
Natoya Ammon says
Happy New Year!! Estes Park looks beautiful I wish it were closer so I could visit. It looks like you all had a really good time with so many fun things to do.
Krystal Butherus says
Estes Park sounds like a great place! Lots of things to see and do! A great vacation spot, especially if you have kids!
I really like the toyota seinna. I have looked at it the last two times we bought a car and never bought it.
Serena Lissy says
We stayed home for New Year's eve. Cooked a nice steak, had some bubbly and just enjoyed some quiet time. Looks like you guys had a great time in Estes Park. It's a fun little place.
Terri Steffes says
I did this trip with my daughter years ago, and I did many of the same things as you! Good trip and a great way to talk about landforms!
Louise Vance says
What a tranquil and beautiful place! looks like you all had a wonderful time, and your photos are epic! Would love to visit Colorado for myself someday!
Maria Katsulos says
Our New Years Eve was pretty quiet, just at home here in Dallas, but my dad and I did go to the Dallas Stars game that night, which is a tradition of ours!
Jessi Joachim says
It looks there are a lot of fun things to do there! I have always wanted to visit Colorado. It looks like such a great place to go with the kids and see some different climate from what we are used to here in FL.
Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds says
What an amazing family spot. I'd love to take my kids there and they would freak out about the mountains out west.
Melissa Latimer says
As a family that hikes and loves nature, this looks like such a beautiful place to explore. The scenery is amazing!
Kimberly Lewis says
I have heard of Estes park before but I have never been! I'm going to have to put this on my list!
A Cabin getaway sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend. I would love to do something like this with my family. Just disconnect a bit and get back to us.
The Almost Indian Wife says
I would love to visit here with my family! It would be so fun to hit all of these sites together and experience it all!
Heather Riccobono says
What a beautiful weekend away! My mom grew up in Colorado and we have family that we really need to plan a trip to visit!
My husband loves Colorado! I've added this as one must check out locations when we get to go there!