Playgrounds and Water Features

Vail is a giant playground for kids with pedestrian walkways connecting all villages, filled with places to explore, but these are some top spots to visit:

The Pirate Ship Playground in Vail Village

Located in the heart of Vail Village near the Vista Bahn base area, the Pirate Ship Playground is a place where kids’ dreams come to life. The life-size pirate ship has three decks to explore, a swing set, high climbing nets and a plank to walk. The playground is set at the base of the mountain giving parents a scenic view to enjoy while the kids play.

The Children’s Fountain in Vail Village

Located next to Fuzziwig’s Candy Shop, the pool has three spraying fountains and several bronze sculptures of children at play. The water is perfect wading depth, shallow enough to keep shorts dry yet deep enough to cool down on a hot day.

Sunbird Park in Lionshead Village

An urban jungle gym that doubles as an art installation! Designed by Denver-based Tres Birds Workshop, the playground features three giant cocoon-like birds’ nests with connecting bridges and slides, as well as jumping fountains to cool off.

Ford Park Playground

The playground situated right outside of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a perfect spot to take your kids for a break from a show at Ford Amphitheater or as your walking through the gardens.

Donovan Park in Cascade Village

Located near Cascade Village, Donovan Park features a large playground that’s artfully created and full of all the swing sets, slides and climbing features that kids love. Park benches, a covered awning, picnic tables, and a public grill make Donovan Park a great location for gatherings with family and friends.

Get Wet Playing in Gore Creek
Once the winter runoff has subsided, kids and adults of all ages can enjoy dipping their toes (or more) into Gore Creek! The best places to access the creek are along the grass in front of Mountain Plaza, below Ford Park, in front of the Vail Library and along the bike path in front of the Lionsquare Lodge. Please be CAREFUL and make sure the current is not running fast – it is always best to stay on the edges and keep children close!!