A few ideas for the outdoorsy dad
Ryan Summerlin June 16, 2013
Fathers are a big part of our lives, and whether our father figures are our dads, uncles, grandparents or family friends, Father’s Day is the opportunity to put everyday life aside and spend time together. Living in Summit County, that could mean anything from adventurous activities like zip-lining to more relaxed endeavors like sitting on a porch and sipping microbrews. Whether dad is an adrenaline junkie or likes to put his feet up, he’ll find something that suits his fancy this Father’s Day.
On the water
For dads who like to get their thrills on the water, Summit County offers plenty of opportunities. Head down to the Dillon or Frisco marinas, where dad can take a turn as captain on a rented sailboat, fishing boat, pontoon or other watercraft.
Starting Father’s Day weekend, the Frisco Bay Marina will offer stand-up paddleboard rentals. No experience is required to rent a paddleboards, and renters are provided lifejackets and an ankle leash to keep the board from floating away. The water has warmed up somewhat in recent weeks, but it’s chilly if one falls in. Good balance is recommended. Also, the Frisco marina will offer a 10 percent discount on rentals for fathers and their families on Sunday.
KODI Rafting in Frisco is also offering a discount for dads and their children — 25 percent. KODI offers full- and half-day trips for paddlers of all levels. Booking in advance is recommended to find out about water conditions and availability of places. Dads who seek adventure on the river might enjoy trips on Clear Creek or through Browns Canyon.
Some like to move on the water, while others like to stand still. Fathers who are also fishing fanatics might enjoy a guided tour of Summit County’s top angling spots. Breckenridge Outfitters and other shops offer fly-fishing lessons for beginners and river and lake float trips.
Need for speed
Sometimes, all you want to do is go fast. Thrill-seeking fathers can get their adrenaline rush by hopping on the zip line at Copper Mountain Resort. The Copper line stretches across West Lake and hurls riders at speeds of up to 30 mph. A bungee jump gives the opportunity to experience free fall.
Fathers who want to be in charge of their speed can challenge their families to a race at the go-kart track. Roller coaster lovers can head over to the Peak 8 Fun Park in Breckenridge, which opens this weekend, and take a ride on the Gold Runner Coaster, with 2,500 feet of elevated track, or try the Alpine Superslide’s 2,600-foot run.
fun with the kids
Dads wanting to spend the day with their younger children will find plenty to do in Breckenridge during its Kingdom Days celebration. Free train rides and burro rides will circle the downtown.
History buffs will enjoy the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold in the Blue River Plaza. Volunteers from the Gold Prospectors of Colorado club will have sluices set up with water, rocks and a few flecks of real gold. After watching the prospectors demonstrate, anyone can give the panning a try and keep whatever gold they find.
Kingdom Days also offers a number of free historical hikes and tours. Families can enjoy guided hikes to old mining sites or tours of museums in town.
If dad’s hanging out with his older children, he could try out the Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour, which includes several stops at historical and present-day watering holes, with drinks along the way.
While there is no end to active opportunities in Summit County, sometimes all dad wants to do on his special day is kick back and relax.
With mud season ending and summer beginning, Summit restaurants are opening up again and pulling their patio furniture out of storage. With a fantastic views in nearly every direction, any outdoor location will give a glimpse of something.
Summit County is also home to four different microbreweries, each with its own signature beers. For a chance to sample each of them, and to learn a few handy bar tricks along the way, the Summit County Brewery Tour delivers. And with a designated driver to transport everybody, there’s no worry about beer consumption and driving.
Whether the day is spent rafting the river, hiking through historic mining country or sampling microbrews, Father’s Day in Summit County is bound to be a good one.