GUEST FAMILY FUN
FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
Explore Chautauqua during your family vacation. We’ve collected a list of the best activities to do with children of all ages!
Chautauqua is a hiker’s paradise with 40 miles of trails in every direction at all levels of difficulty. Dogs love our hikes and are allowed on most trails (and in many of our cottages). Don’t forget to stock up with water, snacks, dog toys and sunscreen from the General Store before you set off. The promise of a post hike ice cream or hot chocolate works wonders for less enthusiastic walkers! Check out this Boulder CVB guide to Chautauqua hikes. For a quick, easy and beautiful hike all the family will love, we recommend Enchanted Mesa Trail or Bluebell Mesa.
UNPLUG AND CONNECT
We have a treasure trove of iconic board games and sports equipment available for check out during your stay. Enjoy Giant Jenga or Connect 4 on your porch, Monopoly or cards in your cozy cottage living room, or pick up pickleball, tennis, basketball equipment to head to our sports courts. The fun you have today will stay with your family for years to come.
Brunch at the Dining Hall
COLORADO BISTRO CUISINE
No stay is complete without a delicious trip to Chautauqua’s iconic Dining Hall. Kid-friendly options, include our famous house-made tater tots, ricotta flapjacks, amazing burgers, chilaquiles, and challah French toast. Our kids menu offers pint-sized breakfasts and lunches, and on warm weather days, enjoy your family meal on the wraparound porch with a stunning view of the Flatirons and green.
Gardens & Playground
RELAX WHILE THE LITTLE ONES LEARN AND PLAY
Relax in our beautiful Centennial and Waterwise Gardens while learning more about native Colorado plants. Make a game of how many flowers and plants your family can spot (see our seasonal “In The Garden” guide). Signs in the Waterwise Garden also provide tips to make your home garden more sustainable.
After their garden tour, children can get their wriggles out at our beautiful playground with its state-of-the-art play and climbing structures, including a mini-Auditorium and child-sized replica of the Flatirons.
Old-Fashioned General Store
TREATS FOR ALL SEASONS
Stop by our historic General Store for grab-and-go snacks, hiking essentials, and picnic supplies, as well as a wonderful selection of souvenirs, toys, and Chautauqua merchandise. Winding down a fun day at Chautauqua? Pick up an ice cream, soda float, hot apple cider, or hot chocolate. We have delicious coffee and tea drinks for grown ups, too!
Audio History Tour
LEARN ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Explore our National Historic Landmark campus and learn something new along the way! Use your mobile phone to take our audio tour, which has nine stops and four interpretive panels. To get started, just call 303-952-1600 from your mobile phone and press the corresponding tour stop to start listening. The Dining Hall is always a good place to start your tour.
Year Round Events
There is always something happening at Chautauqua! Be sure to check before you visit for family-friendly concerts and events, including kids concerts with Jeff and Paige, outdoor art installations, classical music events for children, magic shows, and talks with rock climbers, scientists, and astronauts. Chautauqua also hosts a number of community events throughout the year, such as WinterFest and Celebracion de La Communidad. View our events calendar to find out what exciting events are happening during your stay!