Vail is the largest ski resort in the United States and it is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. If you want to visit but looking for inexpensive or even free things to do, there are plenty of options in Vail.
The Nature Discovery Center is at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain. Programs are provided in a partnership of Vail Resorts, U.S. Forest Service, and Walking Mountains Science Center. Many of the programs like the one hour snowshoe tour, Nature at Night, and Astronomy are free and suitable for all ages.
Some of the free things to do in Vail include visiting the Welcome Centers in Lionshead and Vail Villages, checking out the art scattered throughout both villages, and visiting the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail Village. Both of the welcome centers have historical information about how Vail turned into a skier’s paradise. The museum has 5 galleries from history of skiing to the Camp Hale Room on the 10th Mountain Division to the Olympics Room. The museum has the largest snowboard collection in the world.
For lunch on-mountain, a great spot is for fast casual dining is Bistro Fourteen located at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. They offer a great kids menu that includes a starter, entrée, and dessert for $10. There are plenty of starter and entrée items for under $20 for adults. One of the swankiest spots for lunch or dinner in Vail is The 10th Restaurant. They offer world-class cuisine with a focus on modern alpine classics. The way to indulge a little without breaking the bank is to enjoy the upscale cuisine during après ski. They offer a great lounge menu with choices for $10 along with drink specials.
If you are looking for a great place to stay in Vail, check out Antlers at Vail. They have great 15-30% specials now through April. Antlers is ultra family and pet friendly.