Although Steamboat is known for its mountain sports, there is plenty to do off the mountain, as well. Many of these family-friendly activities in Steamboat are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Dinner Sleigh Rides

Parenthood and Passports - Family-friendly activities in SteamboatWe took our 11-month-old daughter on a dinner sleigh ride at Haymaker’s. The food was wonderful and the staff and horses were very friendly. They offer warm blankets and hot cocoa to keep you warm on the 20 minute sleigh ride. This is definitely one of the more relaxing family-friendly activities in Steamboat that you can do with very young children.

Dog sledding

This is another activity that is suitable even for very young children. My daughter LOVES dogs, so naturally dog sledding is a perfect activity for animal lovers. Although we haven’t been dog sledding yet, this is definitely something we are excited to do the next time we visit.


Tubing is another popular family-friendly activity in Steamboat. It says children of all ages can participate and that young children just need to ride in the lap of an adult, but if traveling with a very young toddler, I probably wouldn’t recommend it. I have fallen out of a snow tube or sled one too many times in my life to take a 2-year-old down a hill on a tube.

Hot Springs

Steamboat Springs actually got its name because of the multitude of natural hot springs in the area. When the first settlers came to the area, they said the sulfur which was steaming out of the hot springs sounded like a steamboat, so they named the town Steamboat Springs. The hot springs are open year round and can provide a nice relaxing break from the mountain, if you just need to soak your sore muscles. The hot springs are suitable and open to children of all ages, in fact kids under two are free!

Of course, skiing in Steamboat is also a great family-friendly activity, and you’ll always find a lot going on at the base area. If you’re planning a trip, check out our complete guide to the mountain, where to stay, and our review of childcare and ski school options at Steamboat.

Have you been to Steamboat? What family-friendly activities have you tried? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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