Lake City, Colorado, has been a destination since the 1800s when gold and silver brought miners to this area. During the post World War II days, tourists began taking advantage of the unrivaled outdoor recreational opportunities. Love of the Lake City area brings people back repeatedly, creating family traditions that have lasted generations. Make Lake City a beloved part of your family history.
Enjoy a walk on Lake City’s in-town trails along Henson Creek and the Lake Fork River or around Pete’s Lake. A chance encounter with deer, chipmunks, birds and other little critters are always a possibility. These trails are ideal for strolling or bicycling – these are paths the entire family can enjoy. The more adventurous may want to hike to Thompson’s Lake or on the Lake to Lake Trail. For information and helpful hints for hiking with kids, visit the Visitor’s Center.
Inexpensive entertainment for the whole family includes mini golf, the Seek and Find game at the Museum, Hard Tack Mine tours, or playtime at the public parks.
- Memorial Park in Wade’s Addition offers skateboarders a place to ramp it up, a softball diamond, a fishing pier, and a playground area.
- Town Park, located in downtown, features a large grassy area perfect for a game of flag football or Frisbee, a nice playground for all ages, a sand volleyball court, and picnic tables.
The Lake City area is a great place for families – to trek down a trail, splash in the river, watch water skippers, star gaze … to reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. Several affordable restaurants offer kid menus. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain, or smoothies or milkshakes from several shops. Many local retail shops offer products for children – toys, books, games, t-shirts, and more.
Kid-Tested; Parent-Approved Events
Community events in Lake City are family-friendly. The Balloon Festival in February, the Lake San Cristobal 5k/10k in June, the Fourth of July Celebration, the Ducky Derby in August, Christmas in Lake City events …check lakecity.com or the Visitor Center for specific information. Be a part of the Fourth of July parade. Just let our Chamber know by 5 pm the night before.
Catering to Kids
The following organizations and businesses offer kid-friendly activities and events.
The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop
970-944-2526 • 238 S. Gunnison Ave
RENTALS - kid and adult bikes and fishing gear. Scenic tours, hiking trips snowshoeing and guided fly fishing for individuals and families. FREE fly fishing clinics every Tuesday and Saturday at 10 am.
Miners and Merchants Bank
970-944-2242 • 231 Silver Street
Candy and toys for kids.
Lake City Bakery
970-944-2613 • 922 N Hwy 149
G-Scale railroad in rear of bakery. Kid friendly treats and snacks.
Poker Alice Pizza
970-944-4100 • 188 S. Gunnison Avenue
Pizza is one of the four food groups for kids. Stop by & try ours!
Slumgullion Gift Gallery
970-944-2623 • 401 Gunnison Ave
Kid toys, clothing, books and crafts.
Lake City Chamber of Commerce
970-944-2527 • 800 Gunnison Ave
Alpine Loop guide for kids, geocache project for families
The Soup Kitchen
970-944-7687 • 808 Gunnison Ave
Kid menu - Kids under 12, half-price kids plate and 1/2 sandwiches available
Hard Tack Mine
970-944-2506 • 1.5 miles up Henson.
Open 7 days a week • 10 am to 5 pm
Mine tour, gift shop, toys, books and Hidden Treasure Kids Corner
970-944-2387 • 916 N Hwy 149
Toys and snacks. Deli.
The General Store
970-944-2513 • 252 S. Gunnison
Kid toys, books, clothing and crafts.
Lake City Area Recreation
Offering a wide array of outdoor recreation activities and youth day camp
John Wagner Public Library
970-944-2706 • 221 Silver St
Kid books and videos
Lake City Museum & Gift Shop
970-944-2050 • 130 N Silver St
- Cemetery Tour. Tuesdays 10 am
- Historic Walking Tour. Thursdays 10 am
- Ghost Tour. Fridays 8 pm
- Free Seek and Find Game
970-944-2334 • 225 Silver Street
Toys, books, puzzles, T-shirts and crafts.
Blue Spruce Building Materials
970-944-2581 • 310 Bluff St
Kid toys, historic tool display, school and art supplies, snacks.