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Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Durango for hands-on activities that include a puppet theater, dress-up room, mini-grocery store. There are also interactive exhibits, such as magnets, optical illusions, arts and crafts, and computer games. Located on the second floor of the Durango Arts Center, the museum is open every Wednesday through Sunday.
For outdoor fun, visit one of the 20 parks run by the Durango Parks and Recreation Department. Many feature picnic facilities and some offer free tennis courts. Plus, the Community Recreation Center has a climbing wall and swimming pool. For a full day of family adventure with memories that will last a lifetime, try ziplining at the world's largest zipline course, Soaring Tree Top Adventures. This family-friendly zipline is fun and safe for ages 4-91. And you will take the historic Durango train to get to Soaring, offering two adventures in one day.
Visit the Durango Mountain Resort just north of the city to ride the Alpine Slidein the off season. Durango Mountain Resort was recently named one of the top 7 ski resorts in the United States to ski with your kids by Ski Magazine. In addition, Durango was rated one of the top 7 places in North America to live, ski and retire by Ski Magazine as well. For discounted ski packages, Durango Central Reservations can help you book your perfect trip and find both in town and at mountain lodging and activity options. During the off-ski season, visitors can take the chairlift up the mountain and ride a toboggan down the half-mile track. You can pay per ride, or buy a Total Adventure Ticket that also includes scenic chairlift rides, disc golf and mini golf, a rock wall, and a jump on the bungee tramp.
Finally, take a tour at the original Rock Mountain Chocolate Factory on Main Avenue to see the chocolate makers dip caramel apples, make old-fashioned fudge, and much more. The best part—everyone gets a free sample.