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Though skiing is Aspen's top draw, many non-skiers/boarders come for the scene: there's plenty to do between shopping, dining, spa-hopping, people watching, and less strenuous winter activities from dogsledding to snowmobiling around the nearby glorious twin fourteeners (Colorado speak for peaks over 14,000 feet), the Maroon Bells.

Things to do in Aspen

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Remarkable hands-on workshops with leading artists and curators are mostly held in summer, but winter visitors can still tour the exhibition galleries, meet artists in ateliers, and hear lectures.

5263 Owl Creek Rd., CO, 970-923-3181, www.andersonranch.org
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture

Aspen Art Museum

Make time to visit this museum’s well-thought out contemporary exhibitions by emerging and established artists like Karen Kilmnik and Jeremy Deller. Programs also include art talks from national curators and multi-media performances.

590 N. Mill St., CO, 970-925-8050, www.aspenartmuseum.org
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture | architecture | history

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

See fascinating displays on Aspen’s fragile ecosystem at this wildlife rehabilitation center. From mid-December through mid-April they run snowshoe tours of Aspen and Snowmass mountains.

Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, 100 Puppy Smith St., CO, 970-925-5756, www.aspennature.org
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | tour | wildlife

Get active outdoors

It may be quieter when the snow melts, but this tour operator keeps summer guests active by taking advantage of the areas rivers (rafting), mountainous trails (biking, hiking, horseback-riding) and skies (hot-air ballooning).

Blazing Adventures, CO, 800-282-7238, www.blazingadventures.com
Tags: family | hiking | biking | things to do | sports

Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum

This mining and ranching museum is located on the site of one of only 18 mills worldwide that used the experimental Russell Lixiviation process to refine low-grade ore.

40180 Highway 82, CO, 970-544-0820, www.aspenhistory.org
Tags: family | things to do | history

The Wheeler/Stallard Museum

Aspen’s changing lifestyles have been scrupulously documented here—from the indigenous “Ute Indians” and mining camp days onward. Rotating main exhibits showcase everything from Victorian women's fashions to Thomas W. Benton’s politics.

620 W. Bleeker St., CO, 970-925-3721, www.aspenhistory.org
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history

Wheeler Opera House

This splendid sandstone brick opera house, one of Colorado's finest performance venues, offers film and lecture series, plays, dance recitals, concerts, operas, and celebrity standup (Robin Williams to Whoopi Goldberg).

320 E. Hyman Ave., CO, 970-920-5770, www.wheeleroperahouse.com/wheeler
Tags: family | things to do | culture | architecture

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