Downtown Steamboat Springs: Guide to Activities, Food, Sites

Steamboat Springs – located in Colorado’s Yampa Valley – draws guests from all over who enjoy year-round recreation and mountain-style charm. Part of its charm is reflected in downtown Steamboat Springs, where visitors will find history paired with modern amenities and lots of fun things to do. The historic downtown houses shops, restaurants and plenty of photo ops, allowing guests to learn and play. Not sure what to do first? Check out the top places to see in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Downtown Steamboat Springs: Where to Go, What to Do

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Meet Main Street

Located in the heart of Steamboat, Main Street runs from 3rd to 13th Streets, from the Yampa River to Oak Street. Main Street includes distinct neighborhoods that offer guests a different experience. In addition, visitors can shop, dine, relax at spas, and tour museums and public spaces. To serve the community and preserve the area, MainStreet Steamboat Springs works to improve both the area and experience for all guests.

Start at Lincoln Avenue

Those who’ve seen a photo from Steamboat Springs most likely have seen the iconic Lincoln Avenue. Surrounded by mountains with views of the slopes, Lincoln Avenue offers both incredible views and dozens of places to explore.

While strolling Lincoln Avenue, stop in one of the shops for local treats, souvenirs, sports equipment, apparel and more. When it’s time to recharge, this area also has more than a dozen restaurants waiting to serve their specialties. Top-rated Lincoln Avenue restaurants include Tap House Sports Grill, Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, and Salt and Lime.

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While visiting downtown Steamboat, check out Old Town Hot Springs also located on Lincoln Avenue. This family-friendly recreation facility is open year-round and features hot spring pools, water slides, aquatic climbing walls, a lap pool and fitness center, and more. Parents can even enjoy onsite childcare while they receive a relaxing massage from certified massage therapists.

Perhaps the most popular activity at Old Town Hot Springs are the eight pools that use water from Heart Spring, which pumps about 220 gallons per minute into the pools. The water is all-natural with no chlorine, and pool temperatures range from 98 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to tons of shops and restaurants, Lincoln Avenue also hosts Steamboat’s annual Fourth of July parade, a huge Halloween trick-or-treat event and activities during the Winter Carnival.

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Meet Locals on Yampa Street

Another spot guests can’t miss in downtown Steamboat is Yampa Street, an entertainment district located along the Yampa River. Most restaurants and businesses partner with local farmers in Steamboat to feature fresh ingredients in many dishes. In fact, Yampa Street restaurants participate in the farm-to-table movement, hoping to delight diners while supporting local growers.

At night, watch the street come alive. Visitors will see stringed lights crossing over the streets and bridges to Howelsen Hill, one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado. Don’t forget to stop by local hangouts and nightlife spots to relax with family and friends.

Those vacationing in Steamboat from June to September, should visit the Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market on Saturdays. Visitors will find dozens of vendors selling fresh produce, meats, flowers and more. This spot also features local artisans who showcase Steamboat’s culture through art, crafts, handmade products and home furnishings.

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Enjoy Wellness Oak Street

Looking to break away from the hustle? Head to Oak Street, which houses many professional services and places of worship. Residents and frequent guests know Oak Street as the center of spiritual living in Steamboat, as churches in the West End area of Oak Street have served the community since 1910.

On the east end, visitors will find a large selection of health and wellness experts ready to help with outdoor recreation tips and wellness secrets. This neighborhood district celebrates active lifestyles where vacationers can meet local business professionals or take a bike ride through the area.

Oak Street also offers guests the chance to tour the Tread of Pioneers Museum. This downtown museum is open year-round and showcases the best of the Steamboat area through exhibits, events, tours and programs. Admission costs $2 to $6 dollars for all guests, depending on their age range. While exploring the museum, learn about Native American history, pioneers, mining, skiing and other contributions that have enabled Steamboat Springs to become the thriving city it is today.

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