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The Best Activities and Museums in Aspen

From contemporary art auctions to outdoor festivals, discover ways to spend your time off the slopes in this beautiful city

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
If you’re a fan of contemporary art, the new Shigeru Ban home for the Aspen Art Museum is a must see. Ask a staffer about the Questrom lecture series that allows visitors and members alike to get one-on-one time with artists.

Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum

Baldwin Gallery
209 South Galena Street
Contemporary art reigns supreme at this Aspen gallery. The 8,000-square-foot space houses modern paintings, sculptures, photographs and more.

Casterline Goodman

Casterline Goodman

Casterline Goodman
611 East Cooper Avenue
Robert Casterline and Jordan Goodman met in Aspen before going into business together. The resulting gallery specializes in investment art pieces (like Warhols) and always has beautiful new masterpieces on display.

Art Crush
590 North Mill Street
Rub elbows with the biggest players in the art industry during Aspen’s week of silent auctions, wine tastings, dinners and more that lead up to one of the biggest parties of the summer season. Come ready to bid because the contemporary art up for auction never disappoints.

Aspen Ideas Festival
Get 350 presenters and 3,000 attendees together in a public gathering and the ideas are sure to flow. In partnership with The Atlantic, you’re in for stimulating lectures, engaging conversation and endlessly fun activities. Debates, films and show-and-tell exhibits with inventors are often the highlights of the festival.

Aspen Institute
1000 North 3rd Street
Explore policy, advocacy and leadership initiatives at this spot popular with writers and governors alike. Talks like “Social Justice: What’s Philanthropy Got to Do With It?” draws great thinkers and spurs excellent discussions.

Aspen Outfitting Company
315 East Dean Street
Outdoorsy types will want to check out this Aspen staple. They provide all the necessities for fly-fishing, clay target shooting, pistol shooting and more.

Food & Wine Festival
Food & Wine magazine’s annual festival draws some of the best chefs in the world as well as up-and-coming talents. Foodies pour into Aspen to get a taste of the cuisine on-hand.

Paepcke Park
East Hopkins Avenue
Two and a half acres of beautiful greenery and scenic spots to plop down for a picnic make this a park a favorite for families and couples alike. Head to the gazebo on the grounds for a picture-perfect moment.

Pine Creek Cookhouse
11399 Castle Creek Road
Talk about eating locally! Meat and produce from the surrounding areas are harvested and prepared to create this “mountain gourmet” cuisine. Don’t leave without trying the signature Trout Melt Sandwich.

Wheeler Opera House
320 East Hyman Avenue
Everyone from musicians to actors to comedians has cut their teeth at this 125-year-old events space. Fun fact: Bill Maher got his big break on the Opera House’s stage during the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.