From skiing our four mountains of Aspen/Snowmass or hiking the Maroon Bells, to cultural events at the Aspen Music Festival and Wheeler Opera House, there's always a variety of fun and interesting options to explore just outside the Limelight Hotel. Check out the Continental Divide at Independence Pass, just 45 minutes from the hotel, or book tickets for a concert at the historic Wheeler Opera House or to Belly Up, a premier concert venue. Here is a primer on things to do in Aspen:

Downtown Aspen

The Limelight Hotel is located steps from the heart of downtown Aspen, just beside Wagner Park, making it easy and convenient to explore our charming town on foot. From Aspen's famed shops to haute cuisine dining and celebrated Victorian mansions, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

Seasonal Recreation

Regardless of the season, Aspen is home to great outdoor recreation, including skiing, biking, hiking, golf, fishing, whitewater rafting and more. Explore the Maroon Bells, ski Ajax mountain, raft the Roaring Fork River, fly fish the Frying Pan River ... the list is endless.

Historic Sites

Before modern-day Aspen was inhabited by skiers and snowboarders, Ute Indians lived in the area for more than 800 years. Eventually, silver miners arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley in 1879. As such, Aspen is home to a rich history and many historic sites. Read more about Aspen historic sites worth visiting.


In Aspen you'll find everything from Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada to famous tee-shirt shops and small boutiques. Art and souvenirs, antiques and unique treasures, fine apparel and casual clothing — there’s no end to great shopping. Here are a few Aspen shopping suggestions.


Aspen, Colorado is a haven for foodies and drinkies, due to the variety of fine eateries and haute dining establishments. Between casual family restaurants and contemporary fine dining, from Mexican to Mediterranean — you’ll find many delicious options to try! Be sure to stop by the Limelight Lounge for some delicious Italian fare. 

View our Aspen dining guide for our own recommendations. 

Performing Arts

One of the most remarkable qualities of Aspen is the vibrant and world class cultural scene. Aspen is home to the Aspen Music Festival, which presents fantastic performers in top notch venues. Take in the symphony, see a film, attend the ballet or hear a luminary speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  The sheer magnitude and variety of intellectual and cultural stimulation in this mountain town will astound visitors from all over the world. 

Art Museums & Galleries

Aspen is home to several art galleries and museums with art ranging from contemporary to traditional fine art, glass art, paintings, sculpture, Southwestern art and photography. Enjoy an afternoon touring galleries or attend a community art event. Read more about Aspen art galleries and museums.


Aspen is home to an endless amount of events and festivals. Ranging from Food & Wine and an Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in the summer to Winterskol, the X Games & Spring Jam in the winter, there is something for everyone. Visit the Aspen Snowmass calendar of events for up to date information.

For more things to do in Aspen, Colorado, please visit the following sites:

To learn more about the Aspen Music Festival and other special events throughout the year, please visit the Aspen events calendar.

Please call us for additional information on activities near Limelight Hotel in Aspen, CO.