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ADA Accessible attractions in [and around] Colorado Springs

Posted by Susanna Haynie on September 10, 2021
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Considering Colorado Springs is host to the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, we thought it only fitting to create a post dedicated to ADA accessible attractions.

Parks:

  • Memorial Park, Swing High Playground – The Swing High Playground is a universally acceptable playground for children of various ability levels. It is located at 715 Prospect Lake Drive on the southwest corner of Memorial Park. Their goal is to create opportunities that eliminate boundaries to spontaneous play and no child is forced to “leave their legs behind.”
  • John Venezia Park – The “Corral” has a universally accessible playground with shaded structures as well as a paved walking path around the park.

America the Beautiful Park

  • 126 Cimino Drive, near W. Colorado Ave & Cimino.
  • 21 acre park, 15,000 square foot playground, ADA Accessible.
  • Julie Penrose Fountain, concerts and festivals throughout the year.
  • Easy access to the east-west Midland Trail or the north-south Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.
  • Map of park on website.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum

  • It all “adds up”.
  • 818 Cascade Avenue, 719-632-2646.
  • History of the world seen through money including American gold coins, experimental pattern coins and paper money.
  • Military discounts.

Seven Falls

  • 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd. 719-635-7506
  • A series of small, cascading waterfalls can be viewed from Eagle’s Nest. There is an elevator in the granite mountain across from the falls. The falls are lit up at night. See Native American dancing during the summer.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  • 4250 Cheyenne Mtn Zoo Rd 719-633-9925
  • America’s mountain zoo is very hilly; however, there is a zoo shuttle which will allow you to see the exhibits. The admission fee to the zoo also includes admission to the Will Rodgers Shrine of the Sun which is above the zoo. You can access the Shrine via a road through the zoo.

Colorado Jeep Tours

  • 2315 E Main St Canon City, CO  81212 719-275-6339
  • Guests with mobility issues can usually be accommodated if they can be assisted or lifted to sit in the front passenger seat with the 3-point harness seat belt. Official service dogs are also welcome on the jeep tours at no charge.

Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

  • 1 Olympic Plaza 719-866-4618
  • One of only three in the US. Take a regularly scheduled tour of the grounds. Most of the property is accessible.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

  • 30 W Dale St 719-634-5581
  • Features famous works of art and sculpture and live theater housed in one of Colorado’s finest architectural achievements. The museum is immediately west of the American Numismatic Museum.

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

  • 215 S Tejon St 719-385-5990
  • Preserves the history and culture of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

Dr. Lester Williams Fire Museum

  • 375 Printers Pkwy 719-660-4773
  • Contains a large collection of memorabilia from the Colorado Springs Fire Department amassed by Dr. Williams since approximately 1946.

Dinosaur Resource Center

  • 201 S Fairview St Woodland Park, CO  80863 719-686-1820
  • Features amazing dinosaurs, giant fish, mammals, reptiles, fossils, interactive exhibits, guided tours and experts in paleontology. Located in Woodland Park, 20 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24.

Fallen Firefighter Memorial

  • 1315 E Pikes Peak Ave
  • Honors firefighters in Colorado Springs and across the nation, located in Memorial Park just east of downtown on Pikes Peak Avenue.

Florissant Fossil Beds

  • 15807 Teller Cnty Rd 1 Florissant, CO  80816 719-748-3253
  • See fossilized redwoods and insects. Approximately 40 minutes west of Colorado Springs. (One of my personal favorites!)

Focus on the Family

  • 8605 Explorer Dr 719-531-3400
  • Wholesome family entertainment. Christian ministry devoted to the preservation of the family. Tons for kids to do.

Garden of the Gods Park

  • In your GPS, use the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for the main entrance of the park:
    1805 N. 30th St.
  • 1300 acres of FREE city park with huge, red sandstone rocks. The park has been featured on Wheelchairtraveling.com for it’s expansive 1.5-mile paved loop through the park. Click here for more information on the accessibility of the park.

Ghost Town Museum

  • 400 S 21st St 719-634-0696
  • Amazing place with hundreds of old western town artifacts on display. Pan for real gold or shop at the museum store. Revisit the 1800s at this unique exhibit.

Glen Eyrie

  • 3820 N 30th St 719-634-0808
  • Located just down the street from Garden of the Gods. Glen Eyrie is the original estate of the city’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer.

Miramont Castle Museum

  • 9 Capitol Hill Ave Manitou Springs, CO  80829 719-685-1011
  • Built in 1895 as a private home. It is now a restored Victorian-era museum featuring nine different styles of architecture. Tour includes a miniatures museum and a Victorian gift shop. They have a wheelchair ramp at the main entrance and chair lift that can take a visitor to the 2nd floor. There is also a chair that goes up a back staircase that can take visitors to the 3rd floor… it’s a chair and can’t hold a wheelchair. However, if the person can get in the chair itself they have a wheelchair at the top of the lift that can be used.

Old Colorado City History Center

  • 21st – 28th Street on, Colorado Ave
  • Features history of the original capital of Colorado.

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

  • 101 Pro Rodeo Dr 719-528-4764
  • Chronicles the history of the sport of Rodeo.

Rock Ledge Ranch

  • 3105 Gateway Rd 719-578-6777
  • This historic site is located near both Glen Eyrie & the Garden of the Gods
  • A living history ranch. The ranch is relatively flat but most of the walkways are gravel.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

  • 330 Royal Gorge Blvd Unit B Canon City, CO  81212 719-276-4000
  • 2-hour ride through the Royal Gorge in Canon City. 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs.
  • This Railroad also offers specific events throughout the year, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Oktoberfest and the Santa Express!

United States Air Force Academy

  • 1-25 Exit 156 (west) 719-333-2025
  • Military Academy where future Air Force officers are trained. Tours are self-guided. The one-third mile trail between the Visitor Center and the Cadet Chapel is steep in areas and can be difficult for those with physical challenges. Please bring your own wheelchair. The wheelchairs at the Visitor Center may only be used inside the facility and cannot be taken outside. Visitation is based upon the current security levels and is subject to change without notice due to increased security conditions. Visitors should enter through the North Gate.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

  • 200 S Sierra Madre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 497-1234
  • Aiming to be the most accessible museum in the world, the US Olympic Museum worked diligently to construct a space that offers a world-class experience regardless of physical ability or cognitive impairment.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

  • 225 North Gate Blvd 719-488-0880
  • Located East of the Air Force Academy
  • Features working steam engines and restored mining machines, hands-on exhibits, gold panning, minerals, two donkeys and more.

World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

  • 20 First Street 719-635-5200
  • Houses the history of figure skating from ancient to modern times. Get to know the sport’s most celebrated personalities and relive skating’s most magical moments through films, costumes, photographs and more.

We acquired a lot of this list specifically from the great folks at Visit Colorado Springs!

Is this really the complete list? If not, please help me in adding to this list! Simply send an email (susanna@co-regroup.com) or add your suggestion in the comment section below.

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