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Posted by Susanna Haynie on July 23, 2015
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The complete list of things to do in Colorado SpringsThings to do in (and around) Colorado Springs

Colorado offers so much for all interests and during all four seasons. Take a look at our comprehensive list below–it could serve as your bucket list of places to visit and experiences to share. Bring family and friends to join in the fun. If you have any questions or would like to add an experience, please feel free to contact me.

ADA Accessible Parks in Colorado Springs (FREE)

  • Memorial Park – Prospect Lake: ADA playground, 1 wheelchair accessible fishing dock, 1.25 mile loop paved path around the lake.
  • 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  (FREE)

  • 126 Cimino Drive, near W. Colorado Ave & Cimino.
  • 21 acre park, Jule Penrose Fountain, 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.

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Barnes & Noble  (FREE)

Bear Creek Nature Center (FREE)                    

  • 245 Bear Creek Road, near 26th Street & Lower Gold Camp Road, 719-520-6387.
  • Hike the foothills or attend an interpretive program or special event. Guided and self-guided tours are available, along with media presentations.
  • Nature Center also offers many public programs, childrens nature series and the nature camps that require a fee and a reservation. See website for details.
  • Hiking: Nature trails are for “foot traffic only” and pets are prohibited; regional trails are open to hiking, horseback riding, & leashed pets.

Biking – Colorado Way of Life

  • 5 bike trail suggestions

Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region

  • Programming based on physical, emotional, cultural and social needs, interests of boys and girls, and recognized developmental principles.
  • Clubs (2 locations) E. A. Tutt Club, 1455 South Chelton Road, 719-570-6242; The El Pomar Club, 805 Praderia Avenue, 719-473-3490.
  • Kids Club 360 (3 locations) aimed at supporting low-income and military families – see website for more details and summer offerings.

Buell Children’s Museum, Pueblo

  • Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Pueblo ,  719-295-7200.
  • 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science & history.

Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster

  • 6252 West 104th Avenue, Westminster, 303-469-5441.
  • Interactive exhibits: butterflies, arthropods, sea animals, & vertebrates.
  • Butterflies released daily-check website for schedule.
  • Fully accessible for special needs..
  • Summer camps available.

Cave of the Winds, Manitou Springs  

  • 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, 719-685-5444
  • Explore the underground – but bring a jacket for the Discovery Tour, Lantern Tour, or Caving 101.
  • Canopy Hall and Nature Center are wheelchair accessible, but the cave itself is not.
  • Military discount available.

Chapel Hills Mall   

Cheyenne Mountain High School Aquatic Center  

  • 1200 Cresta Road, 719-227-POOL (7665)
  • Open swim available on scheduled days.
  • Lap swim, swim classes, handicap lift in the shallow end.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  • 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 719-633-9925
  • Mountainside setting, mirroring natural habitats, over 200 species.
  • 9 am-5 pm, year-round (Last admission is at 4 pm)
  • Accessible to wheelchairs, including zoo shuttle (Call 719-633-9925 for details)
  • Military discounts available.

Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course & Coyote Run Junior Golf Course, Fort Carson

  • Bldg. 7800, 1050 Titus Boulevard, Fort Carson, 719-526-4102.
  • Open year round – see website for fees & hours.
  • Golf Course – 18 hole course and driving range open to the public.
  • Junior Golf Course – 3 hole course, FREE to children, including club use.
  • Family Course – FREE to families, Wednesdays after the second twilight time.

City of Colorado Springs: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

  • Parks, Trails & Open Space: links to parks, sports complexes, maps, pavilion reservations, etc.
  • Cultural Services: links to Pioneers Museum, Rock Ledge Ranch, Garden of the Gods, Starsmore Discovery Center, Helen Hunt Falls, etc.
  • Recreation: links to adult and youth sports, community centers, Sertich Ice Center, golf courses and aquatics.

Colorado Parent

  • Search engine for activities

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FREE Days – watch website)

Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey – Jr. Sled Hockey

  • Mainly for disabled athletes, ages 7 and older, but anyone can play.
  • Season runs from September to March.

Colorado Springs Little League – Challenger League

  • Baseball league for boys and girls, ages 5-18 (or the completion of HS) with physical and mental disabilities and “buddies”.
  • Teams are set up according to abilities rather than age, with three levels: Tee-Ball, Coach-Pitch, and Player Pitch.
  • email challenger@coloradospringslittleleague.com

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum  (FREE)

  • 215 South Tejon Street, 719-385-5990
  • A collection of the history and culture of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Permanent exhibits, special exhibits, and special events – check website for more information.
  • See website for information on Children’s Story Hour and the Junior Docent Program.

Colorado State Parks & Wildlife

  • Outdoor activities vary by park, but often include hiking, picnic grounds and camping; daily fees apply for all state parks.  Specialty passes available to qualifying individuals – see website for information.
  • Kids games, activities and wildlife education links on the website along with information on checking out a Family Activities Backpacks at  select parks (Cheyenne Mountain on list).
  • Colorado Day (August 4th) Free entrance to all Colorado State Parks
  • Handicap accessibility link on website for specifics on individual parks.
  • Popular parks in the area: 
    • Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Colorado Springs. Hiking, wildlife viewing, archery range, biking, picnic areas and camping. 20 miles of trails – Acorn Alley Trail is listed as “universally accessible”.
    • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown. Several hiking trails (some dog friendly), picnic areas, and ruins of 1933 dam.
    • Mueller State Park, off Hwy. 67 in Teller County. Biking, camping, educational programs, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and more!
    • Lake Pueblo State Park, west of Pueblo. Hiking, biking, picnic areas, marina, campground, swim beach and more!

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo -Usually the Last Week of August

  • 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo

Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, Divide

  • 4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide, CO, 719-687-9742.
  • Interactive, educational tours and programs regarding wolf and wildlife conservation.
  • Tours available (reservations/fee): Standard, Full Moon, Feeding & tours.

Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, Cripple Creek

  • 520 E Carr Street, Cripple Creek, 719-689-2640.
  • A century-old steam locomotive, 4 mile round-trip in 45 minutes.
  • Open Memorial Day weekend through Mid-October.
  • Military discount available.
  • Handicap and wheelchair assistance, available from staff, call for details.

Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek

  • 510 Bennet Avenue, Cripple Creek, 719-689-9540.
  • Three buildings filled with gold rush history, plus special events on website.

Denver Museums (Check link for info on FREE days)

Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum  (FREE)

  • 375 Printers Parkway, 719-385-5950
  • Headquarters building of the CSFD contains the museum collection of fire fighting items and memorabilia.

El Paso County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

  • Regional Parks include: Bear Creek, Black Forest, Clear Spring, Falcon, Fountain Creek, Fox Run, Homestead Ranch, and Paint Mines Interpretive.
  • Bear Creek Regional Park
    • 21st Street & Argus Road or 21st Street & West Rio Grande
    • Playground, picnic pavilions, tennis & basketball courts; exercise course; cycling, dog park, & more!
  • Fountain Creek Regional Park
    • 2010 Duckwood Road, Fountain
    • Playground, picnic areas, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, volleyball & more!
  • Nature Centers at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek offer nature camps, programs, a family outdoor club.
  • Dog parks are at Bear Creek and Fox Run.
  • More areas listed on the website.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant

  • 15807 Teller County Road 1, Florissant, 719-748-3253
  • Rich & diverse fossil deposits to explore.
  • Visitor center, outdoor exhibit and Ponderosa Loop Trail, fully wheelchair accessible, weather permitting.

Focus on the Family  (FREE)

  • 8655 Explorer Drive, 719-531-3464 (Bookstore)
  • Attractions: Kid’s Corner, Whit’s End Soda Shop, KYDS Radio, Camp What-A-Nut; Birthday party options available.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, Fountain  (FREE)          

  • 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, 719-520-6745
  • Shortgrass prairie ecosystem, wetlands, wildlife, childrens programs.

Garden of the Gods Visitor Center  (FREE)

Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center  (FREE)

  • 3440 North Cheyenne Cañon Road, 719-633-5701
  • Interpretive exhibits, scheduled hikes and walks, map of area on website.

Top 10 Easy Hiking Trails in Colorado Springs

Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, Pueblo  (FREE)

  • Riverwalk Welcome Center, 101 S. Union, Pueblo
  • Walk along the river, ride a riverboat, or attend a special function such as Boats, Bands & B-B-Q or the Farmers’ Market – Check the website!

History Colorado Museums

  • Denver: History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, and Grant-Humphreys Mansion.
  • Fort Garland: Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade.
  • Georgetown: Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park.
  • Leadville: Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin.
  • Montrose: Ute Indian Museum.
  • Platteville: Fort Vasquez Museum.
  • Pueblo: El Pueblo History Museum.
  • Trinidad: Trinidad History Museum.

The Incline, Manitou Springs  (FREE)

  • Check website for information on parking.
  • You can take the bus from Manitou Ave up to the trail head.

Magic Town

  • 2418 West Colorado Avenue, 719-471-9391.
  • Michael Garman’s miniaturized city neighborhood (1/6 scale), an interactive tour – kids can pick up a scavenger hunt at the cashier
  • Call for current hours and admission prices to Magic Town.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Manitou Springs

  • Hwy. 24 west to Cliff Dwelling Road, (800) 354-9971.
  • Authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings & Anasazi museum.
  • Steps and narrow passages inside the dwellings are not accessible to wheelchairs, but front of dwellings can be seen from ramp.  Wheelchair customers are free.

Manitou Springs Elementary School Playground (FREE)

  • 110 Pawnee Avenue, Manitou Springs.
  • Older, but unique playground: walk the plank, secret towers & more.

Manitou Springs Pool & Fitness

  • 202 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, 719-685-9735.
  • Ozone-treated water, pool chair-lift, water slide, swim lessons, and baby pool (summer hours).
  • Open to the public with daily rates and punch cards.

May Natural History Museum

  • 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, south of Colorado Springs, 719-576-0450.
  • Displays of giant tropical insects, arachnids, butterflies, moths, beetles, spiders and scorpions.

McAllister House Museum

  • 423 N. Cascade Ave., 719-635-7925
  • Victorian home full of Colorado Springs history.
  • Not handicap accessible.

Mineral Springs Walking Tour,  (FREE)  Manitou Springs

  • Manitou Springs, 719-685-5089
  • Download your own map, a chart with the mineral content, and other information from website & go on your own walking tour!  Wear comfortable shoes & bring a cup for tasting!

Molly Kathleen Mine, Cripple Creek

  • 9388 Hwy. 67, Cripple Creek, 719-689-2466.
  • America’s only vertical shaft gold mine tour – descend 1,000 feet!
  • Free gold ore specimen at end of tour.

My Kids Week

  • Search engine for activities.

Museum of Colorado Prisons, Canon City

  • 201 N. 1st Street, Canon City, 719-269-3015.
  • 32 cells filled with exhibits that link the past to the present in this historical cell house.
  • Military discount available.

National Park Free Days

  • Check website for information on days you can get into national parks for free.

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

  • Popular for hikers, cyclists, equestrians and families, with several access points from Woodmen Road to the Palmer Lake Recreation Area.
  • Trail has a gravel surface and a gradual 1,200 foot drop heading north to south.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park and Trail Information  (FREE)

North Pole, Home of Santa’s Workshop, Cascade

  • 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, 719-684-9432.
  • A Christmas themed family amusement park.
  • Discount coupons online.
  • Stroller rental available, handicap accessible.

Old Colorado City  (FREE)

  • 24th-28th Streets and Colorado Avenue.
  • 150+ year-old town with 120+ unique specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.
  • Bancroft Park – Colorado Avenue & 24th Street.
  • Events in Old Colorado City include: Art Walks – 1st Fridays, Territory Days, a Farmer’s Market, and more! Check website for more information.
  • Walking Tour App available on website to download.

Parks Trails and Open Space Maps (FREE)

  • Park maps for Garden of the Gods, Memorial Park, North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Palmer Park, Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
  • Wayfinding Maps for:  Cottonwood Creek, Homestead, Midland, Pikes Peak Greenway, Rock Island & Shooks Run, Sinton & Templeton Gap.
  • List of ADA Accessible Parks by zipcode

Penny Arcade, Manitou Springs

  • 900 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs,  719-685-9815
  • Over 250 arcade games – a penny & up, many 25 cents.   Games include: antique to current video games, pinball machines, skeeball and coin operated rides and more!

Penrose Heritage Museum  (FREE)

  • 11 Lake Circle, 577-7065
    • Adjacent to the Broadmoor Hall, formerly the Carriage House Museum.
  • Displays include: 31 horse-drawn carriages, 13 motorized vehicles (including Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb race cars, circa 1920’s), Native American artifacts, antique firearms & vintage riding tack-saddles.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway

  • View the mountain via the cog railway – 3 hours, 10 minutes roundtrip, with 30 minutes to spend on top
  • Coupons available online.
  • Website links: Hike & Catch the Train, Bike & Rail, Barr Camp & more!
  • UPDATE: For the foreseeable future, the cog is closed: https://www.cograilway.com/

Pikes Peak Highway

  • West of Colorado Springs, off Hwy. 24, 719-385-7325
  • Drive to the top and stop along the way – picnic, hike, fish, ranger program.
  • Plan 2 -3 hours; gate hours change with season.
  • UPDATE: Parking at the top will be limited for the foreseeable future as the Pikes Peak Summit Complex is redone. There is also a shuttle starting: http://www.koaa.com/story/38317269/shuttle-service-begins-to-pikes-peak

Pikes Peak Library District  (FREE)

  • All branches have story times for elementary aged children, tween programs, and offer the summer reading incentive program.  Four of the branches in the region are:
  • Cheyenne Mountain Branch
    • 1785 South 8th Street Suite 100, 719-633-6278;
  • Old Colorado City
    • 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 719-634-1698
  • Penrose (Main)
    • 20 North Cascade, 719-531-6333
    • Special Collections on regional history, genealogy, manuscripts & archives, in the adjacent 1905 Carnegie building.
  • East Library
    • 5550 N. Union Blvd., 719-531-6333
  • Library 21c
    • 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, 719-884-9800

Pikes Peak South Slope Recreation Area

  • Hiking area on the south side of Pikes Peak re-opened after over 100 years.

Poor Richard’s Downtown

  • 320 – 324 ½  North Tejon Street, 719-578-5549
  • Little Richard’s Toy Store: Classical, whimsical, and educational toys that foster creativity.
  • Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts: Good-condition used books; children – adult.

Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo

  • 31001 Magnuson Avenue, Pueblo, 719-948-9219
  • 6 miles east of Pueblo on US Hwy. 50 (Pueblo Memorial Airport).
  • 28 aircraft on display – WWI thru Vietnam era, includes B24 aircraft museum. Displays of uniforms, arms, & other relics (WWI – present).
  • Active duty/children get free admission.

Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo

  • 3455 Nuckolls Avenue, Pueblo, 719-561-9664
  • Home to over 120 species; easy stroll using strollers or wheelchairs.
  • Summer camps, birthday party options.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space  (FREE)

  • Between Manitou Springs & Colorado Springs, along Hwy. 24.
  • 787 acre preserve – hiking, biking, climbing (register at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center), trails and more.  Dogs welcome on leashes, except two trails.

Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Museum

  • 3105 Chambers Way, off Gateway Road, on the edge of Garden of the Gods Park, 719-578-6777.
  • Living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods.
  • Event Calendar: Earth Day, Opening Day, Sheep Shearing, Family Fourth, Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game and more!  See website for details and current information.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park

  • 201 S. Fairview Street, Woodland Park, 719-686-1820.
  • Wide collection of fossilized dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and other reptiles.
  • Check out website for special events and information on group tours and birthday parties.

Royal Gorge, Canon City

  • 4218 County Road 3A – 888-333-5597
  • Discounted tickets when purchased online.

Section 16/Palmer Trail  (FREE)

  • Trailhead off Gold Camp Road, 6 mile loop, 800 feet elevation gain.

School Crossing (& Toy Station)

  • 5025 N. Academy Blv., 719-418-5939.
  • Educational resources, educational toys, and special events.

Sky Sox Baseball – Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers

  • 4385 Tutt Blvd., Security Field, 719-597-1449, Ticket sales: 719-591-7699
  • Promotional events such as: Mondays: Kids Eat Free; Tuesdays: $2 tickets; Fridays: Fireworks; Sundays: 50 cent hot dogs, Sox Kid’s Club & more!

Space Foundation Discovery Center

  • 4425 Arrowswest Drive, 576-8000
  • Interactive museum – space, science and technology.
  • Military discount available.
  • Events, programs, and summer opportunities for parent/child.

Special Olympics

  • Open to all ability levels  and ages (including adults) with an intellectual disability.
  • Unified Sports Partners: people without disabilities, athletically matched w/Special Olympians.
  • Southeast Area services El Paso County (plus 20 others in the region), contact Georgeann Kulton, 719-574-8480 for more information.

State Parks Close To Home Offer Snow Fun

Starsmore Discovery Center  (FREE)

  • 2120 South Cheyenne Cañon Road,719- 385-6086.
    • In North Cheyenne Cañon Park
  • Bird-watching window, dioramas and hands-on nature exhibits, plus various programs. Free Cañon maps and regional information.

Stratton Open Space Trails  (FREE)

  • Easy to moderate in difficulty, many “loop” trails
  • Three trailheads service the Stratton Open Space: La Veta Way off Cresta Road; Ridgeway off W. Cheyenne Blvd; Trailhead on north side of road about .3 miles up from the main park gate by the Starsmore Discovery Center.

Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP)

  • 1401 Recreation Way (temporary office), 719-385-6855.
    • Sports Office (in Memorial Park), 1315 E. Pikes Peak, under repair
  • Opportunities for youth and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities; adult division for adults with physical disabilities.
  • Areas: Arts & Culture; Sports, Fitness & Aquatics; Social Enrichment; Community Integration/Leisure Education; and Outdoor Adventures.
  • Social Enrichment: Discovery (ages 6-12) a day camp for children with disabilities; In the Mix (ages 6-12)an inclusion day camp; TEEN S.C.O.P.E (ages 13-18) also a day camp during summer vacation.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Adaptive water skiing, adaptive sailing, and whitewater rafting.
  • Daytime Jaunts: (ages 18+) BBQ/Hayride, Broncos Training Camp.

Trampoline World

  • 780 Vondelpark Drive,719- 531-5867.
  • Trampoline gymnastics center.
  • Hourly rates decrease with multiple hours; military discount.

Uncle Wilber’s Fountain  (FREE)

  • Acacia Park, corner of Tejon Street & Bijou Street.
  • Kids bring a suit, towel & enjoy! Over 200 unpredictable streams of water, 52 vertical pop-up jets.

United States Air Force Academy  (FREE)

  • (visitors)
  •  (athletics)
  •  (youth sports camps)
  • Visitors Center, North Gate entrance (exit 156), with valid photo ID, 719-333-2025.
  • 14-minute video of cadet life; items on display.
  • Points of Interest: B 52 on display (near North Gate); A 10 & T38 on display (near South Gate); Cadet Chapel; Field House/Falcon Field UPDATE: The Chapel will be closed for renovations starting late 2018: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/23/air-force-academy-chapel-repairs/

United States Olympic Training Center  (FREE)

  • 1750 East Boulder Street, 719-866-4618.
  • 12 minute film; 45 minute walking tour – mostly outside.
  • View athlete training facilities – call for recorded daily athletic schedule.

Venetucci Farm                    

  • 5210 South US Hwy 85.
  • Gardening, farming, nutrition, & sustainability classes for adults, children or families; fall pumpkins.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

  • 225 North Gate Boulevard, 719-488-0880.
  • Interactive exhibits bring the history of mining to life. Guided tours year round at scheduled times.
  • Coupons available on website.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails in Colorado

  • Website lists the length of the trail, surface description, brief summary of trail and a star rating.
  • Trails in the area: Midland Trail, New Santa Fe Regional Trail, Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, Rock Island Trail, and Shooks Run Trail.

World Arena Ice Hall

  • 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 719-477-2150 (Automated Info on Public Activities).
  • Learn to Skate, Learn to Play Hockey, Public Skating, Speed Skating.

World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame            

  • 20 First Street, near Broadmoor Hotel, 719-635-5200.
  • Largest collection of figure skating artifacts & films.

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

  • Six YMCA Family Centers, Cottonwood Creek, Memorial Park Recreation Center, provide healthy living centers, pools, and amenities.
    • Memorial Park & Cottonwood have individual & family day pass rates.
    • Outdoor Summer Pools: Monument Valley, Portal, Prospect Lake and Wilson Ranch.
  • Variety of membership rates: individuals, families, low-income families
  • Camp Shady Brook – see summer camp section

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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