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Colorado Springs is known for its beautiful mountain views and endless hiking trails, attracting more than 20 million visitors every year. The city is brimming with exciting experiences, from outdoor excursions to culinary adventures. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Colorado Springs, and we’ve put together a list of the must-see attractions!
Enjoy our list of the 30 best things to do in Colorado Springs!
1. Garden of the Gods — This iconic and FREE park is known for its sandstone spires, 15 miles of hiking trails, and spectacular views of Pikes Peak. One of the top parks in the world, this natural wonder is a must-see for your next adventure in Colorado Springs.
2. Pikes Peak — A majestic symbol of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak towers over the city at 14,115ft. above sea level. Hike or drive to the top for panoramic views, incredible photo ops, and some of the best donuts you’ll ever taste (yep — donuts on top of a mountain!). Read more about the six ways to reach the summit.
3. U.S. Air Force Academy Visitors Center — Get a taste for cadet life at the Barry Goldwater Visitors Center at the Air Force Academy. This 31,600-square-foot facility provides visitors with insight into the history and current life at the Air Force Academy through engaging films and unique exhibits.
4. Seven Falls — Just down the road from the historic Broadmoor Hotel, Seven Falls consists of a series of seven cascading waterfalls, totaling 181 feet. The falls are surrounded by hiking trails and scenic overlooks, making for the perfect day of adventures for the whole family.
5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — Known as “highest zoo in America,” the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 146 acres are home to more than 750 animals, providing visitors with the chance to see both native species of the Colorado region and exotic creatures from around the world. Don’t miss feeding the giraffes and the open-air Sky Ride offering sweeping views of Colorado Springs and the eastern plains!
6. Manitou Incline — Looking for a sweat? Eat a light breakfast, bring lots of water (seriously), and race up the 2,744 steps of the Manitou Incline. The old railroad service track offers fantastic views of the city and a rewarding cardio challenge.
7. Tea at Glen Eyrie Castle — For your next Colorado Springs outing, don’t miss this unique chance to enjoy tea and pastries in a castle surrounded by history and nature. The Tea at Glen Eyrie is a traditional English-style event located inside the preserved historic home of Colorado Springs’ founder, General William J. Palmer.
8. Great Wolf Lodge — This hotel and indoor adventure park is the perfect attraction for any family. Waterslides, bowling, mini golf, ropes course, arcade, and Build-A-Bear…this place has it all! Visit for the day or stay the night for extra fun!
9. The Springs Craft Brewery Tour — Take this tour to explore the exciting craft beer scene in downtown Colorado Springs. You’ll visit four local breweries and try 14-16 different beers. Plus, there are ample food pairings served throughout as well for a well-rounded food and drink experience. Offered every weekend, year-round.
10. Red Rock Canyon Open Space — As you explore the city’s historic downtown strip and surrounding neighborhoods, you’ll begin to pick up on the architectural motif of red sandstone, much of which was quarried from what is now called Red Rock Open Space. The land that was once a quarry for the city is now enjoyed for its hiking trails, climbing routes, and scenic overlooks of Pikes Peak.
11. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center — Located in the heart of downtown, The Fine Arts Center is a haven for the visual and performing arts community of Colorado Springs. The museum is filled with local and world renowned works of art, honoring the cultural history of the Rocky Mountain region, its people, and their craft.
12. The National Museum of World War II Aviation — Home to the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson Army Post, Schriever Air Force, Peterson Air Force, and NORAD, Colorado Springs is no stranger to military aircrafts. Visit the National Museum of World War II Aviation to see World War II artifacts, including 30 different planes, various vehicles, and authentic displays.
13. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum — For a taste of Colorado history, head to the Pioneers Museum where you’ll encounter innovative exhibits and educational resources on the history of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Admission is free!
14. Pikes Peak Center— Ballets, symphonies, classic rock, and more— The Pikes Peak Center is one of the best places in Colorado Springs for lovers of the performing arts. Check out their performance schedule here!
16. U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum — This incredible museum is a celebration of the incredible athletes who have competed on behalf of the United States at the Olympics. Not only will you learn the inspiring stories of Olympic Athletes you remember watching on television, but you will also get to “compete” against them in virtual challenges. Bring the family, because there is something for everyone to enjoy!
15. Old Colorado City — This historic district was once the capital of Colorado and home to pioneers and coal miners. Now, Old Colorado City boasts some of Colorado Springs’ best restaurants, bars, art galleries, and boutiques. Explore the sites on a leisure afternoon of shopping and eating!
17. The Springs Signature Cocktail Tour — Any cocktail lovers out there? This cocktail tour is your ticket to the city’s best cocktails, mixologist demonstrations, and after-hour access to one of Colorado Springs’ most coveted speakeasies and bars. The tour includes four signature cocktails, including a classic Dry Gin Martini and a Pear Ginger Mule, four different savory appetizers, and a local expert to guide your tour. Tours occur every weekend, year-round.
18. Helen Hunt Falls – These well-loved falls are located in Colorado Springs at North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Visitors are free to take in the sights of this cascading waterfall from its base or adventure to the top to admire the view from the bridge up above.
19. Downtown Colorado Springs — Filled with fun boutiques, unique restaurants, beautiful parks, art galleries and more, taking a stroll through Colorado Springs’ downtown is the perfect way to get a taste of local living. Our downtown is a Certified Creative District, so don’t miss the amazing sculptures and murals as you pop in and out of boutiques.
20. Black Forest Regional Park — Looking for a hike that’s perfect for the whole family? Black Forest Regional Park is made up of 385 acres of ponderosa pines and amazing views of Pikes Peak.
21. CityROCK — If you’re looking for a classic Colorado Springs activity, look no further. Head to CityROCK to test your limits, climb with locals, and reward yourself with a beer at the attached bar, The Ute & Yeti.
22. Ivywild School — What was once a bustling public elementary school is now a foodie mecca. Ivywild is one of Colorado Springs’ trendiest spots to grab a beer, cocktail, pastry, or incredible cup of craft coffee. There are multiple food and drink concepts operating out of the same space, so there is plenty to choose from!
23. Weidner Field — Love a good ball game? Head downtown and grab a beer and a hot dog for a night of cheering with other local, spirited fans of the Colorado Springs Switchback FC. Weidner Field also hosts a myriad of events throughout the year including concerts and festivals.
24. Lincoln Center — Like Ivywild, the Lincoln Center is also a former elementary school turned small business collective. The Lincoln Center is located in the Old North End in a quaint residential neighborhood. It is home to local favorites like Lincoln St. Barbers, Building Three Coffee, Nightingale Bakery, Cafe Red Point, and more.
25. Ent Center for the Arts — The Ent Center for the Arts has been gracing Colorado Springs with unique displays of visual art, dance, theatre, live music and more since its opening on the UCCS campus in 2018. There are multiple spaces within this sprawling venue that feature a variety of expressions of art.
26. Colorado Springs Philharmonic — Southern Colorado’s only professional resident orchestra, The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a valuable piece of Colorado’s art and cultural landscape. The orchestra offers various series each season. Visit their page for more info on upcoming performances!
27. America the Beautiful Park — This 30-acre park is just east of I-25 in downtown Colorado Springs and is home to an iconic sculptural fountain and splash park, a fantasy playground, and walking trails galore.
28. The Broadmoor Hotel — Visit the historic Broadmoor Hotel where you’ll be transported back in time. The pink stucco facade of the resort is reminiscent of Italian architecture, set back perfectly in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you stay the night, enjoy a meal, or just take a stroll around the property, be sure to check out this Colorado Springs gem.
29. The Original Colorado Springs Food Tour — After working up an appetite from a long day of hiking and exploring nature, sign-up to take The Original Colorado Springs Food Tour. On this tour you’ll sample food from five unique, local destinations in downtown while seeing the behind the scenes of Colorado Springs’ foodie culture. Tours occur every week, year-round and are perfect for families, too!
30. Kimball’s Peak Three Theater — Grab some popcorn, a pint of local beer, and a ticket to the latest independent film. Kimball’s is a Colorado Springs treasure located in the heart of downtown and is considered a longtime favorite for an outing with friends or a romantic date night.
Colorado Springs truly has something for everyone — art, music, adventure, really good food, and more — so whether you’re a local or you’re just stopping through, get out there and start crossing these epic items off your Colorado Springs bucket list!
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