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Colorado Springs is known for its beautiful mountain views and endless hiking trails, drawing more than 20 million visitors every year. The city is brimming with exciting experiences, from outdoor excursions to culinary adventures. While it’s hard to be bored in a city like Colorado Springs, we’re here to help just in case you ever come up short when planning your next outing.
Enjoy our list of the 30 best things to do in Colorado Springs!
1. Garden of the Gods — This iconic park is famous for its sandstone spires, 15 miles of hiking trails, and views of Pikes Peak. It’s an iconic and world-famous park that is a must-see for your next adventure in Colorado Springs.
2. U.S. Air Force Academy Visitors Center — Get a taste for cadet life at the Air Force Academy Visitors Center. This 35,000-square-foot facility provides visitors with insight into the history and current life at the Air Force Academy through engaging films and unique exhibits.
3. 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!).
4. Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun — Standing at 8,136 above sea level, just 1.4 miles up a scenic highway from the entrance of the zoo, this historic monument provides some of the most epic views of Colorado Springs. Admission to the Will Rogers Memorial Shrine is included in your zoo admission.
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.
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 tea served at the historic home of Colorado Springs’ founder, General William J. Palmer.
8. 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.
9. 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 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon, and tickets start at $46.99 for children and $58.99 for adults.
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, 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!
15. Old Colorado City — This historic district was once the capital of Colorado and a home to many of the area’s coal miners. Now, Old Colorado City boasts some of Colorado Springs’ best restaurants, bars, art galleries, and boutiques.
16. U.S. Olympic Training Center — Where “dreams begin and talented athletes live and train” — Colorado Springs is called “The Olympic City,” chosen for its high altitude, thought to provide superior training for Olympic athletes. The grounds of the training center include two Olympic-size swimming pools, a Velodrome, two sports centers, a science lab, and a visitors center. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor walking tour, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda, and a chance to shop at the Team USA Store.
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 Friday during happy hour. Reserve your spot here!
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 mecca for incredible food and drink. Ivywild is one of Colorado Springs’ trendiest spots to grab a beer, cocktail, pastry, or incredible cup of craft coffee. Next time you’re there, check out Bristol Brewery & Pub, Principal’s Office, Axe and the Oak, and Yobel Market.
23. Cheer on a local sports team — Love a good ball game? Grab a beer and a hot dog for a night of cheering with other local, spirited fans of the Colorado Springs Switchback FC and Rocky Mountain Vibes.
24. Lincoln Center — Like Ivywild, the Lincoln Center is also a former elementary school turned small business collective. The Lincoln Center is home to local favorites like Lincoln St. Barbers, Building Three Coffee, Nightingale Bakery, Cafe Red Point, Smørbrød, 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 early 2018. See here for upcoming performances.
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. Pikes Peak Progressive Dinner — This tour features some of Colorado Springs’ best cuisine, including the creations of celebrity chef, Brother Luck. Guests will receive two appetizers, an entrée, and a seasonal dessert — each course carefully paired with craft wine and beer. This epicurean-inspired four-course feast is meant for groups of 8-14 people. Tours can occur any night of the week. Find out how to book here!
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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