Colorado Springs Summer Bucket List: June 21, 2017, is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Although the schools have been out for weeks; we can officially begin the summer season. With it brings summer vacations (for more than 45% of Americans), weekend trips, camping, boating on nearby lakes, family hikes, outdoor concerts, backyard barbecues, fireworks, company picnics, softball games and much more.
With longer days, we have more time for friends and family. If you’re staying home or close to home this summer, there are plenty of things to do and see in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Many summer activities are free or inexpensive.
Fill in the blank, it wouldn’t be summer if my family didn’t ______________. Some summer traditions or outings are non-negotiable for families. For example, the Fourth of July celebration at Memorial Park. But if you’re stuck for ideas, you can create a must-do or must-experience summer bucket list.
Your Colorado Springs Summer Bucket List:
- Hike or explore Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Pikes Peak, Red Rock Canyon, Mueller State Park or one of the best trails in Colorado Springs
- Tour one or all of the free museums including: US Olympic Center, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Black Forest Log School, Rock Ledge Ranch or the Money Museum
- Attend a free outdoor movie
- Enjoy a free outdoor summer concert
- There is no shortage of free outdoor summer concerts in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area, with all types of music including jazz, blues, Classic Rock, Latin, country, bluegrass and classical
- Make homemade ice cream, popsicles or a summer fruit pie
- Shop a sidewalk sale in Old Colorado City, Downtown Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs
- Create a summer reading list
- With more free time and school out of session, encourage your kids to keep reading and take time to reread a classic or a “Popular Summer 2017 Beach Read”
- Take an art class
- Tour your future dream home
- Plant an herb or a fairy garden
- Join a walking tour of Colorado Springs or create your own
- Train to walk or run a 5K
- Whether it’s a fun run or serious competition; there is a summer race for everyone.
- Attend a parade, event or festival
- Popular events include: The Colorado Renaissance Festival, Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade, Springs Beer Fest, and the Colorado Classic. But the list is long so plan ahead to not miss your favorite.
- Support a local farmer’s market and appreciate seasonal summer foods
- While we can now get most fruits and vegetable all year round, there are some that are at their peak or only available in the summer. Look for local roasted Pueblo or Colorado green chilies, Palisade peaches, farm grown tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and fresh herbs, and sweet Rocky Ford melons.
- Eat on the patio of your favorite local restaurant
- Many local restaurants promote patio dining in the summer. Food seems to taste better in the open air with a summer cocktail or local beer.
What’s on your Colorado Springs summer bucket list? Are you adding any new activities or places to visit? Let us know!