Colorado Springs has so many fun things to do in the warmer months that it is almost impossible to narrow down to a few. We have just a handful of summertime activities that are all within a few miles of your front door, and guaranteed to be fun whether you have family in town or are just looking for an adventure on your own!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs is home to the largest private zoo in the United States. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a wonderful experience for all ages, with excellent and educational exhibits, carousel rides, a chair lift Sky Ride that soars over the zoo, and many hands-on experiences. Whether you want to spend time watching a toddler orangutan or feeding budgies, Cheyenne Mountain has something for everyone. Have fun feeding giraffes their special crackers and watching elephants swim in their ‘river.’ Try to find the elusive wolves in their habitats, and observe meerkats up close. Misters around the zoo will help keep you cool in the summertime heat, and numerous cafes and stands provide ice cream and cold drinks.
Cave of the Winds Park
Breathtaking sights and jaw-dropping rides and adventures can be found just a few miles west of Colorado Springs. Cave of the Winds is home to stunning caves, full of stalagmites and other geological formations that you may have only read about.
Several tours are available, with options for almost every skill level. Several different rides and activities are also part of the Cave of the Winds Park, whether you have little ones who want to pan for gold, or teenagers who want to soar through the air on the Terror-Dactyl. Fun and education about Colorado history and geology go hand in hand here, so much so that your kiddos might not even realize that they are learning as they adventure through the park.
Just west of Colorado Springs lies the town of Manitou Springs. Manitou is a hub of activity during the summer months, as tourists come from all over the world to experience Colorado. When you spend a day in Manitou, you have many different options. You can ride the Cog Railway up to the top of Pikes Peak, inspiration for “America the Beautiful.” You can join the crowds who dare to do the Incline, a steep trail of railroad ties, that climbs over 2000 feet in less than mile. Or you can spend the day perusing small shops, playing arcade games dating back to the 1890’s at the Manitou Arcade, and eating at any number of locally-owned restaurants.
Depending on when you visit Manitou, you might be able to enjoy a concert in the park or wander through any of the various festivals that happen on warmer weekends.
Air Force Academy
The Air Force Academy is a wonderful and important part of our local area. Home to some of the brightest college students, the Academy is also amazing to visit. Whether you want to visit the stunning chapel and grounds, or take in one of their many athletic events, the Academy provides many opportunities for locals to enjoy. As a National Historic Landmark, the Academy should absolutely be on your list of local attractions to visit.
Colorado Springs is home to more attractions and events than one article could possibly list. We have given you just a taste of different adventures that are just a stone’s throw from your driveway, so we hope you will enjoy all the different activities that are part of your community! Happy summer and happy adventuring!