Here is a great list of things to do in the Colorado Springs area. And don't forget to check out our section just for kids!

Arts & Entertainment

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Displays a fabulous collection of art and celebrates all of the arts--visual, performing, and arts education.

Taylor Museum
Committed to presenting exhibitions focusing on the work and culture of regional, national, and international artists and groups. Its exhibition schedule is widely recognized for its artistic excellence, balance, and variety. The Museum collection is divided into the following major areas: Native American and Hispanic Art, 20th Century Fine Art, Touching Gallery collection of art experienced through touch, Library collection of over 28,000 volumes, Changing Exhibitions, and Traveling Exhibitions.

Colorado Springs Art Guild
Colorado Springs Art Guild (CSAG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of fine art through on-going education and recognition of artists of all abilities. Established in 1948. CSAG membership is open to everyone and is involved in a number of community projects and sponsors a variety of art exhibits.

Van Briggle Pottery
Established in 1899, Van Briggle Pottery is one of the oldest active art potteries in the United States. Founded by Artus Van Briggle, of Holland Dutch descent, Van Briggle Pottery has been considered one of the great American art potteries for over a century.

The Human Touch Gallery
Located at the base of Pike's Peak in the historic town of Manitou Springs, Colorado, The Human Touch Galleries are galleries of fine handcrafted gifts and artworks. They specialize in handcrafted, American made kaleidoscopes, and also feature porcelain pottery, blown glass, one-of-a-kind sculptures, puzzle boxes, kinetic sculptures, and unique jewelry.

Ghost Town Museum
As a true preservation of Colorado's western past, Ghost Town Museum is a fun and historic look back at kind of old west town that used to dot this region during the late1800's and early 1900's. Selected by Mobile Travel Guide and Family Circle Magazine as one of the fifty-five special attraction of America. Ghost Town Museum delights young and old with lots of hands on activities, including old time arcades, panning for real gold, and much, much, more.

John May Museum Center
May Natural History Museum
Seven thousand of the world's most beautiful and unusual invertebrates from all the tropical areas of the globe inhabit the May Natural History Museum. The Museum has spent over eighty years traveling and exploring the world to accumulate what is now considered one of the world's outstanding collections of giant tropical insects, related creatures and rare artifacts. Visitors may also enjoy The Museum of Space Exploration Wing which includes
dozens of spectacular photos taken by planetary space craft including Voyager II's visit to Neptune in 1989.

The Manitou Cliff Dwellings
A rare historical treasure. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago, await you here. There are no "Do Not Touch" signs. You are free to touch and even go inside these fascinating architectural remnants of an American Indian culture that roamed the Four Corners area of the Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings is located in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak, the mountain that provided the inspiration for the writing of America the Beautiful. During the summer months, Native American Indians - descendants of the Ancient Ones - demonstrate their living culture through traditional dances handed down from generation to generation. Next to the cliff dwellings is a three-story Pueblo-style building that houses the Anasazi museum and a Southwestern gift shop.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Nestled along the Front Range in scenic Colorado Springs you will find the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Among the museum's attractions, you will find mining artifacts, a 12,000 volume research library available by appointment, a museum store and historic machinery that actually works. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry, or WMMI, is a nonprofit educational museum dedicated to preserving the West's mining heritage.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic
The orchestra now known as the Pikes Peak Philharmonic was formed in 1965 to provide additional playing opportunities for students at Colorado College. The Colorado Springs Community Orchestra, as it was first called, was quickly expanded to include musicians from the rest of the community.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs is a non-profit community chamber orchestra, currently celebrating more than 20 seasons. Its mission is to provide great chamber music to music lovers of the Pikes Peak region. The orchestra performs a variety of music: great classics, forgotten gems of the past, and new music recently composed by Colorado Springs composers.

Colorado Springs Dance Theatre
The vision for the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre began with a small group of dedicated dance enthusiasts in 1977. That year the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre was incorporated to provide educational and cultural enrichment for the region through the sponsorship of world class dance companies. The Dance Theatre sponsors performances by national and international dance companies, with related residency activities including master classes, lecture demonstrations, pre performance lectures, workshops, children's performances, and receptions. These activities have enabled the Dance Theatre to extend dance to diverse segments of the community, including school children, local dance students, the elderly, the disabled, and low-income families.

Money Museum
Through the discovery of money, America's largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum explores art, history, science and much more to promote the diverse nature of money and related items. Annually, the museum welcomes over 30,000 visitors. The museum collection consists of over 400,000 objects encompassing the
history of numismatics from the earliest invention of money to modern day. The objects include paper money, coins, tokens, medals, exonumia, and traditional money from all over the world. Some of the highlights from the collection include individual rarities such as the 1804 dollar, the 1913 'V' Nickel, the 1866 no motto series, and the Aubrey E. and Adeline I. Bebee collection of United States paper money.

Ballet Society of Colorado Springs
The dance program at Ballet Society of Colorado Springs offers a balanced, intensive and challenging dance education in a supportive and stimulating environment. They strongly believe in educating the whole person. They emphasize training healthy dancers who have both the self esteem to enter a challenging field and the physical understanding that leads to professional longevity. Their students receive the necessary tools to enable them to actively participate in their own training while encouraging them to develop as young artists and individuals. As a result of exceptional training, students of BSCS have annually been awarded scholarships with several major company schools; and former students are currently performing with professional companies, including the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Pike's Peak International Raceway
Come to PPIR where NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, and Ken Schrader have competed. Big open-wheel events, AMA Superbike series, and USAC Midget races. Whatever your favorite, PPIR offers a state-of-the-art raceway and thrilling events.





Fountain
Creek Regional Park Colorado Springs
Fountain Creek Regional Park, and two adjacent private parcels, are located between the towns of Widefield and Fountain, north of the Colorado Springs State Wildlife Area and east of Fort Carson.









The Divide at Kings Deer Golf Course

Monument, CO 230 acres of open space, trails and a golf course with wonderful views and many challenges.

Sky Sox
Minor league baseball. Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Criterium Bicycles
Colorado Springs Base camp for mountain biking in the Pikes Peak Region, bike rentals, personal gear, maps, and books, or take a new bicycle home.

Skate City Roller Rinks
Our Goal is to make this a fun site that is easy to navigate. Here you can find tons of information on any of the Skate City Roller Rinks as well as info on our public sessions, birthday parties and monthly promotions for each rink!

Angler's Covey Flyfishing Guide Service
917 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80997
Offers full or half day guided fly fishing trips on the South Platte River, just one hour from Denver or Colorado Springs.

DINING

The Steaksmith
"The Steaksmith serves some of the best steaks and seafood in the region, and is our choice for an evening of serious beef-eating. Lots of wood and hanging plants give the dining room a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, and a big fireplace is the centerpiece of the lounge. This is the place to come for top-quality choice-aged, house-cut beef." --Frommer's Guide

Marigold Cafe & Bakery
"This bustling restaurant and bakery is known for its fresh ingredients and homemade breads and pastries. A low wall separates the bakery counter from the cafelike dining area. Breakfast and lunch are casual, featuring traditional menus and gourmet-savvy items such as Greek pizzas and innovative sandwiches served on fresh breads. The restaurant takes on a more refined atmosphere at dinner, when the menu reflects a wide range of international influences." --Frommer's Guide
Charles Court
'The English country-manor atmosphere of this outstanding restaurant at The Broadmoor resort, with picture windows looking across Cheyenne Lake to the renowned hotel, lends itself to a fine dining experience. The creative American menu, which changes seasonally, has a decidedly Rocky Mountain emphasis. You'll usually find such delicacies as Colorado rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, salmon filet, grilled ahi tuna, and a wild-game selection such as Colorado elk. The wine list includes more than 600 selections, service is superlative, and the desserts are extraordinary. A seasonal outdoor patio provides splendid views of the mountains across the lake." --Frommer's Guide

Blue Star
"In a quiet area just south of downtown, Blue Star is one of the most popular eateries in Colorado Springs, and deservedly so. The menu changes weekly, but it always includes filet mignon, fresh fish (flown in daily), pasta, pork, and chicken, prepared with a nose for invention. The culinary inspiration from both Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cultures; the restaurant might serve Thai beef tips one week and beef bourguignon the next. Standing-room-only on weekends, the bar features sleek wood-and-metal decor and well-lighted artwork on the walls, while the dining room's atmosphere is milder with an open kitchen. Each serves its own menu: The bar one is "eating" (i.e., lunch, dinner, tapas, live jazz Mondays, dancing on weekends) and the main room is serious "dining," dinner only, as the proprietors say. Blue Star won Wine Spectator's "Best of" award with its 6,000-bottle cellar in 2003." --Frommer's Guide

La Petite Maison
A wonderful French restaurant housed in an 1894 Victorian cottage. Jazz plays while delicious food is served.


SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Over 750 animals, more than 30 endangered species, and education programs for everyone. Voted "Best Place for Family Fun" five consecutive years by The Gazette.

Pike's Peak
Though not the highest peak in the state, Pikes Peak is the most traveled to mountain in North America and second in the world only to Mt Fuji in Japan. Today, over 6 million people reach the summit each year, either by foot, automobile, or railroad.

 

FOR KIDS


Colorado College Children's Center
At Colorado College Children's Center we work through the Toddler Time with humor, caring, and gentle guidance. We balance our day with inside and outside activities; open ended art projects, music and movement, singing, and reading, reading, reading, always keeping in mind our goal of facilitating emergent learning. With the help of a multi-passenger stroller we take full advantage of our beautiful Colorado College Campus. Going out for walks is a favorite activity for both the teachers and children.

Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp® offers indoor and outdoor strength training classes in many locations around the country. Designed for mom and baby, our classes focus on building strength, improving posture and increasing core strength and flexibility. Pregnant moms, dads and nannies are welcome too!

The Complete Child

When our children start walking, they are ready to move on to the Toddler Program where the environment, equipment and activities are designed to promote safety while learning. Because Toddlers learn through play and a "hands on approach", our toddlers spend their days at Young Scholars learning, creating, exploring and having fun while listening to music and stories. Daily reports go home for parents to share their child's experiences.

Child Care

Building Blocks Child Care
Colorado Springs
Welcome to our web site for Building Blocks Child Care!! We are happy that you came to visit!! Our facility is located at 3819 N. Acadamy Blvd., Colorado, Springs, CO. 80917 (next to Harmony Bowling center). Established in 1985 by Fred and Wanda Hardman, we are a locally owned and family operated facility. We are licensed for 132 children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Our normal operating hours are Monday- Friday 6am-6pm. Walk in tours
are welcome daily. Please take some time to browse through our web site for valuable information on our center. For further information please feel free to Contact: Kim Santos (Director, and our daughter) 719-591-6114

Colorado Springs Child Care
This Web Site is designed to help parents and Licensed Family Child Care Providers find information about Family Child Care in the Colorado Springs area.

Indoor and Outdoor Swimming

Swimming pools
The Aquatics section offers a variety of instructional and recreational programs for people of all ages and swimming abilities. We have two indoor facilities and five outdoor pools. All the sites offer public swim, swim lessons, birthday parties and special programs. Learn-to-Swim programs are available for infants, toddlers, children and adults. Lessons are taught year-round and consist of ten 30-minute classes. There is a maximum of six students per class for the early childhood levels and eight to ten students for most other classes.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort for Kids Colorado Springs
Features include a 35-acre recreation lake with water sports and trout fishing; 18 tennis courts; championship golf course; five swimming pools (adult, baby, indoor, outdoor), hiking and biking.

SPORTS

Tri-Lakes YMCA Monument
YMCA offers sports programs for ages 3 through adult which include soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, volleyball, and summer sports camps. The Tri-Lakes YMCA hosts numerous community projects throughout the year including Halloween Safe Kid's Night, Mega Sleep-Overs for kids, and even Parents night out.

Corner Ball
Cornerball was invented to get 5 to10 year old children active in a sport in which they and
their families can become involved. Cornerball is a no-contact sport. It is a safe court game where no physical contact is made.


Horseback Riding

Grey Wolf Ranch
Horseback riding lessons…all levels and skills. Call Daniel Grey at 303-648-3530 for complete directions, appointments and B&B rates.

McNamara Ranch
This is spectacular country, largely untouched by tourism. Enjoy the quiet and dignity of the mountains, the solitude and serenity of natural settings, away from the stress of your everyday life. A personal, hands-on ranch and horseback riding experience. 4620 County Road 100, Florissant Colorado 80816; 719-748-3466.

Special Attractions

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is host to some of the most spectacular dinosaurs, marine reptiles, flying reptiles and fish of North America's Late Cretaceous world. There are hands-on interactive activities for everyone. Children's play area.

Academy Little League
Originally formed in 1995 with approximately 200 players, last year they had 63 teams with over 800 players.

Mountasia Family Fun Center
Colorado Springs' premier family entertainment center. Voted "Best of the Springs" for six years running! Mountasia offers 2 challenging 18 hole miniature golf courses that wind through and around beautiful waterfalls, streams and caves. Weather permitting, they also offer exciting Bumper Boats, Water Wars and an eight station baseball and softball batting range. Also a Bumper Boat Lagoon; an eight-station ABC Batting Range; a game room, and Water Wars.

Roller Skating

Skate City
Our Goal is to make this a fun site that is easy to navigate. Here you can find tons of information on any of the Skate City Roller Rinks as well as info on our public sessions, birthday parties and monthly promotions for each rink!

Martial Art

ChaeHookSung Martial Arts Colorado Springs and Fountain
ChaeHookSung (CHS) martial arts teaches defense through self-respect and physical confidence and teaches students to use offensive tactics only as a last resort.

Music, Art, Dance

Children's Choir
Formed in 1977 as a civic children's choir, the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale has grown from one choir of 30 children to
five choirs of 200 children from all over the Pikes Peak region. The orignal founders, Bob Crowder and Brad Peterson, were interested members of the community who felt there was a need in the community for a civic children's choir.

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Orchestra

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
Has an interactive children's museum.

Ballet Society of Colorado Springs
Children's division for all ages.

Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Voted "Best Place for Family Fun" five consecutive years by The Gazette.

Parks and Playgrounds

Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs
Hiking, mountain and road biking, horse and pony back rides, rock climbing, and much more all in an area of towering red sandstone formations with beautiful views of Pikes Peak- 'America's Mountain'.

Hiking Trails

Guide to Hiking Trails for Kids
Find many fun trails in the Colorado Springs area.

Restaurants

Luigi's
Local diners have labeled this friendly, family cafe, which has been serving Colorado Springs since 1958, as one of the "best Italian restaurants in the area." The cozy dining room is perfect for romantic couples, but also appeals to families with kids. Traditional Italian classics, such as linguine and lasagna, and signature dishes are all impressive, but the dessert pizzas are the real "must-have" for most diners. Reservations are required for large parties, and smoking is not allowed.

The Olive Branch Colorado Springs
Fine dining for the entire family, The Olive Branch has been voted best breakfast, lunch and "among the best dinner spots" in GT surveys.

Poor Richard's Restaurant
Poor Richard's Restaurant has excellent pizza. It is attached to a book store (not ironically, Poor Richard's also), so you can buy a book and read and eat pizza, good pizza.

Kids with Disabilities

Colorado Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Here you will find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.