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When my children were young, I’d look to summer with equal parts anticipation and fear.You’ll never run out of summer adventure ideas with this fantastic list of Cool Colorado Things to Do.
I couldn’t wait to trade the tightly scheduled days for endless free time. Our biggest decisions were when we should leave the pool in order to avoid sunburns. Once school let out, it felt like everyone in the house took a collective deep breath and smiled a whole lot more. If summer lasted only two weeks, this would have been a poster of heaven.
Unfortunately, eight more weeks of heat and unclaimed free time loomed ahead. Suddenly, summer became a six-letter word, and smiles turned to short-tempered snipes. This was the pre-internet era, so access to free/fun/family-friendly events was limited. I do remember The Gazette publishing a page or two of “things to do,” but we’d exhaust the list by the end of June.
I’m here to share not only links with lots of free (or darn cheap) stuff to do, but I’d thought I’d also jot down a few places I like to visit. Over the years I’ve turned to this list to entertain the kids, visiting family and friends, and when I wanted something off-the-beaten path to get me out of the house and doing.
This first link is a gold mine! If you ignore the rest of this blog, bookmark, save to favorites, or use permanent marker to write it on your arm for easy access. If you’re an outdoorsy person, movie watcher, love concerts or seek more culture, this site is for you. Spend some time perusing each of the links and then make a list of adventures that interest you and your family
When in doubt, turn to trusted Trip Advisor. What I love about this site is not only does it categorize things to do in Colorado Springs, but you get the added benefit of reading reviews. I don’t know about you, but reviews pretty much tell me what to do, where to eat, and what to buy. Gotta love ‘em.
If you have children 10 and under, here’s a link that’ll take you all over the state; from the North Pole Home of Santa’s Workshop in Cascade to the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park in Pagosa Springs. The list has day trips to and weekend adventures. To be honest, you don’t even have to be 10 or under to enjoy most of these attractions.
Not only can you find everything from rafting outfitters and balloon rides to miniature golf and hiking trails, but this link shares places to stay, eat, and shop. As I clicked through this website, I discovered several new options for my own family.
A Few Of Yvette’s Favorite Things to do in the Summer
For the Little Ones:
- House of Bounce http://www.coloradospringshouseofbounce.com
- Monkey Bizness http://coloradosprings.monkeybizness.com
- Tiny Town http://www.denver.org/listings/Tiny-Town-and-Tiny-Town-Railroad/3869/
- Neighborhood Playgrounds
- Dinosaur Museum http://www.rmdrc.com
For the “Tweens”:
- Casa Bonita http://www.casabonitadenver.com
- Colorado Wolf and Wildlife http://www.wolfeducation.org
- Serenity Springs Wildlife Center http://www.serenityspringswildlife.org
- Bishop’s Castle http://www.bishopcastle.org
- The Great Sand Dunes http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
- Zipline/Segway Tours at Garden of the Gods http://www.advoutwest.com/co-tours/co-ziplines.html
- Waterworld http://www.waterworldcolorado.com
- City ROCK (indoor rock climbing) http://www.climbcityrock.com
For the Adults:
- Holy Cross Abbey Wine Tasting http://www.abbeywinery.com
- Royal Gorge Bridge http://royalgorgebridge.com
- Denver Botanical Gardens http://www.botanicgardens.org
- United States Air Force Academy http://www.usafa.af.mil/information/visitors/
- Golden Bee (@ The Broadmoor) http://www.broadmoor.com/golden-bee/
- Pioneer’s Museum http://www.wmmi.org/home
- Seven Falls http://www.sevenfalls.com
- Pikes Peak Cog Railway http://www.cograilway.com
- United Stated Olympic Training Center http://www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Training-Centers-and-Sites/Colorado-Springs
Several of these overlap between the ages, so don’t take this list too literally. Try packing lunches and combining several attractions for a full day trip. If one is a little more strenuous (hiking Seven Falls in the morning), then include a way to relax in the afternoon (The Golden Bee). Remember, it’s summer. Take the time to smell the columbine.
After you’ve exhausted all the summer superhero movies, it’s time to get outdoors and take in the sights of Colorado. No need to get short-tempered when the love muffins start whining, “I’m bored!” You’ve got sunscreen and a smile, and enough ideas to fill the dog days of summer.
See above links to websites