What is a life in Colorado if you have never formed a Colorado adventure bucket list and what better time to do that than now right before your kiddos go back to school. School in and of itself is a time of stress and chaos and these 10 weekend getaways/ day adventures are must dos regardless of if you are a native.
The Penny Arcade
The infamous penny arcade located in Manitou Springs is a summer hot spot for locals and tourists alike. The penny arcade is cheap, close to home and has tons of activities for all ages. The kids (and parents) can lose themselves for hours without exceeding budgets. While you’re there be sure to enjoy some fun summer treats.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
This park is located out East near the city of Calhan, and has absolutely stunning views and interesting trails. This is a great beginner trail and is semi accommodating to off-road strollers. The only negative thing I noticed is in regards to the trails. Most of the trails there are visibly marked off with signs indicating dogs are not allowed, so if you’re considering making this trip, please leave the fur babies at home. This trip is absolutely free and a great place for an afternoon picnic. The kids will surely tire out by the end of this trip.
Goldbelt scenic tour
The goldbelt scenic tour is a neat drive that includes interesting sites, beautiful scenery and pull-offs, the worlds largest gold rush, mountains and a lot of the Colorado old mining district. If you have a few history buffs in the family, this is a trip for you!
Cripple Creek Heritage center
When you hear Cripple Creek you certainly don’t think of a place for children BUT The Cripple Creek Heritage center is yet another trip for the history buffs and children alike. There are a slew of interesting hands-on activities that let you re-live the glory days of gold camp and the mining industry. You won’t want to miss it. In addition to the heritage center the drive there isn’t so bad itself.
Focus on the family
Focus on the family is a really nice Christian based bookstore/library where you can go pick-out some books and hang out. They have a ton of different summer activities for children including a small hands on play area. Your trip there cannot end without a ride on their giant slide and ice-cream cookie sandwiches!
Seven Bridges Trail
This trail is located outside of Manitou Springs and includes a moderate 3.5 mile hike, don’t worry.. you don’t have to do the whole thing. Luckily, dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept on a leash. While on this hike that is suitable for children you will see waterfalls, a bounty of Colorado native plants, and of course bridges. The views are breathtaking and the exercise is always nice and of course the best part is that this attraction is completely free!
John Venezia Park
John Venezia park is a a free Colorado attraction and park that cannot be matched. I’m telling you, this place will not disappoint! John Venezia park is in Colorado Springs and is filled with an assortment of activities for all ages. Generally, the kids favorite is the splash pad. There is also a huge playground with large interactive structures, tennis, pickleball, and big fields to run around in. Most days you can find ice-cream on site as well! The opportunities for fun are literally endless at John Venezia Park and the best part is, this attraction is free!
Red Rock Canyon
Red rock canyon open space is another place full of interesting sites, trails, and world famous red colored rocks. The trails range from casual walking to moderate hiking with a lake on site. If the kids and dogs just need to get out and run this the perfect place to do so and the best part is… it’s free!
The Pioneer Museum is located in downtown Colorado springs and is jam packed full of culture, history, and
interesting facts about our local heritage. If you’re looking for something close to home and are in the mood for learning interesting facts about our home this attraction is a must do!
Colorado farmers market
Colorado springs and surrounding cities are jam packed with farmers markets and no summer is complete without visiting at least one for some locally sourced homemade honey, palisade peaches, Pinon beans and other goodies depending on the season. You’ll be surprised at what our community has to offer right here in front of you and the best part, the whole family can chime in and try some new things plus you are shopping local!
I hope this well thought out list gives you at least ONE activity in or around our immediate community to experience. We can’t wait to hear all about it!
Parent Connection Coordinator
Lead Toddler Wrangler