Colorado Springs is not a place that many people would think to visit, but it has an exciting history and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors. With the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and Pike's Peak nearby there are many things to do in Colorado Springs.
Visitors can also take advantage of free admission at over 20 museums around town or catch a show at one of four performing arts theaters. For more information on what to do in Colorado Springs please read on!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
A trip to any location is never complete without a trip to the local zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is unique as it’s built into the mountains of Colorado and allows guests and visitors up close and personal experience with animals of all kinds. Most notably known for feeding their giraffes (as you see pictured here), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the #4 Best Zoo in North America per USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has over 30 species of endangered animals to visit and offers multiple experiences to feed and get right up close with some of your favorite animals (feeding the Giraffes and Elephant Snack Time are always popular). Not only is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo a great place to visit for kids of all ages, but also a beautiful and unique venue for a wedding too (we may know a bit about this one *wink wink*). Take a look at our Blog post on this Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Wedding!
Broadmoor Resort & Spa
One of our all time favorite locations in Colorado! It could be because of our over 14 years of planning and coordinating weddings at this gorgeous property, or the fact they have so many things to offer as a resort. The Broadmoor is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort which offers resort style amenities (did someone say spa?), to outdoor adventures like fishing and hiking, to meetings and special events facilities. The Broadmoor offers it all, and we mean it all! When you visit The Broadmoor you never want to leave (well, almost). A day in the life at The Broadmoor can include a trip to the spa, a day out with friends golfing on this 2025 U.S. Senior Open Course, then onto a little more adventure with Ziplining and Horseback Riding, to drinks and dinner at one of the over 5 different onsite restaurants, and then wrapping up the evening with more fun and games in the Play at The Broadmoor with bowling! Regardless if you just need time away to relax and recover, or you’re looking for that all-inclusive adventure, The Broadmoor is the place for you!
The Broadmoor & Pikes Peak COG Railway
The Manitou & Pikes Peak COG Railway has been operational since the 1880’s and has been newly renovated and revamped with more modern technology. As a visitor you’ll experience the sights and sounds of Pikes Peak from the mountain passenger train car. Head right into the Pikes Peak Visitors Center and learn even more about this modern marvel that takes guests and visitors up and down to the summit of Pikes Peak. The Manitou & Pikes Peak cog railway is the world’s highest and longest cog railroad, and is an immersive visitor experience. Train conductors share their favorite stories as well as history of the railway and Colorado. All Aboard!
Garden of the gods
How did those red rocks get there? Garden of the Gods is one of the many natural treasurers Colorado has to offer, and is even registered as a National Natural Landmark. The Garden of the Gods is the most visited attraction in the Pikes Peak region, and is also a FREE beauty to enjoy! Garden of the Gods offers so many different activities for visitors of any age and size. Some fun ways to explore the park include Jeep and Segway tours, bike riding (whether it be your own personal bike or a rental), or even take it to the extreme with Front Range Climbing! Garden of the Gods never ceases to amaze us with it’s beauty and all it’s views have to offer.
Seven Falls, Colorado's Famous Waterfall
The Seven Falls Waterfall is another natural beauty in the Colorado Springs area. Seven Falls is only five minutes from the wonderful Broadmoor Resort and offers more than ‘meets the eye’. Visitors can adventure up the 224 steps that run alongside the waterfall and leads to other hiking trails for those outdoor adventurers. The waterfall rises over 181 feet from the canyon floor and is a spectacular, watery view. Seven Falls offers even more than hiking and beauty, but also shopping, guided hikes, and even a Soaring Adventure which includes 10 zip-lines among other adventurous elements. Brings ‘water’ to our eyes with this beauty!
US Airforce Academy
We salute those who have served and are serving and Colorado Springs offers a visitor experience for this massive U.S. Air Force Academy. As a visitor on the USAFA base, you are welcomed to take self-guided tours of the campus. The tour can take you to the Cadet Chapel (although it is under construction for 3 years beginning in 2019), Arnold Hall (military and Academy exhibits), and the Field House (indoor athletic facility) just to name a few. You may even be lucky enough to catch the Cadet Lunch Formation which begins at Noon as the cadets march to lunch. Because this is an operational Air Force Base and Academy, be sure to bring your Driver’s License or Photo ID as well as your car registration and insurance. Don’t let the altitude get to you!
Cave of the Winds
Colorado Springs is full of all this natural beauty, and this one is even beneath the surface! Cave of the Winds has been offering cave tours since 1881. The tours of the caves are guided and are family friendly and take about 45-60 minutes. If you’re looking for even more excitement, Cave of the Winds also offers Haunted Lantern Tours and are lead by candlelight! This is a longer tour lasting about 90 minutes and with more natural elements (low passageways, narrow tunnels and uneven stairs). If the darkness is not for you, not to worry, Cave of the Winds also offers rides and attractions for visitors. Have some fun panning for gemstones, axe throwing, or even riding in the sky on the Bat-A-Pult! Inside and out, Cave of the Winds is a wonderful Colorado experience.
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