With its historic national treasures, a vibrant art culture and rich history, amazing natural sights, and incredible scenery for endless outdoor adventures, Colorado Springs, Colorado has all the makings for an exciting and thrilling family vacation. You’ll have no shortage of family-friendly activities to do in this beautiful city. But before we get into it, we want to give a special thanks to Megan at Love Is Blonde in California for making this post possible by supporting us here every step of the way on this blog. Adventures in Colorado Springs range from mild to wild. All you have to do is find the outdoor activities that are right for you and your family. If you’re looking to explore the entire city, picking up a rental car at the airport can help since Colorado Springs is so spread out. Here are some of the experiences you can’t miss during your Colorado Springs vacation.
Rock-Climbing at the Garden of the Gods Park
Located on North 30th Street, the Garden of the Gods is one of the city’s top attractions and a National Natural Landscape. Activities you can do at the park include, rock climbing, hiking, biking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The 1,364 acre public park features a stunning collection of sandstone formations, 15 miles of gorgeous trails, and a visitor center. The rock-climbing experience at the park is designed for beginner to intermediate rock climbers. Each adventure at the park can be tailored to your unique preferences. Be sure to explore the exhibits at the visitor center as well.
Learn History at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
If you’re a history enthusiast, exploring the educational exhibits and galleries at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum will be so rewarding. Located on South Tejon Street and housed in the former El Paso County Courthouse, this interesting establishment brims with a collection of more than 80,000 photographs and 45,000 historic and cultural objects. The arts and artifacts at the museum celebrate the Pikes Peak region. The building is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.
Feed Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Covering an area of 140 acres, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to over 950 animals and is dedicated to recreation, conservation, and education. It’s the only mountainside zoo in the United States and a top attraction in the city. There are about 180 animal species at the zoo. 30 of the species are endangered. Bring your family for a giraffe feeding experience even as you get up close and personal with other animals here.
A Guided Tour at the Glen Eyrie Castle
A guided tour of the Glen Eyrie Castle will take you on a journey through General William Jackson Palmer, one of the founders of Colorado Springs. Listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, the castle has twenty rooms and sits on eight hundred acres. Today, the castle hosts different events including weddings, Christmas Madrigal Banquets, retreats, Tea at the castle, and more.
Hike to Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains
Hike on the 13-mile Barr Trail and get to one of the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains- Pikes Peak. Driving on the Pikes Peak Toll Road is also another way to get to the peak. You can also ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The peak can be found in the Pike National Forest about twelve miles from downtown Colorado Springs. From the summit, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Garden of the Gods, and the surrounding landscape.