When considering things to do in Colorado Springs, the most suggested options are Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. However, there’s so much more to Colorado Springs than these two local attractions (although you should definitely visit both if you haven't yet, because they fully live up to their reputations). If you’re looking for new things to do in and around Colorado Springs, give one of these amazing options a try!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The country’s only mountainside zoo, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers fun for everyone in your family. From feeding giraffes to watching free-range wallabies, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for animal lovers.
With the zoo being built into the side of a mountain, there’s a lot of uphill walking, so wear comfortable shoes and remember to bring your camera to capture wildlife in action.
With stunning views and varying terrains, Colorado Springs is a haven for mountain biking enthusiasts—boasting dozens of mountain biking trails in and around the city for everyone from newbies to experts. There are also numerous shops to rent mountain bikes from if you’re new to the sport!
A quaint mountain town at the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs has eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains that are free to the public. The adorable community is also home to a vibrant artisan scene, historic restaurants, and natural wonders.
Just minutes away from Colorado Springs, a day trip to Manitou Springs will be a memorable experience for your and your loved ones.
A series of waterfalls situated between the Pillars of Hercules, Seven Falls is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Climb the 224 steps to reach additional hiking trails and the banks of the picturesque streams that feed into the falls. For true adventurers, ziplining tours are available at Seven Falls.
Peterson Air and Space Museum
Located on Peterson Air Force Base, the Peterson Air and Space Museum is one of only 12 such museums in the country. Sharing the heritage of the brave men and women who have served at Peterson Air Force Base, take a trip back in history to learn how this base along with the city of Colorado Springs innovated the world of aviation and space travel. Since the museum is located on an active military installation, you have to schedule your visit at least 24 hours beforehand.
Old Colorado City Historic District
From monthly art walks to seasonal farmer’s markets, there’s always something fun happening in the Old Colorado City Historic District. Events take place throughout the year, and many are free to the public. Even if you aren’t there for an event, this district is home to great restaurants and wonderful shopping if you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon of treating yourself.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Discover the history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Located in downtown Colorado Springs in the courthouse, this museum is free for visitors. With permanent displays about Colorado Springs’ historic roots and humble beginnings, learn more about the numerous Native American tribes that called this area home, along with the pioneers that settled there.