If you are looking for kid-friendly things to do in Colorado Springs you have come to the right place. Today in partnership with Visit Colorado Springs I am sharing 25 awesome things to do in Colorado Springs for kids.Do you want to know the best part? 12 of them are FREE things to do in Colorado Springs! Woo Hoo!
25 Kid Friendly Things to do in Colorado Springs (12 of them are FREE!)
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1. Whitewater Rafting
Colorado Springs just happens to be the home of America’s most popular river for rafting, the Arkansas River. Thrill-seekers and families alike will enjoy this adventurous experience. Choose between scenic floats (perfect for kids) or one of the more challenging rapids with teens.
2. Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway
For over 125 years, the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been taking passengers on a scenic ride up 8,000 feet in elevation. Passengers will witness gorgeous views including pristine waterfalls and towering boulders. Kids, of course, will love the fact that they are riding on a train.
3. Hot Air Ballooning
Families looking for unique kid-friendly things to do in Colorado Springs will enjoy the available Hot Air Balloon experiences. Children only need to be five years old to participate. Take in the 360-degree views of the magnificent Colorado Rockies while your guide teaches you about the area. Balloon rides typically end with a delicious breakfast too!
4. Paint Mines Interpretive Park (FREE)
One of the free things to do in Colorado Springs is the Paint Mines, Interpretive Park. The park features amazing rock formations and evidence of human life that dates back 9,000 years. With 4-miles of trails, a restroom facility, and interpretive signage this is a perfect spot for families to explore.
Whether your family enjoys leisurely bike rides in an urban setting, daring mountain bike adventures, or fun experiences like electric bike rentals Colorado Springs has you covered. In fact, Colorado Springs boasts a Silver Status as a Bicycle Friendly Community from BikeLeague.org.
6. Visit Pikes Peak
Thanks to the scenic, and safe, 19-mile highway, Pikes Peak is available to experience first-hand by many regardless of their fitness level. A simple drive offers monumental views plus there is a host of activities you can do along the way including fishing (May-Oct.), hiking trails, picnic areas, a gift shop & more.
7. Cornerstone Art Center (FREE!)
If your family loves art you should definitely add the Cornerstone Art Center on your list of things to do in Colorado Springs. The striking building itself is LEED certified for its energy efficiency and environmental design. Plus, inside you will find a FREE art gallery.
8. Ghost Town Wild West Museum
The Ghost Town Museum is an awesome Colorado Springs family-friendly activity. Kids will love checking out the Preserved Town with buildings salvaged from the Pikes Peak region, panning for gold, and exploring all the hands-on activities. Butter churning, anyone? Admission is very affordable making this a must do for kids in Colorado Springs.
9. Horseback Riding
I can’t think of a better way to take in the gorgeous views Colorado Springs has to offer than atop a horse. In Colorado Springs you can book a trail ride through the city’s many trails and parks including riding through the Garden of the Gods or Cheyenne Cañon. Or you can book a stay at one of the many dude ranches in town.
10. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Explore the caves, dare to try the Bat-A-Pult, test your skills on the Wind Walker Challenge Course, or brave the first of its kind Terror-Dactyl and be launched 150 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour! This is one stop adventurers are sure to love. I also like that kids 0-5 can tour with their families in the cave FREE!
11. Memorial Park (FREE!)
This massive park boasts amenities families will love such as baseball, softball, soccer and football fields, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, an Ice Center and Colorado’s second largest skate park. The 40,000 square foot skate park was professionally designed and constructed. Inline skaters, skateboarders, BMX bikers alike will love the street-course, backyard-style pool, and bowls. Or if you are like me, you can take a seat on one of the natural boulders or in the picnic pavilion and be a spectator.
12. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (FREE!)
Explore the fascinating stories about the robust history of Colorado Springs. The museum is located inside a beautiful restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. Free tours are given every Saturday and there is a Children’s History Hour (certain age restrictions apply) offered the 3rd Wednesday and last Saturday of each month. Reservations for the tour are recommended and required for the Children’s Hour. You can find more information here.
13. Visit a Mountainside Zoo
Located on the side of the mountain, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only zoo of its kind in the United States. The zoo sits at an elevation of 6,800 feet and has over 750 animals. Kids will love hand-feeding the giraffe and checking out the zoo’s skyline to take in the stunning views.
14. Visit the Shrine of the Sun (FREE with zoo admission)
If you do visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo while you are in Colorado Springs make sure to check out the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun located behind the zoo. Admission to the Shrine is included with your zoo admission ticket. From the Shrine you can soak up incredible views of Colorado Springs and there is also a small museum with lots of great information.
15. New Santa Fe Regional Trail (FREE!)
Another great place to soak up some of the amazing views Colorado Springs has to offer is the 14-mile trail known as the New Santa Fe Regional Trail. The trail follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way through the U.S. Air Force Academy. If you are lucky you might get to see some wildlife, there are also interesting geological features and interpretive signs along the path.
16. Visit the Red Rock Canyon Park (FREE)
Red Rock Canyon Park is located just south of US 24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. The 787-acre park is a great place to let the kids burn some energy as they climb, cycle, or hike along the trails. Within this park are over 80 bolted climbs for families that enjoy rock climbing as well.
17. Visit the Florissant Fossil Beds
Another kid-friendly thing to do in Colorado Springs is to visit the Florissant Fossil Beds. Here you will find one of the richest fossil deposits in the world including a petrified redwood stump that stands 14 feet wide! There are also thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants that kids will love checking out. The Florissant Fossil Beds are part of the National Parks Service. The daily fee for adults (ages 16+) is $5. Kids under 16 years of age are free.
18. The United States Air Force Academy + Cadet’s Chapel (FREE!)
The Academy is one of the highest profile facilities of its kind in the United States and yet it is still open to visitors daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the visitor’s center for a brief history and some background information. From there you can visit the jaw-dropping stained glass chapel or take a driven tour of the facility.
19. Visit the Broadmoor Seven Falls
Just as the name suggests this site contains 7 beautiful waterfalls. The falls are easily accessed via a short walk and an elevator or if you want to burn a few calories you can access the falls via the stairways. There are additional trails and a zip line located here as well.
20. Check Out the Cliff Dwellings
Families will love exploring the Manitou Cliff Dwellings of the Anasazi people. The ancient dwellings were built over 700 years ago. Kids will love being able to explore, go inside, and even touch these fascinating architectural remnants.
21. Visit the Peterson Air & Space Museum (FREE!)
One of the great free things to do in Colorado Springs is the Peterson Air & Space Museum. Kids love exploring the aircraft and learning all about them from the knowledgeable staff at the museum. Plus, admission is FREE!
22. Visit a Castle
A castle in Colorado? It’s true! Glen Eyrie is a home that was built in Tudor Style so it resembles the architectural features of an English Castle. The 800-acre estate is open to the public and 90-minute guided tours are offered as well. Visitors can also enjoy the high tea at the castle or spend a night in one of Glen Eyrie’s luxury rooms.
23. Explore Bear Creek Regional Park (FREE!)
The 545-acre park is just a short drive from the city and offers plenty for families to do including archery, tennis, hiking, basketball (which my son loves), and a horseshoe pit. The hiking trails here are clearly marked and while some are pretty steep, families who hike regularly can manage them.
24. Enjoy Acacia Park (FREE!)
What kid doesn’t enjoy splashing in a fountain? Acacia Park is home to the popular Uncle Wilbur’s Fountain which features over 200 pop-up jets that make up a children’s’ play area. There are also picnic tables, which provide an awesome spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather.
25. Penrose Heritage Museum (FREE)
This fascinating museum features the collection of Mrs. Penrose, the widow of Spencer Penrose who built the Broadmoor back in 1918. The museum houses an extensive collection of 31 horse-drawn carriages and 13 motorized vehicles, including 3 racecars from the 1920’s. There are also several exhibits featuring a vintage riding tack, antique firearms, and Native American artifacts.
What are your favorite kid-friendly things to do in Colorado Springs? Leave suggestions for future travelers in the comments below.
*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Visit Colorado Springs, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed above are, as always, 100% my own.