Top 8 Awesome Places to See!

Get ready to learn a lot of the awesome things to do in Colorado Springs!  We had such a great time and realized we did not have enough time to do everything we wanted.  We tent camped in the area and it was really fun! Now, is the fun part where we explore 8 of the best things to do in Colorado Springs!

1. Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a visitor and nature center.  It is FREE!  This is a must see!  We first stopped at the visitor center and I was so surprised at how many different licence plates from all over the country there were!  This is a huge attraction that receives visitors from all over!  We started with the museum and overlook.  There are many hikes that are very family friendly!  Shuttle buses available to take you to certain hikes or you can try to park at specific parking lots located close to each trail.  If you choose to drive, we found that it was very crowded getting into the actual park, and can be difficult to find a parking place.

Here is a beautiful view of Garden of the Gods from the website:

2. Pikes Peak

This is America’s Mountain!  There are a few ways to get up to the top. They all unfortunately require a fee.  Driving is an option, but the roads are very curvy.   Shuttles run every 5 minutes from Devil’s Playground. Sadly, Broadmoor had a historic train ride up but it recently closed.  On a clear day you can see five states (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Kansas) from the top.  It is open from 9am-5pm.

3. Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds offers a variety of tours.  There is an admission fee!  This is not just a cool cave, but attraction as well.  They offer an outdoor rock climbing adventure, ropes course, and a “Terror-Dactyl” zip line flight across the canyon.

4. Manitou Cliff Dwellings

There are artifacts and structures dating back 700 years that you can actually climb and explore.  When I went there I saw Native American dancers that preformed a rain dance and it actually rained!  That made it worth it for me.  This has an admission fee!

5. Broadmoor Seven Falls

The “grandest mile of scenery” is a nickname for this beautiful waterfall.  There are two hikes available to see two separate views of the falls.   One options takes an hour to complete the hike.  A shorter option is 30 minute smaller hike.  An elevator to the top of the Eagles Nest is located across from the falls.  A restaurant and gift shop are close by. There are free shuttles so you won’t have to deal with traffic. They are located near Broadmoor.

6. Broadmoor Resort

Not only can you stay at this amazing place but they have attractions that you can come enjoy a la carte.  “Soaring Adventure” is a zip line that is not for the faint of heart.  It is pretty amazing. This is also the location to take the free shuttle to the falls. The resort itself has golf, a spa, a pool, and tennis court with fitness facilities.  The resort also offers a a wide variety of room choices such as suites, cottages and even an estate house.

7. Great Wolf Lodge

If you are just wanting to relax and have fun, Colorado Springs has a Great Wolf Lodge!  It is a new accommodation just built within the last few years. This is a very fun indoor water park!  We’ve been to one in Wisconsin and my kids loved it! MagiQuest was amazing! There are so many fun attractions and activities for kids!  I really want to go and Colorado Springs is the closest Great Wolf to my house!

8. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Royal Gorge has developed over the years.  It is not just a phenomenal view from the Bridge, it is a full entertainment area.  There is a zipline, sky coaster, gondola ride, play area, and theater. We were really surprised at how expensive it was and unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to make it worth the money.   If you allow yourself enough time it would be an awesome adventure!

These 8 things to do in Colorado Springs are just the beginning. You could easily stay a week and have enough to entertain you the entire time.  Especially, if you like hiking and want to explore this beautiful area of Colorado.  I highly recommend a trip you will not regret it!