This is a guest post from Camille who blogs at Colorado Springs Tours and Reviews where she and her family are discovering their town one tour at a time. Follow Camille on twitter, facebook and pinterest!
From Pikes Peak to the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs is definitely a town worth exploring. Make this A to Z list a part of your Summer Bucket List and see how much fun you can discover in your own backyard.
A – Start your adventure at the Air Force Academy– see the unique Cadet Chapel then hop over to the Visitor’s Center to learn more about this Colorado Springs staple.
B – Escape at the Broadmoor this summer. Walk around the lake, enjoy the views, and soak up some history.
C – Find glamour at Miramont Castle then stay and enjoy Manitou Springs where you can take a drink from one of the 11 mineral springs fountains.
D – Touch history at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Browse the museums then walk inside the dwellings to learn more about the Anasazi.
E – Uncover the secret of the El Pomar Carriage Museum. With its expansion to be unveiled this summer, there will be something for everyone to enjoy from Pike Peaks Hill Climb Race Cars to Presidential Carriages.
F – Take advantage of the Fine Arts Museum awesome air conditioning this summer then join in for the Free Family Adventure Days that start back up in the fall.
G – Colorado Springs wouldn’t be the same without the Garden of the Gods. Go early in the morning for a cool stroll or set up a time for some rock climbing. Take a picnic lunch or stop by one of the many restaurants nearby.
H – Go hiking at Helen Hunt Falls. Enjoy the peace of the mountains and the fun of the waterfall. Before you head up to the Falls, stop at the Starsmore Discovery Center for a map, bird watching, and hand on exhibits. (Seven Falls is still closed unfortunately)
I – Conquer the Manitou Incline! Gaining almost 2,000 feet of elevation in less than a mile, it’s a challenge not to be taken lightly.
J – Go behind bars at the Cripple Creek Jail Museum. Learn about the Lawman that helped keep the peace as well as some more famous outlaws like Robert Curry from the “Wild Bunch” gang.
K – Descend 100 stories into the earth at the Mollie Kathleen Mine and leave with your own gold ore specimen.
L – Linger at the Library. There is never a shortage of activities to do and books to read at Pikes Peak Library District. Join this year’s annual summer reading program, Fizz Boom Read, for even more fun and rewards.
M – Take a minute and drive out to the May Natural History Museum. Your bug loving kids will thank you as it contains one of the world’s largest private displays of giant tropical insects and arachnids.
N – The North Pole- Home of Santa’s Workshop is fun for kids of all ages. There are rides for all styles of brevity, picnic spots, and you can sit on Santa’s lap.
O – Stroll through historic Old Colorado City. Peruse the shops and galleries, attend the farmer’s market, or enjoy other fun events like Territory Days (Memorial Day weekend) and First Friday ArtWalk.
P – Head up to Pikes Peak– drive up, take the Cog Railway, or take a bus and bike down!
R – Step back into time at Rock Ledge Ranch. Attend Sheep Shearing, Family Fourth, or just enjoy the grounds.
S – Head out to a Sky Sox Game. Go on Friday to see the fireworks, attend $2 Tuesdays, or go on a Kids Eat Free night!
T – Discover the Colorado Springs Trolleys. See the trolleys from the past and see the vision for the future.
U – U.S. Olympic Training Center is where you can find athletes from around the world training in 12 different sports. Take a free tour!
V – Venture over to Victor for an old fashioned train ride with the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad.
W – Try Whitewater Rafting this summer. The Arkansas River is the most popular river for rafting in the US. Enjoy a simple scenic float or attack the challenging rapids.
X – Have some Xtreme fun when you head to Memorial Park Skate and BMX Park. This professionally designed and constructed, competition –size area has amazing features that turns this park into a destination.
Y – The Welcome Center at Focus on the FamilY offers lots of fun with its themed rooms. Go down their 3-story corkscrew slide, escape to Narnia, or go fly a plane.
Z – Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Its nation’s only mountain zoo where you will not only enjoy the plethora of giraffes and other great animals but also the great views. Be sure to drive to the Will Roger Shrine when you are done!