Colorado Springs is a modern city with a small town feel. Tourism is a very important part of Colorado Springs. Many of the abundant family friendly activities revolve around the outdoors and the amazing beauty surrounding the Colorado Springs area. If you are not fond of outdoor activities, you will still find plenty to do while in the Springs. Most of the activities are reasonably priced; in fact, some are even FREE!
Here are some of our favorite family friendly attractions in Colorado Springs.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY- Exit 156B on Interstate 25, Colorado Springs
Learn more about the history of the Air Force and the Air Force Academy at the informative visitor’s center. Take a short walk along a path to the distinctive Academy Chapel. Watch for chipmunks and other wildlife along the way. There is a sandwich shop in the visitor’s center.
GARDEN OF THE GODS- 1805 N. 30 St, Colorado Springs
Drive or hike though the towering sandstone rock formations, including amazing balancing rock and shiprock. There are plenty of parking areas so you can get out and walk around. Many picnic areas. Visitor and Nature Center has an observation deck and interesting hands-on exhibits. There is a cafe at the center.
GHOST TOWN MUSEUM- 400 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs
Interesting look back at old pioneer towns of the West. Inside the building you can follow the boardwalk past displays including merchants, a Saloon and a Victorian home. Hands on fun includes old time arcade machines and panning for gold. Watch little ones closely since there are some areas which are display only and can not be touched. radon testing colorado springs
MAGIC TOWN- 2418 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs
This fun display is located in the Michael Garman Art Studio and Shop. The display shows life in a miniature neighborhood. Such amazing detail! The scenes change, thanks to the use of holograms and mirrors. Keep watching and you will see different areas totally transform.
MANITOU CLIFF DWELLINGS- Hwy 24, Manitou
Tucked under a red sandstone overhand are the 700 hundred year old Anasazi cliff dwellings called Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Climb around inside and truly experience these historical structures. The kids loved the fact they could actually touch the ruins and walk in them (unlike many areas where the ruins are hands-off). Often times there is Native American dancing in the summer months. Snack stand is available during the summer.
MONEY MUSEUM- 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Learn everything you have wanted to know about money! There is a large exhibit of rare currency. The facility hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year so it’s a new adventure every time you visit. This is educational and fun!
NORTH POLE- 5050 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade
For generations families have enjoyed this Christmas-themed amusement park at the base of Pikes Peak. The rides are appropriate for a variety of age groups, from an antique carousel and mini roller coaster to the Scrambler and Tilt-a-Whirl. We like the fact that they put rides for young children next to rides for older children (and adults). The lines are usually very short; oftentimes we have been there when there were no lines at all. Scattered throughout the village are shops and restaurants. There are goats to feed with feed from coin-operated dispensers. Moms and Dads will appreciate that they have hand sanitizer conveniently nearby. Be sure to visit Santa’s House to visit with Santa and stop by the ever frozen North Pole. This is truly one of our all-time favorite locations in Colorado Springs