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Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs is a city with a small town feel.  It is the home of several military installations including the Air Force Academy.  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 aren't fond of outdoor activities you will still find plenty to do while in the Springs.

Colorado Springs has a mild climate;  it is classified as an alpine desert.  Travel to the Springs during any of the four seasons and you will likely have a sunny day to enjoy outdoor activities.  For the most part Colorado Springs offers low humidity and light amounts of precipitation.  Colorado Springs averages 250 days of sunshine per year!

Friendly smiling faces -- a comfortable climate  --  abundant attractions, hotels and restaurants--  Colorado Springs has lots to offer!
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Exit 156B on Interstate 25, Colorado Springs   719.333.2025
HOURS:  Daily 9 am - 5 pm (chapel is closed to public on Sunday)
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.  Sandwich shop in the visitor's center.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-   The children were interested in some of the displays in the visitor's center.  The walk to the chapel was a favorite as they tried to spot chipmunks.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  The displays in the visitor's center did not keep the interest of the younger children for very long.  It was difficult for the adult's and older children to spend the required time to really enjoy the displays since the younger ones were quickly ready to "move on".

1805 N. 30 St, Colorado Springs  719.634.6666

HOURS:  June 1 - Sept 1- 8 am - 8 pm,   Sept 2 - May 31- 9 am - 5 pm
Drive or hike though the towering sandstone rock formations, including amazing balancing rock and shiprock.  Many picnic areas.  Visitor and Nature Center has an observation deck and interesting hands-on exhibits.  Cafe at the center.
 FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children loved climbing next to balancing rock.  The breathtaking views as we hiked impressed even the youngest member of the family.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   The visitor center displays did not keep their interest for long.

400 S. 21st St., Colorado Springs  719.634.0696

COST:  $6.50 Adult / $4 Age 6 - 16 (with Adult) / Under 6 Free
HOURS:  June - Aug- Monday - Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 6 pm,  Sept - May-  Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm
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.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children enjoyed the hands on aspects the most;  panning for gold and the old arcade devices were favorites.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-    You have to watch little ones closely so they do not go into areas that are for display only.

Hwy 24, Manitou Springs   719.685.5242

COST:  $8.50 Age 12 and over / $6.50 Age 7 - 11 / 6 and under Free
HOURS:  May - Sept- 9a m - 6 pm,   Mar/Apr/Oct/Nov- 9 am - 5 pm,  Dec - Feb- 10 am - 4 pm
Tucked under a red sandstone overhand are the 700 hundred year old Anasazi cliff dwellings.  Climb around inside and truly experience these historical structures.  Often times there is Native American dancing in the summer months.  Snack stand is available during the summer.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-   The children loved that they could climb around inside the ancient ruins (unlike so many places where there is a 'look but not touch policy').   

818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs  800.367.9723
COST:  FREE;  donations appreciated
HOURS:  Tues - Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 pm - 5 pm
Learn everything you've wanted to know about money!  Large exhibit of rare currency.  Hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year so it's a new adventure every time you visit.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children enjoy the traveling exhibits as they often have something aimed toward young people.  During the last trip to the museum there was an exhibit on money from around the world.  The kids could take a passport to each country to have it stamped.  Educational and fun.

5050 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade 719.684.9432

COST:  $15.95 Ages 2 - 59 / Over age 60 and under age 2 Free
HOURS:  May 20 - June 16 Daily 10 am - 5 pm,  June 17 - Aug 13 Daily 10 am - 6 pm,  Aug 14 - Aug 20 Daily 10 am - 5pm,  Aug 21 - Dec 24  Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat Sun 10 am - 5 pm
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.  Scattered throughout the village are shops and restaurants.  Be sure to visit Santa's house to visit with Santa and stop by the ever frozen North Pole. 
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children love every aspect of the North Pole!  Great variety of rides to keep everyone happy.  The lines are usually short (during some times of the year, there are no lines for the rides).  They enjoy feeding the goats (and mom appreciates the hand sanitizer located nearby).  A visit to Santa Claus is always a highlight of the trip.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  Due to the many hills, pushing a stroller to some areas is a challenge.

10 miles West on Hwy 24, Cascade  719.385.PEAK

COST:  $10 Adult age 16 and over / $5 Age 6 - 15 / Under 6 Free / Per Passenger Car $35
HOURS:  Memorial Day to Labor Day 7 am - 7 pm, Labor Day - last day of Sept 7 am - 5 pm, Oct 1 - Memorial Day 9 am - 3 pm
Pikes Peak rises 14,100 feet above sea level.  The view from the top is amazing though be ready for quite a temperature difference (dress appropriately!).  There are three ways to reach the summit;  the Pikes Peak Railway, Barr Trail and the Cog Railway.  Pikes Peak Highway is a 19 mile long partially paved road which is open year round (weather permitting).  Barr Trail is a 13 mile trail.  The Cog Railway travels 8.9 miles up the mountain side.  It is open April - December (weather permitting).
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The view amazes even the younger children.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  The trip up can be scary for children who are afraid of heights.  Be sure to dress warmly (even if it's hot when you leave the springs) as it is much colder at the peak.

30th St and Gateway Rd, Colorado Springs   719.578.6777

COST:  $6 Adult / $4 Seniors & Students / $2 Age 6 - 12 / Under 6 Free
HOURS:  June - Labor Day-  Wed - Sun 10 am - 5 pm
This pioneer homestead is a living history museum.  As you travel through the three distinct areas you will learn about the homestead and pioneer life from costumed staff who go about their day as the pioneers would have.  Picnic area.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Educational in  fun, natural setting.  The blacksmith kept the kids' interest for quite a long time.   While waiting for tours at the two main houses there are lawn games for the kids to play.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   Little ones may find it a challenge to walk through the houses without touch the valuables.

2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Rd., Colorado Springs  719.632.0765
COST:  Day-  $8.75 ages 16 and over / $5.50 age 6 - 15 / $7.75 age 60 and over      Night-   $10.25 ages 16 and over / $6.50 age 6 - 15 / $9.25 age 60 and over
HOURS:  Apr 3 - May 12-  9 am - 5:15 pm, May 13 - June 2- 9 am - 9:30 pm,   June 3 - Aug 14- 8:30 am - 10:30 pm,  Aug 15 - Sept 5 - 8:30 am - 9:30 pm,  Sept 6 - Oct 29- 9 am - 5:15 pm,  Oct 30 - Dec 31- 9 am - 4:15 pm
Often called the "Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado",  the falls flow 181 feet in seven distinct turns.  For an amazing view (and exercise!) there are 224 steps that lead to trails at the top.   Take the mountain elevator to the Eagle's Nest which overlooks the falls and offers a spectacular view of the falls.   The falls are lit at night (certain times of year).
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children loved traveling in the mountain elevator to the overlook.  Another favorite part was seeing all of the fish in the clear stream.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  The stairs are difficult for many children.  The restrooms are located on the far side of the parking lot (for water reasons) so it can be quite a hike to use the faciliities.

1750 E. Boulder Street, Colorado Springs   719.866.4618
COST:  FREE (but donations are appreciated)
HOURS:  June 1 - Aug 1 (call for other months)-  Mon through Sat tours begin every half an hour from 9 am - 4 pm.  Call to make reservations for groups of 10 or more.
Learn all about the complex that hosts many of America's finest Olympic level athletes.  See some of the training facilities and hear stories about some of the famous names who have trained here. 
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-   The outside garden area has a lot of fun displays that kept my children interested.  The tour moves along quickly so children do not get bored.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  Only restrooms are in the main building at the start of the tour.  There are steps to get into some of the buildings so it is not very stroller friendly.

225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs  719.488.0880

COST:  $8 Adult / $7 Military & AAA / $7 Seniors (Over age 60) / $6 Students (age 13 and over) / $4 Child (age 3 - 12) / Under 3 Free with paid adult
HOURS:  Mon - Sat 9 am  - 4 pm (guided tours available twice per day)
This museum offers an interesting look at the history, and impact, of mining in America.  There are a variety of displays, several are hands-on (including a dress-up area and gold panning).
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Friendly staff was willing to answer questions.  The kids loved the burros and the hands-on activities.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-    It did not take long to go through the facility.  The price was a bit high considering the amount of time we spent there.


1193 Fremont Cty Rd 3A, Canon City  719.275.5149

COST:  Town Admission:  $12  Adult (12 & Over) / $10 Age 4 - 11 / Under age 3 Free      Railway Admission:   $19  Adult (12 & Over) / $8 Age 4 - 11 / Under age 3 Free    Town & Railway Combo Admission:  $16  Adult (12 & Over) / $14  Age 4 - 11 / Under age 3 Free
HOURS:  TOWN-  May- Daily 10 am - 5 pm,  June - Labor Day- Daily 9 am - 6:30 pm,  Sept-  Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am - 5 pm     RAILWAY-  March - Memorial Day 9 am - 5 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day 8 am - 7 pm,  Sept & Oct 9a m - 5 pm, Nov & Dec 10 am - 5 pm
The Scenic Railway provides one of the most amazing views of the Royal Gorge as it rides near the edge of the Gorge.  Afterwards take a step back in time and enjoy a walk down a replicated Frontier Main Street.  The buildings are all either from the original town of Buckskin Joe or neighboring pioneer towns.  Take a walk through the old mine or stop to witness a gunfight in the street.  Restaurant on site.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The children loved just about everything!  The street performances kept their interest.  A favorite was the slanted house;  they went through it over and over trying to find the perfect way to cross the slanted room.    A stop at the saloon for a refreshing drink was another favorite.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   The boardwalk and dirt areas are difficult for stroller travel.  Some of the street performances could be frightening to young children.


1664 N. Newport Rd., Colorado Springs   719.570.7656
Aviation themed restaurant includes seating for 42 passengers inside a fully intact Boeing KC-97 tanker.  Great aviation memorabilia.  The kids will love visiting the cockpit!  The menu ranges from sandwiches to steak and seafood.   Has an extensive children's menu.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-   Sitting in the cockpit and "flying" the airplane was a favorite.  The children's menu had a good variety and came with plenty of food.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  There aren't many seats in the airplane so you aren't guaranteed a seat in there.   The restrooms are near the front door which is a bit of a walk from the airplane.


3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs   800.428.8886

Comfortable resort-style hotel.  Has many amenities and includes access to the neighboring Country Club of Colorado.  Amenities include 4 swimming pools (one indoor), tennis courts, and a 35 acre lake for sailing and fishing (open seasonably).   Adjoining rooms are available.  
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-   The children loved the lake which can be used for fishing and sailing.  Adjoining rooms are a more affordable option for families than the their suites which are quite pricey.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-  No breakfast included.


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