What To Do In Colorado Springs, CO
Located in El Paso County, Colorado Springs is the most populous city in the area. Just 61 miles south of Denver-Colorado Springs sits one mile above sea level with an elevation of 6,035 feet. Located at the Eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains and at the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs has a population of 456,568 and ranks as the second most populous city in the state, just behind Denver. The city has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine, listed as the #1 Best City in America by Outside Magazine and cited as #2 on US News list of the most desirable cities in the country.
Founded on July 31, 1871 by General William Palmer, Colorado Springs was born with the intention of creating a high-quality resort community. Due to the influx of English tourists who frequented the area, Colorado Springs was soon nicknamed "Little London".
In 1891 gold was discovered in nearby Cripple Creek and the region not only prospered but became a beloved destination for the newly wealthy. Cripple Creek gold fortunes began to decline around 1909, and along with it, the Colorado Springs economy. Tourism was earmarked as the city's next gold mine.
Capitalizing on the beauty of the city, Spencer Penrose envisioned Colorado Springs as a modern day resort town. He built the Broadmoor Hotel and graded a road that climbed to the top of Pikes Peak. But with the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII, the area saw a decline. City leaders determined that the answer would be the addition of a military camp. In 1942 Congress approved establishment of Camp Carson. Soldiers soon outnumbered residents. Colorado Springs transformed from a sleepy little tourist town to what is now known as "the military hub" of the nation.
A popular destination for tourists, Colorado Springs is home to the Olympic Training Center, the United States Olympic Committee headquarters, the United States Air Force Academy and Peterson Air and Space Museum. The area is also home to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and a historic and fun downtown with a myriad of restaurant choices. The Southeast portion of the city is the focus of a major, multi-faceted community effort to transform the area. This effort, Possibilities: Southeast Colorado Springs, aims to empower community residents and activists to steer the effort. The end goal is a push toward healthier families, economy and community.
Some of our Favorite Activities
Some of our favorite ways to explore Colorado Springs are listed in our mini guide below.
Arts and Culture
In addition to the natural beauty of the area, Colorado Springs is also home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene. With a wide array of cultural events, museums, performing arts venues and art walks, Colorado Springs offers plenty to explore as the diverse culture of the region continues to grow and thrive.
Millibo Art Theater
The Millibo Arts Theater (also known as The MAT), is a leader in the arts community having won numerous awards for their live productions and community collaborations. The MAT continues to present theater productions that are adventurous in their approach, impacting the imagination and widening the world view. If you want to experience the best new theater from across the nation then add The MAT to your list of places to explore while you are in Colorado Springs.
Reserve your tickets at:
1626 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Most performances are staged at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Call for more information:719-465-6321
Pikes Peak Center
Opened in 1982, the Pikes Peak Center is known internationally for design and acoustics. Constructed as part of the economic revitalization strategy for the downtown Colorado Springs business district, the Center hosts in excess of 200 performances every year. With 2000 seats, Pikes Peak Center offers an intimate feel and a wide variety of shows including comedy, ballet, symphony, Broadway productions and concerts.
The venue is located at:
190 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs Colorado 80903
Give them a call at: (719) 520-7469
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
The only association collecting researching and interpreting the history of Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak region, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum features permanent exhibits about the history of the area. There are also changing exhibits which touch on broader topics of interest. With over 60,000 objects, the museum also features the finest regional art collection in the state.
Explore Colorado Springs history at:
215 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Call for more information:719-385-5990
The vibrant city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are surrounded by national forest, open space and wildlife reserves. A wonderful place for a family get-away there are numerous options to explore the wonders of both man and nature. Whether you are looking for an adventurous afternoon in the out of doors or a more educational afternoon of indoor exploration, you'll find a variety of fun family activities in Colorado Springs.
Garden of the Gods
Designated a Natural National Landmark in 1971, Garden of the Gods welcomes visitors from over 60 countries and all 50 states every year. A top attraction in the state, the park is 1,367 acres and continues to dazzle with views of Pikes Peak and incredible red rock formations. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at the glassed in cafeacute; which overlooks one of Colorado's most photographed views.
Explore the Garden at: 1805 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Give them a call at: (719) 634-6666
Seven Falls is the only waterfall in the state of Colorado to earn a spot on the list of International Waterfalls published by National Geographic. One of the most captivating natural wonders in Colorado, Seven Falls features a magnificent series of waterfalls. As you climb the 224 steps to the hiking trails you can take in the stunning vistas, rock formations and the banks of the streams that feed the falls and the related 181-foot drop of falling water.
Unforgettable sightseeing can be found at: 6 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
For more information call:(719) 476-6700
Wild West Ghost Town Museum
Created in 1954 as a way to preserve a piece of the Colorado Wild West heritage, the Ghost Town Museum is a look back at the landscape of the region during the late 1800's and early 1900's. A true preservation of Colorado's past history, this immersive experience allows visitors to experience turn of the century life in the old west. With authentic storefronts and hands-on activities, this is a perfect way to learn more about the history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.
Go back in time at: 400 S 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Call for more information:719-634-0696
Food and Drink
From outdoor farm and table meals and casual sidewalk cafes to high-end sophisticated experiences , you'll have no trouble finding a great place to eat in Colorado Springs. During the warmer months you will find restaurants setting up for al fresco dinners; during the winter you can cozy up to an indoor fireplace and savor a locally made meal. Whether you are looking for international flavor or a restaurant for a special occasion, Colorado Springs delivers.
Over Easy serves classic breakfast options that help the local economy. With standards like steak and eggs, eggs benedict and French toast you'll get a hearty meal sourced from local farmers and artisans whenever possible. They also offer a creative variety of pancakes including cinnamon swirl, blueberry streusel and strawberry cheesecake. Over Easy has three convenient locations in Colorado Springs.
Start your day at:
28A S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Give them a call at: 719-471-2311
5262 North Nevada
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Give them a call at: 719-598-2969
Powers & Dublin
5925 Dublin Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Give them a call at: 719-591-7329
While the location may look a bit run down from the outside, inside they make huge amazing cinnamon rolls! Get one of those rolls before you order anything else and then see if you are still hungry. If somehow you are still hungry, all of the classic breakfast options at Sandy's are homemade and will give you a great start to your day.
Find them at: 6940 Space Village Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Give them a call at: (719) 651-0596
Mountain Shadows Restaurant
One of the most quaint restaurants in Colorado Springs, Mountain Shadows is located in a converted townhouse. Offering the classics like pancakes, eggs and hash and pancakes, this is the place for you if you are a fussy eater. The staff will make sure your hash browns are golden brown, a bit soft, extra crispy or any way you prefer them. There are also a handful of Mexican options on the menu if you want more of an international flare to your breakfast.
Find them at: 2223 W Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Give them a call at: 719- 633-2122
Crave Real Burgers
Locally owned, Crave Real Burgers supports local farmers and ranchers by using only certified Colorado Proud ground beef and chuck. Voted the best burger in Colorado by Zagat, their hand-formed burgers are the backbone for their take on the classic American burger. Try your burger with fried eggs, lamb, poblanos, pork and even peanut butter. They also have salads and bun-less burger options.
Crave a burger at: 7465 N Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920-3204
Give them a call at: 719-264-7919
Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna
Third generation restauranteurs, brothers Jake and Telly Topakas own the only full service Greek restaurant in Colorado Springs. Jake & Telly's offers a creative and delicious menu that integrates modern techniques with traditional family recipes. Be sure to try the red lentil soup and the appetizer plate. They also offer an award winning wine list.
Find them at:
2616 W Colorado Avenue Suite 24, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
(Between 26th & 27th Streets)
Give them a call at: 1 719-633-0406