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Home to gorgeous landscapes, powdery snow, and much more, Colorado is a great place to plan your next family trip. Each city in Colorado is unique, but Colorado Springs has loads to offer everyone in your family.
Enjoy anything from heart-racing trips through the canopy on a zipline, to museums, to beautiful parks, and so much more. Whether you’re looking to teach the kids about history, hike through nature, or do any number of other family activities, Colorado Springs has it. There’s something special for every age group too, so everyone is sure to have a blast.
While Colorado Springs is packed with activities for everyone, finding the right one for your family is another matter. No one wants to end up somewhere that isn’t suitable for their kid, so here are a few options for each age group. There’s plenty to learn and enjoy in this great city.
- 1. The North Pole
- 2. Ghost Town Museum
- 3. Cave of the Winds Park
- 4. Garden of the Gods
- 5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- 6. Colo-Rad Zipline Tour
- 7. Dinosaur Resource Center
- 8. National Museum of World War II Aviation
- 9. Fountain Creek Nature Center
- 10. Pikes Peak Biking Adventure
- 11. US Olympic & Paralympic Museum
- 12. Florissant Fossil Beds
- 13. Penny Arcade
- 14. Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
- 15. Fox Run Regional Park
- 16. Peterson Air & Space Museum
- 17. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
- 18. Red Rock Canyon Open Space
- 19. Play Street Museum
- 20. Manitou Cliff Dwellings
- 21. Monkey Bizness
- 22. May Natural History Museum
- 23. Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Rides
- 24. Gold Mine Mini Golf
- 25. Academy Riding Stables
- 26. Glen Eyrie Castle
- 27. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
- 28. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
- 29. The Summit Interquest Arcade
- 30. Space Foundation Discovery Center
- 31. Memorial Park
- 32. The Broadmoor Seven Falls
- 33. Western Museum of Mining and Industry
- 34. Paint Mines Interpretive Park
- 35. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
1. The North Pole
Experience the magic of Christmas long before the season is here, at this enchanting amusement park. Kids will encounter Santa, wander the themed grounds, and choose from a multitude of rides for different ages.
Guests to the park will be happy to see the multitude of options for rides suited for various age groups. There are family rides, child only, and even infant-friendly rides. Ride coasters, carousel’s, antique cars, ferris wheel’s and much more.
Each ride is charmingly themed to its name and offers an extra layer of fun for kids. The North Pole is open for most of the year, so you and the kiddos can have some wintery fun any time of the year.
2. Ghost Town Museum
Travel back to the time of gold prospectors, cow-folks, and railroads in this fun interactive ghost town museum. Wander through buildings filled with authentic artifacts from the past, learn about history, and have some hands-on fun.
Besides learning about the past and viewing authentic relics, guests will get the chance to try out some interactive activities too.
They can try their hand at churning some butter, take some shots at the shooting gallery, or play some antique arcade games.Guests can also try panning for gold and more. There’s also a gift shop filled with thematically appropriate goods and treats to take home and enjoy.
3. Cave of the Winds Park
Experience spectacular scenery, learn, and go on rides at this fun, active, and educational park. Pick from two caves to explore, where you can learn about the history and geology, or be adventurous and go deep into the mountain. Kids and adults alike are in for loads of fun.
Cave tours are split into the Discovery Tour and the Lantern Tour. The Discovery Tour is all about a peaceful trek through the cave system, learning about geology, and being in awe of beautiful rock formations.
The Lantern Tour is for the more adventurous. On this tour, guests will venture deep into the mountain with only a hand held lantern to guide the way.
Outside of the caves guests will have access to loads of other attractions too. Ropes courses, zip-lines, rock climbing, and more are there for everyone to enjoy. This destination has something for everyone, and you’ll get to do it all in the beauty of nature all around.
4. Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods is packed with fun, unique outdoors activities for all different ages. Engage in all the standard park activities, like hiking and biking, and choose from many more offered by the park.
Take an audio tour of the park using your headphones or car speakers. Scale high rock walls with various rock climbing packages. Take a segway tour for a leisurely, breezy tour through the beauty of the area.
The fun doesn’t stop there, though. The park also has a state of the art visitor center and various other indoor activities. View exhibits, check out the Geo Trekker Theater, eat the Bean Sprouts Cafe, and take home a souvenir from the gift shop to commemorate the incredible trip.
5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Map It: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80906 | Phone: 719-633-9925 | Website | Hours: 9am to 5pm | Entrance: Age 3 – 11: $20.75 – $29.75, Age 12+: $24.75 – $34.75 | Age Group: 3+
Taking the kids to the zoo is a classic pastime that has stood the test of time. Watch the little ones marvel at their favorite animals, learn about the animal kingdom from professionals, and engage in interactive fun.
The zoo is split up into several areas, subtly helping teach kids about each region as they explore. The Asian Highlands feature majestic big cats, such as the tiger and snow leopard. The Australian walkabout shows off kangaroos, wallabies, and more.
There are many more sections to explore, such as the rocky mountains, primate section, reptile area, and even a section all about backyard critters. Kids are sure to have a blast learning and interacting with the fascinating animal kingdom.
6. Colo-Rad Zipline Tour
Give the kids an unforgettable and heart racing experience by taking them to zoom through a canopy of trees. Professionals help guide you through a tour on the zipline course, so everyone can safely enjoy the thrill.
Pick from a variety of zip lines that fit the level of each individual. Fly high over natural terrain, or breeze more gently over a canopy of trees. This thrilling tour is sure to excite everyone and form memories that last a lifetime.
7. Dinosaur Resource Center
Rated number two for best dinosaur museums in the USA, this center will teach, entertain, and engage any kid. Guests get to walk through the Rocky Mountain’s past, filled with dinosaurs, reptiles, and more.
Guests to the museum will get to see fossils from the Cretaceous Period, read about each specimen, and learn from professionals. Everyone gets to view dynamic sculptures, examine massive skeletons, and more as they learn all about the fascinating world of the past.
8. National Museum of World War II Aviation
Since 2012, this museum has entertained and educated masses of guests about the incredible aviation history of World War II. Guests will learn about technological advancements, see machines out of history books, and so much more.
The museum is split up into three main sections, the aircraft collection, the museum exhibits, and the collection of restored vehicles. Each offers a unique experience and all come together to form a wide view of the important steps taken in this era.
The aircraft collection features 20 fully-restored aircrafts from the World War II era. The museum also features 7 other aircrafts in the time surrounding the war that are important to the era’s history.
The museum features several artifacts from the era, archival materials, and more. The additional vehicle collection features non-aviation machines used during the war.
9. Fountain Creek Nature Center
Explore the beautiful Colorado wetlands with the whole family and encounter a large variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Guests will learn from exhibits, professionals, and through first hand experiences with the plants and animals of the area.
Guests will have the choice of a variety of discovery experiences, exhibits, and more at the nature center. Some will focus on the plants and animals, while others focus on climate, weather, and the mountainous backdrop of the area.
There are tours, educational programs, special events, much more. The nature center is a great resource for learning and entertainment for school kids and adults.
10. Pikes Peak Biking Adventure
This bike tour company offers various options for tour types based on skill level and personal preference. Prepare to cycle through beautiful snow capped mountains, past old train tracks, and beautiful scenery all around.
Whatever biking adventure you’re looking for, there is a tour for you. The Gold Camp Road tour takes you through historic Gold Camp Mountain where you’ll see mountains and authentic 1800s railways. This is perfect for the adventurous who don’t mind some bumps in the road.
The touring company also offers a few extra unique tours, such as the Saddle up-Bike Down, and Cog Up-Bike down tours. On these tours, you’ll find yourself on horseback, or on a cog railway, up to the top of the mountain where you’ll get to cycle back down.
There are many more options to pick from, and bike riders of all ages are sure to find one that fits their skill level. This is a great way to get active with the kiddos and see some beautiful scenery.
11. US Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Map It: 200 S. Sierra Madre Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 | Phone: 719-497-1234 | Website | Hours: Sun – Fri: 10am to 5pm, Sat: 9am to 6pm | Entrance: Ages 5 – 12: $14.95, Ages 13+: $24.95 | Age Group: 5+
Perhaps one of Colorado Springs most famous landmarks, the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum is a great stop for everyone. Guests will learn all about team USA through the years through exhibits and interactive elements.
One other great feature of the museum is its accessibility. This museum is truly designed for everyone to enjoy with wheelchair access, audio descriptions, and more.
Throughout its 60,000 sq ft space, guests will have the chance to see a multitude of exhibits, shop in the gift store, and even grab a bite at the flame cafe. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
12. Florissant Fossil Beds
Home to one of the most diverse fossil deposits in the world, the Florissant Fossil Beds offer a great learning opportunity. Guests will get to pick their choice of trail to hike on from a multitude, learn about geology, and kids can participate in special kid related fun too.
Hiking trails include the petrified forest loop, an easy trail where guests get to walk through ancient Lake Florissant and see petrified stumps. There’s also wheelchair accessible trails, trails through beautiful meadows, and many more.
For kids, there are several activities to pick from made specifically for them. One such activity is the junior ranger course. Kids will participate in a variety of educational and interactive activities while filling out a book. At the end they will be awarded a junior ranger badge to commemorate their trip.
13. Penny Arcade
A relic of past amusements, modernized and brought into the present awaits you at Arcade Amusements in Manitou. Kids will love getting to play a multitude of fun vintage and modern arcade games. Skeeball, pinball, and an outdoor section of rides are just some of the options.
The arcade houses over 400 arcade games and several additional non-arcade cabinet games. Enjoy more modern games like Dance Dance Revolution, classic pinball, and much more. The arcade has history and plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy.
14. Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Take the kids on a journey into the past on this scenic and authentic century-old locomotive. Kids will love hearing the chugging of machinery, the billowing smoke, and atmosphere of this old-timey train ride. They’ll learn history, and have fun while doing it.
The train takes guests on a four-mile round trip filled with beautiful scenery around every corner. The train passes historic mines, stops at special points of interests, and includes an educational narration to teach about the area’s history.
15. Fox Run Regional Park
Adults and kids alike are in for a peaceful but fun outdoor trip at the Fox Run Regional Park. Hike multi-use trails, enjoy a picnic together, go horseback riding, and so much more. The park offers interpretive displays and plenty of outdoor fun for everyone.
There’s even a dog park for your furry companion. Cycling and hiking paths will get everyone active, while picnic pavilions and tables will be a great place to relax together after adventuring. There’s also a horseshoe pit, and playground as additional fun options for the kids.
16. Peterson Air & Space Museum
As Colorado’s oldest aviation museum, the Peterson Air & Space Museum has loads of history and information to share. Visit several distinct areas of the museum, each offering a unique perspective on the long history of aviation history.
One section of the museum is Colorado Springs’ first passenger airport terminal from 1941. Another section honors air force veterans that won the Medal of Honor. The museum also has several other sections, all offering a great way to teach kids about its history.
17. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Map It: 1750 E Woodmen Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80920 | Phone: 719-354-2626 | Website | Hours: Mon & Wed: 3pm to 8pm, Tue & Thurs: 12pm to 8pm, Fri: 12pm to 11pm, Sat: 10am to 8pm, Sun: 11am to 8pm | Entrance: $40.99 all day pass | Age Group: 4+
This trampoline park is one of several Sky Zone’s that are built for maximum fun for the kids. They will get to enjoy a wide assortment of activities, games, and special events meant to get them active and having fun.
Ultimate dodgeball will have kids playing a friendly game while bouncing on trampolines. The Foam zone will have them jumping high and landing on soft foam blocks. There are a multitude of options for different ages, all of which are sure to leave an impression.
18. Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Enjoy a multitude of fun, active outdoor activities with the kids while learning all about the beautiful area around you. Walk trails, bike, go horseback riding and more. There are even special walking loops made for dogs.
Trails through the Red Rock Canyon vary in difficulty from leisurely strolls to technical climbers routes, and more. When you’re done adventuring, enjoy a meal in the picnic area amidst the beautiful scenery.
19. Play Street Museum
Map It: 7075 Austin Bluffs Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80923 | Phone: 719-377-9779 | Website | Hours: 9am to 4:30pm | Entrance: $13 | Age Group: Under 10
Young kids are in for loads of fun at this interactive museum filled with great learning opportunities and play spaces. They can learn from professionals, play with their peers, and let their imagination run free in unique kid themed spaces.
Kids will get to explore the tree house and campsite, and interior spaces ideal for playing imaginatively. They can play pretend and learn in a variety of set pieces filled with toys and fun. Plus, a sizable shop allows parents to take home a toy for their kids too.
20. Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Map It: 10 Cliff Dwellings Rd Manitou Springs, CO 80829 | Phone: 719-685-5242 | Website | Hours: Mar – Oct: 9am to 5pm, Nov: 9am to 4pm, Dec – Feb: 10am to 4pm | Entrance: Kids $7.50, Adults: $12 | Age Group: Under 15
An educational and truly unique experience awaits parents and kids alike at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Learn about the old cliff dwellers, explore two different museums, and enjoy the great views of Manitou Springs from the cliff.
The two museums are the Pueblo Museum and Cave Museum. In the Pueblo museum guests will learn about the daily life of the people through exhibits of tools, pottery, and more. The Cave Museum will move guests into an actual cave to continue learning about the past.
This is a great stop for anyone interested in history, or who simply want to teach their kids a little about this fascinating part of our world’s history.
21. Monkey Bizness
Map It: 1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80920 | Phone: 719-428-2888 | Website | Hours: Mon – Thur: 10am to 3pm, Fri: 10am to 7pm, Sat: 9am to 1:30pm, Sun: 9am to 4pm | Entrance: $7 for crawlers, $15 for walkers | Age Group: Under 8
Built as a place for kids to really “monkey around” Monkey Bizness is a great place to let the kids be active and have fun. Let them jump in an inflatable bounce house, traverse an obstacle course, and much more, safely at this entertainment park.
The indoor playground offers classes and free play time depending on what you’re looking for. There is also a cafe with drinks and snacks, and “Seattle’s Best Coffee Bar” where you can enjoy some coffee while the kids play.
22. May Natural History Museum
Map It: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80926 | Phone: 719-576-0450 | Website | Hours: Sun – Thur: 9am to 6pm, Sat: 9am to 7pm | Entrance: Ages 6 – 12: $9, Ages 13+: $12 | Age Group: All ages
The May Natural History Museum is Colorado Springs’ premier bug museum. Kids will love getting to see and learn about a whole world of little critters from the weird to the beautiful. Help support a conservation effort, entertain the kids, and watch them learn about science.
The museum houses over 7000 insects, meaning that every bug lover in your life is sure to find their favorite and see brand new bugs. They may even leave with a new favorite or brand new interest in entomology.
23. Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Rides
Map It: 1760 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80906 | Phone: 719-368-3800 | Website | Hours: Mon – Fri: 7am to 6pm, Sat – Sun: 7am to 4pm | Entrance: Varies by Tour | Age Group: 5+
Book an unforgettable trip in a hot air balloon up into the clouds. Choose from a variety of tours and get unparalleled views of the Colorado Springs area. A trip through the sky is a trip the whole family can enjoy and won’t soon forget.
The sunrise balloon ride will have you flying high above the Rocky Mountain scenery to watch a breathtaking sunrise. Visiting during labor day will have guests flying with a crowd of other balloons. Plus, with partnerships with other touring partners, you can expect a fun filled day.
24. Gold Mine Mini Golf
Mini golf is a long proved, leisurely, and fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Choose from three separate 18-hole courses all themed around gold mines. Engage in friendly competition with the kids, and enjoy some refreshments.
This is a great stop for the whole family. With choices for adult beverages and kids refreshments, there’s plenty to enjoy at this quaint mini-golf course.
25. Academy Riding Stables
Enjoy a scenic trip through the beautiful Garden of the Gods. Choose from a selection of tour options, each designed for different rider levels. The rides start for as young as 2 years old, so there is really something for everyone regardless of age.
For experienced riders, the two hour ride will give riders an unforgettable trip through the Garden of the Gods. Beginners can enjoy the shorter, easier ride, and kids as young as 2 can enjoy the toddler friendly pony rides.
26. Glen Eyrie Castle
Enjoy a peaceful yet eventful trip to the Glen Eyrie Castle. Guests will get a chance to relax, explore the castle, learn some history, enjoy fresh tea, and much more. This is a great spot for unwinding as a family and enjoying some quality time together.
Guests will have access to the bookstore, the grounds, and regularly scheduled castle tours. There’s also options for accommodations for those that find themselves truly enchanted by the serene location. Great views, fields to play in, and refreshments to enjoy await.
27. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
This historic site is a great opportunity for kids to learn about history and engage in fun interactive activities. Guests can wander the 230 acres of historic grounds, learn about the lifestyle of various eras, and much more.
Here kids and adults alike will get a chance to learn about Native Americans, pet farm animals, go to pumpkin patches and more. View clothing and lifestyle from long gone eras, play old games, and much more.
28. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
Kids are in for a blast at the Great Wolf Lodge. Waterparks, climbing courses, fun activities, and so much more await them all within the grounds. This is an unforgettable trip for kids and parents.
In the indoor waterpark, guests can go on tube rides, splash in the Slap Tail Pond, or have fun in the Fort Mackenzie water attraction. There’s also speed slides, water basketball, kiddie pools, and so much more. It has everything anyone could want from a waterpark.
Another special feature of the lodge is Magiquest, a kid-curated adventure through the lodge. This magical live action adventure will have the kids participating in a fantasy adventure filled with dragons, wizards, and more. It’s an adventure the kids won’t soon forget.
The lodge has even more to offer too. Themed suites, kids activities, breakfasts, and so much more await the whole family. They’ve thought of everything to create the ultimate family friendly accommodation.
29. The Summit Interquest Arcade
Stop in for a load of fun for the kids at this arcade, bowling alley, and laser tag arena. Choose from a wide variety of games for every age range.
The arcade covers 5,000 square feet and features a multitude of modern games to win tickets or compete in. Play laser tag, go bowling, and much more.
30. Space Foundation Discovery Center
Treat the kids to a fun, interactive, and educational visit to this discovery center. They’ll get a chance to learn all about space, science, and technology through exhibits and various activities.
Guests to the museum will get to learn about rockets, space exploration, space food, and much more during their visit. There are scavenger hunts, interactive elements, and plenty more to keep everyone entertained and having fun.
31. Memorial Park
Memorial Park is home to a multitude of activity centers including cycling areas, tennis courts, and open fields. Kids are sure to find something they love and be active while doing it.
The US Olympic Velodrome, YMCA Family Center, pools, skate park, and so much more are available to all. During special events you may even see hot air balloons flying around the area.
32. The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Traverse rocky terrain high in the air around one of Colorado’s most majestic waterfalls. Located in a 1,250 foot box canyon, this trip offers spectacular views and a great opportunity to be active together.
Guests to The Broadmoor will get the opportunity to learn about history, hike through the area on various trip options, and visit the onsite shop.
33. Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Teach the kids about the rich history of mining in the American west through authentic machinery and more. Listen to professionals speak and engage in various activities perfect for the kids.
Guests will get to participate in interactive elements like panning for gold, walk through a mine drift, and more. This is an educational and entertaining way to teach kids about history.
34. Paint Mines Interpretive Park
One of Colorado’s most unique open spaces, the Paint Mines offer a beautiful vista and opportunity to enjoy a hike. Pick from a variety of trails and enjoy all the views.
View natural bands of color in the rock formations, hike through miles of trails, and learn about the history of the area. Pictures can’t do justice to the unique sights offered at this park.
35. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Kids will love wandering the halls and learning all about Colorado’s long history through various eras of the area. Artifacts from various eras will spark a lifelong passion for history.
Guests will get to see pottery, various exhibits, learn from professionals, and maybe see some special events like dances. It’s a fun and educational way to get your kids excited about history.