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Things to do in Colorado Springs

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Parking lots are available throughout the park. Great place to bike or hike through. Stay on the paths provided to prevent erosion of the delicate vegetation.”
  • 339 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain. At an elevation of 6,714 feet above sea level it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres, 40 of which are in use. ”
  • 149 locals recommend
Trail
“a great day hike for everyone - great red rock walls line the old quarry site that is easily explored with it's numerous trails.”
  • 139 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Cute walk-able "Main Street" with shops, restaurants, gifts, sightseeing and history.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Waterfall
“The Broadmoor Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls of South Cheyenne Creek in South Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It has been a privately-owned tourist attraction since it was opened in the early 1880s.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Auditorium
“The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is home to Olympic hopefuls in various sport disciplines. Take the guided walking tour and see the facilities in which athletes train as the aspire to be part of Team USA in the upcoming Olympic Games!”
  • 70 locals recommend
Park
“One of nature's wonders, it's a must see while in Colorado Springs. We highly recommend going by bike or vintage scooter as parking is a challenge during the Summer months. You can rent a low-power scooter from Vintage Scooter Adventures which is located at The Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO. Fun times, great rates, wonderful experience all around. Highly recommend!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Museum
“Colorado Springs offers Colorado history at the Pioneer Museum. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM) is committed to building a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing our cultural history and accomplishes this mission through innovative exhibits, educational outreach and programming, and preservation of its object and archival collections. Check it out!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of relocated Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and museums located just west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 24 in Manitou Springs.”
  • 58 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Don't miss the Rabbit Hole and the best bar in the Springs. Have a Cherry Limeaid for me!”
  • 86 locals recommend
Cafe
“This place is a local gem and a MUST visit! It's an old elementary school that's been turned into a community gathering place with multiple businesses inside. It hoses Bristol Brewing Company, the Kitchen (amazing food), The Principals Office (local bar & coffee shop), Yobel which is a market for handmade goods, the Axe and the Oak which is a whiskey distillery. It also has concerts, a run club and fitness classes. It's a 2-minute drive from my Airbnb or a 15-20 minute walk through the sweet Ivywild neighborhood. Ivywild School is a place where neighbors, friends, colleagues and visitors can meet and mingle. A place where you can enjoy great local fare and share ideas. But it’s also much more than that. It’s a flourishing communal atmosphere linking commerce and community with gathering spaces, local cuisine, education, art and gardens. Formerly an elementary school, Ivywild’s façade still holds true to its roots as reimagined spaces fill the halls once again with the voices of children and adults alike. A virtual and literal hotspot of activity throughout the day, Ivywild is always full of energy. Whether it’s bakers baking fresh bread and pastries in the morning, friends meeting for coffee or craft-brewed beer over lunch, gardeners harvesting the fruits of the season, or people gathering for a small concert or film in the former gym, the school provides an inviting space for kids of all ages. Wide hallways afford plenty of space for relaxing or viewing the ever-changing art offerings. Multiple patios provide al fresco seating in the building’s beautiful Rocky Mountain setting. And a highly-walkable “public square” will host farmer’s markets, festivals, and other special events. So whether you just want to pick up your morning joe and a freshly baked bagel, linger for lunch and an afternoon cocktail, or grab local produce and some meat for dinner, Ivywild School will be a hub for meeting, eating, drinking and neighboring.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Fine art, culture, dining, theater located in a beautiful Art Deco building.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful historic Hotel. A must see. Many wonderful restaurants, amazing western art collection, and many displays featuring historic material about Colorado Springs, the Penrose family, and other founders of Colorado Springs.”
  • 65 locals recommend
University
“An incredible military academy to visit. Beautiful grounds, a B-52 Bomber on display, a great visitor center and the iconic chapel which is the most visited man- made tourist attraction in Colorado. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Outdoor shopping with amazing views and great stores and restaurants! Bad Daddy's Burger, P.F. Chang's, Ted's Montana Grill, Biaggi's Italian Ristorante, California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, Apple Store, just to name a few.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great beer, super good food - service is always pretty mediocre, but if you are a patient person, it's worth the visit.”
  • 51 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Don't miss the Rabbit Hole and the best bar in the Springs. Have a Cherry Limeaid for me!”
  • 86 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great beer, super good food - service is always pretty mediocre, but if you are a patient person, it's worth the visit.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Brewery
“Nice menu, beer is tasty - and you can have your pup outside on the front patio. They also have a very large pool hall if you like playing pool.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Gastropub
“want a cozy bar with great cocktails with an outdoor patios and amazing menu - this place is great for lunch with family or for a romantic date. It is casual, hip and authentically fun. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Resort
“Local 5 star resort with several good restaurants, a bowling alley, beautiful grounds, 3 world-class golf courses, and lakes. Especially wonderful during the Christmas season with gingerbread creations in the lobby and Christmas lights!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Café
“Fun, lively coffee shop that also serves alcohol. Great pressed sandwiches and live music in the evenings. Part of the college scene. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“A menu featuring Italy’s regional specialties, classic Italian-American favorites, original creations, hand–crafted cocktails, wine, Italian liqueurs, and homemade desserts.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“This place is generally always crowded on a nice day. The "skirt" is made of cheese so definitely not for the lactose intolerant but a solid burger at a reasonable price for those who are amiable to a tight space with limited seating. Absolutely worth it though”
  • 46 locals recommend

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