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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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“oh you just can't come to Colorado Springs and bypass this natural beauty of a park! Very easy to get to - even has its own exit: Garden of the Gods, from I-25 A memorable drive through, with ample pull-offs for capturing selfies with unique rock formations, will only take a short amount of time. But - to really appreciate this special "garden", park the car, get out and take a hike on one of the beautiful paved paths! Take your time and explore! There is nothing else quite like it!”
  • 343 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. 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.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Trail
“Red Rock Canyon Open Space has trails of all levels, an off-leash dog area, fantastic views of the Garden of the Gods and climbing by permit”
  • 137 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Just west of downtown Colorado Springs, you’ll find plenty of shooing and restaurants.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Seven Falls is a walking park. From the ticket booth to the base of Seven Falls is .8 of a mile walking on a paved road at a mild incline. There is a tram inside the park for guests that are physically unable to walk up to the base of the falls; however, please note that this tram is not intended to move all guests throughout the park. Tram: $2 per person.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Auditorium
“Public tours are available year-round Monday – Saturday. The tour starts with an inspirational 12-minute film and then a 45-minute outdoor walking tour of the training complex, including the weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the Aquatics Center and the Sports Center Gymnasiums”
  • 71 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!”
  • 66 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!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Park
“"Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, authentic Anasazi cliff dwellings, built more than 700 years ago..."”
  • 60 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is a neat place in downtown Colorado Springs-it looks like you're entering a subway station from the street and the bar/restaurant is underground. Quirky decor, stone walls make for a neat atmosphere. Service is great and the food is greater! It is family friendly.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Cafe
“ 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.  ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Provides innovative, educational, and multidisciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Hotel
“Historic hotel and resort. You can go to the spa, go for a fancy meal, or just sight see around the sprawling propert”
  • 65 locals recommend
University
“The beautiful & patriotic Air Force Academy, home to the Falcons, is a great stop while here in Colorado Springs! Currently, the well-known chapel is under renovation and will be closed for the next several years, but there's still plenty to see! Check out a sports game or make a stop at the visitor center where you can learn the history of the Academy. They have many souvenirs to purchase there as well. If you come during summer months, especially, there is a pull off on I-25 where you can watch the gliders and skydivers! There are also many hiking trails along the Academy.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Just to your north about 20 minutes. Strip shopping with many home décor, clothing and restaurant options. This is on the way to the Air Force Academy which is another popular destination for sightseeing ”
  • 56 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.”
  • 52 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“This is a neat place in downtown Colorado Springs-it looks like you're entering a subway station from the street and the bar/restaurant is underground. Quirky decor, stone walls make for a neat atmosphere. Service is great and the food is greater! It is family friendly.”
  • 91 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.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Brewery
“Excellent food, drinks, and atmosphere! Located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, this is one of my favorite restaurants. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Try their Brazilian Coconut Shrimp Soup! It is in a cute white Victorian house south of downtown.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Resort
“Jaw dropping elegance like you just stepped back in time and you're a movie star. Walk around the grounds and enjoy the ambiance. Beginning around 7:30 PM, the sounds of a ragtime piano can be heard nightly at the Golden Bee. Modern classics including Sweet Caroline, Margaritaville, and Piano Man are played by request, and patrons are encouraged to grab a songbook, raise their glass, and sing along.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Café
“Wild Goose has live music every Friday night starting at 8:00. A short walk up the street to Ricos also offers live music on Friday nights and a wine bar.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I usually recommend mainly Manitou eateries, but I had to include one of my nearby favorites. This restaurant has a lively atmosphere and serves up classic Italian dishes with homemade sauces. They have gluten friendly options.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“ VERY POPULAR BURGER SPOT DOWNTOWN. WANT A HIPSTER BURGER? THIS IS THE PLACE ”
  • 50 locals recommend

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