Places to go over the summer in Colorado Springs

May 8, 2018

Derek Lee

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If you’re spending the summer in Colorado Springs or just here for a short visit, you don’t have to limit yourself to only what UCCS has to offer.

    Colorado Springs is home to 156 parks and 300 days of sunshine. Over three million tourists visit our city each year and it’s simple to see why: we have a lot to offer. Take a look into where to spend your time in the city this summer, whether that’s at one of the Springs’ beautiful parks or indoor attractions.

 A mobile app called Colorado Springs Travel is also available for download on the iOS and Android app stores. This app features an “Explore Colorado Springs” option, as well as a breakdown of what’s nearby, upcoming festivals and events and a free visitor guide.


Garden of the Gods

    Garden of the Gods is one of the most prominent places in Colorado Springs and many people from all over the state and the country come to visit the park when they pass through Colorado.

    A registered National Natural Landmark, Garden of the Gods features towering sandstone rock formations that reach as high as 300 feet. With Pikes Peak in the background, Garden of the Gods makes for some breathtaking photos.

    The park features a road that encircles the landscape, so you’re able to drive through the entire park and take in everything from the comfort of your car. There are also parking lots that allow you to get out and take in the views up close.

   Check out the popular hiking trails with your friends, family or pets.


U.S. Olympic Training Center

    Known as Olympic City, USA, it’s only fair to mention the U.S. Olympic Training Center as one of the Springs’ most popular attractions.

    The Olympic Training Center offers tours throughout the year, with each tour lasting approximately one hour.

    During the summer, tours are conducted every half hour from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. During the winter, tours are conducted every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Visitor Center is closed on the Fourth of July.



     Downtown Colorado Springs has plenty to offer. With over 20 art galleries and a variety of restaurants, there are plenty activities for college students.

    Restaurants like The Rabbit Hole and Skirted Heifer are popular among locals. Josh and John’s or Kimball’s Peak Three Theater are perfect for late night adventures. The Money Museum is also a popular place to visit Downtown.

    Plenty of concerts are also held in Colorado Springs, whether they’re at The Black Sheep or Broadmoor World Arena, among others. Artists like Tech N9ne, Alice Cooper and Daughtry will be performing in Colorado Springs this summer.


Manitou Springs

    While not quite in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs is also a popular place that people frequently visit. Filled with plenty of unique shops and restaurants, as well as a penny arcade, Manitou Springs has a quaint feeling about it. Hiking areas like Manitou Springs and Seven Falls are also nearby for those that enjoy being in or around nature.


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