Kendra's Guidebook

Kendra
Kendra's Guidebook

Nature Sightseeing

Here are some beautiful areas to explore and enjoy!!
Garden of the Gods is a must-visit if this is your first time to Colorado Springs!! The red rocks with the mountain background is stunning! There is a visitor center with information, bathrooms, gift shop, coffee, and light food options. From there, drive through the garden and pull off at any spots you may like to explore more. There's plenty of trails to enjoy the gorgeous scenery! During peak season, parking may be challenging. There's a large overflow parking area at the entrance, where you follow the sidewalk to take you to the main viewing area or split off onto other trails. An early morning or evening drive is especially beautiful!
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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N 30th St
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Garden of the Gods is a must-visit if this is your first time to Colorado Springs!! The red rocks with the mountain background is stunning! There is a visitor center with information, bathrooms, gift shop, coffee, and light food options. From there, drive through the garden and pull off at any spots you may like to explore more. There's plenty of trails to enjoy the gorgeous scenery! During peak season, parking may be challenging. There's a large overflow parking area at the entrance, where you follow the sidewalk to take you to the main viewing area or split off onto other trails. An early morning or evening drive is especially beautiful!
As you explore Garden of the Gods, make sure to stop by the Trading Post! It's such a cute place! There's a huge gift shop with all sorts of Colorado and nature-themed items, a delicious selection of ice cream, food available in their cafe with indoor & outdoor seating, and even free fudge & popcorn samples.
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Garden of the Gods Trading Post
324 Beckers Ln
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As you explore Garden of the Gods, make sure to stop by the Trading Post! It's such a cute place! There's a huge gift shop with all sorts of Colorado and nature-themed items, a delicious selection of ice cream, food available in their cafe with indoor & outdoor seating, and even free fudge & popcorn samples.
This is right next door to Garden of the Gods and offers additional trails to explore and enjoy the beautiful red rocks!
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
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This is right next door to Garden of the Gods and offers additional trails to explore and enjoy the beautiful red rocks!
This is one of our favorite go-to places. Parking can be difficult at times, but there are beautiful trails, views, and also a waterfall. As you enter, you should see a stream on your left as you begin to drive up towards parking. My kiddos love to play in the water while we enjoy the views & outdoors. There's plenty of trail options, a mini gift & information center, porty-potties, and small parking pull-offs throughout. There's also a main parking area for Helen Hunt Falls. If you continue driving to the top, there's also another primary parking area for 7 Bridges trail. Enjoy!!
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North Cheyenne Cañon Park
2120 South Cheyenne Canyon Road
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This is one of our favorite go-to places. Parking can be difficult at times, but there are beautiful trails, views, and also a waterfall. As you enter, you should see a stream on your left as you begin to drive up towards parking. My kiddos love to play in the water while we enjoy the views & outdoors. There's plenty of trail options, a mini gift & information center, porty-potties, and small parking pull-offs throughout. There's also a main parking area for Helen Hunt Falls. If you continue driving to the top, there's also another primary parking area for 7 Bridges trail. Enjoy!!
This is only 12 minutes away! Palmer Park offers miles of trails with views that overlook Colorado Springs. There's also a nice playground available for kids, volleyball court, baseball field, and picnic area.
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Палмер Парк Трейлхед
3650 Maizeland Rd
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This is only 12 minutes away! Palmer Park offers miles of trails with views that overlook Colorado Springs. There's also a nice playground available for kids, volleyball court, baseball field, and picnic area.

Activities & Attractions

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been voted one of the best in North America! Since it's located on the side of a mountain, be prepared to walk on an incline as you visit all the animals. It's a beautiful area that also offers panoramic views of the city below. You will find restaurants, ice cream, carousel, gift shop, and can even pay to feed the giraffes and elephants!
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Зоопарк Шайенн Маунтин
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been voted one of the best in North America! Since it's located on the side of a mountain, be prepared to walk on an incline as you visit all the animals. It's a beautiful area that also offers panoramic views of the city below. You will find restaurants, ice cream, carousel, gift shop, and can even pay to feed the giraffes and elephants!
Flying W Ranch offers a unique experience for the entire family! Enjoy a western Chuckwagon spread of smoked meats with all the trimmings, followed by a western stage show performed by the world-renowned Flying W Wranglers (the second longest-running western performance band in the world). The Ranch is open year-round for special events, parties, and gatherings, with the summer Chuckwagon operation beginning in May and running through September 30.  Special Christmas shows are featured in December.  Guests will find themselves surrounded by striking red rock formations, hiking trails, ranch animals, and historical Old West demonstrations including Navajo rug weaving, silversmithing, and horse shoeing.
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Flying W Ranch
3330 Chuckwagon Rd
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Flying W Ranch offers a unique experience for the entire family! Enjoy a western Chuckwagon spread of smoked meats with all the trimmings, followed by a western stage show performed by the world-renowned Flying W Wranglers (the second longest-running western performance band in the world). The Ranch is open year-round for special events, parties, and gatherings, with the summer Chuckwagon operation beginning in May and running through September 30.  Special Christmas shows are featured in December.  Guests will find themselves surrounded by striking red rock formations, hiking trails, ranch animals, and historical Old West demonstrations including Navajo rug weaving, silversmithing, and horse shoeing.
Indoor rock climbing near us! (0.4 miles away)
Gripstone Climbing & Fitness
6220 Tutt Blvd
Indoor rock climbing near us! (0.4 miles away)
Super close! (0.3 miles away)
Legends Miniature Golf & Batting Cages
Super close! (0.3 miles away)
Very close! (0.4 miles away)
Massage Heights
5925 Dublin Boulevard
Very close! (0.4 miles away)
Fun indoor trampoline park for kids/adults of all ages!
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Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1750 East Woodmen Road
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Fun indoor trampoline park for kids/adults of all ages!
Family owned dinner theater featuring old-fashioned comedic melodramas & hearty American eats! If you love live theater, silly antics, neat storylines and old school fun, you need to get yourself to the Iron Springs Chateau and discover the magic for yourself :) Call/Email for reservations - 719-685-5104 reservations@ironspringschateau.com
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Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theater
444 Ruxton Avenue
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Family owned dinner theater featuring old-fashioned comedic melodramas & hearty American eats! If you love live theater, silly antics, neat storylines and old school fun, you need to get yourself to the Iron Springs Chateau and discover the magic for yourself :) Call/Email for reservations - 719-685-5104 reservations@ironspringschateau.com
Cave of the wind mountain park will have activities to keep you entertained for hours! There's two cave tour options, a three story obstacle course, zip lining, rock climbing, and more! Adventure packages are available. Online reservations are required for certain activities.
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
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Cave of the wind mountain park will have activities to keep you entertained for hours! There's two cave tour options, a three story obstacle course, zip lining, rock climbing, and more! Adventure packages are available. Online reservations are required for certain activities.
Adventures Out West offer Jeep & Segway tours, hot air balloon rides, biking tours down Pikes Peak, and more! Definitely plan to make reservations (online is recommended). Go experience Colorado!!
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Adventures Out West
1680 S 21st St
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Adventures Out West offer Jeep & Segway tours, hot air balloon rides, biking tours down Pikes Peak, and more! Definitely plan to make reservations (online is recommended). Go experience Colorado!!

Restaurants (Super Close)

If you're looking for food close by, these restaurants are all super close to our home!
Colorado's Rib & Chop House
5935 Dublin Boulevard
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The Skirted Heifer
5935 Dublin Blvd
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Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill
5925 Dublin Blvd
Pizza, subs, & salads
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Dion's
6385 Source Center Point
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Pizza, subs, & salads
Local favorite!
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Fuzzy's Taco Shop
5915 Dublin Blvd
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Local favorite!
Kanpai Japanese Restaurant and Sushi
5935 Dublin Boulevard
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Urban Egg a daytime eatery
5925 Dublin Blvd
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MOD Pizza
5925 Dublin Blvd
Firehouse Subs
5915 Dublin Blvd
Birdcall
6510 Tutt Boulevard
Chick-fil-A
5905 Dublin Blvd
Burger King
6365 Source Center Point
Taco Bell
6425 Source Center Point
Pita Pit
6445 Source Center Point

Coffee (Super Close)

Coffee places super close to us!
Local Favorite!! (0.2 miles away)
Dutch Bros
6405 Source Center Point
Local Favorite!! (0.2 miles away)
0.4 miles away
Dunkin'
5915 Dublin Blvd
0.4 miles away
0.5 miles away
Starbucks
5980 Dublin Blvd
0.5 miles away
Our favorite local coffee house! (0.8miles away)
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Wayfinder Coffee Co.
6140 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
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Our favorite local coffee house! (0.8miles away)

Shopping

Cute shops and places to eat! 21st - 28th Street on, Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Old Colorado City! Shop. Dine. Discover. Stay.
Cute shops and places to eat! 21st - 28th Street on, Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Upscale open-air shopping & dining with beautiful mountain views!
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The Promenade Shops At Briargate
1885 Briargate Parkway
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Upscale open-air shopping & dining with beautiful mountain views!
Sprawling center with numerous major brand stores, plenty of dining, and entertainment. 3650 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
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First & Main Town Center
3650 New Center Point
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Sprawling center with numerous major brand stores, plenty of dining, and entertainment. 3650 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Downtown Manitou Springs is a quaint historic town offering shopping and creek-side dining.
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Manitou Springs
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Downtown Manitou Springs is a quaint historic town offering shopping and creek-side dining.

Playgrounds & Kid Fun

Closest playground for kids! It's an easy walk from our home - right down Balsam St. (0.4 miles away)
Fred McKown Park And Field
5035 Balsam Street
Closest playground for kids! It's an easy walk from our home - right down Balsam St. (0.4 miles away)
Another close park with stunning mountain views! There's a large playground, huge grass field, and tennis & basketball courts (1.7 miles away).
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Cottonwood Creek Park
1401 Recreation Way
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Another close park with stunning mountain views! There's a large playground, huge grass field, and tennis & basketball courts (1.7 miles away).
Fantastic playground in a gorgeous location! There's also a water-pad that's active during summer and a fun sand area for little ones. There are also large pavilions with picnic tables (3.4 miles away).
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John Venezia Community Park
3555 Briargate Pkwy
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Fantastic playground in a gorgeous location! There's also a water-pad that's active during summer and a fun sand area for little ones. There are also large pavilions with picnic tables (3.4 miles away).
Lovely playground for kids a little older (3-10). There's not much equipment suitable for toddlers 2 or younger. Swings accommodate all ages (1.3 miles away).
Snowy River Park
6152 Snowy River Drive
Lovely playground for kids a little older (3-10). There's not much equipment suitable for toddlers 2 or younger. Swings accommodate all ages (1.3 miles away).
Free indoor play area for kids! Try their super fun huge slide. There are also puppets and a stage for your kids to put on an entertaining show :) They have an entire room just for babies & young toddlers. Complete your trip with treats from Adventures in Odyssey's ice cream shop!
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Focus on the Family
8605 Explorer Drive
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Free indoor play area for kids! Try their super fun huge slide. There are also puppets and a stage for your kids to put on an entertaining show :) They have an entire room just for babies & young toddlers. Complete your trip with treats from Adventures in Odyssey's ice cream shop!
Indoor playground for ages 1-8. They also have an inflatable bounce house.
Little Monkey Bizness - Colorado Springs
1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd
Indoor playground for ages 1-8. They also have an inflatable bounce house.

Museums

Manitou Cliff Dwellings is where you have the opportunity to explore fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi Indians. You can enter, explore, and touch these ancient homes that have been preserved. There are also two museums featuring cultural displays. I would recommend planning about an hour to see everything.
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
10 Cliff Road
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings is where you have the opportunity to explore fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi Indians. You can enter, explore, and touch these ancient homes that have been preserved. There are also two museums featuring cultural displays. I would recommend planning about an hour to see everything.
Western history comes to life with interactive exhibits, knowledgeable and entertaining docents, Gold Panning and more.
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Western Museum of Mining & Industry
225 North Gate Blvd
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Western history comes to life with interactive exhibits, knowledgeable and entertaining docents, Gold Panning and more.
Do you love rodeos, cowboys and the spirit of the Wild West? Then, add this museum to your list! ProRodio preserves the legacy of the cowboy contests, the heritage and culture of those original competitions, and the champions of the past, present and future.
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Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
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Do you love rodeos, cowboys and the spirit of the Wild West? Then, add this museum to your list! ProRodio preserves the legacy of the cowboy contests, the heritage and culture of those original competitions, and the champions of the past, present and future.
Affectionately known as the “bug museum," and boasts one of the largest private insect collections on the planet. Over 8,000 insects, arachnids, beautiful butterflies, and beetles await you!
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May Natural History Museum
710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd
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Affectionately known as the “bug museum," and boasts one of the largest private insect collections on the planet. Over 8,000 insects, arachnids, beautiful butterflies, and beetles await you!
This is an interactive, museum-quality destination that advances space-based science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in the exciting context of space exploration, development, and utilization.
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Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center
4425 Arrowswest Dr
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This is an interactive, museum-quality destination that advances space-based science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in the exciting context of space exploration, development, and utilization.
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. It features 12 galleries that takes guests through Team USA athlete's journey.
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Olympic Museum
200 S Sierra Madre St
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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. It features 12 galleries that takes guests through Team USA athlete's journey.
Crank a butter churn. Try your hand at the shooting gallery. Play antique arcade games. Pan for real gold in the summer! Here, authentic artifacts were rescued from the Pikes Peak region and have been preserved indoors for generations to come.
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Ghost Town Museum
400 S 21st St
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Crank a butter churn. Try your hand at the shooting gallery. Play antique arcade games. Pan for real gold in the summer! Here, authentic artifacts were rescued from the Pikes Peak region and have been preserved indoors for generations to come.
Miramont Castle is a 14,000 square foot National Historic Landmark built in 1895 as a private residence. The Castle features nine styles of architecture ranging from English Tudor to Byzantine, all crafted from locally quarried greenstone. Miramont Castle is dedicated to preserving the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
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Miramont Castle Museum
9 Capitol Hill Avenue
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Miramont Castle is a 14,000 square foot National Historic Landmark built in 1895 as a private residence. The Castle features nine styles of architecture ranging from English Tudor to Byzantine, all crafted from locally quarried greenstone. Miramont Castle is dedicated to preserving the Victorian heritage of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak region.