Take a Hike on the Wild Side at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Featuring 146 acres of gentle mountain terrain, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers exercise, education, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Feed lettuce to one of the world’s largest giraffe herds, climb and play in the Big Backyard and enjoy meeting the over 750 animals that fill the zoo’s carefully constructed habitats. Pack a picnic lunch or forage at one of the many food vendors because this is an all-day excursion. Be sure to also bring a few extra layers in case it gets chilly! As a side note, the zoo also has some pretty cool Spring Break day camps, too!
Hands-on Time Travel at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Tour authentic Southwestern Native American dwellings relocated from McElmo Canyon in 1907 and reassembled in Cliff Canyon in Manitou Springs. These actual buildings from the Four Corners region have been carefully reconstructed with concrete mortar, allowing visitors to walk through the amazing architecture of tribes who lived hundreds of years ago in what is now southwestern Colorado. The gift shop includes native-made items and jewelry and the museum delivers a trove of information about the history of the native peoples.
Cruise Pikes Peak by Car … or Train!
The awe-inspiring 14er that Colorado Springs calls its backyard offers you a dynamic, 360-degree view of Colorado as she begins to shrug off winter and prepare for spring. You’ve got two pretty rad ways to journey above the clouds: Drive your clan up the Pikes Peak Highway, or take the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Railway. Both have their perks, and both end up at the top, where you’ll find snacks, hot cocoa, cool souvenirs and very little oxygen. Dress warm, bring water and be sure to pack your camera to capture the flora and fauna of the Pikes Peak region.
Tea Time at Miramont Castle
If the day is just a little too cold for hanging around outside, take the fun indoors at Miramont Castle. The castle, which first began construction in 1895, allows visitors to explore its various rooms and artifacts while learning the unique history of Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs at the turn of the century. The Queen’s Parlour Tearoom offers High Tea, Light Victorian Tea and lunch in a beautifully decorated Victorian atmosphere (reservations and 24 hours notice required). Sip from a variety of carefully selected teas and enjoy scones, tiny sandwiches and knowledgeable service.
Don’t let your kids spend spring break cooped up in the house binge watching Netflix. Take them on adventures with family spring break activities that will give them great memories and some quality face time with you.