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Father’s Day Activities in Colorado Springs

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Father’s Day Activities in Colorado Springs

Father’s Day is here already and we know you cannot wait to celebrate the dads in your life with a fun day out. We know that there are all kinds of fatherly figures out there, so we’ve broken down our activities by adventure type.

Father’s Day Specials

Several of our local attractions think dads are extra special so they’ve created these Father’s Day Only specials:

  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame: take 20% OFF all men’s wear and drink ware on June 16th
  • U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum: enjoy a day of inspiration and exploration on June 16th. Dad’s receive 50% off admission as our way of saying thanks for all you do. Get your tickets here.
  • Miramont Castle: celebrate dad with Cigars & Bourbon in the Gardens from 2-5pm. $55 per person and includes one cigar, one glass of bourbon and heavy hors d’oeuvres like only Miramont can make. Advanced reservations only. Call 719-685-1011 to book.
  • Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain: a long tradition at Pikes Peak, dads get in free for Father’s Day. See below for more ideas of what to do on dad’s free visit!
  • Flying W Ranch: dads are pretty special at Flying W Ranch and will get a free hat with branding on their special day. We highly recommend getting a matching hats just to make dad smile.

Free Father’s Day Activities in for Frugal Fathers

Views from Pikes Peak Summit

Everyone’s on a budget these days and if your pops is like most, he’ll try to get out the wallet to help pay. This Father’s Day, he’ll have no reason to pay at these awesome attractions that offer free admission for dads. He won’t even be able to feel bad because he’s free!

Free Admission for Dads on Pikes Peak

Take dad fishing, hit the hiking trails, bring a picnic or head straight to the summit for their world famous donuts. It’s dad’s call on this journey!

Free Admission for Dads at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Checkout one of the top dinosaur museums in the country. Peruse 12,000 square feet dedicated to ancient fossils from the North America’s Cretaceous Period. It’ll be the perfect setup for dad’s joke about riding a dinosaur to school back in his day.

Garden of the Gods (this place is free for everyone)

Hit the hiking trails, many of which are paved and super accessible. Or you can  bring a picnic and stop by the Garden of the Gods Trading Post for a little fresh fudge or ice cream. Upgrade your Garden of the Gods adventure with a horseback ride with Academy Riding Stables. They have one and two hour rides available and every dad secretly wants to be a cowboy.

Nature Experiences for Outdoorsy Dads

Family in Garden of the Gods

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is slightly less well known, with loads of trails that weave through the quarry and connect to more challenging, lengthier hikes. Near the space are breweries in Old Colorado City and  Manitou Springs to enjoy a post-hike beer.

Thrill-Seeking Activites

For fathers who settled down but never slowed down, there are many heart-pumping activities in the Pikes Peak region. Cave of the Winds has two exhilarating above-ground rides, the Bat-a-Pult and the Terror-dactyl.  Both rides allow you to sit side-by-side with dad, and nothing bonds a parent and child like dropping off a cliff together. They also have a great ropes course, three different cave tours from mild to muddy, and the Via Feratta climbing course.  Let dad choose his favorite or spend the whole day and try them all!

Just a short distance from Colorado Springs, you’ll find more thrills at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Start with the Skycoaster where you and dad can share a harness while you’re lifted 100 feet into the air and then swing out over the 1,200 foot gorge. Next up, the Cloudscraper ZipRider, one of Colorado’s highest zip lines will take you from edge to edge of the gorge. Finally, book a trip on their Via Feratta that has you climbing the walls of the canyon for a full thrill-seeker hat trick!

For excitement that’s a bit closer to the ground, but not closer to sea level, try Challenge Unlimited. They’ll take you  up Pikes Peak in a Jeep, then sail down Pikes Peak on a bicycle for 20 miles. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Back here in Colorado Springs, Adventures Out West can also provide some heart-pumping fun with dad. Enjoy zip-lining, Segway tours and Jeep tours or hot air balloon rides over the Pikes Peak region.

Last, but not least, on our fatherly thrill list, is a white water rafting trip with Echo Canyon River Expeditions. They have short trips, long trips, easy family floats and pulse-pounding adventures that are sure to create fun memories with dad. 

Relaxing Fun for You and Dad

cripple creek railroad

If your pops is more of a sit-back-and-relax sort, we’ve got plenty here to suit him too. We suggest you take a relaxing Sunday drive to Cripple Creek, where you can hop on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. It’s a scenic journey through the mountains with great views and lots of family time. When you’re done, you can visit the Cripple Creek District Museum for a tour of historic buildings and artifacts.

The Flying W Chuckwagon is another easygoing, relaxing way to celebrate dad, with hearty food, western songs and plenty of laughs. This year the Flying W is offering a free hat for all dads on Father’s Day (including branding!) You should probably pickup a matching hat while you’re at it so everyone knows you’re team dad.

You can also take a leisurely stroll through Manitou Springs, where you can wine and dine your dad in multiple local restaurants. Challenge dad to a few rounds of Skeeball at the arcade, sip from the many mineral springs and just relax.

The Pikes Peak regions is bursting with activities for fathers of all sorts. Gather up the dads in your life and take them on an adventure this weekend!

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