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 (and we’re not talking about dad bods), so we’ve broken down our dadly activities by adventure type to make it easy for you to find things to do this weekend.
Free Father’s Day Activities in for Frugal Fathers
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, no matter how much you protest the fact that this is supposed to be his day. Some dads just can’t seem to stop wanting to take care of their kiddos, even when those kiddos have wee ones, careers and money of their own. This Father’s Day, you can say “no way!” to his attempt to pay at these awesome attractions that offer free admission for dads. He won’t even be able to feel bad — ‘cause he’s free!
- Free Admission for Dads on Pikes Peak
- Free Admission for Dads at the North Pole—Santa’s Workshop
- Free Admission for Dads at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
- Garden of the Gods (this place is free for everyone)
- Free Admission for Dads to the Fine Arts Center
Nature Experiences for Outdoorsy Dads
If your dad is the sort who prefers his leisure under bright blue skies, we’ve got some fun ideas. Up above, we noted that Pikes Peak is free for fathers. That means you and your dad have access to lakes for fishing, trails for hiking and multiple places to stop for a picnic. Snag him a hot and fresh donut at the summit for extra brownie (donut) points. Or perhaps you’d prefer to tackle some of the many beautiful hiking trails in Garden of the Gods, which has easy walks on paved paths and more difficult routes that overlook the formations and surrounding hillsides. You can even buy dad a burger at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post when you’re done. If the Garden is too crowded, there are great trails at Red Rock Canyon Open Space that weave through the quarry and connect to more challenging, lengthier hikes. Right next to the space are breweries in Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs and downtown Colorado Springs to enjoy a post-hike beer with your pops.
Adrenaline-Pumping Activities for Thrill-Seeking Patriarchs
For the fathers who settled down, but never really “settled down” there are many heart-pumping activities to be found in the Pikes Peak region. Over at Cave of the Winds, there two exhilarating rides outside the cave tour (which is also rad), the Bat-a-Pult and the Terror-dactyl, both of which allow you to soar over the canyon side-by-side with your dad. A little further from Colorado Springs, you’ll find more thrills at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which has the Skycoaster and the Cloudscraper ZipRider. For excitement that’s a bit closer to the ground, but not closer to sea level, Challenge Unlimited will send you and your dad up Pikes Peak in a van, then down Pikes Peak on a bicycle for 20 miles, and provide lunch, too. 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 that your dad will love.
Relaxing Fun for Chill-Chaser Padres
If your pops is more of a sit-back-and-relax sort, 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 and when you’re done, you can visit the Cripple Creek District Museum for a tour of historic buildings and artifacts. Closer to home, you can take a leisurely stroll through Manitou Springs, where you can wine and dine your dad in multiple local restaurants, play a few rounds of Skeeball at the arcade, sip from the many mineral springs and just, well, chill-ax.
The Pikes Peak region 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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