Itinerary day 1
3 days of family fun
There’s so much to do in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region that we could keep you busy for weeks, but if time is limited, here are our favorite ‘must-see’ attractions for families with kiddos. Don’t worry, we’ve kept the grownups in mind as well. Playtime with the kids is awesome and seeing the wonder through their eyes is what we live for as parents . . . that doesn’t mean the big kids don’t deserve some of their own fun too!
Start the day off right
Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and let’s face it, mom knew a thing or two about a thing or two. If you’re coming from a lower elevation, keeping fuel in your tank will keep you going strong all day. Check out Uncle Sams Pancake House in Manitou Springs as a local favorite.
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Perfect start to a magical vacation
Remember the magic you felt on Christmas morning as a child? Everyday is that magical at the North Pole, and you can feel it all again as you experience Santa’s Workshop through your children’s eyes. The wonder, the joy, and the HOURS of family fun to be had, have made this a favorite for generations! With amusement rides for the very young to those who are just young at heart, magic shows, an arcade, charming shops, deer that eat right out of your hand, and of course the big guy himself.
Plan for a full day of fun. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Picnics are even welcome in Santa’s village, but there are also lots of places to grab lunch or a special treat!
North Pole has been owned by 3 generations of the same family, and has been a favorite with generations of visitors. We bet you’ll want to share it with the next generation too!
Lunch that hits the spot
There’s no need to leave Santa’s Village when the troops are ready to eat. Grab burgers at the snack bar or enjoy your own picnic in their picnic area. Be sure to save room for ice cream. There’s always room for dessert!
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Enjoy the sense of aaahhhhh
Secretly, this one is really for mom & dad, but the kids will have so much fun looking at all the cool stuff and playing in the backyard, they’ll never suspect. Send the kids to the gemstone mine, and enjoy some quality time in the art gallery where you’ll find fine art by local artists and Native Americans — way better than a coffee cup souvenir! That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Trading Post is one of the oldest and largest gift shops in the state, so their selection is amazing and their prices are even better! Hit the cafe for a glass of wine or a local beer while you shop. Check out their giant selection of t-shirts and hoodies. Sample their homemade fudge. And if coffee cups are your jam, you’ll find a huge selection of those as well!
Whether you’re looking for something little to take the neighbor, or something curated perfectly for your home, this is the place to find it.
The Garden of the Gods Trading Post has been around for more than 90 years and has a really cool history. In the early days, there were many American Indian artisans in residence and their work can be seen throughout the building. Be sure to check out their history section for more of the magic!
family friendly food
Chances are good you all enjoyed more than your share of sugar today. Check out Adam’s Mountain Cafe for some great locally sourced “slow food.” You’ll feel way better, and ready to tackle another day.