Family adventure, here we come!
With today’s busy schedules and the distraction of the shiny screens, it can be really hard to get the whole family together and connected. Time with your kids seems to be flying by, and they’ll be moving out before you know it. Now’s your chance to bond and build memories you’ll all carry with you the rest of your lives. We’re here to help you find those once in a lifetime experiences, and if a few of them aren’t cellphone friendly, well all the better! Welcome to your perfect family adventure.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Get hands-on with history
Originally moved from a site in southwest Colorado in 1904, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings make these 700 year old homes accessible, educational, and FUN! Climb through history, imagine tribal life, scale wooden ladders, and even try grinding corn. There are no “Do Not Touch” signs here.Buy now
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Something for everyone
One of the trickiest parts of family vacations is trying to find something that will make everyone happy. Cave of the Winds has something to make everybody happy. Start your visit with a cave tour, the Discovery Tour is perfect for most families, the Lantern Tour is a bit more daring and authentic, and the Caving 101 takes things to the next level adventure-wise. When you’re back topside, you’ll find everything from mild-mannered gem searches to adrenaline pumping 100 mile an hour rides and lots of stops in between.
Local’s Tip: Call ahead for tour reservations. Life’s too short to wait in line! 719-685-5444
Time allowance: 2-3 hours
Historic Manitou Springs
Soak up the Colorado vibe
One thing that’s really easy to forget when you’re on a family adventure is making time to do stuff for mom and dad, too. Manitou Springs is full of cute boutiques, locally made treats, and a tranquil vibe that will restore the whole family. Do a little shopping, grab a Colorado craft beer, enjoy some saltwater taffy, and taste test the 8 mineral springs (look for the circles with wavy lines stamped into the sidewalks to guide you.) Whatever you do, don’t forget to look up; at the mountains that embrace Manitou Springs, the blooming trees, the historic buildings, or even the funny street signs. It has so much character, and so many characters that live there, you’re sure to fall in love with both.
Local’s Tip: The Penny Arcade is a must. Challenge the whole family to a skeeball tournament!
Time allowance: 3-4 hours
Ghost Town Museum
Time to mosey
Step through the swinging doors and back in time as you enter this indoor ghost town. Saunter the planked walkways, past the player piano and the General Store to the shooting gallery. Take in the sounds of black smith, and get hands on with the butter churn and seasonal gold panning. There’s real gold in them thar hills! For kids who don’t know what a phone book is, the sites and artifacts from 100 years ago are a real hoot!
Local’s Tip: That’s real gold in the gold panning trough! Available seasonally.
Time allowance: 1 hour
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