Family Adventure

Day 5

One last day of awesome activities!

Well, this is it, your last hurrah in our fine city.  It’s not too late to change your mind and book a few more days of fun.  There’s so much to do in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, we could keep you and the family giggling and bonding for weeks. We suggest you seriously consider booking a second trip now.  We promise to be just as happy to welcome you a second time, too!

Cinnamon rolls as big as your head

Housed in a little red Victorian near Old Colorado City, Mountain Shadows is a popular westside eatery. With classic local greasy spoon food and friendly waitresses, you’ll feel right at home in no time. Don’t worry if there’s a bit of a wait, they do an awesome job of getting people in and out so there’s plenty of time for more adventures.

Ghost Town Museum

Old timey fun for the whole crew!

Stepping through the doors at Ghost Town Museum is like stepping back in time. Saunter the planked walkways, past the player piano and the General Store, stocked with goods of days gone by.  Take aim at the shooting gallery to test your skills. Listen to the tinkering sounds of the black smith, and get hands on with the butter churn.  During the summer months you can pan for real gold.  (There’s real gold in them thar hills!)

For kids who’ve never used a phone book, the sites and artifacts from 100 years ago are a real hoot!  It’s a completely different world!  Watch their eyes light up (and we’ll never tell them they’re learning something!  That can be our little secret.)

Local’s Tip: That’s real gold in the gold panning trough! Available seasonally.

Time allowance: 1-2 hours

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Historic Manitou Springs

This town will feel like home!

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

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Lunch that hits the spot

Manitou is full of great locally owned restaurants. Stop by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce for a recommendation, or just mosey the streets till something smells good. Either way, you’ll be in good hands.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Celebrating 40 years!

America’s most iconic sport and the spirit and values of the American Cowboy are celebrated at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The family will enjoy cruising through the halls of displays showcasing decades of rodeo glamour and tenacity. Younger visitors will particularly enjoy playing “cowboy and cowgirl” in the Little Champions Arena where they can “compete” in their favorite rodeo event. During the summer, make sure to visit the retired bucking stock in our Rodeo Livestock Exhibit in the barn. The family will be amazed by the equine rodeo athletes.

Haven’t been to a rodeo before? We’ve got you covered with a 14-minute video explaining this thing called rodeo. Be sure to stop for a family photograph out in front at the larger than life stature of The Champ.

Local’s Tip: Be sure to stop in their gift shop for a little cowboy glam of your own!
Time allowance: 1-2 hours

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Sayonara sunshine

Boy, this has been one heck of a good time in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy dinner at Pizzeria Rustica in Old Colorado City. Everyone can get a personal size pizza. Arguments need not apply.

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