We talk a lot about family activities around here, but what about hanging out adults-only? This city has a lot to offer for those looking for stuff to do without wee ones in tow (or who never have wee ones to tote). Gather your favorite adults and discover the fun that awaits at these top Colorado Springs spots for grown-ups.
Live Music, Open Mics and Karaoke: Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City
On the west side of Colorado Springs, you’ll find that live music and performances are a staple of the nightlife—and day life as well. Both Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City love local and regional bands, offering ample opportunities for them to play nearly every night of the week, and during a few brunches, too. Not only that, those of you that prefer relishing the limelight instead of cheering from the crowd will discover that you can always find a stage to sing your favorite karaoke rendition of “Call Me Maybe” or dust off that old guitar in the closet and play a few tunes. We’ve compiled our favorites below and you can check out their Facebook pages for dates, times and artists.
Best Venues in Old Colorado City:
– Front Range Barbeque
– Jives Coffee Lounge
– Mother Muff’s Kitchen & Spirits
– Thunder and Buttons
Best Venues in Manitou Springs:
– Ancient Mariner
– Stagecoach Inn
– Swirl Wine Bar
– Townhouse Sports Grill
Treat Yourself to a Grown-up Hike
If you’re an avid hiker and craving a challenge, the Pikes Peak Region is your paradise, providing unlimited opportunities to traverse the wilds, burn those quad muscles and finish the day with an ice-cold libation. And since you only have to worry about yourself and no one else (‘cause you’re an adult), you can take advantage of some of the more challenging terrain. For a hike that’s hard, but close to a rewarding finish, head up behind Manitou Springs and grind your way up Red Mountain Trail. It’s sometimes called Manitou’s “other incline”, and we can’t help but note that this trail (which you can catch on Spring St. near the Cog Railway), is mighty near to giant margaritas and craft beer. On the other hand, you can cross Highway 24 and conquer Section 16, which has a trailhead over on Gold Camp Road, but can also be accessed via several other trails. While you can’t walk off the trail and into a restaurant, it’s still close to great breweries and food with a tiny bit of driving.
Romance is Never Dead
In a relationship? Spending time alone together will keep your relationship thriving and Colorado Springs is definitely one place where you can keep that spark kindled. Here are some quick and easy ideas for getting away without having to travel too far.
Soak Your Cares Away
Immerse yourself in a hot mineral pool at SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs. With private and evening soaks, you can relax and romance one another under clear Colorado skies.
Enjoy Overnight Luxury
Get away while staying close to home at the Cliff House, which offers in-room massage and boasts an enormous wine cellar.
Wine and Dine or Keep It Casual
From pub fare at sports bars, to dressy fine dining, enjoy a meal perfectly suited to your couple tastes at restaurants throughout the city. Check out Mona Lisa Fondue or Paravicini’s for extra romance.
Have an Adventure
Have Fun Like a Kid—Without One
The best part of any attraction in Colorado Springs is that they aren’t just intended for kids. If you want to plummet over the cliff at Cave of the Winds on the Terror-dactyl, you and whatever other crazy companion you rope into it can do just that. Neil Degrasse Tyson has proven that you’re never too old to fall in love with the stars, so make a journey over to the Space Foundation Discovery Center and explore real astronaut suits, orbit equipment and more. Or, maybe you and your significant other can drift across the canyon in a romantic ride at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Don’t leave kid-friendly attractions to the kids! Unleash your inner child and relish in the fun of always being tall enough to ride the rides and old enough to do it as many times as you want because you’re the boss of you.
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