Children’s Museum in Denver, CO
Located on the west bank of the Platte River near downtown Denver, the Children’s Museum is open to kids of all ages, however, adults are not permitted unless they are in the company of a child. The museum is filled with interactive playscapes geared to children from newborn to 8 years old. One of the best interactive museums we have ever been to. Appropriate for newborn to 100+ years of age/bring play clothes.
Crested Butte’s Wildflower Festival
Crested Butte has activities scheduled for a good portion of the summer once the wildflowers begin blooming. They offer several commercial tours, or take your bike and ride. I was there with my girlfriend and we incorporated hiking in the wilderness area with walking all over town. Appropriate for 0-100+ years of age/bring walking shoes, rain gear and water.
Harvard City Riding Stables in Buena Vista, CO
Located 7 miles west of the only stoplight in Buena Vista, CO, Harvard City Riding Stables is an experience in the great outdoors through the San Isabel National Forest. They offer several different trips, however, their most popular trips are the one and two hour rides, which both forge 3 creeks from the Cottonwood Creek tributary. The two hour ride is a climb to a bluff overlooking the Town of Buena Vista to the east and Cottonwood Pass to the west. Appropriate for 6 to 100+ years of age/Bring water, rain gear, closed toe shoes.
Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs, CO
Remember the the classic arcade games enjoyed by the youth of the 20th century? Manitou Springs Penny Arcade has hundreds of machines from the early 1900’s to present. It is located a block off of the highway that runs through the heart of town. You’ll still find pinball, video games, skeeball, and other redemption games, as well as kiddie rides. Appropriate for ages 1-100+ years of age/Bring water and lots of change.
Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad, Leadville, CO
Catch the 2 1/2 hour train ride west of downtown which travels through the San Isabel National Forest to the Continental Divide, 1000 feet about the valley floor below. The view of Colorado’s two tallest peaks, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, are not quite bird’s eye but it’s a different perspective than from the highway below. Appropriate for newborn to 100+ years of age/Bring water, rain gear and jacket.
There are so many more great adventures to enjoy while either visiting or living in Colorado. Grab your hat, put on your walking shoes and be the first in line!