A kid feeding a giraffe behind the fence, one of the best things to do with kids in Colorado Springs

25 Things to Do in Colorado Springs With Kids (in 2023)

I’m a Colorado mom of four with insights into the best things to do in Colorado Springs with kids!

This guide covers outdoor activities and educational opportunities for every age and budget. It also includes day trips, some of the most popular things to do in Colorado Springs, and hidden gem attractions your kids will love!

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25 Things to Do in Colorado Springs with Kids

Garden of the Gods

Admire amazing natural rock formations.

A girl posing on the Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods
One of my kids perched near Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 634-6666 | Garden of the Gods Website | Hours: Winter 5 am – 9 pm daily; Summer 5 am – 10 pm daily | Entrance: free

The rock formations at Garden of the Gods are beautiful and fascinating for kids and adults. Be sure to stop at the visitor center for hands-on exhibits, films about the park, a scavenger hunt, and a Junior Ranger booklet. 

As you enjoy one of the best hikes near Colorado Springs, have the kids try to identify formations like the Kissing Camels and the Sleeping Giant. Also, watch for deer and bighorn sheep as you explore. 

The Broadmoor Seven Falls

Climb the stairs to spectacular cascades.

Overlooking view of the Broadmoor Seven Falls in Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor Seven Falls is a fun and picturesque hike!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (844) 602-3343  | Seven Falls Website | Hours: Summer 10 am – 8 pm daily, Closed Tues; Off-season 10 am – 6 pm daily, Closed Mon – Thurs; Closed from late Nov – mid-March | Entrance: $18 adults, $12 under 13

Seven Falls is a quick shuttle ride from the prestigious Broadmoor Hotel, which manages the attraction. Kids may have to take the stairs slowly, but they’ll enjoy following the stream up to the top and seeing the falls. 

They can also enjoy the rock shop, where you can shop for souvenirs. Soaring Adventure, above Seven Falls, features 10 zip lines, rope bridges, and rappelling for an unforgettable trip. 

 🛎️ Need a Hotel? The Broadmoor is one of many great places to stay in Colorado Springs

Cave of the Winds

Tour caverns and try some high-adventure courses!

View of the kids and adults at the High Ropes Course at Cave of the Winds
There’s lots to explore below and above ground at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park (photo: Jacob Boomsma / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 685-5444 | Cave of the Winds Website | Hours: Winter 10 am – 5 pm daily; Summer 9 am – 6 pm daily | Tours: from $27 adults, $18 ages 4-12, free under 4

Explore these well-lit caves as a family and get an up-close look at stalactites, stalagmites, and other cool formations. Above ground, kids can try the Wind Walker challenge course, the Bat-A-Pult zipline-style ride, and the climbing wall. 

 👉 Pro Tip: Because of the low ceilings in the caverns, baby backpacks, and strollers are not allowed on tours. Front baby carriers are allowed.  

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Feed giraffes and many other animals at one of Colorado’s best zoos.

A hand touching the head of a giraffe behind the fence in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
One of the kids’ favorite interactive attractions (photo: Mylana / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 633-9925 | Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $14.75 – 34.75 adults, $10.75 – 29.75 under 12

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was designed so that kids could get as (safely!) close as possible to a variety of animals. They can also feed a surprising variety of animals including elephants, goats, giraffes, and rhinos. Definitely keep the camera ready! 

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Tour cliff dwellings and learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people.

View of the cliff dwellings in Manitou Springs
These cliff dwellings resemble the Ancestral Pueblo homes from thousands of years ago

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (800) 354-9971 | Manitou Cliff Dwelling Website | Hours: Winter 10 am – 4 pm Fri – Mon; Summer 10 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $12 adults, $7.50 ages 4-11, free under 4

These replicated cliff dwellings near Colorado Springs have been open to the public for more than 100 years. The entire family can take a self-guided tour through the structures and learn more about the people who lived in such homes. 

Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Center

Explore nature around Colorado Springs.

Closeup view of the white yuccas in bloom
See yuccas in bloom and other native plant species

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 520-6387 | Nature Centers Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Tues – Sat, Closed Sun & Mon | Entrance: Free

Take the family on a hike, watch for local wildlife, and see the different ecosystems that make up the area. Inside the Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Center, you’ll also find interpretive programs and hands-on exhibits.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

See strange stone trees and fossil deposits.

The author's kids at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Get a close look at petrified trees… that tourists used to take home!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 748-3253 | Florissant Fossil Beds Website | Hours: Winter 9 am – 4:30 pm daily; Summer 9 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $10 adults over 15, free for kids, credit card only

Florissant Fossil Beds is one of the most interesting Colorado national monuments! To help kids understand what they’re seeing, start at the visitor center where you can get an overview of the park and its history. 

The Petrified Forest Loop takes you by several petrified tree stumps. The Geologic Trail walks you through a billion years of history in the valley. The Hornbek Homestead is another fascinating spot, where a single mom of four kids staked her claim and ran a successful ranch.

Manitou Springs

Shop for souvenirs and stop for a treat!

Exterior view of the vintage arcade and shop in Manitou Springs
Penny arcade games and ice cream! What more does a town need? (photo: Gary Reinwald / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Manitou Springs Website | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Manitou Springs is one of the best day trips from Colorado Springs! My family loves it as an ice cream stop after visiting Florissant Fossil Beds or Garden of the Gods. 

There are several places to treat yourself to a snack after a day of exploring or to shop for souvenirs. There’s also a fun penny arcade in town where kids can play.

The North Pole

Enjoy Christmas in summer at this vintage amusement park!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 684-9432 | The North Pole Website | Hours: May-Dec 10 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon, Closed Tues & Wed | Entrance: GA free, $32 unlimited rides ages 3 – 59, $27 unlimited rides 60+, free unlimited rides 2 and under 

The North Pole (the amusement park, anyway) is along the Pikes Peak Highway on the way to the top of the mountain. You can get your thrills and grab some lunch at this historic attraction, which was built in 1955. Kids will enjoy the rides, and parents will appreciate the kitsch of this quirky spot. 

Pikes Peak

Drive or ride the train up America’s Mountain.

View of the red tram at the cog railway in Pikes Peak
The cog railway is a fun ride to the top!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 385-7325 | Pikes Peak Website | Hours: Summer 7:30 am – 7 pm daily, Fall 7:30 am – 6 pm, Winter & Spring 9 am – 4 pm | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Pikes Peak is one of the best Colorado 14ers. It’s nicknamed America’s Mountain, and is said to be the place that inspired the opening lines to “America The Beautiful.” 

If you choose to drive to the top, there are places to stop along the way to stretch your legs. And, to let carsick kids take a breather — this is a winding road! You can also take the cog railway for an unforgettable experience. Make sure to spend some time at the visitors center at the summit to learn all about the mountain. 

👉 Pro Tip: As you’re planning your trip, be sure to check out our guidelines on the best time to visit Colorado Springs!

Space Foundation Discovery Center

Kids can explore the Final Frontier at this space museum.

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 576-8000 | Space Foundation Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Tues – Sat, Closed Sun & Mon | Entrance: $10 adults, $5 under 16, free under 4 

The Discovery Center shares a collection of space artifacts and displays. Its exhibits cover moon exploration, model rockets, lunar modules, space food, and more. Plan to spend about two hours at this educational attraction. 

Air Force Academy

Visit this picturesque academy with cool aircraft and an unusual chapel.

View of the snow covered US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel with a clear blue sky in the background
Along with the Cadet Chapel, visitors can see aircraft on display around the base 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 333–2025 | Academy Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: free

Kids will find several interesting places on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. The visitor center is the best place to start. Here, you can learn about life as a cadet, see an exhibit about the chapel, and take a nature walk. There’s also a planetarium on campus, where you can see IMAX films or listen to a talk.

👉 Heads Up: The Cadet Chapel is an interesting building to admire from the outside, but the inside is closed for repairs until 2027. 

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Admire colorful clays and learn about local history.

View of the geological formations of clay and sandstone at Paint Mine Interpretive Park in Calhan
These multi-colored rocks are a fascinating sight!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 520-7529 | Paint Mines Park Website | Hours: Dawn to Dusk daily | Entrance: free

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park features layers of multicolored clay that were used as paint by Native Americans. Some areas of the park have evidence of humans dating as far back as 9,000 years. 

Kids can look at the bright clay layers and learn more about the people who lived in this area. They can also see fanciful natural formations like spires and hoodoos while on one of the best Colorado hikes

Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

Learn why wolves matter and how they influence the local environment.

Closeup look at the gray wolf's face with snow
Hello, puppy!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 687-9742 | Wildlife Center Website | Hours: Summer 12 pm – 7 pm daily; Off-season 12 pm – 3 pm Tues – Sun, Closed Mon | Entrance: $25 peak season, $20 off-season adults, $15 off-season under 12 

The Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center near Colorado Springs is one of the most unique places to visit in Colorado! A special kids tour is geared towards 6 to 11-year-olds and teaches them about being a wildlife biologist. They’ll learn about the traits and adaptations of a wolf, and why they’re important to our state and to the world.

The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum

Discover how money makes the world go ‘round.

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (800) 367-9723 | Money Museum Website | Hours: 10:30 am – 5 pm Tues – Sat | Entrance: $8, adults, free under 13

This is the largest museum on the collection of coins and money in the United States. Kids can gain a new understanding of U.S. and world history by learning about money in all its forms.

Helen Hunt Falls

Go chasing waterfalls on this easy, family-friendly hike.

View of the bridge over the Helen Hunt Falls
Admire the view by these pretty falls

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 633-5701 | Helen Hunt Falls Website | Hours: Summer 5 am – 10 pm daily, Off-season 5 am – 9 pm | Entrance: free

Stop at the visitor center in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, next to the falls. Then, tailor your walk to Helen Hunt Falls to suit the abilities of your kids! 

Take a short walk to the bottom of the falls, or take another easy walk to see them from the top. You can also continue on to Silver Cascade Falls for beautiful canyon views. 

The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Indulge a dino-obsessed kid (or adult!).

Closeup view of the fossil replica at The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
One of many fossil replicas at this museum (photo: Lost_in_the_Midwest / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 686-1820 | Dinosaur Resource Center Website | Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mon-Sat, 10 am – 5 pm Sun | Entrance: $13 adults, $9 under 13, free under 5

Explore the exhibits at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. Check out the skeleton and fossil replicas and learn about giants of the land and sea. Kids can also see paleontologists working on new projects at this educational attraction. 

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Bike and hike through beautiful red rock canyons.

View of the Red Rocks Canyon reflecting on the calm lake on a sunny day
You’ll get gorgeous views along the hiking trails here!

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 385-5940 | Red Rock Canyon Website | Hours: Summer 5 am – 11 pm daily; Off-season 5 am – 9 pm daily | Entrance: free

Red Rock Canyon Open Space has hiking and mountain biking trails, plus a free-ride bike park and off-leash areas for dogs. The park is also a popular spot for rock climbing tours. Even if kids aren’t climbing themselves, they’ll enjoy watching others try to make it to the top!

Glen Eyrie Castle

Feel like a fairytale character as you sip afternoon tea at this castle.

View of the Glen Eyrie Castle from the woods at dusk
Explore the castle and grounds on a tour

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 265-7050 | Glen Eyrie Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily 

The Glen Eyrie Castle is open for tours and teatime. Plus, your family can even spend the night at the castle! It’s definitely one of the more unusual places to stay in Colorado

The Glen Eyrie Castle is part of the ministry of the Navigators and also has a bookstore featuring Christian books and a coffee shop.

Play Street Museum

Enjoy rainy day fun with these interactive exhibits.

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 377-9779 | Play Street Website | Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm Mon – Fri, 9 am – 6 pm Sat & Sun | Entrance: $13 kids 1-10 years

Kids can explore this outdoor-themed play space on a day when it’s too cold or too hot to actually be outside! A tree house and campsite invite kids to play pretend, and this is a great spot to make new friends or bring along a buddy. 

👉 Pro Tip: This museum is designed for kids 8 and under.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

See how people lived hundreds of years ago.

View of the vintage windmills with the mountain views behind at Rock Ledge Ranch
A historic windmill and stable at this attraction (photo: Gary Reinwald / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 578-6777 | Rock Ledge Ranch Website | Hours: June – Aug 10 am – 5 pm Wed-Sat, 1 pm – 5 pm Sun | Entrance: $8 adults, $4 ages 6 – 17, free under 6 

This living history museum has tours, demonstrations, and other educational activities. It overviews how people lived in the Colorado Springs area throughout history. 

From the Ute people to pioneer and Victorian life, kids can learn about a variety of people and the hardships they faced. They can also see a blacksmith work his trade, and shop at the general store for treats. 

May Natural History Museum

Have a blast with creepy, crawly creatures.

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 576-0450 | May Museum Website | Hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily, May 1 – Oct. 1 | Entrance: $12, adults, $9 under 13, free under 6

The May Natural History Museum is also known as “the bug museum,” and rightfully so! Kids can see the 7,000 insects that are preserved and on display to learn more about them. This is one of the largest private displays of tropical bugs on earth.

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Great Wolf Lodge

Slide down a water slide, climb a ropes course, and go bowling at this fun hotel.

View of the landmark signage of Great Wolf Lodge on a sunny day
One of the most family-friendly hotels in Colorado Springs (photo: AndyVan / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (844) 553-9653 | Great Wolf Lodge Website | Hours: 10 am – 8 pm Mon – Fri, 9 am – 8 pm Sat & Sun | Entrance: from $50

Great Wolf Lodge has a variety of activities for kids including an entire indoor water park. There’s also a ropes course, a bowling alley, a beauty parlor, and a scavenger hunt. You can pop in for a few activities after a day exploring Colorado Springs, or book a night at this entertaining lodge. 

Ghost Town Museum

See how those in the Wild West lived.

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 634-0696 | Ghost Town Museum Website | Hours: Summer 10 am – 6 pm daily, Off-Season 10 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $7.50 adults, $5.50 under 17, free under 6

This museum features buildings and artifacts from around the Pikes Peak area. Kids can pan for gold, work a butter churn, and practice their aim at the shooting gallery. There’s also a gift shop with lots of fun souvenirs. 

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Learn the history of the Pikes Peak region.

Aerial view of the Pioneers Museum on a cloudy day
Step back in time at the Pioneers Museum

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (719) 385-5990 | Colorado Springs Pioneers Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Tues – Sat, Closed Sun & Mon | Entrance: Free

Kids can learn local history at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Some exhibits follow special themes like Women’s History Month. Others are geared towards kids, like the Children’s Gallery exhibit Beads, Blankets and Buffalo. It teaches 2 to 10-year-olds about Bent’s Fort. Also, look for special kid events like the Little Learners events for preschoolers.  

FAQs About Things to Do with Kids in Colorado Springs 

Is Colorado Springs a good place to visit with kids?

Colorado Springs is a good place to visit with kids! There are lots of parks and outdoor spaces like Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Open Space where kids can run around. There are also museums, historic sites, and great places to eat at the end of a long day of exploring. 

Is Pikes Peak good for kids?

Pikes Peak is good for kids! Kids will enjoy riding the cog railway to the top of the mountain. If you drive the mountain instead, kids under 6 are free. There are also spots along the drive up where you can stop to let kids explore and stretch their legs before continuing to the top. 


Hopefully, this has given you lots of great ideas for things to do with kids in Colorado Springs! Before you go, be sure to bookmark my list of things to do in Denver with kids for more family-friendly activities. 

(Featured Image Credit: Arina P. Habich / Shutterstock)

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