You have probably heard that there are some people you date and some that you marry, right? Well, there are some locations that are great for a vacation, but they are truly ideal to live instead. Colorado Springs is the permanent-type of place you would look for in a long-term commitment. This is especially true if you have children. There are countless family attractions and parks to keep a child of any age entertained, and there are fantastic public and private schools. Whether you already have a family, or if you are trying to settle on a permanent residence before starting one, Colorado Springs should be on your list of places to consider.
Below are just a few of the many family attractions you can look forward to.
Cave of the Winds
This is the oldest and most popular attractions in Colorado Springs. These caves were discovered in 1881 and are considered a must-visit. You can choose the Discovery Tour, which is 45 minutes long and takes you through nearly a mile of the caverns, including Temple of Silence, the Bridal Chamber, and Majestic Hall, or there is a Lantern Tour available that is 1.5 hours, and more for the adventurous folks who don’t mind carrying lanterns for light and doing a bit of climbing.
Garden of the Gods
This is a place you will want to visit over and over again. Kids never get board of marveling at these massive red rock formations, and you will be in awe of how Pikes Peak forms the perfect backdrop to these mysterious pieces. The park is free to visit, and the walkways are stroller and wheelchair friendly. For a special treat, Academy Riding Stables offer guided horseback tours. Be warned, Garden of the Gods gets packed on the weekends, so visit during the week, if you want to avoid the crowd.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Considering this zoo is built on a mountain, you may be quite surprised at how many animals there actually are here. The All About Giraffes exhibit is one kids will love since you can buy food and the giraffes will eat right out of your hand. Also, in this area, you will find zebras, monkeys, vultures, and more. In Asian Highlands, you see all the big cats you could hope for, while Rocky Mountain Wild houses bears, Mexican gray wolves, mountain lions, and more. There are 13 exhibits here that are home to more than 88 animals from around the world.
You haven’t had the ultimate laser tag experience until you play here. This is the only outdoor adventure park of its kind in the state. The battlefield sprawls out over 12 acres, so it is more challenging and more exhausting, which is good news if you are trying to tire out some kids. This is fun for the whole family and perfect for a birthday party.
If you don’t mind driving just a few miles out of Colorado Springs into Cascade, you definitely want to visit Santa’s Workshop. Be warned though, it is not always easy to get kids to leave. This Christmas-themed amusement park is what you would expect to find at Santa’s real workshop in the North Pole. There are more than 25 rides and attractions, a variety of gift shops and food venues, and kids can even meet Santa in his house.
AVA’s Colorado Rafting
AVA’s offers white water rafting tours for nearly all ages. There are day and multi day trips available, and guides here have an average of eight years’ experience. AVA’s also offers zip line tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, hot air balloon rides, ATVs, fishing trips, hiking adventures, and a whole lot more.
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