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5 Family Friendly Reasons You Should Visit Colorado Springs ~ #VisitCOS


There is no doubt about it, Colorado and Colorado Springs in general is beautiful. There's a reason that when you drive across the border it welcomes you to "Colorful Colorado". It's especially breathtaking in the fall when the leaves begin to change, and I would love to invite you to watch our fall colors.


As a military family, it was quite a transition for us. We're New Yorkers and we're accustomed to skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of a crowded city. However, once we arrived we saw the beautiful mountains and decided that we were never going back. As a matter of fact, our very youngest was born here in Colorado Springs, so Colorado is now home to us. So what made us stay? And why do I want you to now visit our beautiful adopted hometown? With so much to do for everyone, there's a myriad of reasons. One of them being that it's great for both families and singles alike.


Colorado Springs is known as the ideal place for unique outdoor recreation, surrounded by stunning scenery. It’s the perfect escape for couples, friend-cations, solo excursions and weekend escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are activities and experiences for people of all abilities, ranging from mild, leisurely nature walks, to extreme water sports as well as challengers for fitness-enthusiast.

It's an outdoor enthusiasts and a photographers dream. With hiking trails that leads to spectacular backdrops, I want to share with you 5 family friendly reasons you should visit Colorado Springs.


Garden of the Gods Park 
Colorado Springs Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark and is one of the most visited attractions in the region. With it's towering sandstone rock formations amidst brilliant blue skies, it's also a photographer’s dreamscape, quite like most of Colorado. The Garden of the Gods Park is perfect for hiking, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes. For the more adventurous, you can go rock climbing, and for those who would much prefer an easier way to get around, you can take advantage of their Trolley, Jeep or Segway tours.


Red Rock Canyon
For those interested in a more leisurely stroll and learning about geology, then Red Rock Canyon is perfect for you. It's great for hiking and bird watching. The trails are limitless and the views are breathtaking, including the views of Pikes Peak. Just as with the Gardens of the Gods Park, the red rock formations are unique and one of a kind.


The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs boasts The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Home to hopefuls trying to make it to the Olympic Games as part of Team USA. While visiting the center is free, tours are offered year round for a small fee. Taking a tour of the facility might even enable you to see athletes training in their desired sport, although it's not guaranteed.


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
While each state may have a zoo, Colorado Springs is home to America’s ONLY mountain zoo. At 6,714 feet above sea level, you get breathtaking views of the city. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also has the largest reticulated herd of giraffes in captivity, which you can also hand-feed. Home to over 750 animals, there is much to see and do at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Open 365 days a year, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must visit.


The Airplane Restaurant
When it comes to food, Colorado is known for its Bison. However, if you want something exclusive,  then might I suggest eating at the Airplane Restaurant? Colorado Springs boasts the only place where you can eat on a plane without having to go through a security checkpoint at the airport. The Airplane Restaurant is one of kind. You can have a buffalo steak meal or even a bison burger.


Whether you're visiting Colorado Springs because of your love of the outdoors, or you just want to indulge in nature, Colorado Springs has something for everyone, and I invite you to pay us a visit!

For more information on Colorado Springs, visit the Colorado Springs CVB.
Annmarie John
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  1. I would love to visit Colorado Springs sometime soon! Hopefully my family and I can visit next year - I'll have to bookmark this post as a guide!!

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  2. I would love to visit Colorado Springs one day. It looks like an amazing place to experience.

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  3. Colorado Springs sounds like a cool place to visit. Hope to get out there someday.

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  4. Looks absolutely gorgeous there and if I ever get to your neck of the woods, I hope we can finally meet up ;)

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  5. I've been telling my husband that I want to visit Colorado Springs for a year. You have absolutely convinced me that we just have to go!! It's definitely one of my bucket list items. It looks like you had a wonderful time

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    1. Hi Christina, yes Colorado Springs is beautiful and it should certainly be on your bucket list. I'm confused about your statement "It looks like you had a wonderful time". We always have a wonderful time here as we live in Colorado Springs.

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  6. If we are ever up that way my kids would love the zoo! I love those beautiful rock formations too!

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  7. I love those rock formations and hiking in the red rocks. I would like to hear more about the zoo which I would love to see.

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    1. Hi Melissa, the zoo is awesome. I didn't write much about it as you can google it and find out all you can. However, I did an Almost Wednesday post 3 years ago which you can see here.

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  8. Now I definitely want to visit Colorado Springs! It sounds like an awesome vacay spot, and your pictures are so cool!

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  9. One of my Bucket List items! Heard and read so much about this fascinating destination. Beautiful all year round. Looks like a place anyone would enjoy.

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  10. A Colorado Springs family trip would be really nice. Checking out the Zoo would be on my list. I'd have to spend some time taking in the sights at the canyon too! It's awesome that you're going to be able to spend so much time exploring the area while living there!

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  11. I very much want to take my nephews to the airplane restaurant! That a fab idea, Colorado is on my list of places to go and I hope to one day.

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  12. Colorado Springs hasn't made it on my travel list yet but I definitely think I need to add this. Looks so beautiful there!

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  13. Would love to visit Colorado again! A bunch of my hubby's friends have moved out there because of all of the extreme sports. All of the reasons you have to visit Colorado Springs look like fun!

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  14. I've always been in California and going here would be a nice change especially since there's so much that you can do outdoors as well. I would love to go hiking there in the Red Rock Canyon!

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  15. There are so many things to love about Colorado. I think it's nice that you shared all of these places to visit when you're there. I'm sure my kids will also have so much fun here. That airplane restaurant is making me curious!

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  16. It's been years since we have been to Colorado Springs. Sounds like I need to come back soon!

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  17. That Airplane restaurant looks so cool. I would love to eat there one day!

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  18. Colorado is a stunning place! We are looking to go there beginning of next year!

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  19. My weight lifting instructor just came through there and LOVED it! I was admiring all of her Colorado pics. Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon would be my first stop.

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  20. I can understand why you would never want to leave. I wouldn't want to either! The nature aspect of the area you live in is a huge draw for me.

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  21. This looks like such a great place for a family vacation! My son would love that zoo and the airplane restaurant! We will have to keep this in mind for the next family getaway!

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  22. I LOVE Colorado, Springs!! Such a fun place to enjoy with the family. Love your stunning photos!

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  23. I've never been to colorado springs but I've always really wanted to go!

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  24. I loved visiting Colorado Springs. It is such a beautiful city. We stayed at the Broadmoor and enjoyed exploring the area while surrounded by mountains.

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  25. You KNOW I looked up that zoo and it turns out, they do have moose!
    CO is totally on my bucket list. It always has been and I can't believe I haven't been there.
    I'm coming for that zoo!

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  26. There are so many fun ideas! I have never been that far west, but have a couple friends out there. This would definitely make a fun trip!

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  27. Wow, I am from NYC as well and a military family. We haven't visited Colorado before, but I think my fear is the cold. I am not a fan of cold weather and know that Colorado can become very cold in the winter. However, in traveling through Colorado from San Diego to DC, we were amazed by its beauty.

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    1. That's one of the myths about Colorado Springs. When Ft. Carson was assigned our duty station, my first thought was how cold it was going to be. However, as a New Yorker I'm accustomed to the cold. Colorado Springs however has the mildest winter and summer. We don't have as much snow as Brooklyn and our summers are cooler and our winters warmer. As a matter of fact it was 78 degrees yesterday.

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  28. This looks like it is absolutely beautiful! I love visiting places that have beautiful scenery and surroundings.

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  29. One of my best friends moved to Colorado two years ago, so we had the chance to visit Colorado Springs while visiting him. Garden of the Gods is a must see! I am hoping we get to go back soon!

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  30. We just came back from there-- the Garden of the Gods was AWESOME! I can't wait to come back and explore some more!

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