Escape with the family to a high-altitude haven in Colorado Springs, where endless outdoor recreation, exciting family-friendly activities and inspiring Olympic stories await. Load up the kids and hit the road! Get ready for cool mountain air and breathtaking landscapes, which is only the start of the thrill and allure found in this Rocky Mountain city. Colorado Springs is home to more than 55 family-friendly activities ranging from an educational and unforgettable day at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, to a Colorado-style adventure at Cave of the Winds and a scenic hike with the family in Garden of the Gods Park.
Discover family fun at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo that is sure to delight both kids and kids-at-heart. Known as the “highest zoo in America” at 6,800 feet above sea level, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo features more than 800 animals representing 200 species. Leave with memories to last a lifetime after feeding a giraffe in the African Rift Valley exhibit. Get a whole new perspective as you soar above the Rocky Mountain goats, grizzly bears and Amur tigers on the Mountaineer Sky Ride. Waddle with the African penguins and Nile hippos at the new exhibit: Water’s Edge: Africa.
Located Downtown inside the restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, history buffs will be fascinated at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, a must-visit museum telling the story of the region’s rich past. Exhibits range from everyday household artifacts, such as a quilt collection, to explorations of the area’s roots in mining, agriculture and medical tourism. Next, take a step back in time at Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. A century-old steam locomotive transports you to the gold mining days of the region on a 45-minute ride with pillaring smoke, sounds of steam and working steel.
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No trip to Colorado Springs would be complete without a little bit of adventure, and there’s plenty waiting at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. This exhilarating mountain park features excitement for all levels of thrill-seekers. Take a guided tour below ground and explore the otherworldly caves in Williams Canyon. For above-ground thrills, choose attractions from “mild to wild,” as they say at the park. Traverse through spectacular mountain terrain on the Via Ferrata or drop into Williams Canyon on the TERROR-dactyl at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
It’s no surprise the Colorado Springs landscape attracts outdoor lovers from across the country and beyond, and its athletes are as impressive as its towering peak. Colorado Springs, also known as Olympic City USA, is home to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (currently closed to visitors) and the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. The highly interactive museum is one of the most accessible in the world, with a curated experience that is unique to each guest on each visit. Located in the heart of Downtown, this world-class museum tells the story of Team USA athletes through 12 interactive galleries ranging from a tunnel featuring simulated opening ceremonies to a high-tech digital rendering of top track stars where your kiddos can show their stuff and race. Stories of spellbinding moments, from trials and heartbreak to Olympic & Paralympic gold glory, are on display and sure to leave you and your future champions ready to cheer on Team USA.
Adventure, history, family fun and memories to last a lifetime are waiting for you in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA.