While Denver may be the first city that comes to mind when most people think of Colorado, there are plenty of other cities in Colorado to explore. Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado and perfect for exploring! It has plenty to offer, from nature to great restaurants to arcades. Check out some of our favorite Colorado Springs hidden gems below:
Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the only dedicated science and technology center in the region! The Discovery center is interactive and educational, making it a perfect destination for young kids and their parents alike. See where and when you can visit them at their website, here!
Crystal Creek Reservoir
The Crystal Creek Reservoir is a huge expanse of water near the Pike National Forest. Crystal Reservoir is the perfect place for a variety fo outdoor activities, including birding and wildlife viewing, kayaking, and fishing! There is also a foot trail around Crystal Creek Reservoir, perfect for a short hike! Check out their website to learn more about how you can visit.
Battlefield Colorado is a HUGE outdoor laser tag arena with the opportunity for two teams to compete in “combat-style adventures”. No prior experience is necessary and because it’s laser tag, there is no pain, paint, goggles, or gear required! Learn how to book time for yourself here!
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is a wildlife sanctuary certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). They spend their time educating the public about wolves, coyotes, and foxes and their natural ecosystems. A variety of tour are available to check out their residents, including options to feed the animals! Learn more about their tours and how you can visit on their website.
Miramount Castle is a gorgeous building maintained by the Manitou Springs Historical Society. The castle was built in 1895 and had indoor plumbing and electricity, a rarity for its time. Today, you can visit the castle garden, check out gorgeous architecture, and even enjoy high tea! Learn more about the building and how you can visit here.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
The Paint Mines are a gorgeous and unique open space named for the colorful clays. Historically, Native Americans used these colorful clays to make paint! You can see the gorgeous views via hiking or interpretive displays. Learn more here.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is an AZA accredited zoo that has been voted the 3rd Best Zoo in North America by USA Today! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers all kinds of family fun, from up-close animal experience to animal demos. Just remember that advance tickets are required! Buy your tickets here.
Bonus: Garden of the Gods
While this attraction certainly isn’t hidden, it’s the definition of a gem. Not only that, but admission is free! Get more information here.