NEW THINGS TO DO
U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame – 2019
The official groundbreaking for the future site of America’s only Olympic museum took place on June 9, 2017. The 60,000-square foot museum will be located at the intersection of Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street. It will house an Olympic Hall of Fame, exhibits highlighting the history of American athletes, a state-of-the-art theater, gift shop, cafe', and broadcast studio.
See progress on the museum:
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience is coming to Canon City the summer of 2016. It features science-focused interactive displays, full-scale dinosaur fossil casts, skinned animatronics, guided tours and a multi-story ropes course.
The nation’s first two-story indoor electric go-kart race track is now open in Colorado Springs. Overdrive Raceway opened its $6.5 million entertainment complex featuring feature two quarter-mile Formula One race tracks, a concession area, pro shop, arcade, party area, bar and lounge and conference rooms. The track features four hand-controlled go karts for individuals with disabilities specially designed and manufactured in Italy. Track owner Jim Mundle, a double amputee himself, said he wants to “give people experiences they couldn’t otherwise have.”
Garden of the Gods Collection International Health and Wellness Center
An innovative, destination healthcare and wellness center has come to Colorado. Applying evidence-based healthcare principles and practices with the latest advances in complementary medicine, the highly-skilled and compassionate physician team at the International Health & Wellness Center intuitively provides medical and wellness services with the aim of restoring clients to optimal health and functionality.
Take a unique look at what balance really feels like as we go through our days and manage our wellbeing within all that life offers us including the demands of family life, work life, technology, personal values, and self-care.
WhirlyBall opens with its first Colorado location in Colorado Springs and plans to continue expanding nationwide with WhirlyBall-owned facilities and franchise locations. WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering bumper cars, two teams of five players use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to each other to hit a scoring target.
Florissant Fossil Beds
The fossilized remains of a volcano that erupted 34 million years ago are what visitors stand on today at the Florissant Fossil Beds. This summer, embark on a new adventure at the historical site. Tours are offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Each tour is led by geologist Bob Carnein as he takes guests a step back in time in a newly unexcavated site in the park showcasing layers upon layers of shale rock. With each tour uncovering new insight into these prehistoric fossil beds, there’s never a dull moment inside the park.
John Venezia Community Park
Take a walk-through time and experience the old west in Colorado Springs. The John Venezia Community Park offers ranch-themed elements of ranch houses, barns, horse corral, watering holes, apple orchards, and grazing areas. With an additional three large pavilions, three multi-use turf fields, playground, in-line hockey rink, basketball court, six tennis courts, and four pickleball courts one will never run out of activities to enjoy.
NEW LODGING AND VENUES
The Great Wolf Lodge
Thrill-seekers will find all the water slide drops, loops and spinouts they crave at Colorado Springs’ first indoor water park resort. Little ones will delight in the geysers, waves and spray features of the zero-depth entry pools. Experience resort activities including bowling, a kid’s spa, interactive adventure games, an indoor high flyin’ ropes course, nightly Story Time and more. Even bedtime is unique with oversize suites featuring wolf dens and cabins with bunk beds.
Royal Gorge Cabins
The Royal Gorge Cabins The luxury cabins are available for rent year-round. The cabins include six two-story, 800-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-and one-half-bathroom loft cabins and three 600-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom king cabins. All the cabins have expansive southwest-facing views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Prices are reduced during the shoulder seasons before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Prices are higher during the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.
Lodge at Flying Horse
The Lodge at Flying Horse is one of Colorado’s newest hotel resort and meetings destinations. The newly constructed hotel features a “Rocky Mountain Tuscan” style and essence, which will blend with the stunning Flying Horse Club, in Colorado Springs, facilities and all its amenities. The Lodge is an extension to the existing landscape of the community offering rich, warm, sophisticated and elegant color palettes to complement the posh, yet comfortable, furnishings and finishes.
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
This vintage bicycle-themed hotel with amenities and activities suited to the needs of cyclists provides a haven for relaxation and connection. Located on a popular designated bike route connecting Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, the property is close to countless miles of biking trails at the base of Pikes Peak and is less than a mile from Garden of the Gods Park. Rooms are bicycle-themed and clinics will soon be offered.
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
The spacious 3rd-floor area at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company offers views of downtown Colorado Springs, 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and modern finishes with historic touches throughout. This space has 3 separate rooms that can be rented out individually or opened-up into one large space with a full kitchen and private bar. The whole area encompasses more than 5,600 square feet total.
NEW TO EAT & DRINK
Dog-Friendly Restaurant – Pub Dog Colorado
The only restaurant in Colorado where dog owners can legally eat indoors with their dogs. The barn-style building is near Red Rock Canyon Open Space and the City’s famous Bear Creek Dog Park. The restaurant will feature a 1,300 SF patio and 3,000 SF off-leash area with artificial turf. There will be local craft brews on tap for owners and dog treats as well as dog-friendly Bowser Beer available for purchase for pup’s enjoyment.
Axe & the Oak
Now open in Ivywild School, Axe and the Oak whiskey is handcrafted and distilled in Colorado Springs, Colorado by four friends using raw materials sourced from a family farm. This small batch whiskey represents a bridge between the storied history of the spirit and the promise of new horizons. The unique blend of corn, malted rye, and barley is filtered through pure Rocky Mountain water, creating a bold new direction in flavor.
Prime25 is a modern interpretation of the classic steakhouse, with valet parking two levels of dining and sipping experience. A warm, contemporary touch with a mix of copper, rich wood, glass & steel. Open kitchen serving U.S.D.A prime aged beef with bone in selection. Their seafood is flown in daily to ensure the highest quality of exceptional flavors. They pride themselves on superior foods high-quality service with a well-educated team on wines and champagnes. Upstairs there are private dining rooms for parties or events and a sexier more glamorous take on a lounge. Sit back and enjoy our handcrafted one of a kind cocktails, outside dining and views of the mountains. Located between downtown & the Broadmoor Hotel.
Goat Patch Brewery
Goat Patch Brewing was established in 2016 with a dedication to providing patrons with masterfully crafted, balanced brews. Known for their balanced variety of brews and named after the legendary facial hair of the pub's head brewer. Their mission is to inspire the pursuit of adventure and encourage craft beer lovers to engage in their local community. Let your taste buds savor a variety of beers, from a blonde or red ale, to IPAs, porters and stouts. All beers can be purchased by the glass, crowlder or growler, or choose our taster box with your choice of four brews in 6 oz. glasses.
T-Byrd's Tacos & Tequilla
Located in downtown Colorado Springs, T-Byrd's Tacos and Tequila, is a locally owned street-style taco bar. The southwestern background of award-winning, Executive Chef, Cory Bugay, ensures the highest quality of food. T-Byrd's Tacos and Tequila specializes in tapa-style street tacos, margaritas, and other cocktails. Located in downtown Colorado Springs. Locals voted T-Byrd's the "Best New Restaurant 2017." Enjoy mouth-watering Tex-Mex style street tacos and wash them down with their famous margaritas.
Coquette's Bistro & Bakery
This local eatery has long been a favorite among the community but now has a shiny new restaurant. Coquette's is Colorado Springs’ only 100% gluten-free restaurant, serving up food, treats and cocktails at their newly expanded 6,700-square-foot restaurant, bakery and bar in a sweet, cozy corner in Downtown. Stop by their bakery for takeaway treats and special orders (and grab a cup of coffee to enjoy with your pastry). Looking for brunch, lunch or dinner — grab a seat outside on their spacious, sunny patio. Their cozy fireplace anchors their bar lounge for a nightcap.
Four by Brother Luck
Four's cuisine is inspired by the four corners region - Western European, Spanish Colonial, Native American and Latin American cuisine. Chef Brother Luck was the winner of Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay where he won the judges over with his love of pork and also a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped where Alex Guarnaschelli called him “a wizard in the plating department”. Experience his culinary skills at this one-of-a-kind upscale restaurant.
Rooster's House of Ramen
Dine at Colorado Springs first dedicated ramen shop. They serve up the finest bowls of ramen, handcrafted with the freshest regionally sourced ingredients. Whether you choose to enjoy a Banh Mi (Vietnamese Street Sandwich) or one of their ramen bowls, you're sure to find your new favorite grub to warm your belly. Slurp on classics like spicy pork shoulder or try a bolder bowl like their mac & cheese.