Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Stop into the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center before you head into Garden of the Gods Park. The Visitor & Nature Center is now a world-class museum, with two new exhibit halls featuring high-tech interactive exhibits. Learn about the only known dinosaur fossil of Theiophytalia kerri and then take a billion-year journey through time in the new Geo-Trekker Theater, where you’ll learn about the formation and history of the Garden of the Gods Park rock formations. The gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs and specialty Colorado items. All proceeds from the Visitors & Nature center support the maintenance and improvements of Garden of the Gods Park.
Garden of the Gods Park
Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark covering more than 1,300 acres. Walk among the deep red, pink and white sandstone and limestone formations in this free park voted #1 in the U.S. and #2 park in the world by TripAdvisor® users. Enjoy free 30-minute, naturalist-led walks daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. full of fascinating facts and lore regarding wildflowers, wildlife, gold-seekers and many other Colorado-themed topics.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Garden of the God’s Trading Post is Colorado's largest art gallery and gift shop, and is located in the southeast part of Garden of the Gods Park. The art gallery features the work of local artists, traditional and contemporary American Indian jewelry, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and pueblo pottery. You’ll probably be hungry from all the walking and exploring you’ve done in the park, so be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Balanced Rock Café and enjoy it inside or on their beautiful patio.
Manitou Springs Mineral Water
When visitors ask where the springs are in Colorado Springs, the answer is Manitou Springs. There are eight springs open to the public, and you can get a map and tasting cup from the Manitou Springs Visitor Center at 354 Manitou Avenue – just look for the giant green question mark sculpture. The mineral springs were believed by early inhabitants to be a gift from the Great Spirit Manitou and contain medicinal properties. The water from the springs comes directly from melted snow on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain and is free of industrial and atmospheric contamination.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is the only institution researching, collecting and interpreting the history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. The museum, housed in the historical El Paso County Court House, features permanent exhibits on the history of the area and changing exhibits on various topics of interest. There is no admission fee, but donations are always welcome.
America the Beautiful Park
Named after the famous song penned by Katharine Lee Bates, America the Beautiful Park features stunning views of Pikes Peak. This is the perfect place to have a picnic, take an afternoon stroll or spend some quiet time. During the summer, cool off in the Julie Penrose Continuum fountain and enjoy the creative playground throughout the year.
The Broadmoor Hotel
Even if you are not staying at The Broadmoor Hotel, this is a destination you do not want to miss. The Broadmoor is the longest consecutively running Five Star, Five Diamond property in the United States. Visitors and guests can stroll around the lake, enjoy a beverage on the patio or in one of the lounges and have a meal in one of the on-site restaurants. During December, The Broadmoor is exquisitely decorated and is the perfect place to feel the holiday spirit.
The Penrose Heritage Museum
The Penrose Heritage Museum is dedicated to Julie and Spencer Penrose who built The Broadmoor Hotel in 1918. The museum features the many carriages that the Penrose family collected during their lifetime. The facility includes The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum, 4,000 sq. ft. of artifacts and memorabilia from The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This museum also features the first motorized vehicle that climbed a mountain.
Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center in North Cheyenne Cañon
The Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center is a local landmark that was originally the home of the Starsmore family and now serves as an introduction to North Cheyenne Cañon and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife. The center offers free cañon maps as well as a gift shop, and is great place to start your hike.
Helen Hunt Falls / North Cheyenne Cañon
Visit the Helen Hunt Falls visitor center, “The Cub". Hike to the top of the falls on a shaded trail or take a free guided hike with a trained guide. You’ll learn about the habitat surrounding North Cheyenne Creek and Buffalo Creek. The hike also teaches you the proper technique for panning gold.
Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum
This free museum features an international collection of over fifty motorcycles that date back to the early 1900s. The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum not only focuses on the mechanical works of art that we call motorcycles, but also on the people that have been such a huge part of motorcycle history.
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