Summer is on it’s way and you know that after the excitement of school being out, your kids are going to find that boredom is setting in. Although there is plenty to do in Colorado, it can get expensive, however you don’t have to break the bank in order to enjoy some fun activities. Here are a few ideas.
1. Garden of the Gods, located in Co Springs
Charles Elliott Perkins, purchased two-hundred and forty acres to build a summer home in 1879 but never built on it, preferring to leave it in it’s natural state for the enjoyment of the public. Perkins died in 1907 before he made arrangements for the land to become a public park. In 1909, Perkins’ children, knowing their father’s feeling for the Garden of the Gods, conveyed his four-hundred eighty acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It would be known as the Garden of the Gods “where it shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park.”
2. Castlewood Canyon State Park, located near Franktown Co
Admission: Daily Pass $7
Hike, rock climb, or picnic at this beautiful but often an overlooked State park. This park offers a lot with a waterfall, homestead ruins, a stream, caves and clefts, and many fairly easy hikes and lovely trails with plenty to see.
3. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, located in Golden Co
Admission: Children under 5 Free, Adults $5, Children $1
The Museum includes exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life (William F. Cody) and the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts and firearms. You can see Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill’s show outfits, Frederick Remington’s “Portrait of a Ranch Hand,” and many other objects from the Old West. His grave is located in Lookout Mountain Park, the site overlooks the incredible beauty of the Great Plains and the Rockies.
4. Denver Mint, located in Denver Co
Admission: Free Monday-Thursday
In 1858, when gold was discovered in Colorado, merchants, miners and settlers moved in for their stake. A year later, the city of Denver was founded; and in 1863, the U.S. government established a mint facility there. Today, the United States Mint at Denver manufactures all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver “D” portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the U. S. Congress. It also stores silver bullion.
5. Butterfly Pavilion, located in Westminster Co
Admission: Children under 2 Free, Adults $11, Children $6
The Butterfly Pavilion offers 5 different exhibits you get to explore.
Crawl-a-See-Em: learn about dozens of species of arthropods
Water’s Edge: discover invertebrates that live under water
Wings of the Tropics: explore a tropical rainforest home to countless butterflies
Invertebrate World: the newest exhibit of invertebrates
The gardens and nature trails: enjoy a walk outside