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Visiting Fort Collins
Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to fabulous recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene, and family fun galore. Experience world class whitewater rafting on the Nationally designated "Wild and Scenic" Cache La Poudre River (the best whitewater rafting near Estes Park, Colorado), taste award winning beers at one of nine breweries, or explore the fanciful creatures at the Swetsville Zoo with your family. Fort Collins prides itself on the plethora of restaurants, outdoor acitivities, a vibrant downtown and of course, our beer.
Fort Collins is always full of things to do, no matter the season. Explore the links at the top to find what you need, or take a look at our suggestions for how to pass the time!
Fort Collins: the Napa Valley of Beer!
From the King of Beers to Fat Tire, Fort Collins is home to 11 award-winning craft breweries and one of the best known large breweries in the world, Anheuser Busch. Whether you are here for the day or here for the week, you will find just the thing to wet your whistle. Fort Collins produces 70% of Colorado's craft beer and 7% of the US's. Come find out why this is such a haven for brewers and beer drinkers alike.
Visit Anheuser Busch to learn how Budweiser is made, see the Clydesdales, and dive into the history of one of the longest running brewing companies in the country. Odell Brewing Company was the first microbrewery established in Fort Collins, and it is going strong today with award-winners like 90 Shilling and 5 Barrel. Visit their tasting room for some great beers, including a few experimental brews, and while you're there pick up a t-shirt or two for your friends back home. Next, stop in to the Fort Collins Brewery to have some of their amazing seasonal brews or to get a bite to eat at the newly opened Gravity 1020 Restaurant.
If you're in the mood for a little food with your beer, head over to CB & Potts or CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing for delicious homemade dishes, and even better beers. CooperSmith's even make their own root beer! Lastly, "Follow your folly" over to New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of regional favorite Fat Tire Amber Ale, and experience the most unique brewery in the industry. Known as much for their commitment to the environment as their great beers, New Belgium has won awards for both! One step into their tasting room and you will know that fun is the name of the game; if you?re lucky, you might get to take a ride on the twisty slide at the end of your tour.
Equinox Brewing will give you the opportunity to not only taste the beer but take the recipe home to make your own. Equinox sits adjacent to Hops & Berries, a Fort Collins home brew store. Find everything you need to create your own specialty brew!
If you can't decide which brewery to visit, try following our Foam on the Range Tour to get a taste of them all. Always designated a driver and drink responsibly!
An Adventure in Arts & Culture
Fort Collins richly deserves its reputation as the cultural capital of Northern Colorado. With a half-dozen live theatre stages in production throughout the year; a symphony orchestra, ballet troupe, and opera company as well as several chorale ensembles; facilities that accommodate a wide range of national touring shows and concerts; and galleries and museums mounting exhibits of everything from animation art to historical kimonos, there's always something interesting going on.
Old Town abounds with shops and galleries featuring the work of local artists, craftsmen, and photographers. Stroll around and meet them during a First Friday Gallery Walk (check the calendar for information). For the widest array of classical music and dance options, vacation in Fort Collins between September and May. That's when Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the CSU Department of Music, Theatre and Dance all present their seasons. Other chorale and instrumental groups perform year-round, and summer brings a variety of performers out to street festivals, under the stars or over the lunch hour.
All the world's a stage - at least it seems like that in Fort Collins. A little light musical? A meal with your entertainment? Cutting-edge drama with nationally known visiting artists? Or an original drama performed by talented members of the community? The curtain goes up on it all, at venues ranging from Bas Bleu Theatre, located in a reclaimed historic machine shop by the river to Lincoln Center, Fort Collins' premier arts venue. On any given Friday night, the center could be hosting a touring Broadway show, an original drama by a local playwright, two or three exhibits by local artists, and a fundraising event for a local non-profit. So you see, Fort Collins is the place to be when you want to add arts & culture to your vacation experience. Check it out today!