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Family in Fort Collins


Family friendly activities abound in and around Fort Collins. Who wouldn’t want to ride a miniature train through one of the city’s prettiest parks? After that, skip across the street and spend the afternoon in the City Park Pool, com0pletely remodeled in 2004 with water features, slides, zero-depth entry, and a lazy river and wading pool, all with the youngest swimmers in mind. If you’re at City Park on a summer weekend, grab a ride to Old Town on the only original restored city streetcar operating in the western U.S. Car 21 you through the heart of old Fort Collins along the broad landscaped center of Mountain Avenue.

Lee Martinez Park is a city park with a barnyard. The Farm at Lee Martinez Park introduces kids to agricultural heritage by letting them meet farm animals up close; ponies are available for rides in the summer. For an indoor, all-season swimming/skating sensation, drop in an EPIC –the Edora Pool and Ice Center – the city’s largest swimming facility which also houses two sheets of ice for open skates as well as amateur hockey league play. And if you prefer skating on dry land, check out the city’s skate parks in Edora Park and Fossil Creek Park. Just watch out for the flying disks sailing around the disk-golf courses. There’s a reason locals call our town Fort Fun.

Then there is the actual Fort Fun; the family amusement spot complete with mini golf and bowling, go-karts, laser tag, paddle boats, arcade games and a full-service kitchen for refueling. Groups of all ages enjoy Fort Fun. For a different kind of indoor excitement, the whole family will be fascinated by the incredible hands-on exhibits at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Changing displays and special events make learning about the world fun over and over again.

The Environmental Learning Center is a 212- acre nature preserve just minutes from downtown and includes nearly three miles of trails, four habitats, several ponds, and plant and animal life to explore. The injured birds of prey at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, located on E. Vine Drive, welcome visitors interested in their rehabilitation and release.

A Wanderlust Adventure
4120 W County Road 54G
(970) 482-1995

33 Fabulous Summers Of Whitewater Rafting The Poudre River near Fort Collins! We give you lifelong memories, more experience, more smiles and more fun on an exciting river with breathtaking scenery! Your vacation highlight!

Beaver Meadows Stables
100 Marmot Drive, Unit 15
(970) 232-8326

Scenic trail rides into the beautiful Roosevelt National Forest. 25 miles of trail starting at 8500ft and up. Overnight rides and dinner rides! Winter sleigh rides and horse back rides in the snow. Full service Resort Ranch with restaurant, lodge, fishing, tubing hill with lift, cross country skiing and more!

Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum
4320 East County Road 58
(970) 482-2696
(970) 482-9168

The museum offers your family a one-of-a-kind learning experience as you journey through time with the Bee family's efforts to cultivate the arid prairie of Northern Colorado. Learn about irrigation, the sugar beet industry, and lamb feeding. Enjoy the children's activities and animals. Call for details. Open Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm May thru October or by appointment.

Bighorn Cabins
31635 Poudre Canyon
(970) 881-2142

Cozy, comfortable, modern cabins on or near the river. Kitchens, bathrooms, queen or king beds, TV in most cabins, VCRs/DVDs, picnic tables & propane grills. Complementary wireless internet available.

Chipper's Lanes
830 North College Avenue
(970) 484-4777

Located in Fort Collins in two great locations:

830 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
217 W. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Chippers has bowling with automatic scoring, arcades, cafes, full bars and a smoke free environment. The College Center has live music and karaoke and the Horsetooth Center has sand volleyball and Laser Tag!

Not in Fort Collins? Find us in Greeley, Broomfield and Estes Park!

Colorado State University RamTrax Visitor Services
Colorado State University 305 Administration Building
(970) 491-6621

RamTrax is Colorado State University’s premier visitor experience developed to showcase the university’s outstanding academic programs, highlight our prestigious research, and expand outreach to the community.

CSU Environmental Learning Center
3745 East Prospect Road #205
(970) 491-1661

Explore the riparian woodlands and signs of wildlife at the 200 acre Environmental Learning Center. Trails, raptor cages, garden and other attractions. Explore on your own or arrange a guided hike.

Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
19 Old Town Square #230
(970) 484-2069
(970) 484-6500

Markets and promotes businesses and special events in downtown Fort Collins: First Night, Old Town Car Show, Colorado Brewers' Festival, NewWestFest, parades, shopping, dining, and more!

Enigma Escape Rooms
151 S. College Ave
Suite J

Enigma Escape Rooms are live-action, interactive puzzles that take place inside a locked room. For 60 minutes you will be literally locked inside and challenged to escape. Find the hidden clues, uncover the secret mystery of the room, and unlock the door. The clues are all around you, so think hard and be quick.
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Flights of Fancy, LLC
4152 Avenida Del Sol Drive
(970) 581-5042

Do it right the first time. World class professional balloon service with first class accommodations and champagne celebration. Live the dream. FAA-CFI certified pilot. We're not the biggest... just the best!

Foothills Pops Band
407 Guillemonte St.
(970) 430-2756

The Foothills Pops Band directed by Glenn Shull is a non-profit organization of local adult musicians who perform musical arrangements enjoyed by everyone. Regular season performances are held at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.

Fort Collins Children's Theatre
PO Box 442
(970) 498-4110

Started in 1958 by a group of community-minded individuals, FCCT is founded on the belief that exposure to live theatrical performances is a valuable experience to be shared with families and children of all ages.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Court
(970) 221-6738

Explore the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins! Just 60 miles from Denver and 45 miles from Cheyenne, FCMoD blends science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum that literally offers the best of all worlds! With hands-on exhibits, a 42-foot long plesiosaur, a state-of-the-art Digital Dome that immerses you into the action, and a nationally recognized interactive music experience that lets you create and play music, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is an experience not to be missed. Visit today! 970.221.6738

Fort Collins Tours
Suite 238,19 Old Town Square
(970) 372-1445

Fort Collins Tours offers guided walking tours in and underneath Old Town Fort Collins. To learn more about our year round Brewery Tours, Ghost Tours, Gourmet Tours, Historic Walking Tours, Private Tours,etc. Please visit our website at

Fort Fun
1513 E. Mulberry Street
(970) 472-8009
(970) 472-8000

This is the ultimate family amusement experience! Check out the Miniature Golf Courses, Go-karts, and Laser Tag. Play in the Video, Redemption, or Shooting Gallery Arcades. Practice your swing in the Batting Cages. Boats open seasonally. Open Year Round. Fun for all ages!

Front Range Ride Guides
1021 Rolland Moore Dr.
(720) 208-0152

Front Range Ride Guides specializes in guided mountain bike tours along the Colorado Front Range, including the areas in and around Boulder, Denver, Golden, Fort Collins, and beyond. We create one-of-a-kind customized bike tours, tailored to your ability level and desires, that showcase the finest trail riding, scenery, and mountain culture that Colorado has to offer.

Our tours range from easy to epic to accommodate first time riders as well as seasoned experts. FRRG provides all you'll need: riding gear, unrivaled service and support, extensive local knowledge, and an infectious passion for biking. We make it stress-free and fun. All you have to do is ride and enjoy! Give us a shout, come ride with us, and go home with some stories that you'll be telling for years to come!

Garbage Garage Education Center
5887 South Taft Hill Road
(970) 498-5780
(970) 498-5772

The Garbage Garage Education Center is full of colorful and interactive displays that help visitors of all ages learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Call for hours.

Gardens on Spring Creek
2145 Centre Ave.
(970) 416-2486

At the Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins' community botanic garden, visitors enjoy stunning gardens, a giftshop, greenhouse, adult and youth education programs, and community events.

Global Village Museum of Arts & Cultures
200 W. Mountain Ave., Suite C
(970) 221-4600
The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures and Intercultural Resource Center is dedicated to showcasing international folk art. Exhibits are designed to engage and inspire visitors to learn more about world cultures, people, art and history in order to promote world understanding and foster peace.
Illustrated Light Gallery
#1 Old Town Square, Suite #103
(970) 493-0447
(970) 493-4673

The only gallery in Northern Colorado dedicated to fine art photography. Featuring the work of award-winning nature photographer, David Clack. Pottery, woodturnings & blown glass.

Inlet Bay Marina
4314 South Shoreline Drive
(970) 223-8929
(970) 223-0140

Horsetooth Reservoir- Full service marina with overnight slips, buoys, gas & supplies, cold drinks and snacks. Visit our website at or call 970-223-0140 for boat rentals and more information.

Larimer County Natural Resources
1800 South CR 31
(970) 619-4574
(970) 619-4570

Manages recreation at Carter Lake; Flatiron, Horsetooth, and Pinewood reservoirs; Big Thompson parks; Devil’s Backbone, Eagle’s Nest, Hermit Park, Horsetooth Mountain, Red Mountain, River Bluffs, and Soderberg open spaces; and others.

Leisurely Pedaling
374 Cajetan St

Single and Multi-Day bike Tours in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado for the relaxed explorer. We provide custom iteneraries, guides, and private tour groups.

Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street
(970) 221-6373
(970) 221-6735

The Lincoln Center is the City of Fort Collins’ cultural arts center. It contains two performing arts spaces, two galleries, conference facilities, and an outdoor sculpture garden, terrace, and rooftop deck.

Magic Bus Tours
(970) 420-0662

Magic Bus Tours gives fun and informative guided tours around Fort Collins by painted limo bus, by bike, and on foot. We offer Craft Brewery Tours, History Tours, Farm to Table Tours, Ghost Tours, Custom Scavenger Hunts, and multi passenger bike rentals. Private tours available for team builds, reunions, birthdays, weddings, and more. Have Fun, Know More and Explore with Magic Bus Tours! For tour info, schedules, and tickets visit or call 970-420-0662.

Mountain Whitewater Descents
1329 N Highway 287
(970) 494-0695
(970) 419-0917

Whitewater rafting on Colorado's only Wild and Scenic" River. A spectacular river set among a gorgeous canyon ensures a fantastic wilderness trip. Remember

Mountain' SUP
Santanka Cove at Horsetooth
(970) 480-7876

Mountain' SUP- Stand Up Paddleboard in Fort Collins at the 'Most Scenic SUP'n spot on the Front Range', The north shore of Horsetooth Reservoir (Santanka Cove). There are three 'wake free' coves at the north end that back up into Lory State Park, with rolling hills and striated rock formations. Open 7 days a week-10-4 (last rental time out, close by 6) on weekdays, 9-430 on weekends.  On call before Memorial Day and on weekdays after Labor Day.  We will be open on weekends in Sept.  No need to load up, haul or pump, or make reservations, just show up and paddle away. We will be there all day. Look for the tan umbrella somewhere by the boat ramp (the M'SUP office). More info can be found on Facebook or Family and group discounts, SUP yoga Fitness also Available. (970)480-7876

Mulberry Pool
424 W Mulberry St
(970) 221-6657

Mulberry Pool, located near Downtown Fort Collins, is one of three indoor aquatic facilities operated by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department. The pool is open year-round and includes a large "child friendly" interactive play area with slides and other fun water features. Mulberry Pool is a favorite for birthday parties and other celebrations. The pool is also popular with lap swimmers looking for an early morning or mid-day workout.

Northside Aztlan Community Center
112 Willow St
Fax: 970.416.2278
(970) 221-6256

Northside Aztlan Community Center is home to a wide variety of activities, classes, programs, sports and events. The Northside Aztlan Center continues to provide the same beneficial community programs as well as new and exciting opportunities. The Northside Aztlan Center is a 50,000 square foot recreation center (more than three times its original size) offering various activities.

OpenStage Theatre & Company
PO Box 617
(970) 482-0859
(970) 484-5237

Captivating live theatre. "OpenStage...can easily take its place among Colorado's best companies" -Denver Post. Winner of Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Tickets: (970) 221-6730.

Pinot's Palette
159 West Mountain Ave
(970) 214-5208

Fort Collins Pinot's Palette is an upscale "Paint. Drink. Have Fun" establishment in Old Town Fort Collins where anyone can be an artist! We offer a fine selection of Wine and Beer. No art experience required! In two or three hours you can create any number of our festive, whimsical and pretty paintings in our Main Studio. We'd love to help you celebrate Girls' Night Out, Birthday Parties, Date Night, Bachelorettes, Anniversaries, in our Private Party Studio; and we host Corporate Team Building Events; office parties and staff meetings. Come in and paint; create our own masterpiece! Great Music, Painting and Fun.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation, Inc.
108 North Meldrum Street
(970) 482-2719
(970) 221-0533

The Foundation manages the Avery House Historic Distric and the 1882-83 Fort Collins Water Works .

St. Peter's Fly Shop - Old Town
202 Remington Street
(970) 482-5990
(970) 498-8968

A full service fly shop providing fly fishing gear, guided fishing trips, classes, equipment rentals, fishing licenses and friendly advice.

St. Peter's Fly Shop - South
2008 E. Harmony Road
(970) 377-1034
(970) 377-3785

A full service fly shop providing fly fishing gear, guided fishing trips, classes, equipment rentals, fishing licenses and friendly advice.

Swetsville Zoo
4801 E. Harmony Road
(970) 484-9509

A world famous sculpture park containing over 170 animals, plants, space ships, etc. Fashioned from recycled farm machinery, auto parts, and assorted metal. Open every day.

Tadpole Pedicabs
703 Peterson St

Local pedicab tourism company seeking to deliver fast and safe transportation services on one-of-a-kind pedicabs. Private rentals, late night taxi and Brewery tours available!

Terry Bison Ranch
51 I-25 Service Road East
(307) 634-4171

RV Park, Cabins, original cowboy bunkhouse, gift shop, restaurant and saloon. Guided horseback rides, motorized and train tours. Easy access off I-25 and I-80. Wi-Fi available.

The Summit
4455 North Fairgrounds Ave
(970) 663-6363

Get the party started and discover a high-energy upscale experience in a hip atmosphere where you can bowl, play laser tag, or escape in our game room. Grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail in our tavern. Let our staff assist you with your special event for groups from 10-700.