Fort Collins has no shortage of outdoor activities to pack your day full of family-friendly adventures. Fishing is always a great past-time for a kid and Fort Collins has several bodies of water to offer a trophy fishing day with the kiddos. Dixon Reservoir just east of Horsetooth Reservoir is an excellent place to start, and nine times out of 10 you can hear the kids around the lake yelling about the fish they caught while the adults are still waiting for the bite.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, bring the fishing poles to the Poudre River during low run-off season (August-October) for some brown trout fishing. Horsetooth Reservoir is the perfect family destination for a hot day.
A favorite way to explore the reservoir is on a Stand Up Paddle Board. With plenty of tucked away coves, you can paddle the kids around for hours. You can also rent boats at the Inlet Bay Marina and have a more fast-paced adventure on the water.
If you’re looking to stay near shore, bring the kids to the Horsetooth Reservoir beach and swimming area.
A family’s visit to Fort Collins is not complete without hopping on a bicycle. With over 280 miles of fairly flat lanes and trails, it’s the perfect activity for the entire family. Check out the Bike Library (no pun intended) or join one of our fabulous guided tours, retailers, and outfitters. You’ll find everything you need on the Fort Collins Bike page.
For those adrenaline junkies in the family, a whitewater rafting trip is a must do! With more than four outfitters in Fort Collins, whitewater rafting is a popular sport, and it’s something the entire family can enjoy.
Agriculture is an important part of life and history in Fort Collins, and it’s also important that the future generations know about it. Fort Collins offers multiple farms that are fun for the kids and educational too. Bee Family Centennial Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience where you travel through the life of the Bee Family and their efforts to cultivate the land in Northern Colorado. The Farm at Lee Martinez offers a hands-on experience of farm life. Enjoy spending time with the animals including pony rides and hayrides.
If you’re looking to explore the natural areas of Fort Collins and gain brain power as well, we encourage you to enjoy family-friendly natural area adventures and guided activities throughout the year. Don’t forget to pick up your Natural Areas Passport from the Downtown Information Center and try to visit all 42 areas!