Are you planning on spending your spring break in Fort Collins? Is your spring break in Fort Collins part of a staycation? Fort Collins is the perfect destination for your spring break plans. Here is a guide to what you can do on your spring break in Fort Collins.

Tour Fort Collins by Bike

The preferred method of transportation in Fort Collins is by bike,  and although you see locals riding through snow storms, spring is the perfect time to explore this town by bike. With multiple bike shops around town like Recycled Cycles offering bike rentals and the Bike Share Program PACE, it's very easy to find the perfect bike for your adventure. Fort Collins is a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Community (1 of only 4 in the nation) and offers 285+ miles of biking trails, paved and unpaved, to fit your biking desires. Popular city bike trails include the Spring Creek Trail and the Poudre River Trail, and don't forget brewery bike trips are also a fun option.

Try the Spring Seasonals at a Local Brewery

What’s better than a light, refreshing craft brew on a sunny, spring day in Fort Collins? Not a whole lot...Check out the local breweries for their spring seasonals, handcrafted to match their take on spring in Fort Collins. Tree Shaker at Odell Brewing Co. combines peach flavors with a light IPA base and it’s oh so good. Also don’t miss the longtime-favorite seasonal Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing, featuring bready malts, cascade hops and peach juice frolic for a light refreshing taste.

Foodies Must Eat at Great Plates

Foodies rejoice! Great Plates of Downtown Fort Collins is back to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County! Great Plates will feature 25 Downtown restaurants will that will each be serving up limited-time-only $25 dinner specials between March 1st - 14th. For more information on how to indulge in Great Plates check out our First Timer's Guide to the event

Celebrate St. Patty's Day

Lucky Joe's St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 17)

Throw on your favorite green shirt or dress and head down to Historic Old Town Fort Collins for the Lucky Joe's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Party, where everyone is Irish for the day. The parade will take place Saturday, March 17th, and will feature creative floats, performers and family fun for all. After the parade, Wilbur's Total Beverage will host the Old Town Irish Party which will feature live music and a "green beer garden." Admission to the parade and party is free and it will open at 10:00 am and conclude at 5 pm.

Sharin ‘O’ the Green 5K (March 17)

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off with the Sharin ‘O’ the Green 5K, which is produced by Partners Mentoring Youth. This race is open to individuals of all abilities, families, youth, and furry friends. This race will go through the heart of Fort Collins and is the race that kicks off the local running season.

Explore Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places

Fort Collins is known for its rich arts and cultures scene and during the spring season, it is fun to be able to explore local art while enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather. Art in Public Places takes you on a self-guided tour throughout town to explore local art, created to beautify the Fort Collins community. From north to south and east to west you can find painted wall murals, transformer boxes, and planters, beautiful sculptures, and even painted Pianos About Town that are often played by local passerbys. This is a great way to explore the art scene in Fort Collins while enjoying the benefits of spring in Colorado.

Have a Spring Shopping Spree

Fort Collins Gift Guide

Spring is a time for renewal, fresh beginnings, spring cleaning and it’s the opportune time to go shopping for a fresh new spin on your everyday life. Old Town offers local, boutique style shopping where you can get a new wardrobe at a local boutique, change up your cooking style by picking up some new spices or Backyard BBQ tools, and adorn your garden with statues and keepsakes from Perennial Gardner. You can extend your spring shopping spree at Front Range Village in south Fort Collins with stores like MkLAREN Boutique, Super Target, Sephora, DSW and more. And don't forget the revamped Foothills Mall. This indoor/outdoor mall has everything you're looking for from fantastic dining to a great shopping scene with multiple storefronts to chose from.

Watch the Sunrise/Sunset from Horsetooth Reservoir

Pinks, blues, purples and reds often streak the morning or evening sky in Fort Collins and although there isn’t a bad spot to view the sunrise or sunset here, there are some prime spots if you want to get a front row view of the painted sky. Horsetooth Reservoir is a favorite viewing spot for locals and visitors alike due to its easy access, excellent overlooks and the glass-like water that reflects the colors of the sky. There are multiple paid parking lots around the reservoir for you to park your car and revel in the beauty of the sunrise/sunset. If you want to get in a hiking session that ends in an outstanding sky view, don’t miss the hike to Horsetooth Rock. It is the highest overlook spot in the Fort Collins area and is perfect for viewing both sunrise and sunset (just make sure you plan accordingly to the sunrise/sunset time).

Visit the Baby Chicks and Other Animals at the Farm

You can always tell it’s spring time in Fort Collins when the baby wildlife and farm animals start showing up around town. Watch out for baby Canadian Geese as they waddle behind their parents throughout town and make sure to go say “Hi” to the baby chicks at the farm. Fort Collins offers hands-on farm experiences for children and families of all ages. Take a stroll through the Farm at Lee Martinez Park and learn about farm life and the animals that call it home.