The summer season in Fort Collins is extraordinarily beautiful and is by far one of the best times of the year to plan a trip. Fort Collins offers a variety of things to do during the summer season such as hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, SUP'n, live outdoor music and so much more. Plan your Summer Vacation to Fort Collins here.
Fort Collins is home to some of the largest events and festivals in Northern Colorado. These are can’t miss events that include live music, food and award-winning craft beer. Events and Festivals such as the Taste of Fort Collins (June 7-9), the 30th annual Colorado Brewers' Festival (June 28-29), Bohemian Nights NewWestFest (Aug. 9-11). And, don’t forget late summer events like New Belgium Brewing's eclectic Tour de Fat (Aug. 31) and the Fortitude 10K Race (Sept. 2).
If you want to familiarize yourself with the true beauty of mountain landscapes and natural wonder in Fort Collins then the campgrounds are your best bet. Whether you’re looking for public or private campgrounds, family-friendly camping, or RV Parks, there are numerous areas to set up camp close to town or in the ruggedness of the mountains.
If you’re look for something to do while you’re enjoying your campsite, we suggest taking part in some outdoor recreation. Fort Collins is widely known for its various opportunities for outdoor fun. You name it and there’s a pretty good chance Fort Collins has it. Whitewater Rafting, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking and the list goes on. You will not be disappointed when it comes to the countless number of outdoor adventures at the tip of your fingers when you visit Fort Collins this summer. Horsetooth Reservoir is a popular sport for most of these activities.
To simply put it, the Cache la Poudre River is special. This magnificent river is surrounded by enormous cliffs and fascinating rock formations, covered in ponderosa and lodgepole pine trees, sage brush, mountain mahogany and aspen – the canyon is nothing short of a fairy tale. And, did we mention the Poudre River also happens to be Colorado’s only nationally designated “Wild & Scenic” river. Colorado Highway 14, the road which follows alongside much of the river, is also a designated Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway as well. The drive is nothing short of spectacular.
Wander around Fort Collins' well-established Old Town area, which is designated both a national and local-historic district with 28 historical buildings. As you stroll, you might notice a strong resemblance to Disneyland’s Main Street USA. We’re delighted to say it was designed with downtown Fort Collins in mind! The Old Town area is lined with local boutiques, antique shops, cafes, retail stores, and candy and confectionery shops that are sure to please everyone.
There’s something really special about those first warm summer days that make you want to grab lunch or a cocktail and sit out on a sunny patio. Thankfully, Fort Collins is packed full of patio options from which to choose. With so many choices, you could spend the entire summer bouncing from patio to patio in pursuit of the perfect spot. Here are a few patios to get your fun in the sun started.
Biking is one of the greatest ways to familiarize yourself with Fort Collins. The city is known for having a reasonably flat terrain, exceptionally wide bike lanes, and trails that run alongside the Cache la Poudre River and Spring Creek. Not to mention, biking is a pleasant, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get around. Whether you’re exploring some of Fort Collins’ 285-plus miles of trails or treading through the mountains, you’ll understand why Fort Collins is a platinum-level bike-friendly city. Ride to Old Town or pedal to one of the 20-plus local craft breweries and you might be surprised to come across more bikes than cars on the road on any given day.
The relationship between the brewing industry and the town of Fort Collins is more than just a business correlation, it’s a societal culture. It’s a culture that has been around the Choice City for more than 25 years. There are so many different ways to explore all of the 20-plus breweries in Fort Collins. You can hop on a beer and bike tour, catch a ride on the Magic Bus or immerse yourself in a self-guided tour. If you really want to get involved with the tasting experience, don't forget to sign up for our Fort Collins Tasting Journal so you can take notes and jot down your thoughts on each beer you sip.
These unique community events, put on by Fortified Collaborations, bring local farmers, chefs, breweries, wineries, distilleries and non-profits together to create the most incredible evenings under the stars at many of the local farms. A true farm-to-table dinner is something you must experience at least once in your lifetime. Sit back underneath the lights and stars and take in the community while dinning on locally sourced food and drinking local craft beer, spirits and wine.
Summertime brings with it a wave of incredible live outdoor music to Fort Collins. There are numerous outdoor summer concert series all around town including: Noontime Notes, Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live, Downtown Summer Sessions, the Lagoon Concert Series, and many other concerts taking place weekly at establishments in Fort Collins. Summertime also brings about an explosion of public art around town, most notably the Pianos About Town. These pianos are meant to bring together visual art and music for the public to enjoy. They are scattered about in 20 different locations in Fort Collins. When you visit, see if you can find them all.
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