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 on the best things to do on spring break in The Choice City.
The Cache la Poudre River Canyon hosts a myriad of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From whitewater rafting (class I-V rapids), hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing, and fishing, to winter sports like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling, the canyon is the perfect place to get away, all year round. And, Colorado Highway 14, which follows much of the river, is a designated Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway between Fort Collins and the town of Walden. The Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway is recognized as one of the state’s premier scenic highways. This route features stunning scenery in the Poudre Canyon.
The preferred method of transportation in Fort Collins is by bike, and although you see locals riding through snowstorms, spring is the perfect time to explore this town by bike. With multiple bike shops around town like Drake 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 5 in the nation) and offers 285+ miles of biking trails, paved and unpaved, to fit your biking desires.
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. One of our favorites is Tree Shaker from Odell Brewing Co. It combines peach flavors with a light IPA base and it’s oh, so good. Also don’t miss the spring seasonal Meandering Wit from Gilded Goat Brewing Company, which has a smooth and silky mouthfeel, enhanced by floral, orange blossom, and honey flavors.
Foodies Must Experience Downtown Great Plates
Foodies rejoice! Great Plates of Downtown Fort Collins, although it happens a little bit before spring break, is back to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County! Great Plates will feature a whopping 45 Downtown restaurants that will each be serving up limited-time-only $25 dinner specials between March 1st - 14th. You can view all of the restaurant specials here!
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, planters, beautiful sculptures, and even painted Pianos About Town that are often played by local passersby. This is a great way to explore the art scene in Fort Collins while enjoying the benefits of spring in Colorado.
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 from The Old Town Spice Shop or backyard BBQ tools from The Cupboard. Update your style with new threads from Akinz and adorn your garden with statues and keepsakes from Perennial Gardner. You can extend your spring shopping spree at The Shops at Foothills in midtown and Front Range Village in south Fort Collins.
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 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).
You can always tell it’s springtime 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 the 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.