A nostalgic Fort Collins fixture, Totally 80's Pizza, boasts the world’s largest collection of ‘80s pop culture memorabilia in its impressive restaurant museum, including rare vintage arcade games, cereal boxes, autographed photos, computers, and original hand-written lyrics from the biggest names in 1980s music. No wonder the restaurant was recently featured on the History Channel’s new show, “Adam Eats the 80s” with TV host Adam Richman. Plus, the restaurant has a new double-the-size location with delicious 'za, a full arcade, and a souvenir shop.
In honor of this accomplishment, here are some other totally nostalgic experiences in Northern Colorado to add to your bucket list.
See a drive-in movie
The iconic Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater is a summer and fall must-visit (it’s open through October). Along with reasonably priced movies ($9 for ages 10 and up; $6 for age 6-9 and over 65), score tasty eats from the concession stand, along with local beers from Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium, Horse & Dragon, and wines from The OBC Wine Project.
Ride a trolley
This summer, hop on the Fort Collins Municipal Railway on Birney Car 21 (also known as “Car 21” or just “Birney”) as well as Car 23 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in Fort Collins. Only around a dozen Birneys worldwide still operate as rail lines today, and Fort Collins has one of them. The trolley runs from Old Town to City Park and Grandview Cemetery on Mountain Avenue. Each 3-mile trip takes about 30 minutes. Or tour/ride Birney at the FoCo Food Truck Rally, which takes place in City Park on Tuesday evenings through Sept. 13. Follow FoCo Food Truck Rally on Facebook to see the food truck and music lineup.
Refuel at The Silver Grill Café (218 Walnut St.)
Along with a killer breakfast and lunch, this breakfast hotspot has plenty of history to share — after all, it is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado. Don’t forget to order an enormous cinnamon roll – they bake more than 10,000 delicious buns each month!
Play pinball and more
Pinball Jones is a true gem, chock full of vintage and brand-new pinball machines, as well as pool tables, air-hockey tables, Skee-ball and all manner of arcade cabinets (old and new) sure to leave even hard-to-please teens (and tweens) grinning.
Snag a sammy at B&B Pickle Barrel (122 W. Laurel St.)
An institution among current and former Colorado State University students, the B&B Pickle Barrel celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. The East Coast deli serves truly excellent sandwiches, homemade soups, and tasty bakery items.
Roll around Rollerland
Strap on your roller skates and let the good times roll at Rollerland Skate Center in Fort Collins. Skate around a 12,000-square-foot smooth rink while a live DJ plays crowd-pleasing music, including plenty of throwback favorites. Be sure to check out the laser tag, arcade, and three-story playground.
Play the day away at Fort Fun
From go-karts and mini golf to bumper boats and an arcade, Fort Fun has plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages laughing. There are also escape rooms sure to get your brain working.
Explore Bee Family Centennial Farm
Bee Family Farm has been around since development began in Northern Colorado, so no wonder it’s on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. It’s been an active working farm since 1894. Discover the “minds-on” museum with plenty of farm-focused exhibits. The farm also hosts education programs and events, like the upcoming Pioneer Living Day, set for Sept. 24, 2022, where you can see what life was like 100 years ago and see bread and butter making, quilt and sewing demonstrations, learn about food preservation, enjoy trolley rides and more.