Wednesday, March 16, 2011

F-R-E-E Activites in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region

Many of us who are planning vacations this year, are concerned with the price of gas, motels, etc. Here is a long list of places that you can enjoy that are F--R--E--E! You'll notice that below this posting is more information. Hopefully, this will help you!!!

Art on the Streets
Downtown Colorado Springs

Air Force Academy (Visitors Center & Chapel)
Labor Day Weekend - Memorial Day Weekend, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

America the Beautiful Park
126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

Barr Trail

El Pomar Carriage House and Museum
Broadmoor Hall, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue
Will Rodgers Shrine and Carriage Museum
Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm

Colorado Balloon Classic
Memorial Park, Labor Day Weekend
Launch at 7 a.m. daily, weather permitting

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Tactile Gallery
30 West Dale Street
(Admission fee for all other exhibits)

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Donations appreciated

Compassion International Visitor Center
12290 Voyager Parkway

Dr. Lester Williams Fire Museum
375 Printers Parkway
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Northwest Corner of Memorial park (Pikes Peak and Hancock)

Focus on the Family Visitor Center
8655 Explorer Dr.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Open 'til 5 p.m. during summer)

Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane

Garden of the Gods Park and Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N. 30th St.
Labor Day Weekend - Memorial Day Weekend, 9am-5pm
Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend, 8am-8pm
Free guided walks and nature programs at 10am and 2pm
Multi-media presentation $2/$1, Bus tour in summer $3.75/2.50

Manitou Springs Mineral Springs Walking Tours
354 Manitou Ave.

Manitou Springs Heritage Center
Wed. through Sunday, 11am to 5pm

Memorial Park Skate Park
1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Old Colorado City History Center
1 South 24th St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm (Summer hours 10am-5pm)

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Parks & Open Spaces
Colorado Springs City Parks
El Paso County Parks

Patsy's Candies Factory Tour
1540 S. 21st St.
Tours June 1 - Oct. 1, Monday-Friday, 11am and 2pm
Call for groups larger than 10

Peterson Air and Space Museum (Military ID required or call ahead to make arrangements)
Bldg. 981
Peterson AFB
Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Red Rocks Open Space
Highway 24 just west of 31st Street

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
5867 N. Nevada Ave.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Donations appreciated

Starsmore Discovery Center/ North Cheyenne Canon/ Helen Hunt Falls
2110 N. Cheyenne Canon Rd.

Uncle Wilber's Fountain
Acacia Park - Downtown Colorado Springs
Approx. May-September weather permitting

United States Olympic Training Center and Visitor Center
1750 E. Boulder St.
May-Sept, tours every 1/2 hour from 9am-5pm
Oct-Apr, tours every hour from 9am-4pm


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