The Colorado Springs area is far from boring. We have the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Manitou Incline and other must-visit attractions.
Here's a list that would make any day that much greater:
- Air Force Academy Visitor Center - Exit 156B off Interstate 25, North Gate; 333-2025, usafa.mil. Exhibits, theater, gift shop and nature trail to the Cadet Chapel.
- American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org. The history of money, educational exhibits, special events.
- Arcade Amusements Inc. - 900 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs; 685-9815, manitouspringspennyarcade.com. Video, pinball, classic antique games, Skee-Ball, horse derby, kiddie rides, stock car challenge.
- Bear Creek Nature Center - 245 Bear Creek Road; 520-6387, elpasoco.com. Hikes, interactive exhibits, hands-on items, interpretive programs, guided and self-guided tours.
- Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444, caveofthewinds.com. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; 633-9925, cmzoo.org. More than 950 different animals and about 180 species. See the animals, ride an antique carousel, eat a gourmet lunch at the Grizzly Grill, then ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride to the zoo's summit.
- Colorado Ballroom, Country Western and Line Dance Parties - 7-9:30 p.m. Saturdays, The Carriage Stop. 2700 Robinson St.; 598-8624, roncounts.com.
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - 30 W. Dale St.; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Docent-led gallery tours, free tactile gallery.
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum - 215 S. Tejon St.; 385-5990, cspm.org. History of the Pikes Peak region and local history archives.
- Dances - Live bands, big band, Latin, swing, polka, 7:30-11 p.m. Saturdays, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave.; 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org.
- El Pomar Penrose Heritage Museum - 15 Lake Ave.; 577-7065, thebroadmoorblog.com. Horse-drawn and motorized carriages including presidential carriages, race cars and other memorabilia. Free.
- Fallen Firefighter Memorial - Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; iaff.org. Walls inscribed with the names of union firefighters who died in the line of duty. The newest names are added each September.
- Fountain Creek Nature Center - 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain; 520-6745, elpasoco.com. Nature exhibits, interpretive programs, bird watching, guided and self- guided tours.
- Front Range Swing and Blues Dance - 7 p.m. Sundays, Movement Arts Community Studio, 525 E. Fountain Blvd., Suite 150, $5-$10; frontrangeswingandblues.com.
- Garden of the Gods Trading Post - 324 Beckers Lane; Manitou Springs, 685-9045, gardenofthegodstradingpost.com. Southwest art gallery, gift shop, cafe with historical photo gallery.
- Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center - 1805 N. 30th St.; 634-6666, gardenofgods.com. Nature programs, Junior Ranger program for kids, HD movie on history of the park, gift shop, cafe.
- Ghost Town Museum - 400 S. 21st St.; 634-0696, ghosttownmuseum.com. Pieces of the past preserved in an Old West setting as it might have been.
- Glen Eyrie Castle - 3820 N. 30th St.; 634-0808, gleneyrie.org. Ministry of The Navigators. Tours daily of historic castle, Queen's Tea and Royal Tea, holiday madrigal.
- Manitou Cliff Dwellings - 10 Cliff Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5242, cliffdwellingsmuseum.com. Relocated Anasazi cliff dwellings.
- Manitou Springs Heritage Center -517 Manitou Ave.; 685-1454, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org. Manitou history exhibits and programs.
- Manitou Incline - 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, visitcos.com. Cable car track on private property became a challenging, albeit illegal, trail for hikers and runners. It is now legal and public. One mile climbs 2,000 vertical feet. Rated difficult.
- May Natural History Museum - 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road; 576-0450, coloradospringsbugmuseum.com. Almost 8,000 unusual, rare, exotic, tropical insects, butterflies and bugs.
- McAllister House Museum - 423 N. Cascade Ave.; 635-7925, mcallisterhouse.org. English-style cottage built in 1873 was the home of the Henry McAllister family. Major McAllister was influential in the founding of Colorado Springs.
- Michael Garman Museum and Magic Town - 2418 W. Colorado Ave.; 471-9391, michaelgarman.com. Sculptures include cowboys, firefighters, soldiers and aviators. Tours, reservations required.
- Miramont Castle Museum - 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs; 685-1011, miramontcastle.org. A look at how life might have been in early Manitou Springs including the volunteer fire department's Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, a tea room and military exhibit. Tours and special events.
- National Museum of World War II Aviation - 755 Aviation Way; 637-7559, worldwariiaviation.org. Working museum with multiple aircraft being restored. Tours by docents.
- Old Colorado City Historical Society and History Center - 1 S. 24th St.; 636-1225, occhs.org. Walking tours by reservation, research library, bookstore, special events.
- Olympic Complex - One Olympic Plaza, 1750 E. Boulder St.; 866-4618, teamusa.org. Olympic Training Center, gift shop, Hall of Fame, tours $5, children under 10 free, senior, group and military discounts.
- Peterson Air and Space Museum - 150 E. Ent Ave., Peterson AFB; 556-4915, petemuseum.org. The aviation and space history of this region. Aircraft, missiles, Cold War exhibits, satellites, World War II displays.
- Pikes Peak Cog Railway - 515 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs; 685-5401, cograilway.com. The Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway trains travel to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak multiple times daily, weather permitting.
- Pikes Peak Highway - U.S. 24 west to Cascade; 385-7325, coloradosprings.gov. Paved toll road to the 14,115-foot summit. Open year-round, weather permitting.
- Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation Museum and Colorado Springs and Interurban Railway - 2333 Steel Drive; 475-9508, coloradospringstrolleys.com. Tours, trolley rides, museum tours, gift shop.
- Prairie Dog and Friends Sunset Tour - 7-9 p.m., history, geology and a sunset hike, Garden of the Gods Park, 1805 N. 30th St.; 505-2151, gardenofgods.com
- ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy - 101 Pro Rodeo Drive; 528-4764, prorodeohalloffame.com. Historical cowboy gear and clothing, rodeo Hall of Champions, memorabilia, sculpture garden, Western art and retired rodeo animals.
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site - 3105 Gateway Road, (across from Garden of the Gods Visitors Center, left on gated dirt road); 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. Living history museum of the Pikes Peak Region. Costumed interpreters.
- Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center - 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park; 686-1820, rmdrc.com. Dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils, educational programs, tours.
- Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame - 5867 N. Nevada Ave.; 487-8005, themotorcyclemuseum.com. Collection of motorcycles dating from 1915. Motorcycle memorabilia.
- Royal Gorge Bridge and Park - 4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City; royalgorgebridge.com. One of the world's highest suspension bridges. Skycoaster, zip line and more.
- Serenity Springs Wildlife Center - 24615 Scott Road, Calhan; 347-9200, serenityspringswildlife.org. Tours available most weekends, call for reservations. Big cats and exotic animals.
- Sertich Ice Center - Memorial Park, 1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; 385-5983, coloradosprings.gov. Public skating sessions, sled hockey.
- Seven Falls - 2850 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Seven cascading waterfalls, a mining-themed restaurant and zip-line courses; sevenfalls.com.
- The Simpich Showcase - 2413 W. Colorado Ave.; 465-2492, simpich.com. Simpich Character Doll figures displayed in more than 50 diorama settings. Theatre productions.
- Space Foundation Discovery Center - 4425 Arrowswest Drive; 576-8000, spacefoundation.org. Educational center developing and promoting an understanding of space. Classes, special events, teacher training.
- Starsmore Discovery Center - 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road; 385-6086, coloradosprings.gov. Self-guided hikes, children's programs, nature programs.
- Venetucci Farm - 5210 U.S. 85; 391-8102, ppcf.org. Historic family farm now maintained by Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Farmers market, urban homesteading, community supported agriculture, pumpkin patch tradition.
- Western Museum of Mining and Industry - 225 North Gate Blvd., I-25 Exit 156-A; 488-0880, wmmi.org. The history of Western mining, mining equipment and demonstrations, guided tours.
- World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and Museum - 20 First St.; 635-5200, worldskatingmuseum.org. Honoring the greatest in figure skating. "Ice Follies" and "Olympic Gold" exhibits.
Compiled by CARLOTTA OLSON, THE GAZETTE, 636-0221, CARLOTTA.OLSON@gazette.com