Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Resident or guest, it's the place in the Pikes Peak region that so many visit again and again. The zoo's 146 acres are home to more than 800 animals. The views of Colorado Springs are almost reason enough to visit the nation's first and only mountain zoo, which was opened in 1926 by mining mogul and philanthropist Spencer Penrose.


Santa's Workshop at the North Pole

You can find Christmas music and everything else Saint Nick from mid-May through Dec. 24 at this amusement park that opened in 1956. The park, on the Pikes Peak Highway but before the toll gate, features more than 25 rides and other attractions. One of the highlights is the North Pole, an ice-covered pole that never melts.


Water World

You might forget you are landlocked in Colorado after visiting this water amusement park, north of downtown Denver. It boasts nearly 50 rides on 67 acres, making it one of the larger water parks in the U.S. One great thing: You can avoid the cost of concessions by bringing a cooler packed with drinks and food.


Elitch Gardens

In 1890, the gates first opened on this park. Over the years, it has changed locations and updated its look. Elitch's moved to downtown Denver in 1995 and is a haven for kids of all ages. A theme park and a water park are included with admission. So whether you're a fan of thrill rides or wet slides, this park is for you.


Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Spread over 360 acres and packed with 21 rides, shows and attractions, it's easy to spend several hours at this natural wonder in our backyard. The gorge is breathtaking, and the park provides numerous ways to view it, including an aerial tram, an extremely steep incline railway and from America's highest suspension bridge.