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10 things you must do in Colorado before summer ends

Summer may winding down, but there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had. Here are a variety of activities you squeeze in before the leaves start to fall.

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PORTAL POOL WEATHER

Enjoy the water

1. There are many options when it comes to escaping the heat this summer in the Colorado Springs area.

Here is a list of public swimming pools plus a beach in Colorado Springs area

ANTHONY SOUFFLE

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Visit downtown
2. The Pikes Peak area is lucky enough to have three inviting downtown areas. Whether visiting downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado City or Manitou Springs, you’ll find several places to shop, eat and explore.

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SWITCHBACKS VS PORTLAND TIMBERS 2

Cheer for the home team
3. Have some fun watching the pros on the diamond and the pitch. In Colorado Springs, the Switchbacks until October 7th. In Denver, the Rockies have home games until the end of September and the Rapids last game is October 15. The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos started their season on September 11.

JAMES WOOLDRIDGE

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Enjoy some suds
4. There are a lot of great options in town for beer lovers. Trinity, Pikes Peak and Red Leg are all excellent local breweries. If you’re the curious sort, check out the Garrison Tavern (formerly Brickhouse) which was just renovated by the TV series “Bar Rescue.”

Photo via brew-trek.com

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Make (or lose) some money
5. Cripple Creek is open year round but the drive is less worrisome when the weather is warmer. Press your luck and maybe you’ll make some cash at one of the several casinos in town.

Photo via coloradosprings.com

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Go to the drive-in
6. Looking for something a bit more retro? Head to the drive-in. While there aren’t any in Colorado Springs there are seven in the state. The closest are the 88 Drive-In in Commerce City and the Mesa Drive-In in Pueblo.

Photo via denverpost.com

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Have an adventure
7. It’s still warm enough to go whitewater rafting or skydiving. There’s also time to check a 14er off your list. If you’re looking for something more serene, there are plenty of places to go horseback riding, fishing or camping.

Christian Murdock, The Gazette

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Get out of town
8. The time is right for a weekend trip to Denver (Elitch’s is open through Oct. 29), Breckenridge, Estes Park or other popular Colorado tourist destinations. They’re likely to be less crowded this time of year.

Photo via denvercbslocal.com

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Have some family fun
9. Give the kids a break from the "back-to-school blues" with some local diversions. Take in Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or drive up the Pikes Peak Highway while the weather is still good.

Photo via coloradotravelblog.com

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Go to a concert
10. Concerts run year round but major outdoor venues only remain open for a few more weeks. 

Maria Mattera via Facebook

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