Things to see and do in and around Colorado Springs

May 5, 2016 Updated: May 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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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
American Numismatic Association Money Museum
Location: 818 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 632-2646
Things to see: Exhibits include history of money, gold coins and kids zone. $5; $4 seniors, military and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Group tours available 

American Numismatic Association Money Museum - 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org/money-museum. Exhibits include history of money, gold coins and kids zone. $5; $4 seniors, military and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Group tours available.

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
Cave of the Winds 

Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. Highway 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
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Location: 30 W Dale St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 634-5581
Things to see/do: Docent-led gallery tours, free tactile gallery.  

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
Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Location: 1315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Things to see/do: Walls inscribed with the names of union firefighters who died in the line of duty. The newest names are added each September. 

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
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Location: 324 Beckers Ln, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: (719) 685-9045
Things to see/do: Southwest art gallery, gift shop, cafe with historical photo gallery. 

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
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Location: 10 Cliff Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: (719) 685-5242
Things to see/do: Relocated Anasazi cliff dwellings.  

Manitou Cliff Dwellings - 10 Cliff Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. Highway 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 public. One mile climbs 2,000 vertical feet. Rated difficult.

May Natural History Museum
May Natural History Museum
Location: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Phone: (719) 576-0450
Things to see/do: Almost 8,000 unusual, rare, exotic, tropical insects, butterflies and bugs. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily May-September, by appointment only Oct.-April.  

May Natural History Museum - 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road; 576-0450, coloradospringsbugmuseum.com. Almost 8,000 unusual, rare, exotic, tropical insects, butterflies and bugs. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily May-September, by appointment only Oct.-April.

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
Miramont Castle Museum
Location: 9 Capitol Hill Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Phone: (719) 685-1011
Things to see/do: 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.  

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.

Mountain Post Historical Center - Fort Carson; mountainposthistoricalcenter.org. Telling the story of Fort Carson and paying tribute to its Soldiers - past, present and future.

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
Peterson Air and Space Museum
Location: 150 E Ent Ave, Peterson AFB, CO 80914
Phone: (719) 556-4915
Things to see/do: The aviation and space history of this region. Aircraft, missiles, Cold War exhibits, satellites, World War II displays.  

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. Highway 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.

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
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Location: 3105 Gateway Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80804
Phone: (719) 578-6777
Things to see/do: Living history museum of the Pikes Peak Region. Costumed interpreters. Open for special events only in fall and winter.  

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. Open for special events only in fall and winter.

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, zipline and more.

Serenity Springs Wildlife Center
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center
Location: 24615 Scott Rd, Calhan, CO 80808
Phone: (719) 347-9200
Things to see/do: This wildlife center with tours houses & cares for non-domestic big cats like lions & tigers 

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; sevenfalls.com. 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
Space Foundation Discovery Center
Location: 4425 Arrowswest Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 576-8000
Things to see/do: Educational center developing and promoting an understanding of space. Classes, special events, teacher training.  

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. Highway 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

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