Colorado Springs is a great place to raise a family

Colorado Springs is a great place to live for many reasons. It has a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate, a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, and some exceptional schools, colleges, and universities. Colorado Springs attracts students, military personnel and with construction booming in the area new residences are readily available. Colorado Springs is a great place for families both young and mature. Whether you have little ones with a small housing budget or older young adults that will need exposure to amazing opportunities like attending the Air Force Academy. Colorado Springs is even a hot spot for retirees who want to settle down yet enjoy easy access to recreational opportunities, local events and an eclectic array of dining and breweries. The following is a list of our favorite things to do with kids in Colorado Springs.

1. The North Pole

Santa's Workshop is a great place to take the kids. The Christmas themed amusement park has plenty of fun activities complete with classic rides from Carousel, Boat Ride, and Motorcycles to unique rides like the Kiddie Commander, Granny Bug, and Santa's Sleigh. Santa's Workshop is great for young ones from infants up to kids around 12 or 13 years old. 

2. Starsmore Nature Center

The Starsmore Nature Center has a rich history and is a great place to learn about the local wildlife and natural areas in Colorado Springs. This historic home building was originally the home of the Starsmore family which ended up being the intersection of Nevada Ave and Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. This nature center now serves as an introduction to the picturesque Cheyenne Cañon.

3. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is located in southwest Colorado Springs near the Broadmoor Hotel. The zoo is a great place to take young ones from infants all the way to high school. No matter what the age the zoo always yields an interesting perspective into our earth's wild animals and their significance. Whether it be the Rino exhibit or the monkeys the zoo is always a guarantee to have fun.

4. Pioneer Museum

The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is a great place to figure out the answer to the question. Ever wondered why people end up in a particular place? The Pioneer Museum is a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in Colorado History and we highly recommend taking tour. The windows into history tours are drop-in and free. 

5. Dinosaur Resource Center

The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is an incredible place to find a glimpse into the creatures who once roamed our great state of Colorado. The center offers a number of exhibits, everything from Mammals, Marine Reptiles to a prehistoric paradise store. For the kids we recommend checking out the Scout Program where participants can earn their Jr. Paleontologist degree. 

6. Cave of the Winds

The Cave of the Winds is a geological site complete with hundreds of millions of years of history pack into a limestone rock-wonderland. From short walking tours to longer caving treks through undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. These in-person tours hold incredible educational opportunities for the young ones.

7. Manitou Springs Penny Arcade

The Manitou Springs Penny Arcade is a locals favorite. As a kid, a penny may have went a long way but today not sure much. A penny still gets you something at the Penny Arcade! A great place for fun for parents too this arcade has many classic games and holds a rooted spot in Manitou Springs history. 

8. Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is a wild and scenic area south of Colorado Springs. The riparian habitat along Fountain Creek holds an array of wildlife and the Nature Center is a great place to learn about all of these species. This is an excellent place to bring the kids to help them connect to nature firsthand. We recommend going to one of the many events the Nature Center has. See here for a map of Fountain Creek Regional Park.

9. The United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy is a great place to visit no matter what the age. From the many model airplanes on display placed randomly throughout the campus to the consistent parachute and other aerial training the USFA is a must-see Colorado Springs destination. We recommend checking out the Chapel. Built with incredible stained glass the interior is always adorned with beautiful colors. 

10. Will Rogers Shrine 

The Will Rogers Shrine sits just above the zoo on Cheyenne Mountain. The Shrine is a commemorative tower and chapel name for Will Rogers the American humorist. The shrine is also a tomb for the remains of Spencer Penrose who was a prominent figure in Colorado Springs History. The Shrine is accessed through the zoo and yields incredible views of Denver, the eastern plains and beyond. 

 Does living near these awesome places interest you? If so, be sure to contact Joe Clement to help you find the best Colorado Springs properties!

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