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515 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


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Free Things To Do In Colorado Springs

ANNUAL SPRINGSPREE: City festival, entertainment, downtown Colorado Springs. Crafts, exhibits, etc. 719-533-1216.

AMERICAN NUMISMATICS MUSEUM: Coin and paper money on display from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 818 N. Cascade Ave. 719-632-2646.

ARCADE AMUSEMENTS: West’s oldest amusement arcade, one city block big. Open May through September. 900 Block on Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, 719-685-9815.

BEAR CREEK REGIONAL PARK CENTER AND NATURE TRAIL: Scenic trails, wildlife, displays and naturalist programs. Open 12:00 noon to 4 p.m. weekends, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 245 Bear Creek Road. 719-520-6387.

CHEYENNE CANYONS: The canyons include Helen Hunt Falls and entry to High Drive above the city. Take Cheyenne Blvd. from South Tejon Street, proceed south-west until you meet the junction of the two canyons. 719-634-7111.

CITY OF CRIPPLE CREEK: Visit historic mining district, museums, trail, mine and casinos. 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs, south of Divide. Limited-stakes gambling. 1-800-526-8777.

COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM: Building was the old court house. Ceilings have elaborate carvings and paintings, and contains many antiques. Explore regional history from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 215 S. Tejon. 719-578-6650.

COLORADO BALLOON CLASSIC: Always first week in September, 125 hot air balloons launch beginning at 6:30 a.m. in Memorial Park 719-471-4833.

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL: Compassion sponsors and changing the world. Come and see! 3955 Cragwood Drive. 719-594-9900.

FINE ARTS CENTER: A large variety of arts-metal, fiber, pottery, paintings, etc. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. 30 West Dale Street, guided tours are at 2:15 p.m. each Sunday, 719-634-5581. Free on Saturdays.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Devoted to preserving the family. Judeo-Christian based. 8655 Explorer Drive. 719-531-3400.

FOUNTAIN CREEK NATURE CENTER: Wetlands, trails, walks, wildlife, exhibits, nature center. Closed on Mondays. 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Colorado. 719-520-6745.

GARDEN OF THE GODS PARK AND VISITOR CENTER: The 1,364-acre park features magnificent rock formations, including the famous Balanced Rock, Steamboat Rock, Kissing Camels and Three Graces. Enjoy picnicking and then go shopping in the 3 gift shops at the Visitors Center. Park open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. 30th street at Gateway Road. 719-578-6640.

I.A.F.F. FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER MEMORIAL: Located in Memorial Park, Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock. Statue showing firefighters dedication. Open all year. 719-442-2014.

MANITOU SPRINGS: Quaint and unique shops, west on either Colorado Ave. or Highway 24.

OLD COLORADO CITY: Restored shops and stone fronts from 1859, go west on Colorado Avenue.

PALMER PARK: Beautiful Scenery and spectacular overlook of the city. Picnicking, nature trails, ball park. Take Academy Blvd. to Maizeland and turn west.

PATSY’S CANDIES: 50+ varieties of chocolates, saltwater taffy, English toffee... Open all year. 1540 South 21st street. 719-633-7215.

PIKES PEAK SUMMIT HOUSE/GLEN COVE: On the Pikes Peak Highway. Best view in Colorado. Shop, dine, take your best photos. Open all year.719- 473-0208.

MONUMENT VALLEY PARK: Geological column in the north end of the park. Picnicking, tennis courts, playground, and swimming pool (admission free for swimming pool). Take Cascade Avenue to Dale Street and turn west.

PROSPECT LAKE AND MEMORIAL PARK: Large lake off Union Blvd. and Pikes Peak Avenue. Picnicking, paddle boats, playground, and pets are allowed.

SPACE MUSEUM: Space artifacts from Apollo 15 Mission. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 1525 Vapor Trail. 550-1000.

U.S. OLYMPIC COMPLEX: Free one hour tour includes Olympic film and guided tour of sports center, shooting center, and track and field. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1750 E. Boulder Street.719-578-4644.

VAN BRIGGLE ART POTTERY: Pottery internationally known. Highway 24 and South 21st Street, in an old railroad house. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 600 South 21st Street 719-633-7729.

WORLD FIGURE SKATING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: Antique skates, costumes, and skating memorabilia. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, June through August, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, September through May. 20 First Street 719-635-5200.

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