National Parks / Natural World in COLORADO SPRINGS with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Colorado Springs has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Colorado Springs itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Garden Of The Gods

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    (4 miles) Colorado Springs

    A beautiful day out in the Colorado nature, both educational and active for the entire family, especially the kids.

  • Seven Falls

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    (5 miles) Colorado Springs

    Feed the rainbow trout, View wildlife throughout the canyon, Climb the two sets of stairs, Use viewers for spectacular scenes from the Eagles Nest, Enjoy numerous educational exhibits, Walk the two ...

  • Pikes Peak

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    (10 miles) Cascade

    The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world, Pikes Peak is a stunning experience for the whole family in Colorado. Great drives, amazing biking trails ...

  • The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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    (32 miles) Calhan

    Rich social, natural and geological histories for kids to learn about, with surreal and diverse landscapes of Colorado to marvel at!

  • Royal Gorge Bridge And Park

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    (37 miles) Canon City

    Visit Colorado's Natural Wonder where looking UP is just as incredible as looking DOWN! Rides, attractions, and America's highest suspension bridge!

  • Aurora Reservoir

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    (54 miles) Aurora

    800 acres of water surface to play on, with boating, fishing, and SCUBA diving, as well as cycling, wildlife, and a swim beach!

  • Denver Botanic Gardens York St

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    (62 miles) Denver

    Dig, explore and play at one of the top five botanic gardens in the country! Acres ready for outdoor fun, and even a 3-acre garden just for them.

  • Denver City Park

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    (64 miles) Denver

    Denver's premier park is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor play, lakes, museums, a zoo, historical monuments and picnic sites!

  • Great Sand Dunes

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    (100 miles) Mosca

    Explore the tallest dunes in North America! Whether hiking, sliding, exploring in a dunes wheelchair - or simply playing - the Great Sand Dunes are a unique wilderness area protected for all to ...

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  • Ghost Town Museum

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    (2 miles) Colorado Springs

    Head back into the late 1800's and early 1900's at this amazing western museum - a true preservation of Colorado's past. A fun and historic family experience!

  • Rosemont Museum

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    (40 miles) Pueblo

    Built in 1893, this 37-room mansion was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. Designed by noted ...

  • Buell Childrens Museum

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    (41 miles) Pueblo

    This 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages 1 to 101. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • El Pueblo History Museum

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    (41 miles) Pueblo

    The "Cultural Crossroads on the Arkansas," El Pueblo History Museum has always been a gathering place for diverse people and cultures. The site includes an 1840s-style adobe trading post and plaza, ...

  • The Wildlife Experience

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    (48 miles) Parker

    The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large ...

  • Wings Over the Rockies

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    (61 miles) Denver

    If your looking for high flying aerobatics, loud airplanes, and fun for the kids, come join us this summer when we attend air shows and fly-ins through out Colorado. We offer a variety of hands on ...

  • Dinosaur Ridge

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    (62 miles) Morrison

    Dinosaur fun at Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado! Kids can learn all about these amazing prehistoric creatures, and even touch footprints!

  • History Colorado Center

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    (63 miles) Denver

    A rich, family friendly experience designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history, through exhibits, media and artifacts.

  • The Molly Brown House Museum

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    (63 miles) Denver

    The mission of Historic Denver's Molly Brown House Museum is to accurately portray the story of Margaret Tobin Brown within the context of her lifetime through ongoing research, artifact collection, ...

  • Denver Art Museum

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    (63 miles) Denver

    There's a lot to see and do at this Denver art museum, from world-class art collection to special events, to kid-friendly areas and activities!

  • Denver Firefighters Museum

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    (63 miles) Denver

    Follow the bootprints of a firefighter on a tour of the Museum. Learn about the equipment firefighters used, how firefighters used horses and dogs to help fight fires, see real fire trucks and ...

  • Denver Museum Of Nature and Science

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    (63 miles) Denver

    A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe, respectively.

  • Denver Museum of Miniatures- Dolls and Toys

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    (63 miles) Denver

    Featuring displays of mansions in miniatures, toy cars, giant teddy bears, a tiny circus, antique, international and iconic dolls and special temporary exhibition, the museum will amaze you. ...

  • Childrens Museum of Denver

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    (64 miles) Denver

    Amazing hands-on adventures and discoveries for kids in this interactive museum, where they can create, learn, play and explore! Great creative fun in Denver, Colorado for the family.

  • Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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    (66 miles) Golden

    Transport back to the old west with this Buffalo Bill Museum with memorabilia from the life of one of the world's most infamous outlaws. Great family fun with Wild West Show, and Old West artifacts.

  • The Colorado Railroad Museum

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    (68 miles) Golden

    Lose track of time year round at the Depot Museum featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches. Frequent train ride opportunities throughout the year for guests to ride behind a vintage steam ...

  • WOW Childrens Museum

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    (82 miles) Lafayette

    Unique learning experiences for kids at this Colorado museum, with hands-on experiences for kids aged 1 to 11!

  • Koshare Indian Museum

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    (91 miles) La Junta

    The museum is unusual in that it was built by a Boy Scout troop under the inspired leadership of our founder, James Francis "Buck" Burshears, and the original 1949 structure is a registered state ...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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    (5 miles) Colorado Springs

    America's ONLY mountain zoo is ready and waiting for your family to explore it! This great Colorado zoo has hundreds of animals in a stunning setting. Perfect for a sweet, fascinating, and ...

  • Pueblo Zoo

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    (41 miles) Pueblo

    Animal fun in Colorado at this small friendly zoo with over 400 animals, 120 species and lots of close up encounters!

  • Denver Zoo

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    (64 miles) Denver

    Over 4,000 animals for kids to learn about at Denver Zoo, that aims to create a better world for the animals through human understanding, with feedings, shows and more!

  • Downtown Aquarium

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    (64 miles) Denver

    A great aquarium experience, but with the option of dining in their restaurant - which is like being underwater! A very fun experience!

  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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    (74 miles) Westminister

    Butterflies, both tropical and local, are their specialty! The Tropical Conservatory is home to thousands of butterflies from around the globe.

  • Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway

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    (6 miles) Manitou Springs

    For over 120 years, the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway has taken passengers to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak. Open year round, this is one of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

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    (20 miles) Cripple Creek

    A trip on the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, reveals scenic wonders around every curve as century-old steam locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of Cripple Creek & ...

  • Tiny Town Railroad

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    (57 miles) Tiny Town

    Tiny town was created at the site of the Denver-Leadville stagecoach stop in a scenic mountain canyon southwest of Denver in 1915. That's when moving-company owner George Turner began constructing ...