National Parks / Natural World in FORT COLLINS with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins, 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 Fort Collins 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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  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

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    (42 miles) Cheyenne

    Nature fun at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens with a labyrinth, walkways, historic plazas, and a children's village, all set in 27 speciality landscapes. Relaxing and nature filled family fun in ...

  • Curt Gowdy State Park

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    (43 miles) Cheyenne

    A beautiful state park on the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, with fishing, and watersports. A very natural state park for exploring, and lots of family day out adventure!

  • Denver City Park

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    (58 miles) Denver

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

  • Denver Botanic Gardens York St

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    (59 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.

  • Aurora Reservoir

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    (70 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!

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  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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    (1 miles) Fort Collins

    Just 60 miles from Denver and 45 miles from Cheyenne, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery blends fun, science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum for kids and their families!

  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum

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    (24 miles) Greeley

    Train and models fans will love this one-of-a-kind facility with over 600 railroad-related artifacts, and an incredible working model railroad that will captivate

  • Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art

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    (37 miles) Boulder

    Come sit on the bronze donkey, or bronze saddle in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Come inside to see all the crazy cowboy humor inside the Museum. Both are FREE.

  • Nelson Museum of the West

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    (40 miles) Cheyenne

    The Nelson Museum is dedicated to the preservation of fine Cowboy and Native American objects as well as fine Western art. Rodeo, cowboy and Native American objects comprise the largest part of the ...

  • WOW Childrens Museum

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    (41 miles) Lafayette

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

  • Warren ICBM and Heritage Museum

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    (41 miles) Cheyenne

    The Museum is in historic Building 210, which was the Army commander's headquarters at the turn of the century. You will find exhibits in the first floor rooms, as well as the museum annex building ...

  • Old West Museum

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    (42 miles) Cheyenne

    The history of the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration comes alive at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

  • The Colorado Railroad Museum

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    (56 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 ...

  • Childrens Museum of Denver

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    (58 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.

  • Denver Museum of Miniatures- Dolls and Toys

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    (58 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. ...

  • Denver Museum Of Nature and Science

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    (58 miles) Denver

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

  • Denver Firefighters Museum

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    (59 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 Art Museum

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    (59 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!

  • The Molly Brown House Museum

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    (59 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, ...

  • History Colorado Center

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    (59 miles) Denver

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

  • Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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    (59 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.

  • 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!

  • Fort Morgan Museum

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    (71 miles) Morgan

    he Fort Morgan Museum tells the story of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase the museum's collection. It also takes advantage of traveling exhibits ...

  • The Wildlife Experience

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    (74 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 ...

  • Grand Encampment Museum

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    (99 miles) Encampment

    The Grand Encampment Museum, located in Encampment, Wyoming, preserves history with its collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts representing the timber, mining, and ...

  • Zippity Zoo Barnyard

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    (12 miles) Loveland

    Who's ready for barnyard fun!? Farm animals, tasty foods and family friendly fun await you at this working farm!

  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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    (48 miles) Westminister

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

  • Downtown Aquarium

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    (58 miles) Denver

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

  • Denver Zoo

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    (58 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!

  • Grand Adventure Balloon Tours

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    (58 miles) Fraser

    Ballooning in the Rocky Mountains in the Winter Park Fraser Valley is breath-taking and the gentlest landings. Great for the whole family!

  • Tiny Town Railroad

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    (68 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 ...

  • Lakeside Amusement Park

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    (56 miles) Denver

    A great family friendly amusement park right on a picturesque lake (with great mountain views!), there are rides for kids of all ages, which always makes for a amazing family day out! Life's a roller ...

  • Elitch Gardens

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    (58 miles) Denver

    Family theme park fun in Colorado with Glitch Gardens - a theme park AND water park with attractions and excitement for all ages!

  • Family FunPlex

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    (19 miles) Greeley

    Fully equipped water park with slides and features, water balloon battle ground, park with playground, miniature golf, game zone and more! An absolutely full day out, if you have the energy to do it ...