Aside from Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs offers up mountains of other kid-friendly things to do. When it's time for the kids to blow off some steam, these family-appropriate attractions should do the trick. Take the kids to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. On the lower slopes of Cheyenne Mountain, at 6,800 feet above sea level, this medium-size zoological park is a top choice for a family outing. The zoo's 800-plus animals, many in "natural" environments, include wolves, lions, leopards, red pandas, elephants, hippos, monkeys, giraffes, reptiles, snakes, and lots of birds. Rocky cliffs have been created for the mountain goats, there's a pebbled beach for penguins and a new animal-contact area for children.
Check out Memorial Park. One of the largest parks in the city, Memorial Park is home to the Mark Sertich Ice Center and the Aquatics and Fitness Center, as well as to the famed 7-Eleven Velodrome, which is used for world-class bicycling events. Other facilities include baseball and softball fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts and jogging trails.
Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy the Peterson Air & Space Museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Forget about dragging the kids along when you visit Colorado Springs. With so many awesome things to do, you'll be chasing after the little ones.
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
Kid-friendly mountainside zoo with a number of native and exotic exhibits... read more
1605 E Pikes Peak Ave
Between Hancock Ave. and Union Blvd. Located 1 mile east of downtown
Play or stroll in this central city park... read more
150 East Ent Ave
Peterson Air Force Base (21st Space Wing/Mu)
Historical aviation artifacts from World War II and the Space Race... read more
2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Rd
West of 21st St. Located just west of the Broadmoor Golf Club via Cheyenne Blvd
2346 Academy Drive
Tour the stunning campus of this famous military academy... read more
101 Pro Rodeo Dr
Off Rockrimmon Blvd
Learn about the history of this quintessential Western sport... read more
3650 Maizeland Rd
Off Academy Blvd
Bigger than a local park, but less daunting the strenuous hiking trails outside the city... read more
Pikes Peak Toll Rd
(at Highway 24)