Not going anywhere for your stay-cation? Well, you can have a good time right here. Colorado Springs has many free and cheap attractions that might help fill the week.
Start with the area’s many city and county parks — with tennis courts, playgrounds and much more.
Garden of the Gods. The nation’s No. 1-rated city park, Garden of the Gods is always admission-FREE. Check out the terrific Visitors Center, with exhibits to help you understand what you’ll be seeing in the park. There are lots of weekly programs, from ranger-guided nature walks to children’s programs, all listed on their website. Stroll through the magnificent red rock formations and take photos or just enjoy the scenery. Our advice: go early, because the parking lots fill up by late morning!
The Money Museum: Founded by the American Numismatic Association, the Money Museum is one of the largest museums anywhere dedicated to legal tender. It looks at the history, science and art of coinage and paper money. Three main galleries display spectacular rarities and amazing finds related to the world’s history with money. The Kid’s Zone is free and teaches kids about money through hands-on fun. General admission is $8 for adults ($6 for seniors) but kids 12 and younger get in FREE.
Arcade Amusements (pictured) in downtown Manitou Springs will take adults back to their teen (or earlier) years with 10-cent pinball machines, Skeeball, and other old-fashioned arcade games. It’s a lot of fun for pennies on the dollar. A candy store and nearby gift shops will entertain those who don’t want to play Pac-Man. It’s a cheap way to spend an afternoon and even though it’s open-air, it’s covered in case of rain. Open seasonally, weather permitting, so call before you go to make sure it’s open.
We could go on and on – the region has more than 55 attractions to consider. To find out more, go online to www.visitcos.com.