Whether you are a first-time visitor to Fort
Collins or come to town frequently, welcome. No matter how long you plan to
stay, you are going to understand why residents find it one great place to be.Time and again, Fort Collins has been named one of the best places to live in
the United States and it’s no mystery why. The city offers more than 300 days
of sunshine each year, an abundance of outdoor recreation, unique cultural
events and one of the highest number of restaurants and craft breweries per
capita in the nation.
Fort Collins is also home to Colorado State University, one of the nation’s leading research institutions. From performances at the prestigious University Center for the Arts, to leadership in clean energy and environmental science, and Rams game days at Hughes stadium and Moby Arena, CSU’s energy is felt well beyond campus. Wander through the pedestrian-friendly streets of Old Town, enjoy the newest stores and restaurants on Harmony Road, take a stroll through CSU’s tree-filled campus, or head to the foothills for an outdoor adventure. Enjoy all the town has to offer.
Activities for all
BEE FAMILY CENTENNIAL FARM MUSEUM
4320 E. County Rd. 58
A historic preservation of an original homestead founded at the start of development of Northern Colorado, the Bee Family Farm has been maintained as an active family farm since 1894.
FARM AT LEE MARTINEZ PARK
600 N. Sherwood St.
Enjoy farm animals, a museum, the Silo store, hayrides, and pony rides while visiting The Farm. While learning about the industry that shaped this region, have some interactive, hands-on farm fun and feed and pet the farm animals.
FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
408 Mason Court
Explore the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins! FCMoD blends science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum that literally offers the best of all worlds! The state-of-the-art facility immerses you into the action, with hands-on exhibits, a 42-foot long plesiosaur, a 360 degree Digital Dome Theatre and a nationally recognized interactive music experience.
FORT COLLINS MUNICIPAL RAILWAY
Take a ride on Birney Car 21, a 1910’s restored streetcar operating on summer weekend afternoons and holidays. The ride between City Park and Old Town takes you down Mountain Ave., the heart of old Fort Collins. Birney Car 21 is the only original restored city streetcar operating in the west. http://www.fortcollinstrolley.org/welcome.html
GARBAGE GARAGE EDUCATION CENTER
5887 S. Taft Hill Rd.
The Garbage Garage Education Center is full of colorful and interactive displays that help visitors of all ages learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling. Call for hours.
GLOBAL VILLAGE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE
200 W. Mountain Ave
Celebrate international connections between Northern Colorado and the world through exhibits at the Global Village Museum. Featuring a collection of world folk art, fine art, artifacts, and musical instruments donated by local collectors and founding members of the Museum.
4801 E. Harmony Rd.
Not your typical zoo, the Swetsville Zoo is a magical place full of animals made out of metal. This free zoo sets alongside the Poudre River and is a world of animals, dinosaurs, bugs, and other creatures made out of scrap metal.
CITY PARK POOL
1599 City Park Ave.
City Park Pool is the best place to be during those hot summer days in Fort Collins. The pool features kid-friendly water features, 30-foot slide, lazy river, geysers, and wading pool.
EDORA POOL ICE CENTER
1801 Riverside Ave.
The region’s premier ice and aquatics facility. EPIC serves the entire community with a variety of ice skating and aquatics programs, classes, events, and activities.
424 W. Mulberry St.
Mulberry Pool is an indoor aquatic facility, open year-round. The pool is ideal for lap swimmers and also includes a large “child friendly” interactive play area with slides and water features.
MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER
3750 S. Mason St.
HOLIDAY TWIN DRIVE-IN
2206 S. Overland Trail Rd.
Opens in late April for the summer season. Cash only.
417 W. Magnolia St.
See website for details.
LYRIC CINEMA CAFÉ
300 E. Mountain Ave.
Love bikes? Great news, you’re going to love Fort Collins’ bike culture. The city has been named a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. With over 30 miles of paved bike trails within the Fort Collins city limits, most of which are connected to each other, it’s possible to bike just about anywhere without ever hitting busy streets. For more information, click here.
In Town Trails
FOSSIL CREEK TRAIL
The Fossil Creek Trails runs, for more than five miles, between the Spring Creek Trail and Fossil Creek Reservoir. This trail is perfect if you are hoping to spot some wildlife during your visit as the trail cuts through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area.
This trail is best if you are looking for a safe way to navigate Fort Collins on your bike without encountering motorists. Running through the CSU campus and almost four miles from Prospect Road to south of Harmony Road, this is a great option for those who prefer to bike instead of drive.
This scenic trail stretches for more than 10 miles from Over- land Trail at Lyons Park to East Drake Road at the Environmental Learning Center along the Cache la Poudre River. This trail is expected to expand toward I-25 over the next several years.
The Power Trail begins at Edora Park in east Fort Collins and continues south to Golden Meadows Park, north of Harmony Road for more than three miles. This scenic trail runs along the historic Union Pacific Railroad.
SPRING CREEK TRAIL
This trail stretches from west Drake Road and meanders along the edge of Spring Creek for more than six miles until its confluence with Cache la Poudre River, at which point the Spring Creek Trail connects with the Power Trail.
Didn’t Bring a Bike?
Residents, students and visitors can borrow a bike from the Fort Collins Bike Library. A variety of bicycles plus tandems, trailers, and tag-a-longs for children are available at no charge. A credit card and valid I.D. are required for the service.
Fort Collins Bike Library
250 N. Mason St. (inside the Downtown Transit Center)
Sip & Tour
Fort Collins is the largest producer of beer in Colorado. Take the tour or visit one at a time to experience the distinctive tastes and atmospheres that make each brewery unique.
Find the online guide to breweries, tap rooms, and beer in Fort Collins, visit http://fortcollinsbreweryguide.com/.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH TOUR CENTER
Local Fort Collins landmark
2351 Busch Dr.
BLACK BOTTLE BREWERY
40 taps along with rotating selections of BBB beer
1605 S. College Ave.
CB & POTTS AND BIG HORN BREWERY
Brewpub and sports bar
1415 W. Elizabeth St.
COOPERSMITH’S PUB AND BREWING
Home to the Poudre Pale Ale
5 Old Town Square
133 Remington St.
FORT COLLINS BREWERY
Five standard brews and a variety of seasonals
1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
HORSE & DRAGON BREWING CO
Little red brewery
124 Racquette Dr.
NEW BELGIUM BREWERY
Third largest micro-brewery in the nation.
500 Linden St.
1933 BREWING COMPANY
Watch brewing in action from the bar
ODELL BREWING CO.
Tap room, family-friendly beer garden and food trucks
800 E. Lincoln Ave.
Specializing in Saison and Belgian style ales
1900 E. Lincoln Ave.
PATEROS CREEK BREWING COMPANY
Featuring a Kolsch Style Ale called Old Town Ale
242 N. College Ave.
Today’s snow is tomorrow’s water
225 N. Lemay Ave., Suite 1
4612 S. Mason St., #120
COMPASS CIDER HOUSE
216 N. College Ave.
215 N. College Ave.
From dusk to well after midnight, Fort Collins’ streets are lined with a diverse crowd of night owls. The city comes alive, enticing visitors and locals to gather around the good food and drinks, live music, art, and the city’s street life.
For family-friendly fun, the south and midtown areas offer the best of local and national restaurants and recreation, such as bowling, arcades, and movie theaters.
While it is also the live music district, Old Town offers some of the best laid back nightlife in town as well. Martini, tapas, and craft beer bars, which often include jazz or acoustic music, local fine arts theaters and late-night coffee shops provide plenty of options for a relaxing evening out.
But make no mistake, Fort Collins can rock. During the spring and summer, you’ll catch the nightlife vibe everywhere in Old Town. Beet Street’s “Streetmosphere” keeps the summer humming with dozens of local musicians performing classical, jazz, country, bluegrass, outdoors as well as dancers, actors, comedians, jugglers, magicians, painters, weavers, and even a cowboy poet. Those smaller events are a nice addition to what seems like an never-ending list of outdoor concerts and festivals, including Bohemian Nights, a late-summer mash-up of 80 local and national music acts playing across the downtown area over three nights -- all for free.
It doesn’t end there, because Fort Collins is considered Colorado’s new hotspot for live music year-round. Venues in and around Old Town feature everything from country and acoustic to dubstep, hiphop, and indie rock. Many local bars, cafes, and restaurants also showcase local talent, including musicians, poets, and comedians.
13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy | (970) 482-4420 | http://www.themishawaka.com/
204 S. College Ave. | (970) 482-8300 | http://www.aggietheatre.com/
605 S. Mason St. | (970) 493-5555 | http://www.avogadros.com/
EVERYDAY JOE’S COFFEE HOUSE
144 S. Mason St. | (970) 224-4138 | http://www.everydayjoes.org/
HODI’S HALF NOTE
167 N. College Ave. | (970) 472-2034 | http://www.hodishalfnote.com/
239 S. College Ave. | (970) 449-4797 | http://acegilletts.com/
25 Old Town Square | (970) 493-2213 | http://www.luckyjoes.com/
Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers not only breathtaking scenic views, but also a variety of recreational activities that would appeal to any outdoor enthusiast. With Lory State Park, Horsetooth Reservoir and Mountain Park only minutes from the highway, it won’t take long to get away.
Horsetooth Reservoir and Mountain Park
A 6.5 mile long reservoir, surrounded by over 2,000 acres of public land, more than 25 miles of non-motorized recreational trails. Lakeside camping at the South Bay Campground, boating, wake boarding/ water skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and bicycling.
Lory State Park
Eleven miles from Fort Collins, you can explore wide-open scenic terrain in an adventurous landscape, and 26 miles of scenic trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding. Rock climbing and bouldering routes, back country camping, and picnicking.