What to do around town



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
(970) 224-1010
beefamilyfarm.com
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.

(970) 221-6665
fcgov.com/recreation/thefarm.php
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

(970) 221-6738
http://fcmod.org/
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.
(970) 498-5772
http://larimer.org/solidwaste/
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

(970) 221-4600
http://globalvillagemuseum.org/
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.

SWETSVILLE ZOO
4801 E. Harmony Rd.
(970) 484-9509

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.

Pools
CITY PARK POOL
1599 City Park Ave.
(970) 221-6363

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.
(970) 221-6683

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.

MULBERRY POOL
424 W. Mulberry St.
(970) 221-6657

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.

Shows
MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER
3750 S. Mason St.
(970) 225-2555
https://midtownartscenter.com/

HOLIDAY TWIN DRIVE-IN
2206 S. Overland Trail Rd.

(970) 221-1244

Opens in late April for the summer season. Cash only.

LINCOLN CENTER
417 W. Magnolia St.
(970)221-6735
http://www.lctix.com/
See website for details.

LYRIC CINEMA CAFÉ
300 E. Mountain Ave.
(970) 493-0893
http://lyriccinemacafe.com/

Bicycling
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.

MASON TRAIL
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.

POUDRE TRAIL
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.

POWER TRAIL
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)
(970) 419-1050
http://www.fcbikelibrary.com/

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.
(970) 490-4691
http://www.budweisertours.com/

BLACK BOTTLE BREWERY
40 taps along with rotating selections of BBB beer
1605 S. College Ave.

(970) 493-2337
https://blackbottlebrewery.com/

CB & POTTS AND BIG HORN BREWERY
Brewpub and sports bar
1415 W. Elizabeth St.
(970) 221-1139
http://www.cbpotts.com/

COOPERSMITH’S PUB AND BREWING

Home to the Poudre Pale Ale
5 Old Town Square
(970) 498-0483
http://coopersmithspub.com/

EQUINOX BREWERY
133 Remington St.
(970) 484-1368
http://equinoxbrewing.com/

FORT COLLINS BREWERY
Five standard brews and a variety of seasonals

1020 E. Lincoln Ave.
(970) 472-1499
http://fortcollinsbrewery.com/

HORSE & DRAGON BREWING CO

Little red brewery
124 Racquette Dr.
(970) 631-8038

NEW BELGIUM BREWERY
Third largest micro-brewery in the nation.

500 Linden St.

(970) 221-0524
http://www.newbelgium.com/

1933 BREWING COMPANY
Watch brewing in action from the bar
4025-CS.Mason

(970) 377-4107

ODELL BREWING CO.
Tap room, family-friendly beer garden and food trucks
800 E. Lincoln Ave.

(970) 498-9070
https://www.odellbrewing.com/

FUNKWERKS BREWERY
Specializing in Saison and Belgian style ales

1900 E. Lincoln Ave.

(970) 482-3865
http://funkwerks.com/

PATEROS CREEK BREWING COMPANY

Featuring a Kolsch Style Ale called Old Town Ale
242 N. College Ave.
(970) 484-7222
http://pateroscreekbrewing.com/

SNOWBANK BREWING
Today’s snow is tomorrow’s water
225 N. Lemay Ave., Suite 1
(970) 999-5658

ZWEI BREWING
German-Style Beer
4612 S. Mason St., #120
(970) 223-2482

Cider breweries
COMPASS CIDER HOUSE
(970) 372-1350
216 N. College Ave.
http://compasscider.com/

SCRUMPY’S
(970) 682-1944
215 N. College Ave.

Nightlife
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.

Music venues
MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE
13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy | (970) 482-4420 | http://www.themishawaka.com/
AGGIE THEATRE
204 S. College Ave. | (970) 482-8300 | http://www.aggietheatre.com/
AVOGADRO’S NUMBER
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/
ACE GILLET’S
239 S. College Ave. | (970) 449-4797 | http://acegilletts.com/
LUCKY JOE’S
25 Old Town Square | (970) 493-2213 | http://www.luckyjoes.com/

Outdoors
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
(970) 679-4554
http://www.co.larimer.co.us/parks/horsetooth.cfm
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
(970) 493-1623
http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks
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.