Family-Friendly Glenwood Springs: Adventures for Everyone

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My heart clutches in my stomach as I watch my husband and two daughters swing 1,300 feet out over the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. “Look mom, no hands,” one of my daughters shrieks. They’re securely belted in, and throwing their hands up in the air while screaming their lungs out is all part of … Read more Family-Friendly Glenwood Springs: Adventures for Everyone

Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs

Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs 2

While many Colorado towns were settled by miners and ranchers, the appeal of Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado, was its climate and culture.  In the late 1800s, it was known as “Little London” since it had many English tourists and settlers along with opera houses, fine hotels, and restaurants.  Colorado Springs is … Read more Find Family-Friendly Fun in Colorado Springs

Littleton, Colorado: More Than a Denver Suburb

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Once upon a time, there was a little town southwest of Denver that served as the hub for a farming community. Founded by an entrepreneurial surveyor named Richard Little, he named it for himself: Littleton. The town grew. Denver grew. Eventually they merged – physically, anyway. But Littleton has retained its own unique personality despite … Read more Littleton, Colorado: More Than a Denver Suburb

Denver’s Downtown Aquarium: Up Close and Personal

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My son is down on his knees, eye-to-slitted eye with a bamboo shark. They are staring at each other in fascination, both of their noses touching the separating glass, about a finger thick and reaching just over my belly button. The brown-banded fish and the 3-year-old boy are almost the same size, now waving hands … Read more Denver’s Downtown Aquarium: Up Close and Personal

Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting

Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting 7

If Durango is your family’s summer vacation destination, start planning your itinerary now to experience the best kid-friendly activities available in this historic mountain town. Durango has such an abundance of fun things for kids to do, you’ll have a tough time choosing where to begin your adventure. Here are two of Durango’s best summer … Read more Roaming Durango with Kids: From Rails to Rafting

A New Educational Angle for All Ages

A New Educational Angle for All Ages 8

Opening day at the new Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon was a resounding success last August, and a steady stream of visitors continues to visit the 5-acre non-profit facility, enriching their mountain experience whether as tourists or residents. Without a home of its own for more than 13 years, the center, formerly known as … Read more A New Educational Angle for All Ages

Oink, Oink: Life On the Farm

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“Mom! Come quick!” my 10-year old shrieks as we round the bend toward the barn at the Littleton Historical Museum. She has run ahead to see which animals are out this afternoon, and she hasn’t been disappointed. We are greeted by a group of tiny, fuzzy baby lambs, prancing and cavorting in the sun. We … Read more Oink, Oink: Life On the Farm

Kitty, Kitty!: A Wild Kingdom on the Plains

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The unpaved highway rises and dips like a lazy rollercoaster as we roll along on the plains east of Colorado Springs toward Calhan. At the last crest, the animal refuge appears at the bottom of the hill, a glinting compound of chain-link fences where the big cats of Serenity Springs live — more than 120 … Read more Kitty, Kitty!: A Wild Kingdom on the Plains

Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

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With 878 acres of open space along the South Platte River, the park offers children and adults the opportunity to experience activities such as hiking, mountain biking and canoeing, as well as the chance to see over 300 species of wildlife. Fishing is also popular in the park’s five lakes and the 2.5-mile stretch of … Read more Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

Dinosaur Ridge: Tracks to the Past

Dinosaur Ridge: Tracks to the Past 18

It’s hard to envision when looking at the Front Range of foothills, but millions of years ago those mountains were at the bottom of an inland sea, an area that is now rich with dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric features. Many species of dinosaurs and other wildlife used the corridor to travel north and south … Read more Dinosaur Ridge: Tracks to the Past

Carousel of Happiness: Dream Comes True in Nederland, Colorado

Carousel of Happiness: Dream Comes True in Nederland, Colorado 20

The adjective “enchanting” has never come to mind in describing Nederland, Colorado, a laid-back, quirky, former mining supply town 18 miles west of Boulder. But the Carousel of Happiness, which had its grand opening May 29, 2010, changes all that. The old-fashioned merry-go-round, complete with sounds from a calliope, delights children and dredges up nostalgia … Read more Carousel of Happiness: Dream Comes True in Nederland, Colorado

Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray

Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray 22

Calming waves of hot mineral water envelop the body. Relaxed eyes gaze at mountains and forest. Nothing but sky hangs overhead. Simmering in an outdoor pool of earth-heated water may be the hottest way to enjoy Colorado’s wet side. The state offers at least 47 natural hot springs ranging from therapeutic resorts to wilderness soaking … Read more Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray

Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

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Set against the rising foothills of the Rockies, Cañon City enjoys a temperate climate, some of the most dramatic scenery in Colorado and numerous tourist attractions that will keep visitors busy. And it’s all 115 miles southwest of Denver. Dinosaurs walked here, and the proof is in the footprints, replicated for visitors to view at … Read more Canon City, Colorado: From Fossils to Festivals

To Ski or Not? Loveland Has Bargains for Beginners

To Ski or Not? Loveland Has Bargains for Beginners 26

Colorado is known for the snow, and to live here and not ski or snowboard must be a sin. But we exist. Outsiders, living on the fringe of Colorado society, who frown at the first snow and don’t know the difference between powder and corn. A day spent tumbling downhill in soggy clothes just doesn’t … Read more To Ski or Not? Loveland Has Bargains for Beginners

Southwestern Colorado’s New Venture: Agri-Tourism

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Organic. Sustainable. Local. These buzzwords have taken on a new emphasis in southwestern Colorado. With a $50,000 grant in hand, the local tourism folks set out to establish a whole new genre for travelers – agri-tourism. Families looking to educate their children about the real world could find no better venue than the Great Sage … Read more Southwestern Colorado’s New Venture: Agri-Tourism