Great Ideas of Things to do in Fort Collins

Maybe you are new to the area, or you have lived here forever but it seems like people are always asking for our advice on things to do in and around Fort Collins. So, whether you are visiting for the day, or a local looking for something to do this weekend we have you covered. Here are a few of our favorite spots and activities. Most of these have remained open throughout the state stay at home orders, but it is still a good idea to call ahead to double check.

  • Out to eat: Tortilla Marissa’s, voted best Mexican in Fort Collins time and again this Southwestern style Mexican restaurant has a fresh take on many of your classic favorites. The chili rellenos are perfection, and a blended margarita is just refreshing enough without leaving you needing to take a nap afterwards.
  • Museum of Discovery: With an ever rotating number of exhibits like the Music and Sound Lab, Wildlands and Wildlife, First Peoples, People on the move, Food Forage and Farm, and the Schatz Family Exploration Zone, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is a great way to spend some family friendly time with the young ones, or to simply explore for the curious and young at heart.
  • Swetsville Zoo: Did you know that Fort Collins has a zoo with no animals. The Swetsville Zoo is a collection of animals and other objects made from old farm equipment. This is a free to see activity although it is asked that you make a donation. Located just past I-25 on eastbound Harmony and is open if the sun is up. This Fort Collins classic will unfortunately not be around forever so make sure you see it before it is gone in order to get the ultimate in local bragging rights.
  • Edora Pool and Ice Center (EPIC): Five pools, an ice skating rink, this is a place filled with fun. Home to the CSU Hockey and Water Polo teams. Go check it out even if you didn’t bring a swim suit as skates can be rented and there is even spectator seating for hockey games or other events.
  • Colorado State University Trial Garden: For those with a green thumb or simply those who wish they did, the Trial Gardens at CSU are a great place to check out beautiful flowers and other plants. There is no best time of year to go as different plants will be at their peak at different parts of the growing season. Stop by anytime, there is no charge to wander around the gardens. You may even consider packing a picnic lunch and eating at the gazebo.
  • Get Outside: The patchwork of public lands around Fort Collins are lands managed by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas department. The most notable of these that are closest to Fort Collins is the Horsetooth Rock Trail. This hike is a little strenuous especially if you are not acclimated to the altitude, and is quite popular so make sure to go early in order to get parking. For an easier hike you might try the Horsetooth Falls route that leaves from the same trailhead. However, there are an ever growing number of trails and natural areas to visit, many seasoned locals have yet to see all of them.
  • Old Town Fort Collins: This well know part of town is great for eating, shopping and night life. It is located on the North end of College Avenue. A bit of trivia, Walt Disney liked old town Fort Collins that main street in his theme park was patterned after it. Around the holiday season the entire strip is decorated with beautiful white lights illuminating the sidewalks. No matter the season you can walk around and take in the ghost advertising signs and architecture or pop into the shops for a unique shopping experience or a restaurant for dinner.
  • Brewery Tours
    • New Belgium: Check out a classic located right here in Fort Collins. You can visit the tasting room, or go out on the brewery tour. The tour is open to people of all ages, and beer tastings will occur on the tour for those of legal age. Book your tour on their website early to make sure you can actually get in:
    • O’dells: Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews.
  • Holiday Twin Drive In: Catch a double feature and enjoy a soda and some popcorn at one of America’s few remaining drive-in movie theaters. With two screens you are sure to find a film you are interested in seeing. Just bring a camping chair and a blanket, or go all out and turn your car’s trunk into a comfy bed. Don’t miss this Fort Collins classic.