10 Things To Do In Fort Collins This Summer

Fort Collins is an award winning place to live. As things begin to reopen, here is a list of 10 things to do in Fort Collins this summer.

10 things to do in Fort Collins this summer

  • Catch a movie at the Holiday Twin Drive-In.  Nestled near the foothills of Fort Collins for almost 50 years, the Holiday Twin is one of Americas few remaining drive in movie theaters. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and head down out for that double feature.
  • Ride the Tolley.  Ride back in time on Birney Car 21, a restored 1919 street car that has been running its summer route from City Park up Mountain Ave. for 32 years.  Car 21 is owned by the city and operate by the volunteers of the Fort Collins Municipal Railway. Take a ride Noon to 5pm weekends from May through September.
  • Take a Dip.  Gather the kids for a day at the pool.  The city operate on outdoor pool.  City Park Pool, offers daily admission $7 for adults and $6 for children age 2 to 17 years of age. City Park Pool is not just a pool it also include water slides for fun. 
  • Want so more water fun?  Head to Horsetooth Reservoir.  There is no place quite like it.  Head to Inlet Bay Marina at 4314 Shoreline Drive to rent a boat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard or hydrobike.

Some Other Ideas

  • Do I even have to say it?  Go on a brewery tour,  Call head to schedule your tour of New Belgium to secure a spot or make a reservation 24 hours in advance for Odell’s tour.  We have a whopping 21 breweries so even it some don’t offer tours they are likely to have a patio for a relaxing spot for a beer. 
  • Tube the Poudre.  Why head to a water parks lazy river when we have one of our very own. From Mid-July through August dust off the tube stashed in the garage and drop it in the river for a cooling trip down the Poudre.  Know the dangers and tube at your own risk.  Note I did say Mid-July through August.  Earlier may have the river too high and moving too fast.
  • Bike to work. Every month is bike month in Fort Collins but June is actually Bike Month in Colorado.  To celebrate pedal yourself to work and enjoy all that our bike trails have to offer.  Find out more at the Bike to Work Website.
  • Go Put Putting!  Have some fun and play mini golf.  Fort Fun is located at 1513 E, Mulberry is just waiting for you with one of the most fun mini golf courses in the area.  They also offer go karts, bumper cars, giant slide and an arcade.  You do not have to be a kid to have fun here.

And Finally

  • Play a painted piano in Old Town. Pianos about town, brings locally painted pianos to our city’s nooks, crannies and alleys.  Thirteen donated pianos are all about town.  Sit down and show the world what you can do on a piano.  Is your song a simple one?
  • Catch a concert. Try out the Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University. They are making a comeback after 2020 series being canceled.  This year they have two scheduled.  One on July 9th and the other on July 31.  Go to LagoonSeries.com for more information. Grab your lawn chair and a blanket and get ready to enjoy some live music. 

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. Additionally, most of these have remained open throughout the state stay at home orders. However, it is still a good idea to call ahead to double check.

Go 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. Additionally, the chili rellenos are perfection, and a blended margarita is just refreshing enough without leaving you needing to take a nap afterwards.

Get out and About

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. Moreover, it is a place 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 free to see. However, they request that you make a donation. Located just past I-25 on eastbound Harmony and is open if the sun is up. Unfortunately, this Fort Collins classic will not be around forever. Therefore, 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. Go to EPIC and have some fun. Home to the CSU Hockey and Water Polo teams. Moreover, go check it out even if you didn’t bring a swim suit. You can rent skates. Additionally, there is 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. Different plants will be at their peak at different parts of the growing season. Additionally, there is no charge to wander around the gardens. Furthermore, you may even consider packing a picnic lunch and eating at the gazebo.

Things to do in Fort Collins Outside

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. Additionally it 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. Additionally, The entire strip is decorated with beautiful white lights for the holidays. 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.

Things to do in Fort Collins: Take a Brewery Tour

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. However, make sure to 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. Moreover, it is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews.

Catch a Movie

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. 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.

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Fort Collins Colorado? Contact us, we would be happy to provide recommendations or provide you with a personalized tour of Fort Collins.

How Northern Colorado Towns Were Named

Have you ever wondered How Northern Colorado Towns Were Named? Keep
reading to learn about the history of Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

How Northern Colorado Towns Were Named, Fort Collins

Fort Collins ColoradoFort Collins owes its name to a man by the name of Lieutenant Colonel William O. Collins. Collins was a naive of Ohio who came to Colorado when his cavalry was sent to the Overland Trail area in approximately 1862. He was the commander of the cavalry and set up a fort near the present day LaPorte. The fort became known as Camp Collins. In 1864 after many problems such as starvation and altercations with the Native Americans the camp was moved to where Fort Collins is today. By 1867 the military camp dissipated and Collins went home to Ohio. But many settlers began calling the area Fort Collins. It was established as a town in 1873.

So…how did Loveland get its name?

Loveland Sculpture ParkLoveland was named after another William. William Austin Hamilton Loveland was President of the railroad company Colorado Central. As was common in 1877 William Loveland was responsible for reaching agreements with land owners for the railroad to continue to be built across land. David Barnes gave permission for the railroad to continue through his wheat field. Barnes soon after decided that he would build a town around the railroad. After Barnes and Loveland became friends Barnes decided to name the town Loveland. Loveland did not settle in the town named after him, he went on to live in Golden, later moved to Denver where he lived until his death.

How about how Windsor was named?

American Widgeon Duck Fort Collins

Mr J.L. Hilton built a ranch on the land where the town of Windsor is today. On the ranch Hilton had an Inn for travelers. The travelers like to stay at the Inn because it was midway between Fort Collins and Greeley. That is a distance that is easily traveled today, but not in the 1800’s. Travelers started calling the place the “half way house.” This was certainly not a good name for a town. It was officially named Windsor in 1890. It was named after the Rev. Samuel Asa Windsor, a pastor that would occasionally conduct services in the town.

So that is How Northern Colorado Towns Were Named. If you are interested in the history of the area or just want to know what it is like to live here, contact us. We can provide you with a personalized tour of the region.