Colorado Springs has an abundance of ways to enjoy your summer, no matter your age. We believe in empowering older adults to live at their best, so we’ve curated these ideas for summer senior activities that will keep you active, learning, and enjoying new ways of spending time with family.
Colorado Springs seniors have ample opportunities to explore some of the local natural beauty.
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park — Did you know this state park inspired the song “America the Beautiful”? With its 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, prairie wildlife, and fantastic views, it’s no surprise we’re still singing its praises.
- Garden of the Gods Park — If you haven’t explored this 1,323-acre registered National Natural Landmark yet, it’s well worth doing. It’s recommended you start at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center to see a 14-minute film that gives you background information on what you’ll see. They also offer guided nature walks and van tours.
- Cave of the Winds Mountain Park — Tour these beautiful natural caves with fascinating formations. The Discovery Tour takes you on a 45-minute guided tour that includes 15 rooms on a half-mile of paved walkways and 196 stairs.
Culture, Food & Entertainment
If your idea of interesting senior activities involves art, food and fun, try some of these local spots.
- Winery Tours — Take a tour, then sit back and relax as you sample local vintages from The Winery at Pikes Peak, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and D’Vine Wine.
- First Fridays — Get a taste of the local art scenes on the first Friday evenings of each month. Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs showcase local artists and galleries.
- Farmers Markets — There are farmers markets in Colorado Springs (and all across the region) every day of the week. Visit with local growers and take home fresh, delicious produce and other products.
- Downtown Colorado Springs — Designated a Colorado Certified Creative District, this part of town is full of opportunities to explore. Take a walking tour of Art on the Streets, a rotating exhibit of sculptures on the main streets. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College features traveling exhibits and a permanent Dale Chihuly glass collection. There are plenty of places to enjoy lunch and dinner and shop, too.
Family-Friendly Summer Activities
Grandkids coming for a visit? Take the whole family to enjoy these activities in Colorado Springs.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — Named No. 4 Best Zoo in North America by USA Today, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo lets you see animals from all over the world — and you can also arrange a customized experience to make it even more memorable.
- North Pole Santa’s Workshop — Younger children will enjoy this special theme park with more than two dozen family-friendly rides, a petting zoo, magic shows and gift shops.
- Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner and Western Show — This historic ranch is a popular destination. You’ll find hiking trails, ranch animals, and Old West demonstrations of silversmithing, Navajo rug weaving, horseshoeing and hat making. And during the summer, you can experience their Chuckwagon Dinner and Western Show. A delicious meal of smoked meats and “chuckwagon trimmings” is followed by a musical performance from the world-renowned Flying W Wranglers. Their family-friendly act features tight harmonies as they sing songs of the open range.
Educational Activities for Seniors
Stay cool this summer while you fire up your synapses by learning something new.
- Colorado Pioneer Museum — This history of the Pikes Peak region is preserved in this award-winning museum. You’ll find exhibits about local Native American history, the founding of Colorado Springs, an extensive regional art collection, and more. Guided tours are available by appointment at least two weeks in advance.
- U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum — One of the newest jewels of the city, this state-of-the-art museum showcases the journeys of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Twelve galleries and interactive exhibits celebrate the training, technologies, and personal stories of these remarkable athletes.
- National Museum of World War II Aviation — Learn about the technological innovations that advanced our country as a world power, and the contributions and sacrifices of the people who fought bravely to win the air war.
Staying Active at Aberdeen Ridge
Colorado Springs seniors will have a wide range of choices for summer activities — and all year long. Our location will make it easy to get to everything our city offers, and we’ll have your choice of engaging opportunities on campus, too. Find out more about what’s coming by contacting us here, or by calling 719-286-3014.