Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Family Fun Outdoors itinerary.
Breakfast at Silver Grill Cafe
The Silver Grill is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, serving legendary breakfast and lunch dishes daily. Wooden floors, huge windows looking out into Old Town, and famous cinnamon rolls give this charming restaurant a special place in the heart of Fort Collins. A perfect pick to be on the Fort Collins Foodie Itinerary.
218 Walnut St
The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
The Farm at Lee Martinez Park introduces kids to agricultural heritage by letting them meet farm animals up close; ponies are available for rides in the summer.
600 N Sherwood
Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and cooling off in the water at Horsetooth Reservoir. This 7 mile long body of water offers tons on inlets and coves to explore and recreational fun for the whole family including stand up paddling, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming and more. Check out the Inlet Bay Marina or Mountain SUP to rent your gear!
Old Town Shopping
Stroll down the streets of Old Town Fort Collins and enjoy the unique boutiques and local stores. Science Toy Magic, Nature’s Own, and Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys are favorites for the younger crowd, featuring toys, gadgets and trinkets for the creative mind.
Dinner at Austin’s American Grill
Austin’s American Grill is the place to go if you want to experience what the taste of Colorado is all about. This local Fort Collins favorite is the “go to” for many when looking for a five-star, superior meal at a reasonable price. Terrific outdoor dining paired with dishes such as Prime rib, rotisserie chicken, ribs, Northwest grilled salmon, garlic mashed potatoes make for a delicious night. Not to mention, they have a great happy hour everyday as well.
Breakfast at Vern’s Place
Homestyle food served up in a family-friendly atmosphere since 1946. Known for its world famous cinnamon roll, Vern’s Place is that authentic down-home, family-style type of place.
4120 Co Rd 54G, LaPorte CO
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
This 5,000 sq ft exhibit space marries science and history in a hands-on learning environment for all ages. Housed inside of the museum is the OtterBox Digital Dome which is the most technologically advanced digital dome and exhibit experience in Northern Colorado.
408 Mason Ct
Bike Ride on the Poudre River Trail
The Poudre River Trail is one of Fort Collins’ many paved bike/pedestrian trails that link nature and commuting. This trail meanders along the Poudre River for 10.10 miles from the Western foothills to the Eastern Plains of Fort Collins. Learn how to use Fort Collins’ bike share program Pace to rent a bike.
Grab lunch at Snack Attack for a picnic at City Park
City Park is a beautiful local park that includes a large pond, walking paths, and expansive green grass plots. It is a perfect place to enjoy Fort Collins’ beauty while enjoying a nice picnic lunch.
140 North College Avenue
Enjoy one of Fort Collins’ finest sandwich shops. Snack Attack’s menu is freshly crafted with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, organic produce (where possible) and soft, plump breads! The sandwich shop also offers over 40 local craft brews!
120 W Stuart St
White Water Rafting on the Poudre River
(7 and up)
The Cache la Poudre River is Colorado’s first and only designated national Wild and Scenic River. You get a thrilling whitewater rafting experience in a pristine and protected environment. Your guides and outfitters will go over safety precautions before heading out on the water. Find a list of outfitters here.
Horseback Riding at Beaver Meadow Stables(All Ages)
Enjoy a ride through Red Feather Lakes, just northwest of Fort Collins. Beaver Meadow Stables strives to make their Horse Back Riding experience different from the rest by offering small group rides (sometimes just your family) so that they can accommodate individual riding skills. The thick mountain terrain and beautiful scenery will take your breath away give you a thrilling ride. The little ones can enjoy pony rides at Beaver Meadow Stables as well.
100 Marmot Drive, Unit 15
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Dinner at Stuft: A Burger Bar
Stuft a Burger Bar is the perfect burger joint for those looking for a limitless amount of toppings. This unique restaurant allows you to become a burger artist where you can choose everything from your type of meat, bun, toppings and sauces. If you’re looking for something a little more daring than build-your-own, try their Chile Relleno Burger, decorated with diced jalapenos, lime cilantro crema, and cheese-filled poblano chiles. Stuft is local to Northern Colorado and was started in Fort Collins by two Colorado State University graduates.
210 S College Ave