Colorado Springs is a mecca for outdoor activity and entertainment, as well as for some pretty great indoor, family-oriented fun too! Besides oohing and aweing over the majestic beauty of Pikes Peak, the region is packed with great things to do.
Some of our favorite activities around the Veterans Victory Small Business Center campus include:
Peterson AFB Outdoor Recreation Center (Now Space Force Base): Outdoor Recreation offers guided outdoor adventures, skiing and snowboarding lessons, rock and ice climbing, and whitewater rafting. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, you can rent bikes, campers, and boats too. Check out their website for more information.
The recreation center also offers “Fam Camp,” which is a great way to bond with your family in the great Colorado outdoors.
Oh, and even indoor bowling is offered.
Oh, and on a side note, the recreation center offers a pretty amazing juice bar menu to quench your thirst, as well!
Valley Hi Golf Course: If you’re into golfing, just a little ways a way, you can get your links fix.
Valley Hi Golf Course is one of Colorado Springs' hidden gems that offers wonderful scenic views of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain. Constructed in 1956 and purchased by the city of Colorado Springs in 1975, Valley Hi has seen extensive improvements, making it one of the finest courses in the region. This 18-hole, par 72 course is developing a reputation for not only presenting golfers with unique, clever challenges, but for making them better than ever.
They offer a full-service golf shop that includes all the latest equipment, apparel, and lessons at the lowest prices in the Pikes Peak region. This wonderful facility features an outstanding Learn-to-Golf program for beginners sponsored by First Tee of Southern Colorado.
After a round of golf or a lesson, the full-service restaurant is open for cool drinks or a wonderful snack or meal. Banquets are available. You can visit their website for tee times and more details.
Peterson Air and Space Museum:
Open Tuesday through Friday, the Air and Space Museum is one of only twelve Air Force Field Museums and every item on display is part of the Air Force’s Heritage collection. Visitors will see some truly impressive aircraft and historical buildings dating back to 1928.
National Museum of World War II Aviation:
This museum’s collection includes more than 3,000 artifacts and historical documents from World War II. There are several preserved aircraft, guided tours, and knowledgeable volunteers to answer questions. It’s all pretty impressive.
Bluestem Open Space:
Are you an ornithologist, fancy a birding afternoon, or do you simply enjoy watching the interesting Colorado birds fly and flutter in their native habitat? Bluestem Open Space offers bird watching year-round and provides some incredibly interesting information on our native species. Learn more about the open space area on their website.
Fountain Creek Nature Center: This is another great place to get outside, walk around, and observe all that Colorado has to offer in terms of flora and fauna.
UCHealth Park (formerly Security Service Field): If you and the family are up for some minor league baseball, have a blast watching “Toasty” dance and cheer for the Rocky Mountain Vibes team (formerly Colorado Springs Sky Sox – an AAA affiliate of The Colorado Rockies). Fireworks are always part of the show!
Finally, if you’re really wanting to get down and dirty, visit Covert Ops Paintball. With over 15 acres available, the facility offers traditional paintball, soft-impact games, speedball, recball, woodsball, and more! This is truly an unforgettable experience!
You’ll never find a shortage of fun things to do right in our own backyard!