Hour-long guided tours introduce the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown. Catch a public tour for $10 on the first Saturday of each month, or call 719-886-0088 to reserve a private tour for 10 or more. Student and corporate tours also available! Pre-registration recommended; click individual dates below to purchase tickets.
Contemporary Artwork: January, April, July, September AND January 2019
For 20 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our Downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Sample the currently installed pieces and get firsthand insight into the artists who created them. (Offered Jan. 6, Apr. 7, Jul. 7, Sept. 1, AND Jan. 5, 2019)
Historic Landmarks: February, May, August, November
Facilitated by staffers of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Law & Disorder explores how Colorado Springs officials fought to remain a “dry town” in “wet times;” the captivating story of how local law enforcement, concerned citizens and the Gazette newspaper worked to run the KKK out of town in the 1920s; and an infamous gun battle with train robbers in the streets of Downtown. (Offered Feb. 3, May 5, Aug. 4)
By 1900, over 20,000 health-seekers emigrated to Colorado Springs searching for a cure for tuberculosis. Through the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs, discover the history of our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry – stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate. Visit the locations of notorious TB treatment centers and explore the economic and social impact of the “white plague” on The City of Sunshine. (Offered Nov. 3)
Cultural Highlights: March, June, October, December
Take a walk on the wild side! Each Wild Card tour is designed to give Core Culture mavens an in-depth understanding of a particular topic of interest. Each topic will be offered only once, so don’t miss out: mark your calendar for all four Wild Card dates and prepare to be surprised and delighted!
- Mar. 3: Grab your camera or smartphone and explore Downtown through the Photographer’s Lens with local professional photographers. Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug, an experienced photographer or have always wanted to learn, join us for a crash course in capturing the art, architecture, sights and scenes of Downtown Colorado Springs. All ages and abilities welcome.
- Jun. 2: Get the indispensable insider’s guide to Family Fun Downtown. Meet the locals behind the family-friendly programs and amenities offered Downtown, sample products in family-owned businesses, and learn about fun, free cultural activities available year-round.
- Oct. 6: Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers. Five real stories, five fake stories — can you tell which is which? Hear the untold stories of local historic buildings and get to know the Ghosts of Downtown in this special one-time offering from Downtown Partnership.
- Dec. 1: What’s that crane in the sky? What new business is coming to your favorite block? Where did that piece of public art go? Get the answers with What’s Up Downtown, an interactive experience of all the exciting changes coming to the heart of the city in 2019. Impress your friends with the inside scoop on Downtown, everyone’s neighborhood — and be the first to know about all the great things coming soon!
Tours are held the first Saturday of each month, and depart at 10 a.m. from the Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon St. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a free coffee beverage of their choice (included in ticket price). Tours begins promptly at 10 a.m.
$10. Free for 17 and under. Pre-registration recommended; click individual dates above to purchase tickets.