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 strongly recommended; tours frequently sell out in advance! Click individual dates below to purchase tickets.
Tickets are non-refundable. Given 48 hours cancellation notice (call 886-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org), tickets may be transferred to a later tour date.
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.) unless otherwise noted. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a free coffee beverage of their choice (included in ticket price).
June 1: SOLD OUT Historic Architecture & Murals of Downtown
Past meets future in this behind-the-scenes tour of Downtown’s historic architecture and contemporary murals. Hear the stories of these iconic urban artworks and learn how both contribute to a more walkable, inviting environment for all.
SPECIAL ADDITION TO THIS TOUR! At the end of the hour, gain access to the Historic Day Nursery building at 104 E. Rio Grande for a tour of its iconic WPA-era murals by Allen Tupper True. Commissioned by Alice Bemis Taylor, the oil on canvas murals depict Mother Goose nursery rhymes and surround the auditorium walls of the building.
July 6: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK
First chance to see the 2019 exhibit! For 21 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.
August 3: Law & Disorder
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.
New for 2019! This special evening edition of the Law & Disorder tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and concludes with a custom Prohibition-era cocktail at a Downtown speakeasy, included in price of tour admission ($18). PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR IS ONLY FOR GUESTS AGE 21 AND UP.
September 7: CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK
For 21 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.
October 5: Ghosts of Downtown
Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers. Some stories are real; some are fake — 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 offering from Downtown Partnership.
November 2: City of Sunshine
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.
PLEASE NOTE: This tour starts at 1 p.m., to avoid conflict with the Veterans Day Parade.
December 7, 2019: What’s Up Downtown
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 2020. 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!