Down time in Downtown

Whether you have two hours or two days, it’s easy to spend your down time in Downtown. A plethora of locally-owned shops, restaurants, galleries, craft brewers and more make it easy to find something for everyone.

History buffs

Park at the garage at Nevada and Colorado avenues, then walk half a block to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (free). From there, walk north on Tejon for two blocks, which takes you past a handful of public art sculptures. Turn east on Pikes Peak for Josh & John’s ice cream (and a little more public art). Continue east to Nevada, and admire the historic Mining Exchange building (now Mining Exchange Hotel) then head back south to the garage. Time: 2-3 hours


Family Day out (Half-day)

CityRock’s state-of-the-art underground cave system.

Start at the movie-theater-converted-to-climbing gym, CityROCK. Take your tike to traverse the “Climbarium,” an aquatic-themed area where little ones can slide, climb and zip-line through an “underwater” odyssey just for kids 6 and under. For the rest of the family, there are a variety of climbing walls and even indoor spelunking – 225 feet of cave formations complete with electronic sensors triggered by touch. Make it a game of Mom vs. Dad or parents vs. kids in a quest to escape the cave activating the least number of sensors. Time: 1-2 hours 

From there, take a five minute walk to Bingo Burger for burgers and fries cooked to order paired with creamy milkshakes and malts. They even make boozy shakes and serve icy cold Colorado craft beers for mom and dad. Take your lunch to go and have a picnic at Acacia Park across the street. Home to the musical Uncle Wilber’s Fountain (open noon-6pm, June through August), a full-sized playground, picnic tables and lots of shade. After lunch, check out free giant Connect 4, chess, Jenga  or bocce from the Acacia Park Hub (open from 11:30 am – 6:30 pm) or try your hand at shuffleboard. Time: 1-2 hours

The funky bunch

ReDoux Consignment Boutique

Park at the garage at Bijou Street and Cascade Avenue, then head east on Bijou for the two most eclectic blocks Downtown. Explore comic books and characters at Escape Velocity, upscale thrift and consignment at Redoux, and award-winning artisan stationery at Ladyfingers Letterpress. Grab a crafted-for-this-altitude cuppa at the tiny house Story Coffee Co. at Acacia Park (named most beautiful coffee shop in Colorado by Architectural Digest) and if you’re so inclined, run through the Uncle Wilber Fountain. Time: 1.5-2 hours

Fashionistas and shopaholics

Halo Boutique

Find trendy yet affordable apparel and accessories at the various boutiques along Tejon Street, from Boulder at the north to Kiowa on the south. Colorado Co-op, Halo boutique, Terra Verde, Bellissima and Tailored West are just a few of the fashion boutiques along this three-block stretch. Have some extra time? Stop in the galleries, gift and specialty shops, too. Time: 3+ hours 


Something for the ’tweens

My Colorado Store

Start with pancakes at Urban Egg then head up the street to Podiatryst for playful shoes, bags and accessories. Next, grab a Taiwanese Boba Tea (bubble tea) at the Coffee and Tea Zone, then cross to The Candy Bar for a sweet-tooth fix, and My Colorado Store for a Centennial State T-shirt or ballcap. Pop up one more block for a burger at the Skirted Heifer or around the corner to Bambino’s Urban Pizzeria. Time: 3-4 hours


Fitness fanatics

Cycology Studio

Start your day by fueling up the way many Olympians-in-training do, at Ola Juice Bar. Have an açaí bowl or Thai Avocado Medjool – a powerful blend of avocado, cashews, dates, lemongrass, vanilla, coconut milk, coconut water & raw agave. Then, head west to Monument Valley Park and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail where you can run, bike or walk on miles of trails (both gravel and paved). If you’re looking for an indoor workout, try a class at Cycology Studio. Your first ride is always free and includes free shoe and locker rental. To wind down, try REST Float Solutions for 90 minutes of uninterrupted, zero gravity relaxation and float therapy. Time: 3-4 hours


For the guys

To the Nines Barber Lounge

Men, treat yourself to a fresh cut complete with hot towel and shampoo at To the Nines Barber Lounge and you’ll never want another do-it-yourself clipper cut again. Then, pop in next door to Cycle Gear for motorcycle parts, clothing and accessories. Next, head up the block to FH Beerworks (formerly Fieldhouse Brewing) for a pint. One block over, catch a game and a bite to eat (and maybe another pint) at The Bench, a brand new sports bar. Time: 2-3 hours


Spoil yourself

Beauty Bar Downtown

Sometimes a little bit of pampering does wonders for the soul, so grab your best friend and make a day of it. Start out your morning with a fresh croissant and latte at La Baguette. Next, head up the street to the MX Spa, located in the cozy basement of the Mining Exchange Hotel, for a deep tissue massage. Afterward, head back down Pikes Peak Avenue to the MX Market for a lunch of build-your-own-panini, gourmet salads, and soup. Then, head to Beauty Bar for a manicure and pedicure, accompanied by wine or a seasonal cocktail. Finish the day with chocolates from Cacao ChemistryTime: 3+ hours