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Downtown Colorado SpringsColorado Springs

Restaurants, parks, street art and some of the oldest buildings in Colorado Springs make this a must-see destination.

Downtown Colorado Springs is the artistic and commercial hub of the city. Enjoy its many outdoor and indoor attractions including 180 acres (73 hectares) of parkland, historic architecture, museums, galleries and street art.

The downtown area is home to more than 100 working artists. See some of their works at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and browse artist studios and galleries. Study sculptures that are displayed throughout the downtown area. Every year, the Art on the Streets program exhibits award-winning pieces.

Get acquainted with the region’s history at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The attraction is housed in the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse and features exhibits that chart the area’s early years. Visit St. Stephens Church, a late Victorian-Gothic revival structure, founded in 1894. Walk by homes that date back to the late 19th century. At the intersection of Platte and Nevada Avenues, see the large bronze statue of General William Jackson Palmer, the city’s founder.

Relax in a downtown green space. In the center of the district is Acacia Park, donated by General Palmer. Let your child splash in the popular Uncle Wilber Fountain, and during the winter holiday season, skate on the outdoor ice rink. Walk along the trails of America the Beautiful Park and admire its large rotating water feature. Stroll by Monument Creek at Monument Valley Park, and in the summer, swim in its pool.

In addition to the bars, restaurants, parks and attractions, Downtown Colorado Springs has lots of other ways to keep visitors entertained. There are many street festivals and events throughout the year, including a summer concert series at Acacia Park, art walks on the first Friday of every month and the Pikes Peak Rodeo Parade. The downtown streets are also part of the route of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, held in August.

Downtown Colorado Springs sits in the heart of the city, and is well served by the Mountain Metro Transit bus service. There are also downtown walking trails and bike lanes. Metered parking is available in public and private garages and on many streets.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Inside the former El Paso County Courthouse is a free museum that explores the origin and early development of Colorado Springs.

America the Beautiful Park
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America the Beautiful Park

Stroll, picnic, watch concerts and admire a stunning rotating work of art at this popular downtown recreational space.

ANA Money Museum
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ANA Money Museum

With old and gold coins and money making machinery, this fascinating museum provides insights into the world of money.

Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods

5/5(1,525 reviews)

Get a taste for the Colorado landscape as you explore this huge city park on your own or during a guided bus or Segway tour.

US Air Force Academy
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US Air Force Academy

4.5/5(531 reviews)

Enjoy a free tour of the military campus where young men and women are trained to be officers in the United States Air Force.

Pikes Peak
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Pikes Peak

4.5/5(973 reviews)

The second-most visited mountain in the world is an easy day trip from Colorado’s capital. 

Top things to do in Downtown Colorado Springs

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Colorado
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Colorado

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Colorado Springs Scavenger Hunt: All Things Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs Scavenger Hunt: All Things Colorado Springs

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Colorado
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Colorado

$10
Per adult
JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
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JEEP TOUR - Foothills & Garden of the Gods

$88
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Colorado
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Colorado

$20
Per adult
Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour
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Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour

$120
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Downtown Colorado Springs

The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel
The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $116 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, and Seven Falls. Broadmoor World Arena and ...

4/5Very Good! (938 reviews)

"I like that it was in the downtown area. It was in walking distance to many downtown restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown
3 out of 5
125 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $116 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monument Valley Park and Pikes Peak Center. Colorado College is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (80 reviews)

"Good place to keep your stuff! It was clean and nice. No parking. Overpriced lobby food. Normal rooms. Front desk manager Russell was great."…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Downtown
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
8 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $135 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colorado Springs City Auditorium and Pikes Peak Center. Colorado College is ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (957 reviews)

"Nice updated hotel room. Reasonable price. NOTE: no breakfast during COVID. also parking is down the block (self parking only/NO VALET during covid) but very reasonable price especially over weekend rates! Hotel Bar has drinks and apps. POOL is not at the hotel but sister hotel 3 blocks away. Gym ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa
Econo Lodge Downtown
Econo Lodge Downtown
2 out of 5
714 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14

Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monument Valley Park and Colorado College. Pikes Peak Center is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...

3/5 (339 reviews)

"Very clean and spacious room. Parking a little challenging but not bad . A very good part of town to be in"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Econo Lodge Downtown
Travel Inn
Travel Inn
2 out of 5
512 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
The price is $89 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Colorado Springs Convention Center and Pikes Peak Center. Colorado College is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)

"The hotel was very nice. It was clean, the staff was friendly and was very convenient to the main restaurants and easy in and out."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Travel Inn
The St. Mary's Inn, Bed and Breakfast
The St. Mary's Inn, Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
530 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Colorado College and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from United States Olympic Complex. Garden ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (99 reviews)

"The Inn is charming, the breakfast is fantastic, and owners Pam and Jay are delightful!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

The St. Mary's Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Other neighborhoods in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs which includes a park, outdoor art and a fountain

Central Colorado Springs

3.5/5Good!(308 area reviews)

While visiting Central Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Pikes Peak Center and Memorial Park.

Central Colorado Springs
Old Colorado City featuring signage and street scenes

Old Colorado City

Travelers come to Old Colorado City for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Bancroft Park and Simpich Showcase Theatre while you're in town.

Old Colorado City
United States Olympic Complex which includes a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

East Colorado Springs

4/5Very Good!(55 area reviews)

While visiting East Colorado Springs, you might make a stop by sights like Palmer Park and Patty Jewett Golf Course.

East Colorado Springs
El Pomar Carriage Museum featuring interior views

Broadmoor

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

While visiting Broadmoor, you might make a stop by sights like Broadmoor Golf Club and World Figure Skating Museum.

Broadmoor
Rock ledge living history museum located next to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Photo by Ela Mitchell

Pleasant Valley

When in Pleasant Valley, you can plan a visit to Red Rock Canyon and Garden of the Gods, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Pleasant Valley
Helen Hunt Falls is a great place to spend a day walking the trails or just hanging out by the water.
Photo by Jay Mullenix

Cheyenne Canyon

While visiting Cheyenne Canyon, you might make a stop by sights like Chloey's and Bella's Dog Beach and Starsmore Discovery Center.

Cheyenne Canyon

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