Need something to do over the summer? Here are a few unique things to check out in Colorado.
Catch a drive-in movie
Most of Colorado’s drive-in movie theaters are open seasonally, which means summer is a great time to catch a flick on the big screen.
If it’s your first time attending a drive-in movie, be sure to follow instructions from attendants. Vehicles are typically organized based on size, so smaller cars are closest to the screen and larger trucks and SUVs are farther back. You will need to tune your radio to a specific station to listen to the sound. If you have any questions about what to expect, call the theater before your visit!
Visit a national park
Colorado is home to four national parks. Only a handful of other states have more national parks than Colorado, including Alaska, California and Utah.
If you don’t have an annual parks pass, you can check one out using your local library card or pay for daily admission. Be sure to check out park sites in advance, as some may still require reservations. You can also visit Outdoor Pursuits at the Rec Center for maps, trip planning, tips and equipment rentals.
Attend seasonal festivals
Whether you enjoy food, music, parades or live entertainment, there’s bound to be an annual festival for you in Colorado this summer. Here are just a few fan favorites you should check out.
Stop by a roadside attraction
While Colorado may not be known for having the largest potato or ball of yarn, there are plenty of fun roadside attractions to visit this summer. Plan some time to visit these weird and wonderful creations or make them a pitstop on your next road trip.
Located south of Pueblo, Bishop Castle is an impressive structure that took almost 60 years to complete. The design includes bridges, towers and a fire-breathing dragon to boot.
Fort Collins, CO
If you’re a fan of folk art, Swetsville Zoo is a must-stop roadside attraction. This art exhibit features nearly 180 metal sculptures made from scraps, car parts and machinery and is open all year round.
This quirky attraction showcases over 100 buildings that make up Tiny Town. It’s a great detour for anyone heading to or from the mountains and has been open to the public since 1920.