Top 10 Activities for Spring Break in Colorado Springs

Trying to figure out your Spring Break in Colorado Springs?

Our family has been to Colorado Springs many times, during all seasons. Now I’m here to help you plan your spring break in Colorado Springs!

This city is full of fun things to do. While March can be a tricky month, this guide will show you all sorts of options to spend your spring break having the most fun.

Plan some outside adventures appropriate for March, or head to some warmer indoor attractions you’ll love. Whatever you choose, it’ll be fun!

So grab the family and get planning your spring break vacation in Colorado Springs for an exciting time for everyone!

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Best Things to do in Colorado Springs for Spring Break

two narrow red rock formations next to each other with small snow coverage

1. Visit Garden of the Gods

Begin your spring break in Colorado Springs by visiting the popular Garden of the Gods. This park area is FREE to visit, and filled with inspiring formations of red rock throughout.

Start at the Central Garden where it’s an easy, flat sidewalk through enormous walls and formations.

No matter the weather, this path is easy at Central Garden. You’ll get big benefits with minimal effort here. Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids outside without having to put on full snow gear.

  • FREE to visit
  • Make sure to stop at the visitor center for extra fun and education (and food!)
  • Parking can fill up, so bring patience!

Location: 1805 N 30th Street

red cog rail sitting still on tracks on Pikes peak

2. Ride the Cog Rail up Pike’s Peak

Pike’s Peak is known as America’s mountain. It was the mountain that inspired the song “America the Beautiful,” and beautiful it is!

Even if you visit Colorado Springs in March, you can summit this mountain by riding the Pike’s Peak Cog rail up to the top.

The roundtrip is around 3 hours. This includes incredible sight seeing on the way up and down, plus a stop at the top to take it all in.

Make sure to grab a few famous donuts at the top as you check off getting to the top of a 14,000+ foot summit.

  • Prices start around $50
  • Purchase ahead of time to secure tickets
  • Station located in Manitou Springs (neighbor city)

Location: 515 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs

Royal Gorge train outside of Colorado Springs in winter. Reddish orange train in tall, canyon walls along a river

3. Stay Warm on the Train through Royal Gorge

Another way to stay warm during spring break in Colorado Springs while still getting a heavy dose of nature is to ride the Royal Gorge Railroad.

This train ride is a short 1 hour drive away from Colorado Springs, but a popular and worthwhile activity. Book your breakfast, lunch, or dinner for the family as you roll through the Royal Gorge Canyon floor. You can also ride and order once aboard.

Teddy Roosevelt rode the train himself in the early 1900’s and was at a loss for words from the stunning scenery.

Choose from coach, vista dome, or first class to enjoy your ride along the Arkansas River among the steep granite cliff walls.

  • Pricing varies, beginning around $90
  • Purchase tickets ahead of time
  • Begin at Santa Fe Depot in

Location: 401 Water St., Cañon City

Mining Museum Colorado Springs, large reddish orange wheel

4. Pan for Gold at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry

The Western Museum of Mining and Industry doesn’t get as much love and attention as it should. My kids absolutely had a great time here.

For any kid on spring break, this is an exciting and hands-on way of having fun while learning a bit about Colorado’s History.

The museum’s staff will run a few of the steam engines, including the massive one pictured above. This engine was actually brought on location first, and then the building was built around it!

Kids can also walk through a mine shaft replica area and hear stories of mining history. You’ll also love the fluorescent mineral collection which is exhibited in a dark room full of glowing minerals.

And, of course, you can spend a while inside panning for gold and keeping what you find!

  • Starting at $7 (kids under 3 are free with adult)
  • Enjoy the outdoor exhibits as well
  • Purchase a souvenir in the gift shop to support the museum

Location: 225 Northgate Blvd, Colorado Springs

Olympic flag: white satin flag with colorful Olympic rings

5. Get Inspired at the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum

Among all the inspiring things in the world, watching top athletes work their way to the very top is one of the most influential.

Colorado Springs is known as a lot of things, and Olympic City is one of them.

That’s because it’s home to both the Olympic Training Center for aspiring Olympians and the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum.

You can get a free guided tour of the Training Center (and cross your fingers you may even get to see and meet aspiring athletes!).

You can also visit the Olympic and Paralympic Museum to learn a bit about the history, torches, and grit involved in the Olympics.

Kids will love seeing how they measure up running down a stretch of track against a video of an olympic runner beside them.

Feel free to roam the galleries on your own, or plan to attend a guided tour for in-depth info about the Olympics.

  • Perfect indoor activity for Spring Break
  • Kids under 5 are free, other tickets start around $12-$20
  • Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Grab tickets here

Location: 200 S Sierra Madre St., Colorado Springs

Things to do in Colorado Springs with kids zoo

6. Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was recently ranks as the #4 zoo in the US, and for good reason! The terrain and habitats of the zoo are quite unique and fun to go through.

Kids will love getting to feed giraffes almost immediately upon arriving. Watch as their big black tongues gently come out to eat lettuce!

Beyond the giraffes, there are plenty of habitats to explore. Kids will love the schedule of live demonstrations throughout the day to get a better understanding and interaction with the animals.

One reason Cheyenne Mountain is so famous is because, as the name says, the zoo is built along a mountain.

That said, be ready for a good workout on the many hills of the zoo.

  • Tickets required in Advance
  • Ticket Prices vary depending on day/season
  • Reserved Entry times in effect
  • Bring water and stay hydrated!
  • Too much walking? Get an affordable pass on the zoo shuttle to get around for the day. Weekends only in March.
  • Great for mild days in March

Location: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs

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7. Cave of the Winds

For another great activity in Colorado Springs for Spring Break, check out Cave of the Winds. Why is this perfect in March?

Well, you’re in a cave. So no matter what time of year you visit, the climate inside will be roughly the same.

While the caves were discovered in the late 1800’s, they are actually millions of years old.

Cave of the Winds is part of a larger park of attractions, but the main attraction are the caves within Manitou Grand Caverns.

The Discovery Tour is perfect for families and those with young ones. It’s a shorter tour (around an hour) that has less walking around, but you’ll still get to 15 awesome rooms inside.

Check out awesome formations within these caves with just a short drive (about 15 minutes) from Colorado Springs.

  • Cave tours are roughly $20-$30 (kids under 3 are free)
  • Wear a jacket, as the caves stay around mid-50’s in temperature
  • Purchase ahead of time for easy planning

Location: 100 Cave of the Winds Rd, Manitou Springs

small town built out of rock at manitou cliff dwellings

8. Manitou Cliff Dwellings

This is another great way to get outside during Spring Break in Colorado Springs without having to face the elements too much.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings is open year round and is easy to manage in March with the paved path that leads to the dwellings. Once you arrive, climb into the dwellings, which offers a bit of overhead cover.

Kids will love the ability to actually get inside the rooms and move around. Hands-on learning is welcome here!

The dwellings here are from the Ancestral Puebloan people and go back up to 1,000 years ago. The rooms (there’s 40 of them!) were originally located in southwest Colorado, but were transferred up to Manitou Springs in the early 1900’s for preservation and education.

If you’ve ever wanted to see cliff dwellings in Colorado, you won’t have to travel far to get a taste!

  • Pricing around $8-$12
  • Kids 3 and under are free

Location: 10 Cliff Rd, Manitou Springs

red sand like the surface of mars with child using a tablet to control the rover Space Discovery Center in Colorado Springs

9. Space Foundation Discovery Museum

This is another little hidden gem that I don’t think gets enough attention.

The Space Foundation Discovery Museum is a super fun place for the whole family. It’s not enormous, but incredibly fun and interesting.

Here you’ll get to learn about all things space. Check out real space suits, climb aboard a space lab, and learn all about what astronauts endure to partake in an exciting mission.

You’ll also get to see how space travel has actually impacted technology here on earth.

But the best part (or at least my kids’ favorite) was getting to drive rovers on a mock mars mission!

Location: 4425 Arrowswest Dr

Hot air balloon

10. Scan the Skies in a Hot Air Balloon

To end your trip with a bang, schedule a flight up above the mountains with views that go forever.

This hour-long ride will give you views up to 100 miles. Flights are best in the early morning, so dress warm to comfortably enjoy this bucket-list item.

  • Dress warm!
  • Book in Advance to secure your spot
  • Light breakfast and flight certificate included

Book your Hot Air Balloon Flight!

Weather in Colorado Springs in March

While March is Colorado’s snowiest month, there are actually plenty of mild days to enjoy as well.

Colorado Springs sees average temperatures in the 50’s during March. Not bad at all considering that Colorado sun can be intense.

Bring layers and a coat for sure, but know that even if you come during a blizzard, it’s unlikely it’ll be a blizzard your whole trip. The sun comes out and it warms up quickly!

That’s a different story if you visit mountain towns, but down in lower elevations you’ll have great chances of decent weather.

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs

For the ultimate Spring break in Colorado Springs, I would stay at Great Wolf Lodge. This place is filled with fun! The major attraction is the huge indoor waterpark. Beyond that, there are ropes courses, arcade, mini golf, and more.

If you don’t want to spend as much time at the hotel, then I recommend staying elsewhere.

For a great, central location at a low/mid-level price, stay at the Hyatt Downtown. For a less hotel-feel and more of a resort feel that still doesn’t break the bank, check out the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

🤩 Book the Hyatt for your Spring Break!

Final Thoughts: Colorado Springs for Spring Break

While it may seem like a tricky time to visit, there are actually so many fun things you can still do with ease in Colorado Springs in March. From visiting the zoo and old historical dwellings to learning about the Olympics and riding some awesome trains, there are plenty of things to do in any weather.

So book your spring break in Colorado Springs with confidence that it’s going to be an amazing time for the whole family!

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