Discover Fort Collins with your student
Between College, Mountain and Walnut
5 minutes from campus
If Old Town reminds you of Main Street USA at Disneyland, it’s for good reason — Disney’s Main Street was modeled after this charming section of the city. Both a national and local historic district, Old Town brims with boutiques, cafés, antique shops and candy emporiums. Live outdoor music during the mild months, and horse and carriage rides most evenings, lend to the ambiance. Bring an appetite — with more than 84 restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find what you’re hungry for.
4200 West County Road 38E
$7/vehicle (additional fees for boat trailers, camping, etc.)
Spectacular views and bountiful recreational opportunities make Horsetooth a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Start at the Information Center in South Bay and then head straight to the water to fish, swim, boat, paddle board, sail or water ski. Miles upon miles of trails surround the reservoir, beckoning hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The reservoir’s east side is a prime bouldering spot. Horsetooth is the perfect place to take a perfect family photo, especially around sunrise or sunset.
1401 Remington Street
Whether you’re curious about the best flower varieties to grow in the Rocky Mountain region or just want to immerse yourself in waves of glorious color, don’t miss CSU’s Annual Flower Trial Garden, a horticulture research site that is open daily to the public. The garden showcases more than 1,000 different annuals, perennials and cool season flowers arranged by color in every hue imaginable. You can’t pick the flowers, but you can harvest ideas for your own garden (and snap photos).
216 East Lake Street
There is lots to see in the five galleries in three campus buildings that make up the Avenir Museum, open weekdays from 11 to 5. The Avenir’s holdings range from Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles to current fashion designers — a highlight is the collection of more than 300 Japanese kimono. Current student and faculty creative design work is also on display. Check the website for information about special exhibits and lectures.
A tour is a fun way to discover parts of the city and its history that you might not find on your own. Tour on a bicycle (the city has a bike share program), in an art-covered bus, by horse-drawn wagon, or on foot. Tour companies in town include Fort Collins Tours, Beer and Bike Tours (Fort Collins is known as the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado), and Magic Bus Tours. An assortment of self-guided tour brochures is available at the Downtown Fort Collins Visitors Center in Old Town Square.