What to do and see in Fort Collins, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 10, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, Fort Collins is located 65 miles (105 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. With a 2016 estimated population of 161,000, it is the fourth most populous city in Colorado after Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. Fort Collins is a midsize college city, home to Colorado State University.
Restaurants in Fort Collins

1. New Belgium Brewing

500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2457 888-NBB-4044
Excellent
85%
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10%
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Poor
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5 based on 1 reviews

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Reviewed By latuckerla - Arlington, Virginia

Tour guide Scott took us on an excellent tour of the brewery. The facility is excellent, clean, and well laid out. Recommend it highly. Parking is on the street at this time.

2. Cache La Poudre River

Fort Collins, CO
Excellent
82%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 313 reviews

Cache La Poudre River

Colorado's only designated National Wild and Scenic River provides thrilling whitewater and paddling adventures.

Reviewed By Cavydad - Camarillo, California

River, streams, trails, and peaks. Terrific place to drive and hike. Hydrate while hiking and carry snacks. Great place for a picnic.

3. Annual Flower Trial Garden

1401 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525 +1 970-491-7179
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 198 reviews

Annual Flower Trial Garden

Reviewed By 1PalapasOnTheBeach - Illinois

This is a spectacular flower garden, and it is outdoors. Holy moly, lots of beautiful flowers. I am an avid gardener and have over one hundred flower pots in my yard. I was clearly in heaven. Lots of butterflies and bees, Harmless. You have to see these to embrace the beauty of such large healthy flowers. A lot of water is needed for flowers. Thank you to all that made this happen a lot of hard work! All of these flowers are so big and well maintained, this can cheer up any one that needs some happiness.

4. Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Off of Harmony Rd to Horsetooth Mountain, Fort Collins, CO +1 970-498-7000
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 430 reviews

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Reviewed By AlfaGeek - Cheyenne, Wyoming

To get more details like maps, regulations (no firewood, no firearms, etc.) you should visit larimer.org for an easy-to navigate website.

If you live in the neighborhood of Ft. Collins, Colorado or even as far away as Denver or Cheyenne, Wyoming, this is a good park to visit on a nice day. Technically this open space is a cluster of three smaller entities, but that is for the lawyers and jurisdiction hounds to fuss about.

I have been visiting this pace since 1973 and it never fails to amuse me, delight me and occasionally surprise me. There is always something new I note and enjoy. I strongly recommend this when you are in an outdoorsy mood.

5. Odell Brewing Company

800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2507 +1 970-498-9070
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 393 reviews

Odell Brewing Company

Reviewed By dcland07 - Frederick, Maryland

My wife and I traveled up from Denver to check out Odell. Great beers, very informative tour and friendly staff. Highly recommended!!

6. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

408 Mason Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524-4421 +1 970-221-6738
Excellent
69%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Reviewed By Kari N

Our family had the annual membership this year, and primarily only used it with our younger son who was 10. Kids 12 and up will likely not enjoy it for long. It is definitely geared for younger ones. The space is trendy and well kept and clean, which is a plus! The attached coffee shop is pretty great too. The reciprocal museum privileges make the annual membership well worth it, since the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is on that list! We went down to Denver 3 or 4 times with friends and everyone got in free with our plus membership card. So worth it!

7. Spring Canyon Community Park

2626 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 88 reviews

Spring Canyon Community Park

Reviewed By Lauri R - Fort Collins, Colorado

We have used this park for many purposes - prom pictures, bike rides, walks in the park, and more adventurous walks in the foothills. We have attended cross country events (high school) softball games in the summer, and soccer practices. What a great park available for so many purposes! We have never had an issue with parking. So pleased that we have this wonderful park available to us!

8. Gardens on Spring Creek

2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526-2087 +1 970-416-2486
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Gardens on Spring Creek

Reviewed By Violette54 - Phoenix, Arizona

We visited the Gardens for the first time to see their Christmas Lights Display. A very pleasant evening outside and wonderful creative holiday lights displays. A nice slow walk through the lighted areas, with many other people enjoying this holiday event. Lots of photos were taken and hot cider was offered outside the greenhouse, where holiday music was being performed. The Gift Shop was open and featured many creative ideas for gifts. Christmas flowering plants were also offered for sale.
The walking areas are flat so wheelchairs could pass, but we didn't notice any this night.
Parking was free and there was enough of it. Admission was a suggested $5 donation per adult.

9. City Park

1500 W Mulberry St, Fort Collins, CO 80524-3520 +1 970-221-6660
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

City Park

Reviewed By teatray53 - Atlantic City, New Jersey

Lovely lake and park with lots of activities for children and adults. There's a community swimming pool, tennis courts, open fields to play whatever you choose, or just take a nice leisurely stroll around the lake and enjoy the many waterfowl and pelicans!

10. Fort Collins Municipal Railway

1801 West Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521 +1 970-224-5372
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 52 reviews

Fort Collins Municipal Railway

Reviewed By Joet6192 - Fort Collins, Colorado

A great ride in beautifully restored old street trolley from early 1900"s. Easy to get on in the park and enjoy a ride to down town Fort Collins. You can get off here or simply return to the park by switching your seat-back and going the other way. Trolley driver is interesting to listen to about the old days in Fort Collins.

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