The Penrose Heritage Museum was established in the year 1941 by Julie Penrose. The museum is known for its antique firearms, carriages, Indian artifacts, native artifacts, 1928 Cadillac limousine, three Pikes Peak Auto race cars, a 1906 Renault, other vintage vehicles and a couple of presidential carriages. A must visit place for every one in the vicinity, especially car enthusiasts.
The Garden of the Gods is a public park and United States National Natural Landmark that was deemed a "fit place for the gods to assemble" by Rufus Cable, one of the two surveyors tasked with identifying a site for Colorado City in 1859. With its towering spires of red sandstone pitted against the incongruous greenery of its surrounds, Cable's inspired choice of name is an apt summary of the wonders that it contains. The jagged pinnacles, mammoth needles, and precariously balanced rocks strewn across the landscape are glorious monuments thrust upward, sideways and slanted by tectonic undercurrents, subsequently whipped by the wind into curious shapes. From the biological perspective, the Garden of the Gods is a remarkable merger of the vegetation typical of both highlands and lowlands creating a kind of chronicle of the evolution of planet earth. The land was bequeathed to the City of Colorado Springs by the children of Charles Elliott Perkins who originally owned this parcel of land. The only stipulation was that it must remain “free to the entire world.” Riddled with nature trails and hiking paths, the Garden of the Gods is a popular spot for outdoor activities like horseback riding, rock climbing and hiking that is always free, in keeping with Perkins' wishes.
Located in the foothills just west of the The Broadmoor, this park is the perfect locale to visit if time is limited and you want to get a sense of some mountain hiking. It offers hiking trails through mountain canyons, many of which offer great views of the Rockies to the west. The canyons are also popular with climbers. There are plenty of picnic shelters, and for wildlife and fauna information visit the Starsmore Discovery Center inside the park.
Spread across a whopping area of 789 acres (31929 hectares), the Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a popular city park that was converted from a landfill. The park is known for its spectacular canyons and rock formations. There are several trails leading to these natural formations and hikers often explore these well marked trails. Mountain biking is another activity that is enjoyed by many visitors at the Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Rock climbing can also be enjoyed at the park, but a prior permit is required.
Anyone with an interest in mechanical things that leave the ground will enjoy this museum. It is located in the original art deco-styled Colorado Springs Passenger Terminal Building. With its military setting, it looks exactly like one of those buildings used in 1950s sci-fi movies when horrible, giant ants terrorized man. The focus of the museum is on early aviation history, with an emphasis on World War II. Since it is inside Peterson Air Force base, you will need identification to enter and access is restricted. Entry to the museum is free.
A famous tourist spot in Downtown Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has collection of over 40,000 objects portraying the history and culture of the region. The museum's upper floor houses a courtroom which is a venue for music concerts and plays. It is a beautiful hall with wooden furniture. Apart from these events there are also local community events conducted in this courtroom.
City founder, General William Jackson Palmer, donated this park in 1871 giving it the dubious distinction of being Colorado Spring's first park. Located downtown, it provides a nice lunch respite for brown-bagging business people. A large band shell has live musical entertainment during the summer, and on Monday's the park hosts the ever-popular Farmers Market. Recreational options abound including horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds for kids. Rest rooms and public telephones are numerous.
Founded in 1871, the First United Methodist Church is the city's largest and most active church. The main focus is on practicing and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. The church is available for weddings, for both members as well as non-members. There are regular choir recitals and concerts like the Chancel Choir Spring Concert taking place in the church and also classes for learning the spiritual path of life and the teachings of Jesus, for adults as well as youth. Sunday classes are specially conducted for children.
The fact that one must ring a doorbell and wait for a guide to answer the front door aptly underscores the quaintness of this museum. Built in 1873, this little cottage of history offers a rare peep at life during the Victorian era. Its rooms are meticulously filled with ornate chairs, high-back sofas, rose-colored drapery and "wow-look-at-that" marble fireplaces. There is even a children's room filled with small furniture and antique dolls which have those creepy, staring looks.
Crafted with beautiful and captivating ancient Romanesque architecture and designed by Henry Rutgers Marshall, the First Congregational Church of Colorado is immensely artistic and at the same time immersed in history. As the name rightly suggests, the church was built by the Congregationalists who'd entered England back in the 1600's and played a very important role in establishing some of the most famous educational institutions of those times, including Harvard and Yale. Today, the church is well known in Colorado for everything from holding musical extravaganzas to memorial services.
Housed in the Plaza of the Rockies building, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, also known as GOCA 121, is an extension of the University of Colorado’s art facility. The spacious and elegant gallery plays host to shows by upcoming as well as famed artists. Showcasing both, local and international talent, the gallery not only organizes art exhibits, but also lectures and other programs. To know more about the ongoing and upcoming shows, check out their Facebook page.