Posted By: Jessica Quinn
Check-out a bike from
the Fort Collins Bike Library
As a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Community, it’s pretty evident that Fort Collins loves bikes and its common to see more bikes out and about than cars during the spring and summer months. Not only that, but the Fort Collins Bike Library opens every year for the season starting in April. The bike library offers people an opportunity to check out bikes for a set amount of time for free, similar to a book library. Exploring Fort Collins by bike is a must-do during your spring visit to Fort Collins and if you’re looking for the perfect joy ride, check out the Spring Creek and Poudre River paved trail systems that wind throughout town.
Watch the Crabapple
As the seasons change and the temperatures rise, the crab apple trees start blooming throughout town. Enjoy the deep pink and white flowered trees that line the streets around Colorado State University and Old Town. Although the blooms only last for a short time, it is a sure sign of spring and before you know it, flowers and trees around town begin to bloom as well. A great way to take a tour of town and enjoy the blooming foliage is by bike. Pick up a bike map and take a spin throughout town.
Run a 5k
Fort Collins was recently named one of America’s healthiest cities and the amount of 5ks, 10ks and marathons hosted in Fort Collins goes to show that fitness and recreation is engrained in the community. With spring being the perfect season for running outside, make sure to sign up for one of the multiple run/walk events hosted throughout the season. Check out the event calendar to find a list of sponsored runs happening in the coming months!
See a spring theater
While winter is the season for traditional theater performances, holiday ballets, and New Year splendors, spring brings about a light and refreshing feel to the theater scene in Fort Collins. This spring check out The Hobbit showing at the University Center for the Arts or one of the traveling Broadway shows that come through the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Million Dollar Quartet and Jungle Book are one’s I won’t miss.
Try the spring
seasonals at a local brewery
What’s better than a light, refreshing craft brew on a sunny, spring day in Fort Collins? Not a whole lot…. Check out the local breweries for their spring seasonals, handcrafted to match their take on spring in Fort Collins. Tree Shaker at Odell Brewing Co. combines peach flavors with a light IPA base and it’s oh so good. Also don’t miss the longtime-favorite seasonal Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing, featuring bready malts, cascade hops and peach juice frolic for a light refreshing taste.
Fly a kite at Spring
Kite flying is a popular past time in Fort Collins as the spring breeze brings in warmer weather. A visit to Spring Canyon Park in west Fort Collins is a site to see. Before you reach the park you’ll see kites drifting in the sky and as you stroll through the park you will see children and families flying their kites high. Pick up your kite from a local store like Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys or a big box store like Target or Walmart and join in the fun. Don’t miss the Kites in the Park Kite Festival happening on Sunday, May 17th including kite flying demonstrations, contests for kids, the Recreation Summer Activities Fair, kite ballets, giant kites, kite battles, synchronized kite flying, free face painting and, of course, the free Kite Making Station.
Explore Fort Collins’
Art in Public Places
Fort Collins is known for its rich arts and cultures scene and during the spring season, it is fun to be able to explore local art while enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather. Art in Public Places takes you on a self-guided tour throughout town to explore local art, created to beautify the Fort Collins community. From north to south and east to west you can find painted wall murals, transformer boxes, and planters, beautiful sculptures, and even painted Pianos About Town that are often played by local passerbys. This is a great way to explore the art scene here in Fort Collins while enjoying the benefits of spring in Colorado.
Have a spring
Spring is a time for renewal, fresh beginnings, spring cleaning and it’s the opportune time to go shopping for a fresh new spin on your everyday life. Old Town offers local, boutique style shopping where you can get a new wardrobe at a local boutique, change up your cooking style by picking up some new spices or Backyard BBQ tools, and adorn your garden with statues and keepsakes from Perennial Gardner. Complete your spring shopping spree at Front Range Village in south Fort Collins with stores like MkLAREN Boutique, Super Target, Sephora, DSW and more.
Watch the spring
sunrise/sunset from Horsetooth Reservoir
Pinks, blues, purples and reds often streak the morning or evening sky in Fort Collins and although there isn’t a bad spot to view the sunrise or sunset here, there are some prime spots if you want to get a front row view of the painted sky. Horsetooth Reservoir is a favorite viewing spot for locals and visitors alike due to its easy access, excellent overlooks and the glass-like water that reflects the colors of the sky. There are multiple paid parking lots around the reservoir for you to park your car and revel in the beauty of the sunrise/sunset. If you want to get in a hiking session that ends in an outstanding sky view, don’t miss the hike to Horsetooth Rock. It is the highest overlook spot in the Fort Collins area and is perfect for viewing both sunrise and sunset (just make sure you plan accordingly to the sunrise/sunset time).
Visit the baby chicks
at the farm
You can always tell it’s spring time in Fort Collins when the baby wildlife and farm animals start showing up around town. Watch out for baby Canadian Geese as they waddle behind their parents throughout town and make sure to go say “Hi” to the baby chicks at the farm. Fort Collins offers hands-on farm experiences for children and families of all ages. Take a stroll through the Farm at Lee Martinez Park and learn about farm life and the animals that call it home. Also don’t miss the Family Farm Days on the first Thursday of each month at Laughing Buck Farm where you can interact with farm animals and learn about crops and the importance of farms.
Photo: Admissions at Colorado State University