Winter in Colorado can be unpredictable with temperatures that range from frigid to warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt. Thankfully, Northern Colorado has plenty of options for things to do regardless of the weather. If you’re getting cabin fever from being stuck indoors at your rental house in Fort Collins, here is a list of things to do throughout Northern Colorado to help you combat the winter blues.
Ice skating outdoors is one of the most popular winter pastimes. Getting bundled up, grabbing hot chocolate, and twirling on the ice with friends and families can be fun and memorable at any age.
In Fort Collins, the Old Town Square Skate Rink is open Friday through Sunday until February 2nd. For only $2 admission and $1 skate rental, you can skate even on those warmer days because the rink features synthetic ice. You can find hours of operation and more information at https://downtownfortcollins.org/old-town-square/sculpture-in-the-square/.
At The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, the centrally located Ice Rink is a popular attraction from December until the end of February. Loveland’s Ice Rink is open every day of the week and offers all-day admission at $8 for children under 12 and $9 for adults with complimentary skate rental. Visit us for more information.
Oh What Fun It Is to Ride in a One Horse Open Sleigh
There is nothing more charming than a horse-drawn carriage ride. Colorado Carriage & Wagon is a family owned and operated provider for carriages and wagon rides pulled by their beloved Draft horses. Cuddle under a blanket with someone special and enjoy a relaxing ride through Old Town Fort Collins. From November 2nd through to February 14th, Downtown Fort Collins is illuminated with white lights all throughout. Book a carriage ride with your little ones and enjoy the magic of the winter season in the most enchanting way. http://www.coloradocarriage.com has information on pricing for their winter specials and contact information for booking a carriage ride.
The Season for Sledding
The winter season wouldn’t be complete without a fun afternoon of sledding. After the next good snow, grab your snow pants and your favorite sled and head over to some of the great sledding hills near Fort Collins. You can find some great sledding spots at the EPIC Center, Hughes Stadium, and Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Or you might remember that hill at a nearby park that has been a well-kept secret for your family. If you have a sled and some warm, waterproof snow gear, sledding is a free family-friendly activity that will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Visit the Winter Farmers Market
The Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market is the perfect place to buy fresh vegetables, soft cheeses, homemade artisan crafts, and so much more. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each winter month (November-April 6th) from 9 am to 1 pm, you will find a great activity with over 40 local vendors. A stroll through the market can be the perfect way to pass a Saturday morning and pick up local products from meats to wine or jewelry. Visit https://nocofood.org/winter-market for more information.
A Day at the Museum
Some days are just too cold for an outdoor activity, but Northern Colorado has a number of interesting museums to help you pass the time.
For families with children, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (https://fcmod.org) is the perfect place to escape the low temperatures. Located near Old Town, the Museum of Discovery is full of engaging and hands-on exhibits. For a train-loving child, Greeley’s Colorado Model Railroad Museum features a world of wonder with a 5500 square foot operating model railroad. From workshops to exhibits, the Model Railroad Museum has many stories to be told for young and old.
Art enthusiasts might prefer a visit to the Museum of Art Fort Collins (https://moafc.org) or the Loveland Museum/Gallery . You can find unique art or history exhibits, art classes, and more.
Night Out at the Theater
Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley all have wonderful live theater venues with exceptional options for plays and live performances. Whether your visit the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, the Rialto Theater in Loveland, or Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, you are sure to find a live performance to fit your interests and cheer you up on a cold winter’s night. You can click here for links to the top live theater venues in Northern Colorado.