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Fort Collins 6 Best Things to Do in Summer


Concerts, ice cream, poolside picnics, backyard BBQ’s…there’s so much to love in a Fort Collins summer; we can’t even begin to pick a favorite. This town has so much to offer during the hottest months, and if you’re in the mood for something cool (or hot) to do during your trip to Fort Collins, look no further than our list of:

Fort Collins 6 Best Things to Do in Summer


City Park Pool Fort Collins

City Park Pool

Probably one of the most popular spots for kids (and kids at heart!), swimming at City Park Pool is a timeless summer activity. This outdoor pool comes complete with large sun bathing decks, curly slides, lazy river for the kids, and picnic areas with plenty of space for the entire family. This place has been an iconic go-to spot in Fort Collins for generations, and is definitely the ‘coolest’ spot to be this summer. Check out their website for swim times.

Lee Martinez Farm Fort Collins

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

This little spot is just a short bike ride away from the hotel and sports some of Fort Collins’ cutest residents! Take the kids out for a picnic at the farm, and enjoy feeding ducks, chickens, cows, turkeys, ponies, sheep, goats and more. Lee Martinez also has pony rides for the kids and pumpkin picking in the late summer. Check out their times and ticket information.

Holiday Twin Drive In Fort Collins

Drive In Movie Night

Where else can you go to get the thrill of an outdoor, drive-in movie? Fort Collins has one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in Colorado (there’s only 348 drive-in movie theaters left in the United States). This place is the real deal; drive-up, pick your spot, and tune those radio stations to the drive-in station. Then enjoy your movie with some popcorn or snacks from the snack bar! For ticket information and movie times, check out their website.



Pinball Jones Fort Collins

Game Night at Pinball Jones

Pinball Jones has to be one of our favorite spots in Downtown Fort Collins, simply because it’s just so awesome! Take it back to a time when pinball machines and skee ball was a big night out! This place has a ton of awesome pinball machines, an arcade, air hockey table, and skee ball hall. They also serve beer, wine, and well drinks to kick your night up a notch…need we say more? Check out their website.

Jazz Fort Collins, Ace Gillett's

Jazz at Ace Gillett’s Lounge

Maybe you’re in need of something a bit more fancy (time to impress that date!) Take your evening right down the stairs to Ace Gillett’s Lounge. Our hotel lounge has live jazz 5 nights a week, and with a delicious summer cocktail and food menu, you can’t go wrong here. If you’re looking for low-key, travel in on a Sunday night for some soothing tunes with Mark Sloniker on piano at 7PM. If you’re looking for a wild night of revelry, tap in on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night for the full band and a full night of fun. Check out their music schedule.

Hike to the “Big a”

This summer activity is a must for all Fort Collins residents and visitors! Great for both a day out with friends or family, hiking to the Big A that sits above Old Town’s city line is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Pack a good lunch and get that sunscreen out for this one – the views alone are worth the effort!

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