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  • The Armstrong Hotel
    259 S. College Ave
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Telephone: 970-484-3883
  • Toll Free: 866-384-3883
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Nearby Fort Collins Activities & Attractions

Whatever your reason for visiting Fort Collins, the city has something for everyone. No matter what time of year you visit, Fort Collins activities and attractions are plentiful. Our favorite events, recreation, establishments, and helpful planning links are listed below. For assistance in planning your stay, contact us here.

Fort Collins Family Activities

Just for Kids

Kids and adults alike will have a blast with our Just for Kids attraction! Walk or bike to the Farm at Lee Martinez Park and check out the critters, then go swimming in the outdoor pool or ride the train at City Park. While you’re at the park, see a Fort Collins Foxes baseball game with your complimentary tickets available at the hotel front desk, then take a break from the sun and visit Clothes Pony, Dandelion Toys, and Nature’s Own for some fun shopping. Stop by Library Park, have a picnic, hit the playground, then have a blast at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery while learning something new! End the day the cool way with some delicious Walrus Ice Cream.

Bike Through History

Are you a history buff or preservationist? Start your day at the Silver Grill, the oldest restaurant in town. Ask to be seated at the original diner counter. Check out a cruiser bike and pick up a map from the front desk for a tour of Old Town’s Ghost Signs and Old Neighborhood MarketsStop by the Avery House for a guided tour of this restored Victorian home, then head to the Fort Collins Museum and explore current exhibits and the collection of historic cabins. End your day with a trip on the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society’s fully restored original trolley. Click here to download our Ghost Tour map.

Meandering Afternoon

Don’t know what to do but also don’t want to over-do it? Head across the street to Jeju for sushi, a refreshing drink, and lounging around on a sunny patio. Check out a cruiser bike, pick up a map from the front desk, and take a tour of neighborhood gardens, then scoot over to Starry Night Cafe for a mid-afternoon coffee or snack. Stop into some shops such as The Cupboard, EsScentuals, and White Balcony. Head back to relax at the Armstrong—check out a DVD player from the front desk or borrow a puzzle to bring up to your room. Click here to download our Neighborhood Gardens map.

Fort Collins Group Activities

After Work Wind-Down

Mix business and fun in Old Town Fort Collins by picking up a map at the front desk and wind-down with a brisk walk, run, or bike ride along the Poudre River trail. Or, head to The Old Town Athletic Club for an indoor workout or group class. Back at the hotel, visit Ace Gillett’s for cocktails, dinner, and live music in a mellow, lounge atmosphere. Then, catch a late movie at the Lyric Cinema Café. Click here to download our Neighborhood Gardens map.

Guys Night Out

Ready for a night out with the guys? Drop down to Ace Gillett's and order from an array of Fort Collins’ local brews. Go to a CSU home game, or pick up complimentary tickets from the front desk to a Fort Collins Foxes baseball game. Celebrate your team’s win at the Rio Grande, a Mexican restaurant best known for its signature margaritas. Cross the street to the Trailhead Tavern for classic bar snacks, beers, and a round of pool.

Girls Night Out

Grab a group of friends and order a Night on the Town package and relax in your hotel room with a bottle of wine and an hors d’oeuvres tray of imported cheeses, meats, and olives. Get ready for a big night by visiting Body and Spa Rituals for a manicure, and The Parlour for a new style, then spend a few hours viewing art during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Go out for more fun at Elliott’s or live music at Ace Gillett’s. The next morning, call down to the front desk to order complimentary espresso drinks as part of your Night on the Town package.

Foothills Day Trip

Fort Collins is a short drive away from the Poudre Canyon. Hotel guests can go all-out with their favorite mountain sports or take it easy with a drive along the winding Cache la Poudre river, which is Colorado’s first National Wild and Scenic river. Pick up a map and directions from the front desk, then grab a coffee from Mugs Coffee Lounge and stop by the Mountain Shop to load up on last-minute gear and supplies. Order breakfast burritos to go from La Luz and head for the hills. Go rafting with Rocky Mountain Adventures or take a fly-fishing trip with St. Peter’s Fly Shop. At the end of the day, have a snack and catch a concert at Mishawaka Amphitheatre, right along the banks of the Poudre River. Return to Fort Collins and order a late night dinner at the Crown Pub. Click here to download our Poudre Canyon Trails map.

Brewery Tour

Fort Collins is well-known for its craft- and micro-breweries. To start your tour day, check out a cruiser bike from the front desk and pick up a map to review over a hearty breakfast at Choice City. Take tours and visit the tasting rooms at New Belgium, Odell Brewing Company, the Fort Collins Brewery, Feisty SpiritsFunkwerks, Inc., and Equinox Brewing Company. Have dinner at Coopersmith’s, a brewpub with a large patio, pool tables, and growlers for sale. Click here to download our Brewery Tour map.

Fort Collins Couple Activities

Romantic Overnight Stay

Plan your next anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or other special occasion by booking a honeymoon suite or a signature suite at the Armstrong and pair it with a Romance Package. Settle into your room and relax in your bathtub, surrounded by rose petals, a martini glass filled with specialty chocolates, an assortment of bath products, and some extra touches throughout the room. Enjoy a couple’s massage downstairs at Amara Massage. Head down to Ace Gillett's Lounge for a special occasion dinner, then Be Our Guest and pick up your reserved complimentary tickets to a theatre production. End your evening with dessert and a specialty martini from The Chocolate Café.

Relaxing Getaway

Escape for a day and return to the simpler things. Start your day people-watching from the sunny patio at Lucile’s, or dine inside this beloved creole restaurant. Walk over to Old Town Farmer’s Market for some browsing and taste-testing. Pick up a good used book at the Old Firehouse Bookstore, and head toTasty Harmony for a pot of tea and a light lunch. Book an appointment at Amara Massage, or catch up with a spa session at Europa Salon & Spa. Head down to Ace Gillett's Lounge for some classic cocktails and live jazz.