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Coming into Fort Collins with kids? Need a good spot for the traveling teen? Maybe you’re just a kid at heart and need a day at the park? We’ve got just the thing for you! Fort Collins has some of the biggest, best, and coolest parks and open spaces in the state – here’s our list of the best Fort Collins parks!
Established in 1912 (that’s over 106 years old!), City Park is a landmark park that sits squarely in in the middle of Old Town Fort Collins. This park has an expansive grass area, with several soccer fields, a huge kid’s playground (complete with an actual decommissioned cannon), lighted ball fields, tennis courts, horseshoe courts and much more. Grab a lunch and head out to City Park where you’ll often be able to join a pick-up game of flag football, soccer or kickball. It’s the perfect spot for a day in the sun, and it’s just a short bike ride away from the hotel! Best of all, this park is home to our beloved City Trolley, which is still in operation! For more details and to book your tickets, check out the trolley’s website here!
Edora Park was established in 1971, and is home to some extra fun activities that the whole family will enjoy! This park has a horseshoe park, skate park, baseball fields, frisbee golf course and more! Edora sits right next to Spring Creek which runs throughout Fort Collins. Spring Creek offers visitors a constant place to watch the local wildlife; you’ll find everything from ducks and ducklings to frogs, fish, butterflies and more! This park is also right next to EPIC (Edora Pool and Ice Center) which has pool and ice activities for visitors young and old. Check out more information here.
Established in 2003, Fossil Creek Park might just be one of the coolest parks in the city! This park also has an expansive grass area that’s perfect for picnics, and it’s well situated on the south end of Fort Collins – right next to some wonderful neighborhoods, shopping and dining. This park has a massive true-to-life replica of a prehistoric mammoth, a modern playground, swings, skate park, and large fishing pond. Check out the mammoth while you’re there, and make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen for your trip.
Looking for something your older kids can enjoy? Rolland Moore Park was established in 1983, and has the largest selection of baseball fields in the city. This park sits right on Spring Creek Trail, which makes it one of the easiest parks to access by bike. Take your family and friends down to Rolland Moore for a day of good food, great sun, and some baseball!
Ready for some fun with your furry friend? Spring Canyon Park was established in 2007, and has one of the largest dog parks in the city! The dog park has two separate sections, one for larger and one for smaller pets. This park also features a pond for your furry friends to practice their swimming skills, and lots of natural rocks and obstacles for them to climb on. Spring Canyon park also has a large open field (which is perfect for the annual Kite Festival), baseball fields, a kid’s playground and much more.
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more natural, check out Kingfisher Point. This natural area has a large walking trail that loops around several ponds where you can view our local wildlife. Catch a glimpse of the Bald Eagles, take pictures of our Canadian Geese, or simply sit and enjoy the sound of crickets and toads while you take in the fresh air. This natural area is just a short car ride away from the hotel, so make sure you head into Downtown and pack a delicious lunch before you go!
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area is the perfect spot for a day hike if you’re up for it, and is just a short car ride away from the hotel! This natural area has two entrances, which gives you access to a flat, expansive trail which faces our foothills, or a winding pond-side trail that leads to the hills. Each trail will wind it’s way to a rocky fork that heads up into our foothills – it’s the perfect way to get some exercise while you enjoy the sunshine!
For a full list of all the wonderful parks you can visit, check out the Fort Collins’ city website!