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What will you love most about Fort Collins? Here's our favorite things to do, rain or shine!

Our guests often ask us what we love about Fort Collins, and our first answer is always the sunshine! (Fort Collins has an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.)

While it’s not regularly overcast and rainy in Fort Collins, sometimes rainy weather does occur. There’s still plenty to do, however – even with the soggy weather! Biking, hiking, drinking beer out on the patio of one of the local microbreweries…there’s much to see and do in Fort Collins.

If you’re wondering what to do in Fort Collins on a day when you don’t really want to be out in the elements, don’t despair – there are plenty of ways to stay active, to be creative, to explore culture and history, or to indulge your senses in our fabulous town.

What To Do On A Rainy Day In Fort Collins

Climb Some Rocks…Indoors!

If you want to generate energy and try something possibly new to you, challenge yourself by visiting Inner Strength Climbing Gym on the south side of town. They rent out gear and can show you what to do if you’re new to climbing.

With a partner, you can learn to maneuver up the thirty-two foot walls and find out that you are actually stronger than you thought! The gym has thirty-two top-rope routes and twelve lead routes ranging in difficulty from 5.4 to 5.12. If you’re tackling this challenge solo, they also have different bouldering options, such as a 360 degree boulder wall on the lower floor and a cave-simulated bouldering wall on the second floor. If you don’t have a car, just hop on the MAX at the Olive Street station directly behind the hotel and hop off on the Horsetooth Road station that drops you off just around the corner from the gym.

Get Cozy with a Book

If you’re thinking you want to yield to that slow, mellow, rainy-day feeling of curling up and expending as little energy as possible, you could always peruse the selection of books in the back lobby of the hotel, then grab an umbrella from the front of the Armstrong lobby, and head over to Equinox Brewing, just a block and a half away.

Order a pint of their Truffle Shuffle Chocolate Porter and sink into a sweet read. Otherwise, keep going, just a short drive north, and end up at the independent theater north of Old Town Fort Collins. The Lyric Cinema Café has free morning cartoons and board games in their lobby area. You can buy beer, wine, and locally-sourced food at their concession stand and take it into the theater with you.

Discover Something New

If you have kids with you, go hands-on at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery—perfect for the kinesthetically-inclined child or adult. One of the best exhibits is the Music and Sound Lab, which teaches you about the physics of sound, explores the technology and history behind all the ways we’ve enjoyed listening to music in the past and present, and details the Fort Collins music scene. The best part is that you actually get to play—or try to play—the assortment of instruments that they provide.

There’s much to see and do in Fort Collins, no matter what the weather brings! For more ideas of what to see, taste, and do, stop by our front desk. We’ll point you in the right direction.