April 21, 2017

Colorado Springs Culture: What to Explore this Spring

Colorado Springs Skyline

The spring season is finally here, and what better way to re-energize your routine than to explore some of Colorado Springs’ cultural gems?

Whether your passion is history, theater, fine art, sports, music or food, it’s likely that you’ll find a perfect match for your interests right around the corner—from hip new breweries to favorite local galleries. For those looking for a place to start, here are a few great spots to enjoy the best of Colorado Springs culture:

National Museum of World War II Aviation

With an incredible aircraft collection, interactive displays and educational exhibits, this aviation and history museum documents the role that military aviation played in the United States’ emergence as a world power during WWII. The museum includes a state-of-the-art restoration facility, where real World War II aircrafts are brought from all over the world and meticulously rebuilt to flying condition.

Mountain Shadows Restaurant

There may be no better spot in town for breakfast or lunch than this one. Located in the quaint historic district of Old Colorado City, Mountain Shadows is famous for its cinnamon rolls, omelets and breakfast burritos. The restaurant has been family-owned and operated for 25 years, and if its many fans have anything to say about it, it’s not going anywhere soon.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery

After you finish breakfast at Mountain Shadows, walk a few blocks up the road to a gallery where—as one reviewer writes—you’ll feel like you’ve entered an “oasis.” A frequent top-three finisher in the Colorado Springs Gazette’s “Best of the Springs,” Hunter-Wolff Gallery stands as a shining example of Colorado Springs’ growing visual arts scene. The space holds traditional oil paintings, unconventional and artistic blown glass pieces, sculptures and more—all from artists exclusively in the United States.

Millibo Art Theatre

Another perennial nominee for “Best of the Springs,” Millibo is a great under-the-radar spot to see a play or comedy show. As the string of five-star reviewers can attest, the theater wows not only in its performances, but also in its summer camps for kids interested in acting. Millibo’s location on South Tejon Street is also perfect for stopping by some of Colorado Springs’ other great hotspots before or after a show, such as the Ivywild School, Bristol Brewing Company and Edelweiss German Restaurant.

The Gold Room

Looking for a unique weekend night on the town? Chances are, The Gold Room has you covered. One of the most versatile performance venues in the Colorado Springs region, the Gold Room features everything from country, jazz and comedy performances to weddings and radio show broadcasts. And on Sundays, the area turns into a football fan’s paradise with $3 draft beers and all the best games on TV. On any other day, enjoy a dinner at Springs Orleans, a Cajun-inspired restaurant whose courtyard neighbors the Gold Room, before heading to a show.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox

In our outdoor and sports-centric state, it just wouldn’t be spring without a trip to a baseball game. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have been a local tradition for years, and where better to catch a game than at the highest professional ballpark in the nation (at an altitude of 6,531 feet above sea level)! If you’re in the mood for a luxury game-watching experience, get tickets to the VIP picnic terrace at Security Service Field and soak in the hot tub while catching the action.