Archive for 'Free Things'

56. Tour the Historic Avery House

If you’re a history buff, love museums, or are looking for something to do next time your parents come to town, check out the Historic Avery House located on the corner of Mountain Ave. and Meldrum. The home is made of sandstone mined from local quarries and was originally purchased for $3,000 in 1879 by [...]

50. Visit the Raptors at the Environmental Learning Center

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program has  raptors available for viewing at the CSU Environmental Learning Center at Drake and Ziegler (click for map).  These birds are the Raptor Center’s education ambassadors. Due to permanent injury they are non-releasable but a small army of dedicated volunteers provide special care for these animals. Anytime from dawn to [...]

49. Visit the CSU Flower Garden

The CSU Annual Flower Trial Garden is a must do for your list. Particularly if you’re looking for a way to spend a relaxing afternoon in Fort Collins without an agenda. Of course if you’re a flower lover or a horticulturalist, you probably know much more about the Flower Garden than I do. If you [...]

42. See a Show at the Aggie Theatre

We’ll kick off the live music venue category with the Aggie Theatre. Though most would consider its 650 person occupancy limit to be a pretty intimate, it’s our 2nd largest indoor live music venue. Only the Lincoln Center’s Performance Hall is bigger. As with most turn of the century Old Town buildings, the Aggie has an interesting history. Built in 1906, [...]

41. Visit Watson Lake and the Fish Hatchery

Just north of Bellvue you’ll find a beautiful state forest area known as Watson lake. This 70 acre lake is right next to the Poudre river and also has a state fish hatchery next to it. The views are awesome. The west face of a huge hogback provides an gorgeous red rock backdrop. There are [...]

40. CSU Undie Run

Within minutes of 11pm, hundreds of students began congregating outside the Lory Student Center like a flash flood overwhelming a dry desert. All arriving fully clad, unrecognizable from any other student you’d see on the street. This student mob  rapidly grew bigger, the chants of “I’m proud to be a CSU Ram” got louder, and [...]

39. Bouldering at Rotary Park

Horsetooth Reservoir offers some great opportunities to boulder for both beginners and experts. Rotary Park is one of the more popular and easily accessible areas filled with traverses, technical slabs, and overhanging roofs. I’m not an expert on the bouldering scene in Fort Collins, but I always enjoy a good outing to Horsetooth. The incredible [...]

31. Kites in the Park

There’s just something I love about the simplicity of flying a kite that still enthralls me.  Although I haven’t flown a kite in quite a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed stopping by Spring Canyon Park.  Kite’s in the Park is an annual festival put on by the City of Fort Collins. It is a perfect, [...]

30. BBQ in the Poudre Canyon

So I know it’s a bit rainy and cool for a picnic today but I can’t help but think about one of my favorite passtimes which is a Poudre canyon bbq. Pick up some NY strips, a bag of charcoal and a cooler of beverages and head into the canyon. If you can think of [...]

29. The Heritage Courtyard

The Heritage Courtyard is a great place to go for a quick local history fix. It’s part of the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center right next to the downtown Poudre River Public Library.  You’ve seen it if you’ve ever noticed the white tepee out of the corner of your eye on Mathews St. [...]