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Hello Colorado Mamas!<br><br>
My little family is traveling to Manitou Springs in June to celebrate the wedding of a good friend.<br><br>
We've perused the guidebooks and websites and have a small list of things we want to do/see (mainly the 'big' stuff like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods)<br><br>
I was hoping someone could tip us off to some other interesting things to do or good restaurants to try. We're fairly adventurous and will have a 13 month old along for the ride.<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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OK, I'll bite! Lots of fun things to do in Manitou and Old Colorado City--fun window shopping and general putzing around, take the Cog railway or drive to the top of Pikes Peak, tons of good little cafes (Gertrudes, Adams Mtn. Cafe--great breakfasts, Craftwood Inn--romantic). Nice hiking in the area, esp around Garden of the Gods and some of the trails going up towards Pikes Peak, if you're into that.<br>
Those are the standard things I recommend...<br>
Hope you have fun here!
 

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What types of things are you interested? Little trips or all day? If you have a day to kill we have a pretty neat zoo with a large area to feed the giraffes. <a href="http://www.cmzoo.org/" target="_blank">http://www.cmzoo.org/</a> Some other things are Pikes Peak either by driving or if the <a href="http://www.cograilway.com/" target="_blank">Cog Railway</a> (as a PP said), Garden of the Gods, <a href="http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/" target="_blank">Royal Gorge</a>, <a href="http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/" target="_blank">Manitou Cliff Dwellings</a>, <a href="http://www.sevenfalls.com/" target="_blank">Seven Falls</a>, and <a href="http://www.caveofthewinds.com/" target="_blank">Cave of the Winds</a>. To be honest I haven't been to any of those places except Pikes Peak, the zoo and Garden of hte Gods so I can't say whether the visit is worth the admission fees. If you just want to enjoy the scenery in CO I would definately go hiking! Here are a few trails we have enjoyed: <a href="http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.asp?trailid=HGR159-009" target="_blank">Mt Cutler Trail</a>, <a href="http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/HelTRenHuntFalls_1720.asp" target="_blank">Helen Hunt Falls</a>, <a href="http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/RainbowGulch_0000.asp" target="_blank">Rainbow Gulch Trail</a>, there are many many more but I can't remember the names but a quick Google search should find some in the area where you will be staying.<br><br>
What types of foods/restaurants do you like and what area will you be staying?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions!<br><br>
We're staying in Manitou Springs and will most certainly do Garden of the Gods and probably the Cog Railway.<br><br>
We're seasoned travellers, so I'm sure we'll find good things to do. I like to try to get recommendations from locals as well incase there's something interesting that tourists don't usually see.<br><br>
As for food- we like just about everything and are always willing to try something new.
 

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The Cliff Dwellings are a little strange there. I enjoyed Cave of the Winds when I went but I was little. The cog railway is fun but a little expensive. We have a lot of fun at Garden of the Gods. It is a great place to wear out a toddler with all the paths.
 

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We live in Denver but took a weekend trip up to Manitou a few years ago. It was a blast! We went to Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colo. Springs.<br><br>
Garden of the Gods is really beautiful as well. The town of Manitou is great for just walking around, shopping, and exploring. There is a great little Mexican restaurant in the middle of town. Can't remember the name, but they really tout their "famous" margaritas, and I have to admit, they were really good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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That would be The Loop. One of my faves. I love their margaritas!<br><br>
The Cog Railway is expensive, but if you're on vacation, it's a nice way to get to the top of a mountain. It's the only 14'er where you can get a donut at the summit.<br><br>
Manitou also has a very fun, old fashioned penny arcade, which also has some modern and classic games.<br><br>
Whenever we have visitors from out of town, we ALWAYS take them to Garden of the Gods. If they have more time, then we like to take them to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.<br><br>
The Cliff Dwellings are not great, if you want to see real Cliff dwellings try New Mexico.<br><br>
Adams Mt Cafe is great for breakfast. And Mona Lisa is a nice fondue place. In Old Colorado City, I like Jake & Telly's for Gyros, and Paravicini for Italian food.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 
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