October dawn over Fort Collins and foothills of Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Things to do in  Fort Collins

City of bikes and brews

From outdoor activities and brewery tours to music festivals, there are loads of things to do in Fort Collins. Hike around Horsetooth Reservoir, cycle along the Cache la Poudre River, or spend the day exploring the Old Town, where you can shop, eat, and listen to live music in Old Town Square. This college town has a lively nightlife, a rich music scene, and a year-round program of events and festivals. It also has more craft breweries than most US states, so add a bit of bar hopping to your itinerary.

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All about Fort Collins

When to visit

You can find activities and events in Fort Collins year-round, but you can enjoy milder temperatures from March through October. If you’re a hiker or biker or want to hit the summer festival season, travel during these months. Peak season is more costly, though. In winter (December through February), keep warm in the city’s multiple breweries; a beer will feel especially well-earned after some cross-country skiing.

Getting around

One of the best and most sustainable ways to get around Fort Collins is by bicycle. The biker-friendly city has miles of wide bike lanes, plenty of bicycle parking, and a bike share program, with plenty of shops offering bike hire services. Other transport options include the Max Bus Rapid Transit, the Ztrip taxi service, and several rideshare options.

Traveler tips

If you’ve never dipped your pizza crust in honey, then you’re missing out. Luckily, Fort Collins is just the place to try this culinary phenomenon. Head over to Beau Jo’s Pizza after you’ve hiked up the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) Foothills Trail in the Maxwell Natural Area, which has an awesome view. Treat yourself to a well-earned Colorado Mountain Pie and a Fat Tire draft beer.

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People Also Ask

What is Fort Collins best known for?

Craft beer is what Fort Collins is best known for; it’s often hailed as the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. There are ample breweries, like the New Belgium Brewing Company and Odell Brewing. It also has a great live music scene.

How should I spend a day in Fort Collins?

Start your day in Fort Collins in the Old Town with a coffee before browsing the shops and galleries. Then, rent an e-bike and head to Ginger and Baker for lunch. Follow the Poudre Bike Trail and visit Odell and New Belgium Brewing, followed by a riverside concert at Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

Is Fort Collins worth visiting?

Yes, Fort Collins is worth visiting. This laid-back town has much to explore, from its Old Town to the hiking and biking trails in and around the city. Craft beer enthusiasts will be impressed with the number and quality of the local breweries, and there’s no shortage of delicious restaurants.

What are the top attractions to visit in Fort Collins?

There’s loads to do in Fort Collins, from wandering through historic Old Town to getting out into the trails for hiking and biking. Rafting along the Poudre River and exploring Horsetooth Reservoir are popular. Breweries and concert venues are also top attractions for visitors and locals.

How many days do you need in Fort Collins?

It all depends on what you’d like to do. You can come for the day to visit Old Town, go on a short hike, and visit a brewery or two. But it’s worth staying longer for river rafting, exploring Horsetooth Reservoir, or going further into Rocky Mountain National Park.

What is the best month to visit Fort Collins?

The summer months are the warmest but they’re also peak season—and more expensive. You can only do activities such as river rafting from May through October, but browsing the Old Town, listening to live music, or hanging out at the numerous breweries in town are year-round activities.

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