Free or Cheap Things to Do in Colorado

Affordable Places Worth Seeing in Colorado

I recently took an amazing trip to Colorado where I got to explore a lot of beautiful, fun and exciting places. The best part about my trip was that I was able to have a great time without spending a whole lot of money. Here is a list of fun things to do in Colorado. All these photos were taken by me or the people I travelled with.

New Belgium Brewery Tour

Cost: Free

If you want to see how beer is made while trying out free beer, this is your place to go. It is recommended that you sign up for a tour online, but we were able to join a tour that had some extra spaces. The tour is about 90 minutes long. You get to walk into the areas where they actually make the beer, and learn about the process. There’s also a lot of different beers you can try during the tour and bathrooms throughout the tour for your convenience. The best part is that the tour is free, and the beer tastes good.

Garden of the Gods

Cost: Free

Garden of the Gods is a great place for nature and nice scenery. While you’re here, make sure to stop at the visitor center. Everything about this park is free, including the parking. The only downside was that it was a little bit crowded and difficult to find parking when I went, so just keep that in mind. Nonetheless, the trip was absolutely worth it, and I was able to see some breathtaking views.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Cost: Free

The U.S. Air Force Academy is another cool place to check out in Colorado. The visitor center has a nice gift shop as well as a theater where you can learn about the daily life at the academy. The scenery is also very beautiful with mountains surrounding the area. A nice attraction to check out while you’re here is the chapel which has really cool architecture.

Devil’s Backbone

Cost: Free

If you’re looking for a moderate hike with beautiful scenes and nice photo opportunities, check out the Devil’s Backbone. The trail isn’t too difficult, but it’s a great opportunity to be in nature. Make sure to dress warm if you’re going in the winter!

Pearl St. Mall

Cost: Varies

Pearl St. is a great place to go if you want to shop for some interesting or unique souvenirs or gifts. There’s book stores, art stores, clothing stores and more. There’s also some good food places around. I like that this place is outdoors, and it’s a nice place to just walk around even if you don’t plan on buying anything.

Chapel on the RockΒ 

Cost: Free

The Chapel on the Rock is a small chapel in Allenspark, Colorado. The scenery around it is breathtaking, and there’s a great view of the mountain. You are able to go inside the chapel, but the interior isn’t as exciting as the outside. Parking is easy to find and is right next to the chapel. If you go in the winter, you can get a view of the mountains with snow!

Celestial Tea Factory Tour

Cost: Free

If you’re a tea enthusiast or if you just want to see how tea is packaged and made, this is a nice place to check out. The tour is completely free, and there are several tea samples you can try for free as well. You are also given a packet of tea bags to take home. During the tour, you’re given a chance to smell different tea ingredients. As a tea lover, this was definitely one of my favorite places to see in Colorado. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take photos inside the factory so just keep that in mind.

Ice Castles

Cost: Less than $20 per person

If you happen to be visiting Colorado in the winter, check out the Ice Castle. Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. While it is a bit pricier than the other options on this list, it is DEFINITELY worth seeing. The Ice Castle in Colorado is made completey out of ice. There’s tunnels, ice slides, and even a fire show. This place is beautiful at night with colorful lights illuminating the ice.

Fun fact: This video is where Lindsey Stirling’s Crystallize video was made. If you haven’t already watched the video, you should definitely watch it to get an idea of what the Ice castle looks like.

If you decide to visit the Ice Castles, make sure to check the website to see when they open. Make sure to buy tickets AHEAD of time, as tickets do sell out.

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18 thoughts on “Free or Cheap Things to Do in Colorado

  1. You hit it on the spot! I am from and living in Colorado and when friends or family come to visit me, these places always come to mind. Garden of the Gods is so beautiful and I find that almost everyone loves this the most. The view of Pikes Peak from the Air Force academy is a must stop as well before Garden of the Gods. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, that ice castle looks like something straight out the movie Frozen. I didn’t know Colorado was such a wonderful place. I hope I can travel there in the near future.

    1. Yeah it’s amazing that the brewery has a free tour. And you should definitely go check those places out if you ever do visit Colorado πŸ™‚

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