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Playing Pokemon In Colorado Springs – Activities, Fun Spots And A Review Of The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel
The Pokemon craze is alive and well in our house. In fact, all of us are into it and enjoy playing together as a family. With all three teams represented (Go team Instinct!), there is definitely a little healthy competition, but more, it gives us another activity to do together and encourages us to get out and explore the beautiful city we live in. We also love family adventures and staycations, so why not combine the two and create and epic Pokemon weekend right in our own “backyard?” With the help of our friends at the Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau, we planned exactly that and added in a few city events and attractions to share with you along the way. While we might not have caught them all, you can bet we had a blast trying. With the new Pokemon next generation update rumored to be coming out around Christmas, you might want to plan your own holiday family vacation. Check it out!
Stay Near The Action – The Antlers Hotel Review
Weekend trips to the hub of our city and the center of the Pokemon action have been a thing since we started playing. A couple of trips up and down the city sidewalks not only replenish your Poke Ball stash, but also give you a better opportunity to catch more Pokemon. No matter the time of day, it’s not uncommon to find several active lures throughout the many downtown Pokestops. For these reasons we decided staying downtown in the middle of it would be the most fun and where better to stay than in the iconic Antlers Hotel? The Antlers has been a staple of downtown Colorado Springs since 1883. Not only is the property beautiful, but it delivers breathtaking views and just so happens to have a Pokestop in the lobby–reachable from most if not all the rooms.
The Mountain View Executive King Suite was perfect for our family of five. It had a bedroom with a king bed and full-bathroom connected to a large sitting room complete with an oversized-sectional pull-out sofa, a desk and chair, a sitting chair, a mini-fridge and a second full-bathroom.
We enjoyed watching movies together, playing board games and even enjoying room service all while admiring the room and the gorgeous view outside. Although there is a plethora of delicious dining options available just a short stroll away, Judge Baldwin’s and the Antler Grille are located conveniently in the hotel. The Antlers Hotel also has a salt-water pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and several meeting rooms and event spaces.
America The Beautiful Park
While we enjoyed sitting in our beautiful room, dropping lures and catching Pokemon visitors, there is so much to explore nearby, so we took the adventure outdoors. First we took the kids to America The Beautiful Park to play. The park has an incredible play area, plenty of room to run, covered picnic tables, bathrooms and a fountain in the summer months. If you’re looking for Pokemon we caught lots and there were several Pokestops and even a gym.
Old Colorado City
After playing hard we needed some snacks and headed a short drive into Old Colorado City. Small shops and restaurants line the historic streets offering the perfect place for tourists and locals to do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat. We decided on ice cream from the Colorado City Creamery. This Colorado Springs staple has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid and still delivers the same delicious handmade ice-cream it started with in 1979.
Acacia Park For The Holidays
We happened to be there the weekend of the annual tree lighting which was great. Children’s choirs were singing Christmas carols, Santa was there and they had activities for the whole family. The event was fun, but the highlight of the park’s holiday festivities is the outdoor ice-skating rink open now through January 16, 2017. The cost is $10/person including skate rental. $1 off with a Military ID and kids 4 and under are free with paid adult. Be sure to check out their online calendar for daily hours of operation and to check out special events! Pokemon hunting is great here as well. There were several Pokestops around the park and plenty of wild Pokemon running around.
Ending Our Adventure
Although our weekend was packed full of fun, there are so many other local adventures left to explore. The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is free and offers a glimpse at the rich history of the Pikes Peak Region. You also don’t want to miss the Winter Lights at Broadmoor Seven Falls. For more information about these and other local attractions, please click here.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s easy to forget how much of a gem your own city truly is. Our adventure turned out to not only be a family fun weekend of playing Pokemon in Colorado Springs, but reminded us all just how much there is to do and see in this incredible city. Keep an eye out for more information and recommendations on our local attractions and special events and make sure you’re following the Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau through the links below. What’s your favorite Colorado Springs or Pikes Peak Region attraction?
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515 S. Cascade Avenue (They’re also a pokestop.)