Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to fabulous recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, a vibrant nightlife scene, and family fun galore. Experience world class whitewater rafting on the Nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” Cache La Poudre River (the best whitewater rafting near Estes Park, Colorado), taste award winning beers at one of nine breweries, or explore the fanciful creatures at the Swetsville Zoo with your family. Fort Collins prides itself on the plethora of restaurants, outdoor acitivities, a vibrant downtown and of course, our beer.
Fort Collins richly deserves its reputation as the cultural capital of Northern Colorado. With a half-dozen live theatre stages in production throughout the year; a symphony orchestra, ballet troupe, and opera company as well as several chorale ensembles; facilities that accommodate a wide range of national touring shows and concerts; and galleries and museums mounting exhibits of everything from animation art to historical kimonos, there’s always something interesting going on.
Old Town abounds with shops and galleries featuring the work of local artists, craftsmen, and photographers. Stroll around and meet them during a First Friday Gallery Walk (check the calendar for information). For the widest array of classical music and dance options, vacation in Fort Collins between September and May. That’s when Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the CSU Department of Music, Theatre and Dance all present their seasons. Other chorale and instrumental groups perform year-round, and summer brings a variety of performers out to street festivals, under the stars or over the lunch hour.
All the world’s a stage – at least it seems like that in Fort Collins. A little light musical? A meal with your entertainment? Cutting-edge drama with nationally known visiting artists? Or an original drama performed by talented members of the community? The curtain goes up on it all, at venues ranging from Bas Bleu Theatre, located in a reclaimed historic machine shop by the river to Lincoln Center, Fort Collins’ premier arts venue. On any given Friday night, the center could be hosting a touring Broadway show, an original drama by a local playwright, two or three exhibits by local artists, and a fundraising event for a local non-profit. So you see, Fort Collins is the place to be when you want to add arts & culture to your vacation experience. Check it out today!