A direct flight started from Cayman to Colorado recently so we thought we would spend a couple of weeks there over the summer hols. What a great place for a family holiday. Below are the highlights of the small person-friendly places we visited.
Denver – a great city to visit with kids; easy to get around and really friendly. Most restaurants had kids’ menus (quite a few with healthy options) and nice outdoor areas, some with lawn games. Bonus! We stayed in a two bed Airbnb in RiNo the newly revamped art district of the city. We visited the Science and Nature museum which had a brilliant planetarium show aimed at pre-schoolers and led by Big Bird and Elmo. Ella was glued to it. Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park had a great selection of rides Ella was tall enough to go on and kept us busy for most of the day. The water park wasn’t quite as successful - she thought they’d put ice cubes in the pool it was so cold! (Caribbean problems).
There is loads to see not too far from Denver so we didn’t have to spend too much time driving, and on days we did drive we usually set off after lunch, so Ella slept some of the way. A couple of hours south we visited Canon City and Colorado Springs where we had our first glamping experience. Marshmallows around the campfire and a comfy bed to sleep in. It was amazing! We were able to do a great family friendly white-water rafting trip on a calm part of the Arkansas river with Raft Masters. Ella loved it so much she wanted to come back for more of the bumpy bits the next day. The Garden of the Gods park was a real highlight. Towering rock formations against a beautiful blue sky with photo opportunities at every turn. One of the tracks through the park is paved so it is also buggy friendly, which helps when little legs get tired. We also visited the stunning Royal Gorge, took the gondola over the gorge and walked back over the U.S.’s tallest suspension bridge. It’s buggy friendly as well if you need but it isn’t very long.
Next stop was the beautiful mountain town of Breckenridge. The town itself is full of lovely restaurants, cafés and shops = perfect for a stroll around. We spent a full day in the mountains at Epic discovery – zip lines, rock climbing, tubing, the best luge ride I have ever been on and again plenty that Ella was able to do. Hopefully we’ll come back for a winter trip next year.
Our last stop was the city of Boulder and a lovely day spent wandering around the Pearl Street Mall area followed by a quick (I lie, not at all quick) trip to Target to stock up on supplies before heading home.
All in all, an excellent trip and one of the more child friendly places we have visited in the U.S.