Top 6 Parks in Fort Collins to Add to Your Family Summer Bucket List

Fort Collins is home to a plethora of fantastic parks ... 50 to be exact (seven community parks and 43 neighborhood parks). Here are six that kids adore and that deserve a spot on your family’s summer bucket list.

Kids climb on a giant white beet striped with pink and yellow and with a yellow slide at Sugar Beet Park in Fort Collins, Colorado
Local history meets fun at Sugar Beet Park
Kids leaning over a wooden fence to pet a caramel-covered calf at Lee Martinez Park Farm in Fort Collins, Colorado
Making friends at Lee Martinez Park Farm
Kids playing at the splash pad at Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins, Colorado
Splashing at Spring Canyon Community Park (photo: Richard Haro)
Aerial shot of Twin Silo Park in Fort Collins, Colorado with two silver silos rising up from a green lawn surrounded by a shaded picnic area, play tunnels, ropes and more
Double the fun at Twin Silo Park
An arch made out of bones that look like dinosaur fossils with a lake behind it at Fossil Creek Park in Fort Collins, Colorado
Dino arch at Fossil Creek Park
A person wearing a life vest and helmet paddles over a wave in a yellow kayak at the Cache la Poudre Whitewater Park in Fort Collins, Colorado
Kayaking at the Cache la Poudre Whitewater Park (credit: Ryan Burke)

1. Twin Silo Park

Located in southeast Fort Collins, Twin Silo Park is a 54-acre park featuring a fantastic playground that reminds visitors of the area’s farming history. Along with a zipline and unique play structures, the playground has two towering 50-foot silos with the tallest slide in the city traveling between them. There are also pickleball courts, a dog park, fruit orchards and a community garden. The park hosts the annual free Kids in the Park festival each May. The festival encourages kids to get out and play and includes kite flying and make-your-own kites for kids, along with live music, food trucks and additional recreational activities. Find more Fort Collins festivals

2. Spring Canyon Community Park

Located at the base of the foothills, the incredible 100-acre Spring Canyon Community Park gets rave reviews from parents and kids alike. The unique accessible play area — Inspiration Playground — offers a place for children and families of all abilities to share play experiences and enables children of various abilities to play independently on the same equipment. Along with the play area, the park features a splash pad, a skate park, tennis courts, a dog park (with a pond!), a basketball court, a dirt-bike course and walking trails.

3. Fossil Creek Park

Fossil Creek Park (5821 S. Lemay St.) is a must-visit for the dino-loving little in your life. After scaling a giant wooly mammoth and swinging from its tusks, kids can scramble through a shark’s jaw and then make their ways to the top of a concrete climbing wall with embedded “fossils.” The park is an ode to Colorado’s abundant geological history. Along with the great playground, the nearly 100-acre park includes a dog park, skate park, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, hockey courts, plenty of walking paths and a splash park for kids to cool off in during the summer months. Explore Fort Collins swimming pools for another way to cool off

4. Lee Martinez Community Park

Lee Martinez Community Park is a nearly 90-acre park that features the usual fields, basketball and tennis courts, a playground and more — but its most unique feature is a petting zoo that’s open year-round. At The Farm at Lee Martinez Park, kids love getting an up-close view of farm animals. Available amenities now include a one-way route through the farm to view animals and buildings, an onsite retail store and private 45-minute time slots available by reservation.  

5. Sugar Beet Park

Sugar Beet Park features a playground centered around a 12-foot-tall wooden sugar-beet play structure featuring climbable slats, a rope ladder, a slide and more. Additionally, the 5.3-acre park features a multi-use turf field, native grasses, a park shelter and a pollinator garden. The theme is a nod to the city’s history, where fields growing the cash crop were prevalent. The park is also located near the site of the former Great Western Sugar Factory. At the park, trees and plants are planted in distinct rows, reminiscent of how beets were planted in fields. Sliding benches replicate the rail cars that once transported beets on the railroad tracks that still run just north of the site.

6. Poudre River Whitewater Park

For the bigger kids who prefer to play on the waves, the Poudre River Whitewater Park is the place to go. Located on the river just north of Old Town, the park includes a boulder-lined boat chute, rock features, holes for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and tubing, as well as shallow play areas along the shore. Kayakers, tubers and kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the Cache la Poudre River from this beautiful spot. Dive into more ways to have fun on the water in Fort Collins
 

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A version of this article originally appeared on visitftcollins.com.