5 Ideas for Summer Fun in Fort Collins, CO

Summer in Fort Collins is a season brimming with adventure and delight. Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to the area, there’s always something exciting to do. And for those who will call Bloom home, every summer day is an opportunity to explore with ease and convenience.

Here are some iconic ways to spend your summer in Fort Collins.

1. Sleep Under the Stars: Summer Camping in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is a gateway to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in Colorado. This region is a camping mecca, and whether you’re looking for a hardcore backcountry voyage or a simple overnight car camping trip, you’ll find it nearby.

Within a short drive, you can find yourself immersed in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest. Another nearby camping spot is Horsetooth Reservoir, which provides picturesque waterside campsites and opportunities for boating, fishing, and hiking. Lory State Park also offers a range of camping options, including backcountry sites for those looking for a more secluded experience.

2. Go with the Flow: Float the Cache la Poudre River

One of the quintessential summer activities in Fort Collins is floating down the Cache la Poudre River, the only nationally-designated “Wild & Scenic” river in the state. Grab an inflatable tube, slather on some sunscreen, and get ready for a relaxing ride down the river.

This activity is perfect for families, as the river’s gentle flow makes it suitable for all ages. A number of outfitters in Fort Collins rent tubes and operate shuttles, making it easy to plan a quick and easy float trip. But before you go, you may want to check river conditions or ask an outfitter. Typically, you’ll want to hit the Cache in mid-summer to avoid rushing waters from mountain run-off.

3. Miles of Trails for Hiking and Biking

Living at Bloom in Fort Collins means you’re never far from nature. The community boasts easy access to a network of trails that connect to regional pathways. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a casual walker, or a dedicated cyclist, these trails offer something for everyone.

Or, stay close(r) to home. Start your morning with a peaceful walk along one or both of the Aria boardwalks at Bloom—the lower aria offering an active, urban pedestrian corridor and the upper offering a playful, leisurely jaunt with plenty of unique spots to stop and relax. Summer revelers also have the option to embark on a more adventurous hike to explore more than 285 miles of trails in and around Fort Collins.

4. Summer Fun in Downtown Fort Collins

The heart of Fort Collins is its bustling downtown area, filled with enough boutique shops and cool restaurants to keep you busy for hours. The Old Town area is Fort Collins downtown and features 28 historical buildings that make for a charming stroll. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is a great way to spend a few hours if the day is particularly hot and you need an indoor break.

From Bloom, you can easily hop on a bike or take a short drive to downtown, making it convenient enough for daily visits. Enjoy a leisurely brunch, explore unique shops, or attend one of the many local festivals and events that make downtown Fort Collins a hub of summer fun.

5. Go Retro with a Drive-In Movie Night or Outdoor Concert

Fort Collins is home to one of the last remaining drive-in movie lots in Colorado, the Holiday Twin Drive-In. They hosted a weekly evening concert series throughout the summer in addition to their regular movie screenings. A drive-in movie is a novel experience that’s perfect for making summer memories with the whole family—it should definitely be on your summer bucket list.

Located in Poudre Canyon, the Mishawaka Amphitheatre also has an exciting line-up of performances this summer. A breezy summer concert at “The Mish” (as it’s called by locals) is another must-do experience in Fort Collins.

Your Fort Collins Summer Will Be Easy and Simple From Bloom

With beautifully crafted homes and a range of amenities, living at Bloom makes every summer day a pleasure. Bloom’s thoughtful layout encourages outdoor activities, community gatherings, and easy access to parks. Take advantage of the well-maintained planned community parks within walking distance for picnics, playdates, or simply relaxing in the sun.

The combination of modern, attainable new homes at Bloom and the community’s prime location ensures you can enjoy all the seasonal activities and more – all designed with community and comfort in mind. As Bloom continues to grow and evolve, you will grow alongside it, experiencing Fort Collins in all of its glory every season.

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