Fort Collins is more than just a great town & place to raise a family, meet friends, build a career, and enjoy life. Fort Collins is a place to call home. Outdoor activities, from biking to river rafting, skiing to hiking, are abundant and the climate is dry and pleasant with ample sunshine and cool breezes.
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Fort Collins enjoys a national reputation as a community where the American dream comes true. Residents are part of a thriving city that still maintains the heart of a small community that cares. From high-tech business campuses to flower-lined alleyways to thriving locally owned businesses, positivity abounds.
Colorado State University adds to the diversity of the community and creates numerous cultural and educational opportunities. It has well-respected mens and womens sports programs. Fort Collins boasts a vibrant arts scene (how many cities have colorful painted pianos upon which anyone can tickle the ivories?) and residents can choose from an array of performing arts offerings, including top-tier small theaters, symphonies, ballet, choral groups, an opera company and traveling national shows at the city-owned Lincoln Center.
Visitors are welcome at the city’s many award-winning breweries for tours and tastings; start at one and you’ll have the choice from almost a dozen of which to visit next. Each summer, Fort Collins plays host to large festivals, including Tour de Fat and New West Fest, whose Bohemian Nights features top national musical acts. Small music venues abound and multiple locations offer free outdoor summer concerts.
Fort Collins is home to over 40 city parks scattered throughout the town. A bike path system provides miles of paved trails popular with local bicyclists, runners and walkers. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter, there are plenty of fun options for the whole family. Farmers’ markets are popular year-round and countless restaurants take pride in serving locally sourced products.
The attractive cost of living, mild climate, simple lifestyle, outdoor recreation, entertainment and top-tier health care facilities attract many retirees to the area. Many of them join their children who have chosen to raise their families here. The city’s “Old Town” was even the inspiration for Main Street USA in Disneyland!
Every month it seems Fort Collins makes some sort of “Best Of” list. In 2012, Forbes ranked the city the third best place for business and careers. It’s easy to see why Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins ranked No. 2 on its 2008 Best Places to Live list, and No. 1 in 2006.
Population: 155,400 (2014 estimate) including 31,000 students at Colorado State University. Elevation: 5,003’ and covering a land area of 55.83 square miles Climate: Nearly 300 days of sunshine per year and 14.5 inches of precipitation. Summer humidity averages out to around 30% Geography: 50 miles north of Denver, 42 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park Religion: There are over 110 churches Median family income: $53,359
Poudre School District has 27,000 students in over 50 schools and several which house targeted programs and curriculums. There are several private and religious schools.
In Fort Collins, there are 40 parks, 56 public and private tennis courts, six golf courses (with many more in easy driving distance), 16 baseball diamonds/football fields and many pools. For boaters, there are three area lakes that accommodate most types of water-craft, including Horsetooth State Park, situated on one of the largest reservoirs and boating centers in the state.
Fort Collins is 30 minutes from the Poudre Canyon--which features Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River--is the perfect getaway. Take a Sunday drive, raft the whitewater, hike one of the trails, picnic or camp in one of the designated spots. The city is only a few hours drive to the heart of ski country. Loveland, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail and Steamboat Springs can be reached in around three hours.
The Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Rapids Women play their home games in Denver, about an hours drive away.
Denver International Airport is just over an hour away and it is fifth busiest airport in the United States. This modern facility is also the largest airport in the U.S. based upon total area.
University of Colorado Health (formerly Poudre Valley Health System) serves residents in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. It boasts state-of- the-art facilities and has attracted some of the country’s finest physicians in most specialties.Banner Health is constructing a new hospital scheduled to open in 2015, which will also serve Kaiser Permanente patients.
Major employers include Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Woodward, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Anheuser-Busch, University of Colorado Health, New Belgium Brewing and OtterBox, There are 21 Fortune 500 companies that have a presence in Larimer County.
On a beautiful Fort Collins summer night, bike to New Belgium Brewing's Bike-In Cinema to enjoy a movie on their front lawn while sipping a beer under the stars. This is a enjoyable and much-anticipated activity for Fort Collins residents!
Rent a bike from one of the Fort Collins Bike Share's many locations and explore the city on two wheels! Go on one of the self-guided tours or just cruise around town at your own leisure. Daily, weekly and annual membership passes are also available.
This year-round tour takes you on a guided evening walk into and under Old Town Fort Collins, where you’ll learn about local legends, hauntings, ghostly sightings and strange happenings. What a unique way to learn about this fascinating city!
The Fort Collins Museum of Art strives to raise community awareness and appreciation for the visual arts. Located in Old Town Fort Collins the non-profit museum features diverse exhibitions, community events and educational programs for all ages.
This modern collection of artisanal businesses brings the livelihood of the past into the present day. The Jessup Farm Artisan Village features a farm-to-table restaurant, coffee shop, boutique, bakery, barber, photography studio and more!
The Lincoln Center is one of Colorado's largest performing arts spaces and offers indoor and outdoor theaters, three art galleries, and a sculpture garden. You'll find a variety of performances for a fun night out, including broadway musicals, comedy acts and da...
Jay's Bistro, winner of the 2015 OpenTable Diners' Choice Award, is the place to go if you're looking for lunch, dinner or tapas, as well as a list of extensive wines to choose from. Enjoy dinner in their piano bar Wednesday through Saturday nights!
Enjoy delicious yet approachable Italian cuisine at RARE Italian in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins. Each dish is carefully crafted with fresh and seasonal ingredients and their wine selection is superb. Don’t miss their daily happy hour from 4–6 p.m.!
Offering a unique twist on traditional breakfast fare, Snooze will not disappoint brunch-goers. Enjoy one of their unique eggs Benedict options or one of their famous pancakes paired with a cup of coffee or mimosa! Photo courtesy of Matt + Jess Photography.
With three locations in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Windsor, Stuft Burger Bar is a NoCo favorite — for their build-your-own burgers, delicious shakes, and their fun and relaxed environment. This is the perfect place to take the kids for lunch or dinner!
The Kitchen believes that gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and community. Stop by for lunch, their weekend brunch, or an exceptional dinner experience. Open daily for happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
The Mainline Ale House is owned by Colorado brewery legend, Wynkoop Brewing Company. Here, you'll find local, handcrafted brews and a delicious menu offering that are sure to satisfy the tastebuds of everyone in your group!
Step inside the walls of Bindle’s transformed 19th century mechanic’s shop to sip and savor coffee sourced ethically from farmers all around the world. This shop is located in Jessup Farm Artisan Village, a creative and thriving small business community.
If you're looking to start your day off right with a cup o' joe or are in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, Flat Hat Coffee is the place to go. Located at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Flat Hat Coffee offers craft coffee and locally baked goods.
New Belgium Brewing began in Fort Collins and is now the 3rd largest craft brewery in the country. Open daily, stop by for a pint of one of their famous brews. Start your trip with a brewery tour, and be sure to fill a growler to take home with you!
As the second oldest craft brewery in Colorado, Odell Brewing is a staple in the Fort Collins community hosting a variety of craft beers. The tap room is open 7 days a week offering limited release pilot brews, on-site food trucks and live music on Wednesdays and Sundays...
Unwind at Social, a locally-owned underground cocktail bar in Old Town featuring handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and hand-selected wines. Enjoy the modern and industrial decor paired with their exceptional offerings.
The Mayor of Old Town is a locally owned and operated tap house that strives to bring the Fort Collins brewing and beer drinking community together over a pint of beer - any one of 100 of the best and most loved beers, from small local breweries to classics from across t...
Select from The Whisk(e)y’s list of over 1,500 whiskeys, and relax in their classy and clean atmosphere. This premier spirits bar has Colorado’s largest whiskey inventory — and lots of delicious food and other drink offerings.
Belle Shea specializes in hair color, hair extensions, and hair styles for women, men and kids. Spend the day pampering yourself as they also offer nails and massage services. You're sure to walk away impressed by the top-notch service of their staff.
Floyd’s 99 Barbershop puts a modern twist on the old-school barbershop, offering an array of hair services for both men and women at a value price. Walk in or make a same day reservation for an exceptional experience — and hairstyle!
Offering nail, waxing, skincare, makeup, spray tans and massage services, this vibrant and fun salon is the perfect place to pamper and polish yourself. Sit back in one of their comfy chairs while sipping on a mimosa or glass of wine!
Studio Be Salon is equipped with stylists who aim to take your hairstyle to the next level. Their salons were ranked among the top 200 in North America, and all their stylists are highly trained in precision hair cutting and hair coloring.
With eight locations throughout Colorado, The Parlour Hair Salon has a modern, comfortable and inviting atmosphere with a team of highly educated stylists. You're sure to leave pleased with the cut, color and service you received!
With two area locations, The Screamin Peach offers waxing services for both men and women, as well as spray tans, lash extensions and more. Their staff will make you feel at ease no matter if it's your first time or if you're a regular customer.
Elan Yoga makes the practice of yoga welcoming, challenging and accessible to all individuals. Work out in their 24-hour fitness facility or sign up for a few of their 50 yoga classes offered per week. There’s something for everyone at Elan Yoga!
Challenge yourself and become a part of a motivating and encouraging fitness group at Fort Collins CrossFit. Their courses are intense and fun, designed to bring you to the next level in your fitness and connect you to a community of athletes.
Inner Strength Rock Gym is perfect for people of all ages, body types and climbing experience. The facility offers 200 linear feet of climbing walls, a 360 degree boulder wall, and more to help prepare you for your outdoor rock climbing adventures.
Miramont is more than just a gym; they provide a variety of fitness and wellness programs to fit your needs. Miramont offers state-of-the-art workout facilities, an indoor climbing wall, pilates classes, boot camp clinics and much more.
Pure Barre Fort Collins is perfect for anyone seeking a unique and challenging workout. Classes are 55 minutes and help you strengthen your core, get sculpted arms, and increased body definition. New clients get one month of unlimited classes, too.
Reve Fitness will change the way you think about health clubs. Offering a variety of disciplines, including yoga, barre, spinning and training, this boutique fitness studio provides fun and effective programs that fit your unique lifestyle and budget.
This renovated shopping mall exudes “Renaissance on the Front Range”, featuring retail shops, restaurants, a state-of-the-art theater, and communal green open spaces. This modern and sleek shopping metropolis is a one-stop-shop for all your retail needs.
GG Boutique offers the latest styles for women at an affordable price with items ranging from $5-$70. With everything from dresses and tops to shoes and accessories, you're sure to find something you'll love. Stop by often as new merchandise comes in daily.
Rain, a local boutique near downtown Fort Collins, offers clothing for women, housewares and gifts, jewelry and more. You'll be able to find the perfect gift for friends and family, or something special for yourself!
In a region that is so outdoor-focused, an outdoor store is vital. Shop at REI for all your outdoor recreation gear and apparel for hiking, climbing, camping and biking before you hit the trail or river just minutes away from their Fort Collins location.
Tula Boutique is a contemporary women's boutique that carries major brands such as Rag and Bone, Free People and many more. You'll find cutting edge styles, including seasonal pieces, shoes and accessories that will last a lifetime.
Visit the locally-owned and operated installment of the world-renowned Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop in the heart of Old Town. Choose from their long list of tantalizing ice cream flavors, sundaes, smoothies, shakes or ice cream cakes!
Your tastebuds will go into overdrive the second you walk into Butter Cream Cupcakery. With five every day flavors to choose from, along with a flavor of the day and a daily surprise cupcake cooked fresh daily, your sweet tooth will thank you.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Kilwin's, an old-fashioned confectionary store serving chocolates, ice cream and handmade sweets to the Fort Collins community since 1996. Their handmade fudge is made using original recipes that have been tested and appr...
Located in the heart of Old Town, Little Bird Bakeshop is a made from scratch bakery. You'll be greeted with the aromas of their freshly baked goods consisting of pastries, cakes and pies. They also offer light breakfast and lunch options.
A visit to The Chocolate Cafe is sure to satisfy all self-proclaimed "chocoholics". Stop by for a chocolate martini and dinner, followed by a made from scratch dessert. Or, if you're in a hurry, grab one of their desserts to go!
Walrus Ice Cream is a locally owned parlor serving homemade premium ice cream in downtown Fort Collins. Choose from their list of 20 flavors that rotate daily! Walrus has won the “Best Ice Cream in Fort Collins” for 11 consecutive years.