Fun Things to Do in the Summer Near Cripple Creek

Summer is here, and Cripple Creek is waiting to welcome you! This beautiful area of Colorado is worth visiting for so many reasons as the weather warms and the outdoors beckons. There are so many fun things to do in the Summer near Cripple Creek that you’ll want to extend your trip to take in everything we have to offer.
View from overlook of fun things to do in the summer at the mining town of Cripple Creek and the Sangre De Cristo mountain range

Local Scenery & Fun Summer Activities Nearby

Colorado has some of the most beautiful scenery and natural splendor in not only the United States but in the world. The summer mountains call with wild water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, and opportunities to take photos you will treasure forever.

There’s plenty to do for the less physically active, too. Here are some of the places you can go to enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.

Colorado Springs

Family walking through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is a fun summer thing to do.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a place that attracts historians, sportspeople, and architects. Appreciate the clear skies and mountain air, and consider your options.

  • Garden of the Gods: If your image of a park involves trimmed trees, set it to one side. Garden of the Gods Park has free admission (although you might want to spend some money at the cafe), guided nature walks, outdoor yoga, nighttime walks to see the bats, and so much more.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Named #4 Zoo in the U.S., the best thing about Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the numerous opportunities to get close to the animals. These include feeding giraffes, goats, and rhinos, or custom animal experiences you can book in advance. The zoo has an award-winning African exhibit with elephants, rhinos, lions, porcupines, and, of course, meerkats.

Manitou Springs

Explore Manitou Springs if you are into hiking, museums, and shopping. With numerous art galleries, Manitou Springs is a wonderful mountain town that is well worth the drive. Here are a couple of top options:

  • Manitou Springs Incline: This one is only for those who pride themselves on their fitness. It’s a staggering 2,744 steps to the top, but the amazing view makes it worth the climb. Right now, you have to book a reservation slot. Beware, though. It’s not for casual hikers. Olympians use it to train.
  • Miramont Castle Museum: For the rest of us, there’s a wonderful local museum in the famous Miramont Castle. It’s not really a castle, more like a huge mansion built in 1895. Now owned by the Manitou Springs Historical Society, you can take a self-guided tour to see the vast collection of local art and vintage artifacts or book tea packages (Tuesday through Sunday). High tea sells out well in advance.

Woodland Park

Also worth a visit, Woodland Park is near Manitou Park Lake, with even more hiking opportunities and some really unique attractions. Check out:

  • Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center: This is a world-class museum that highlights Cretaceous-era fossils found in the area. It also has a working fossil laboratory, not to mention a dinosaur gift shop. Admit it. You still like dinosaurs.
  • Colorado Wolf Adventures: If you prefer your animals living and breathing, Colorado Wolf Adventures offers a unique opportunity to visit these majestic animals. You can book (well in advance) the opportunity of a lifetime to go for a one-hour walk with their wolves, with numerous photo opportunities.
Sign of Gold mine tours in Cripple Creek

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour in Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek

Last but not least, Cripple Creek is a quaint old-west mining town, full of history and modern fun, including Vegas-style casinos.

  • Triple Crown Casinos: Check out the best casinos in Colorado. Offering modern slot machines and both live and electronic table games, as well as the only same-day match play in Cripple Creek.
  • Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour. This is America’s only vertical shaft gold mine tour. The tour includes an underground tram and mining equipment and comes with a free sample of gold ore. Don’t worry, though. There’s not a lot of walking involved.





Pint & Platter Irish Pub - Triple Crown Casinos

Grab A Bite To Eat With the Best Local Restaurants

You could find an outlet for your favorite chain, but why? Colorado is a foodie’s paradise, and these local restaurants will give you something you would never find at home.

Colorado Springs

Elderly couple enjoying delicious food at Triple Crown Casinos in Cripple Creek

Enjoy Delicious Food All Summer Long

  • Urban Egg: If you’re heading out early, start your day at Urban Egg, which is open for breakfast and lunch only. Offering local ingredients, it sells breakfast items that range from French toast to gourmet sandwiches. And, of course, coffee. Check out the Colorado Blueberry Streusel.
  • Uchenna: Ethiopian in Colorado? Yup! Uchenna is a vegan’s paradise. However, it also offers delicious organic meats for those looking for animal proteins.
  • Mountain Shadows Restaurant: An excellent local diner with an all-day breakfast and tasty burgers and sandwiches.

Manitou Springs

  • The Keg Bar And Grill: Fresh, locally sourced ingredients, cocktails in a jar, local beer. This classic bar and grill offers all of your favorites, but is known for its burgers and grilled salmon.
  • Savelli’s: We all want pizza every now and then, and Savelli’s offers traditional hand-tossed pizza as well as casual Italian dishes.
  • Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant: Splash out (or spend your winnings) on a four-course fondue experience in an 1890s gold rush hotel.

Woodland Park

Deluxe Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms and Peppers

Pizza, Beer, and More at Triple Crown Casinos

  • Joanie’s Deli: Grab a quick breakfast or lunch and the “Best Sandwiches Above the Clouds.” Did we mention their amazing pies and tarts?
  • The Swiss Chalet: Imagine you’re in a different mountain range while enjoying views of Pikes Peak. Get fondue and other European-style food and consider a dessert martini.
  • The Donut Mill. A favorite with locals and visitors alike, The Donut Mill doesn’t just sell donuts, but all kinds of breakfast and brunch items and, for that summer heat, Blue Bell ice cream.

Cripple Creek

  • McGill’s Pint & Platter: The only Irish pub in Cripple Creek, offering classic pub fare and Guinness on tap.
  • Dynamite Dick’s: A casual restaurant a few steps away from your favorite games, with great breakfast and desserts.
  • The Miner’s Pick: Open 24/7 and offering everything from pizzas to snacks. It’s great for when you just don’t have time to sit down for a meal.




Visit Triple Crown Casinos for the Most Fun Things To Do In the Summer

Roulette Table at The Brass Ass in Colorado

Roulette Table at The Brass Ass

Of course, your best option for summer fun in Cripple Creek is to visit Triple Crown Casinos. We offer the best slots in Cripple Creek, as well as live-action blackjack, craps, and roulette.

Next to the live-action games are the newest electronic versions with a lower minimum bet.

Celebrate Summer with the Best Slots in Cripple Creek

We have chosen the best modern slot machines for your enjoyment. We offer modern machines such as Dollar Storm, the latest edition of the Lighting Link series, or the Wild Wild Nugget slot machine. We only choose slot machines that offer a good payout!

Test Your Luck and Win Big with These Summer Casino Games

Enjoy the best summer casino games. Learn to play (or improve) Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Baccarat, or Three Card Poker. Our dealers will help you play and win. You can also learn to appreciate dice games. Remember, your best odds of winning are at Blackjack, Craps, or Poker.

Don’t Let the Summer Fun End! Enjoy These Amazing Hotels

You don’t want to have to leave early to make it back to your hotel. Instead, book a standard room, luxury room, or a suite at McGills & Midnight Rose Hotel. Our luxury suites have themes, such as the Roman Suite or Western Suite. Though, our standard rooms are magnificent, especially if you plan on spending your time out and about.

Don’t Want to Drive? Use our Shuttle Bus

Finally, we offer a luxury shuttle bus from Colorado Springs. It’s much cheaper than renting a car, with the last departure at 1:45 am. Relax, enjoy the ride and get ready to play.

There are many great things to do in Cripple Creek and the surrounding area, but don’t forget Triple Crown Casinos. Our modern Vegas-style casinos offer the most fun and the best chances to win.

Visit Triple Crown Casinos for Fun Things to Do in the Summer

When you’re looking for fun things to do in the summer, visit Triple Crown Casinos in Cripple Creek. We have amazing games, dining & spirits for the adults, and a variety of fun summer activities nearby for the whole family. When you join our Triple Play Club, you get even more for your money. We can’t wait to see you soon.

McGills Hotel and Casino
232 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-2446
Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino
256 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number: (719) 689-0303
The Brass Ass Casino
264 Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Phone Number:(719) 689-2104

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