Fort Collins : Highlights - Part 2

23 June 2016

Okay guys - it's part 2 of the city guide! This half will be a little more family friendly - so if you aren't a beer drinker or hiker, don't worry - I've got you covered.
As a college student I didn't really pay close attention to the family friendliness of Fort Collins, but senior year I started working as a nanny and it was like a whole new world opened up. Not only are there 100 things to do with  your kids but the shopping is awesome and so are all of  the other quirky little attractions.


Sunday Supply Co. - Amazing clothes, housewares and gifts. This store has the coolest vibe. When you walk in, you immediately want everything and also never want to leave.
Kansas City Kitty - The cutest little shop with tons of locally made clothing and tee's. Stop in for a unique gift for your girlfriend or...a haircut! There is a salon called The Spot in the back that adds to the coolness of this shop.
Ragstock - This shop is fairly new to Fort Collins and Blake loves it. If you're looking for an 80's windbreaker, an ugly Christmas sweater or leggings of any kind. This is the spot. They also have a collection of newer clothing that is very wallet friendly and weird. I found a sweatshirt with a T-Rex drinking a beer once and if I had had my wallet it would be mine.
Antique Row - There are a few really good antique stores in Fort Collins. They are a little spread out but if you're close to one, its worth stopping in. Super fun, weird stuff.
Topo Designs - A really cool outdoor gear store. Their backpacks and bags are one of a kind and they have developed such a great reputation that they are now collaborating with Chacos, Tenkara and Giro.
The Cupboard - kitchen wares! In college  I would go walk around the Cupboard by myself sometimes if i needed a break - I know that's a weird thing to do - but this store is wonderful. Imported treats, cookware that I still can't afford, a loft full of cookbooks and gadgets galore.

// Kids//

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park - The cutest little interactive farm experience. Pet farm animals while learning about them, milk a cow, ride a pony and go on a hayride. Its just as fun for parents - or babysitters :)
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - A really cool little Museum right in the middle of Old Town. Grab some lunch and then go check out the cool kid friendly exhibits. I spent many afternoons here!
Old Town Splash Pad - click the link! You guys know about Splash Pads - great for an hour while you enjoy your coffee mostly in peace.
Science Toy Magic - A super cool kid store in Old Town. So many toys!

//Quirky Fun Stuff//

Larimer Farmers Market -  Every Saturday in the summer from 8am to noon. Tons of local farmers, coffee roasters and artists. It's super fun and there is always a lot of  cool stuff to check out.
Mishawaka - A cool little venue up the canyon that always has live music and food trucks.
The French Nest Open Air Market - A little outdoor artisan fair. Lots of cool handmade stuff. Art, jewelry and tons of other cool stuff. They are only open once a month from May thru October but it's worth checking out.
Tour De Fat - A super fun yearly beer festival here in Fort Collins. Dress up in your stupidest costume and decorate your bike to join the parade! The whole day is a big party downtown hosted by New Belgium Brewery.

Here is the full events calendar for the rest of this summer! If you're from Fort Collins and I missed something you think you think i should have added please tell me in the comments! If you decide to come visit I hope you love it! It really is an awesome little getaway and lots of people that come to visit never leave - that says something!

Have a happy Thursday everyone! 

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