Summer doesn’t need to mean staying indoors with the AC on all day. There are many options in Fort Collins to do something fun with the whole family other than going to the same indoor playground for the AC or to the local park to have some fresh air.
From pools with fun features to activities in the Wild & Scenic Cache la Poudre River, take a look at some cool ideas and places you can go to beat the summer heat in Fort Collins!

Where: 1599 City Park Dr, Fort Collins, CO, USA

City Park Pool is almost a water park! Families will have a blast with the many fun amenties and activities, including an outdoor pool, a 30-foot drop slide, an open curly slide, a lazy river, shallow water, geysers, a large play structure, a picnic area, and it’s located right next to Sheldon Lake so you have wonderful views and fishing opportunities!

Open seasonally May-August.

Where: 2801 North Shields Street, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

All ages and experience levels can enjoy the rafting and kayaking adventures offered by A1 Wildwater!

Explore and enjoy the Cache la Poudre River with one of the four different trip options:  Wildwater Trip, Wild & Scenic Trip, Upper Mishawaka, and Poudre Full Day Trip.

Where: Horsetooth Reservoir, 4200 W County Rd 38 E, Fort Collins, CO, USA
March-October: 9 AM – 4 PM, 7 days a week
November-February: 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday-Friday

Enjoy nature while you cool off or have a blast with any of the activities available at Horsetooth Reservoir!

Families can enjoy water activities like swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing, or any other activity like camping or hiking! This is a great place to visit during the summer!

Where: 1801 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:30 AM– 6 PM | Saturday: 8 AM – 6 PM | Sunday: noon – 5 PM

The premier ice and aquatics facility is a great summer destination: you can cool of in the pool, or pretend it’s winter at the amazing ice skating rink!

It offers fun programs, classes, and events for all ages!

Where: 4120 West County Road 54G, Laporte, Colorado, USA
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 6:30 PM | Saturday & Sunday: 8 AM – 6:30 PM

Another great option to enjoy the Wild & Scenic Cache la Poudre River with whitewater rafting trips: Wanderlust Adventure. Families will get to enjoy amazing scenery mixed with excitement, thrills, and memories for a lifetime.

Wanderlust Adventure offers half-day guided beginner to intermediate levels as well as intermediate to advanced levels.

Where: 424 W Mulberry St, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:30-10 AM and 2-6 PM | Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM | Sunday: Closed

Mulberry pool is perfect to visit with the entire family!

Adults will relax and enjoy the amenities, and so will kids, who have a large child-friendly interactive play area with slides and other fun water features just for them!

Where: 1329 U.S. 287, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Families will find out how special Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic river really is with this whitewater rafting adventure! 

Mountain Whitewater uses state-of-the-art rafting equipment and employs the most experienced group of guides on the river.

Poudre River Whitewater Park

Where: 201 E Vine Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Hours: Daily, 5 AM- 11 PM

Kids of all ages, kayakers, families, and  tubers can enjoy the Poudre River and all it has to offer.

The whitewater park has two whitewater drop structures and is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer day in the open air!

Where: 1117 North U.S. Highway 287, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Families will enjoy a thrilling whitewater rafting experience in a protected, and beautiful, environment!

Rocky Mountain Adventures offers guided rafting trips, instruction, and whitewater rafting on the Wild & Scenic Cache la Poudre River in Northern Colorado from beginning to advanced levels.

Where: 1515 Westfield Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA

Fort Collins’ premier private membership pool offers fun features such as a regulation diving-board, a 25-yard length dedicated lap lane, 6 lanes, a leisure pool area with a depth of only 2.5 feet, an enclosed kiddie pool, a clubhouse, adult swim time, barbecue grill, and more!