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Old 11-12-2018, 02:09 PM
 
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I love nature and Colorado Springs seems to provide lots of that (and all over Colorado) but we also have 2 kids (6 and 2 year olds) so Iím wondering how child friendly are the natury activities we can do? Does anyone on here have young kids and can still do lots of activities outside? (Stroller friendly?)
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:27 PM
 
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I love nature and Colorado Springs seems to provide lots of that (and all over Colorado) but we also have 2 kids (6 and 2 year olds) so Iím wondering how child friendly are the natury activities we can do? Does anyone on here have young kids and can still do lots of activities outside? (Stroller friendly?)
People don't push their kids around in strollers much here. They make the kids walk or carry them in hiking backpacks, etc. But yes, I occasionally see some strollers. There isn't anything that necessarily excludes kids. Tons of kids' programs at the nature centers, etc., too.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:35 PM
 
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Kids love the Dinosaur center up the hill in Woodland Park.

Lots for kids of all ages to see and do.

Google for free things to do in Colorado Springs and/or Denver and/or Colorado.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:41 PM
 
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$350k for 3-4 bedrooms and newish construction is possible. The zip codes MikeFBE listed have some of these that were built in the 80s to now in that price range.

Summers are warm, averages in the upper 80s to lower 90s. We do occasionally hits 100s, but like winter, the lack of humidity has a significant impact on the feel of the heat and you will find it less oppressive. Also, again because of the altitude and impact of the sun, once nightfall comes, temps cool off rapidly so even a 95* day can have an evening that will drop to the 60s. On occasion we get late summer rains in the afternoons that will also drive down temps.

Green here is different. We have the dark greens of pines on the mountains and the pale greens of prairie grasses outside of the city. In town we have lawns, but with tiered water rates, not everyone takes good care of their lawns and some, honestly, look pretty bad. We lack the varied, lush greens that come with humid climates. If we get the summer afternoon monsoons, it can actually green up things considerably, but these are unpredictable and lately, untypical.

Most people and pets adapt to the elevation after a month or so, but there is the rare individual who does not.

Depending on what type of outdoors activities you are after, it can be very kid friendly. 11% of the city is designated as parkland or wild land interface. Most of these have paved or crushed gravel walkways wide enough to accommodate jogging strollers. Most are well maintained by the city and groups of volunteers. Some are fairly hilly, some are flat, some are traditional grass parks, some are a slice of local plants and rocks in located in an urban setting. A variety of sports programs from traditional stick and ball sports to more advanced activities like hockey, rock climbing or kayaking are available either through city programs, local gyms, clubs, or specialized classes. Colo Spgs has been a tourist destination for 150 years. We do a pretty decent job of providing a range recreation from free to expensive, easy to difficult, mild to scary in both man made and natural settings. There also are a wide variety of local festivals and arts and music activities for when you don't want to do something sporty.

One thing we don't do well are water sports. There are only two small creeks in the area. There are some sizable reservoirs on Pikes Peak, some with public access, some without. There is only one lake in the city limits. Things like boating and watercraft are not commonly found here, although there are some options in Pueblo, Denver and points further away.

Other things to keep in mind...gasoline will be a bit cheaper, auto and home insurance will be considerably higher. Groceries will be about the same. Utilities will be close to the same to cheaper. Your wardrobe will need to expand to have the ability to have access to layers of clothes nearly year round. Two places you may want to check out;

https://www.visitcos.com/ will show you the range of recreation throughout the city.
https://coloradosprings.gov/ to see city services, government, transit, etc about daily life.

FWIW, I've been seeing more FL license plates here in the last couple of years, so you aren't the only one that's come this way.
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:26 PM
 
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Wow! So glad I asked you guys. I wasnít sure if my questions about if itís kid friendly or not made sense! You all provided me with so much knowledge that I truly had no idea about!

Thankfully Iíve kept all my Chicago winter gear! I havenít experienced winters in the last 5 years so itís something Iím a bit scared of, but from the sound of it, Colorado has an entirely different climate!

Does everything shut down when you get a big storm, or is it so normal? Do the roads get cleared right away?

Oh and one of my favorite things to be around is wildlife! What kind of wild life do you guys have around? I know bear is a big one, cause Iíve one friend living in Colorado that mentioned that a bear got into her SUV once.
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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Does everything shut down when you get a big storm, or is it so normal? Do the roads get cleared right away?

What kind of wild life do you guys have around? I know bear is a big one, cause Iíve one friend living in Colorado that mentioned that a bear got into her SUV once.
We actually do not have much going on for snow removal aside from the major thoroughfares. So, a relatively minor storm like we had yesterday does often lead to school delays/closures for at least part of the city, just due to road condition concerns for the buses, primarily. However, it all melts within a day or so and we move on.

Wildlife - depends a bit on what part of town you're in - but birds, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, deer, skunks, bobcats, bears, mountain lions, various rodentia, and once in a great while maybe a moose can be seen around here.
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:14 PM
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I love nature and Colorado Springs seems to provide lots of that (and all over Colorado) but we also have 2 kids (6 and 2 year olds) so Iím wondering how child friendly are the natury activities we can do? Does anyone on here have young kids and can still do lots of activities outside? (Stroller friendly?)
Haven't read any of the replies, so apologies if these were already mentioned:

Check out Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

Bear Creek Nature Center (there's a youtube video)

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is great for kids: Welcome to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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I canít say enough thanks for everyone who took the time to help me out. Iíve read the forums but found random bits and pieces of information so this truly helped.

Now the tough choice is choosing whether we want to move to Colorado or Alabama. At first I thought Alabama would be much nicer weather, but it seems like Colorado has more warm and sunnier days without humidity. Not to mention the beauty in Colorado. I donít know why I imagined Colorado to have brutal winters like the Midwest, if I survived those I can survive anything!

I was more inclined towards Alabama cause we can just drive to Florida to see my mother and sisters, but I think Colorado has cheap flights anywhere?
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I was more inclined towards Alabama cause we can just drive to Florida to see my mother and sisters, but I think Colorado has cheap flights anywhere?
I live in the Springs and travel a decent amount for work. I'll typically fly out of the Springs if I can get a direct flight. If not it's about an hour drive to DIA to fly out of there.

Since you've been to Alabama before I'd recommend a trip up here for you and the family to see how it feels to you especially since you've never been here. There's plenty of AirBnB's to rent around various parts of town.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:14 PM
 
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I live in the Springs and travel a decent amount for work. I'll typically fly out of the Springs if I can get a direct flight. If not it's about an hour drive to DIA to fly out of there.

Since you've been to Alabama before I'd recommend a trip up here for you and the family to see how it feels to you especially since you've never been here. There's plenty of AirBnB's to rent around various parts of town.
Wonderful idea! I would really love to, that way I can go into it knowing how life is like there. Itíll be easier to decide cause I want to give my children the best childhoods possible, and although thereís lots of theme parks and beaches here, itís so hot to actually do these things.

My husband grew up in New Mexico and always raved about living near the mountains and all the winter sports he loved.
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