Like many other places in Old Colorado City, Thunder & Buttons II has a pretty long and storied history. This restaurant and bar is named after Prairie Dog O’Byrne (a famous troublemaker of the 1880s) and his two elk, whom he raced through the town streets. Not only does this spot serve great American classics, like burgers, mac & cheese, and some of the best fish and chips around. They also have a thriving nightlife, with karaoke, pool, and dancing.
Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, +1 (719) 447 9888
If you’re searching for something completely unique to do in Old Colorado City, then the Simpich Showcase is the place to go. This spot is a museum, theater and doll shop all rolled up into one legendary experience. Nearly 50 years ago, The Simpich’s had a thriving business making handcrafted marionette dolls that people traveled from all over to see. Today, their curious work is preserved and exhibited here. All year long, the owners put on puppet productions that are fun for the whole family, while the gift shop is laden with suitable souvenirs.
This volunteer-run historical society has all the information on Old Colorado City and the surrounding area that visitors could want. The Old Colorado City Historical Society & History Center provides a detailed history, with artifacts and testimonies dating all the way back to when the county was founded in 1859. Located in a century-old church, this history center will take visitors on a journey through the times of the Gold Rush, the Wild West and all the significant moments in the town’s past. Oh, and admission is totally free.
Throughout the year, Old Colorado City holds a variety of different markets, gallery showings, and fairs in the downtown area. Every Saturday morning, between June and November, there is a farmers market in Bancroft park, where local farmers sell their goods. It’s a favorite way to spend a Saturday. Similarly, on Friday nights, from April to December, there is an art walk, on which art galleries and artist studios open their doors along Colorado Avenue. Finally, during Memorial day weekend, Old Colorado City hosts one of the largest statecraft fairs called Territory Days. The fair includes three days of vendors, live music, pony rides, wild west reenactments, and more.
One of the major attractions in this old historic city is the dozens of adorable and unique boutiques, specialty shops, antique emporiums and the like that pepper its streets. Some highlights of these shops include the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory that sells some of the finest chocolate and sweet goodies around. Be sure to try their famous caramel apples coated with all types of delicious candies. Another shop that tourists often enjoy is the Soap Box & More, where customers can buy a wide variety of fantastic smelling soaps, lotions, and other skincare products. Of course, there are plenty more spots to get stuck into.