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Something unique around every corner

Downtown Fort Collins holds many hidden gems, making any stroll through the area full of excitement! Alleys have been transformed into gorgeous walkways, each one unique. Old Town Square is a gorgeous gathering space, full of flowers in the summer and twinkling lights in the winter. Continue the exploration outside of the downtown to other iconic Fort Collins places.


In 2004, Downtown’s historic alleyways were identified as areas of untapped potential for programming, enhanced pedestrian connections, and dynamic art installations. Over a decade later, the enhanced alleyways are bustling with activity and inspiring communities near and far to pursue their own renovation projects. From an interactive wall mural that comes to life and moves at night, to a state-of-the-art cable art installation, make sure to check out these downtown hidden treasures!

Old Town Square

No trip Downtown is complete without a visit to Old Town Square! In 2015, the plaza was reimagined through a meticulous renovation project that earned international recognition and enhanced the space with interactive elements, including a state-of-the-art performance stage, a kid-and-dog-friendly splash pad, a communal fireplace and featured locations for rotating public art installations.

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Poudre River Whitewater Park

The Poudre River Whitewater Park opened in 2019 and provides safe access to the river for kayakers and tubers to enjoy the river. Grab your kayak and play in the water, or sit on the bank and watch the action! The Poudre River is Colorado’s only designated ‘Wild and Scenic River”, and it provides many opportunities for recreation in and around the water. The possibilities are endless!

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Horsetooth Reservoir

Craving more outdoor activities? The iconic Horsetooth Reservoir is just a short drive from downtown with endless possibilities for hiking, biking, climbing, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, stand up paddleboarding, and more.

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Visit Fort Collins

Looking for more things to do after you've explored downtown? Visit Fort Collins is your one stop shop for all things Fort Collins: outdoor adventures, family fun, seasonal activities, shopping, entertainment, itineraries, and more!

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