Inside or Outside, This is Where to Have Fun in Loveland, Colorado this Spring
Colorado’s spring weather is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get. With that in mind, here are a few inside/outside options for springtime fun in Loveland, Colorado.
Flip some flippers at Flipside
Should you find yourself in Loveland on a snowy or blustery day this spring, check out The Flipside, an arcade bar that isn’t just for kids. Since opening, they’ve been serving up creative cocktails at the bar and hosting events like a pinball league. On a Friday night, it’s become one of the places to see and be seen in downtown Loveland.
From classic games like Pacman and skeeball to an array of pinball machines, The Flipside is the perfect place to wait for the sun to burn away the cloudy March skies in Loveland.
If it’s nice, take a hike
Loveland is a great place for walkers and hikers. If you want to get into nature, check out the Devil’s Backbone Open Space area. This is one of my favorite hikes in Colorado because there’s a ton of bird life along this trail and the scenery is stunning.
One of the best trails in Loveland in the spring is the City of Loveland’s Recreation Trail System. You can jump on the trail in a ton of different spots, but I like getting on where it dips beneath Wilson Avenue. From here I take the trail east towards Fairgrounds Park. Through this area, the trail follows the Big Thompson River and is paved making it great for biking or rollerblading. I’ve seen elk several times along this trail and I always see an array of birds.
Cozy up to a pint at the new Loveland Taphouse
It’s an exciting time to be living in Loveland because downtown has developed into a hip and happening spot. Our personal watering hole is the Laureate Publick House, but there are a few new places worth checking out including the new Loveland Taphouse. This bar, opened by the owner of Mo’ Betta Gumbo, serves up Colorado beer, spirits and wine in a modern, mountain-chic environment.
Get artsy outside
Loveland may be the land of love, but it’s also the land of sculpture, and you can’t go far in this town without running into one.
There are two sculpture parks to visit when you come to town. Chapungu Sculpture Park is adjacent to the Promenade Shops at Centerra in east Loveland. Here you’ll see Zimbabwean stone sculptures, benches for contemplation and a sparkling stream. It’s a good place to stroll or just sit and zen out for a while.
Benson Sculpture Garden is a go-to spot for us when we’re entertaining guests. It’s a magical place for people of any age. When our niece was around eight-years-old, she had a grand time playing around and on the statues.
Get artsy inside
Should the weather thwart your sculpture park plans, never fear, there are other ways to get artsy in Loveland including a visit to the Loveland Museum Gallery. Home to world-class art exhibits as well as an extensive history of Loveland and a children’s section, this is a must-stop for any art lover who stumbles into Loveland.
If you’d like try your own hand at being an artist, sign up for a session at Studio Vino, a paint and sip studio. Even if you have my level of artistic talent which involves drawing stick people, this place is fun because they let you drink wine while you’re painting.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a travel & festival writer & founder of HeidiTown.com. She has lived in Loveland with her husband, Ryan Schlaefer, since 2003.