Loveland’s TOP 5 Activities for May
This year, it seems more important than ever to be able to enjoy quality time outdoors, especially when many of our typical activities are closed, inaccessible, or just not safe. So we chose our favorite outdoor activities that are open and accessible to you here in Loveland this month. We’ve got plenty of wide-open spaces, fresh air and spectacular views, so why not?
1 – Golf
All three of our golf courses in Loveland have re-opened and they are ready to be played! Choose from the spectacular views at Mariana Butte, try the “island green” at the Olde Course or if you’re short on time (or like me, just don’t have enough patience to get through 18 holes), take it easy at Cattail Creek’s 9-hole course.
Mariana Butte is a premiere, 18-hole course featuring soaring elevated tees, challenging holes that border the rushing Big Thompson River and breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Repeatedly chosen as one of Colorado’s favorite courses, Mariana Butte is the perfect place to relax and rediscover the good things in life.
- 18-Hole, 6,583 Yard, Par 72
- Full-Service Pro Shop
- Driving Range (currently closed as of 5/15)
- Wapiti Colorado Pub on site
You can find Mariana Butte Golf Course on the west side of town at 701 Clubhouse Drive, Loveland, CO 80537.
Mature, gracious, and secure in its position as the “Grand Dame” of golf in Loveland, The Olde Course is a testament to the tradition of golf. Our favorite hole is #14, at 423 yards, par 4, where an island green awaits you, water surrounding the green. 2020 is the 60th anniversary of The Olde Course at Loveland, originally known as Loveland Municipal Golf Course.
- 18-Hole, 6,806 Yard, Par 72
- Driving Range (Open!)
- Full Pro Shop
- Snack Bar
You can find The Olde Course northwest of Lake Loveland at 2115 W 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538.
The Cattail Creek Golf Course is a favorite among beginners, but don’t let that fool you! It offers plenty of challenges with water coming into play on five of the nine holes; you’ll want to make sure and buy some “water experienced” golf balls from the pro shop before beginning your round. Whether you’re looking for a break from the day’s routine, some quality time with friends and family or a chance to work on your short game, Cattail Creek is great!
- 9-Hole, Par 3
- Driving Range (Open!)
- S.N.A.G Mini-Course for beginners (Currently closed as of 5/15)
You can find Cattail Creek Golf Course at 2116 W 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538.
2 – Sculpture Parks
Take a leisurely stroll through the park and enjoy some world-class art–all in one place! Here in Loveland, we have three amazing sculpture parks to explore–for FREE! We love how interactive some of the sculpture is and this time of year is perfect to visit with all of the flowers blooming, so get out here and see it for yourself!
Quite simply, Benson Sculpture Garden is the crown-jewel of Loveland’s parks. Featuring over 160 sculptures of various mediums, the majority highlight the use of bronze, many of which were forged in one of Loveland’s sculpture foundries. Spend a few minutes or an entire day here wandering the park. Bring a picnic lunch and soak it all in. There’s really nothing else quite like it, and it’s one of the primary reasons Loveland was featured in the book, “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America“!
Find Benson Sculpture Garden at 1129 W 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538.
Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra is a one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit, displaying 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans over 26-acres of natural and landscaped gardens. All of these sculptures are made from concrete and crushed rock and are spread out into eight distinct regions each depicting different aspects of African life–all visible via handicap accessible trails that meander along streams and ponds and over bridges. Soak in the sounds of the birds perched high above in the cottonwood trees while resting on a park bench with a novel or newspaper in hand.
McWhinney-Hahn Sculpture Park
The smallest of Loveland’s sculpture parks, the McWhinney-Hahn Sculpture Park is a great first glimpse into Loveland’s sculpture scene. Easily accessible from I-25 and US-34, adjacent to the Loveland Visitors Center, guests can wander the beautiful park setting around a pond and even lock their love on our new LOVE lock sculpture.
Find the McWhinney-Hahn Sculpture Park at 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO 80538.
3 – Horseback Rides
Don’t have your own horse? That’s no problem here in Loveland! Saddle up at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and experience the best of springtime on horseback! Located just west of Loveland, Sylvan Dale offers daily horseback rides through gentle terrain to extended climbing rides with ridge-top views. Their 3,200 acres offer a “don’t fence me in” riding experience for all ages and abilities. Lots to do, no pressure to do it: head up Sulzer Gulch shaded by cottonwoods; explore the old wagon trails on Alexander Mountain; climb the rocky slopes of Eagle Ridge; ride across the meadows on Green Ridge; or catch the breathtaking view from the Rim Ride. For your safety, all rides are guided by a qualified wrangler and geared to the least experienced rider. And for the time being, masks are required. Call the ranch office for reservations at 970-667-3915.
Find Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch at 2939 N County Road 31D, Loveland, CO 80538.
4 – Fishing
With all of our water, there are so many places to try your luck at fishing here in Loveland! Our favorite spots include River’s Edge Natural Area, the Big Thompson River, Boyd Lake and Carter Lake – but there are so many more places to check out! If you’re new to the sport, or would like to up your game, try a class or even a guided trip with Loveland’s Elkhorn Fly Shop or NOCO Fishing Outfitters.
5 – Bicycling
Dust of your bike and get out your helmet! We’ve got over 26 miles of inter-connected, paved trails around Loveland, many that connect to regional trails including the Colorado Front Range Trail, and the Long View Trail. See the beauty of Loveland and Colorado on bike!
Check out the Loveland Parks & Recreation website for more details on our bike trails.