Sometimes the best things to gift aren’t things at all — they’re experiences. And here in Fort Collins, there are several things worth experiencing, from museums and parks to concerts and classes.
Whether you’re shopping for the holidays, a birthday or some other special occasion, consider gifting one of these Fort Collins experiences to help your loved one learn a new skill, get active, or simply have a blast. Plus, you get to support a local business in the meantime!
An annual membership to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is an exceptional gift idea for families with young children. This hands-on science museum has several membership options, including Family Plus, Grandparent, Individual, Family, Dual and Student, which vary in price and admission. But all members enjoy free museum admission, discounted OtterBox Dome tickets, members-only event invitations, exclusive discounts and savings, and much more.
For the active person on your list, you can help them access our city’s many recreation facilities with a Multi-Facility Admission Pass. Expiring one year from the date of purchase, the pass offers 25 admissions to use at any of the following facilities: EPIC, The Farm, Foothills Activity Center, Mulberry Pool, Northside Aztlan Community Center, and the Senior Center. The pass costs $80 for youth and those 60 years and older and $100 for adults.
There’s no better gift than a pair of tickets to a concert — which means you can go too! Check out the lineup of upcoming concerts in Fort Collins on Bands in Town, with options for just about any genre they’re into. Or you can peruse the calendar for The Armory, an intimate venue in Fort Collins with a 200-person capacity. By pairing a local artist with a nationally known artist for nearly every show, The Armory has created an opportunity both for artists and the audience to expand their experiences.
Give the gift of relaxation with a gift certificate from Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness. Amara offers exceptional, evidence-informed massage and wellness services and is listed on TripAdvisor as the #1 Spa & Wellness destination in Fort Collins! Amara is the perfect blend of spa and clinic, providing a relaxing and comfortable environment for the many services they provide, from relaxation massages to targeted therapy. Purchase a gift certificate to give the gift of wellness, either online through their portal or in person at 100 West Olive Street. Just keep in mind that all gift cards expire after one year!
Ginger & Baker opened in the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building in 2017 and immediately became a culinary destination in the River District. In their picturesque setting, Ginger & Baker offers a market and bakery, a cafe, a restaurant, a rooftop bar and a teaching kitchen. In The Teaching Kitchen, they offer public classes in mixology, pie-ology, pizza-ology and so much more. Sign you and your special someone up for a class you can take together!
Treat your wife, mom, sister or girlfriend to an afternoon of pampering at RoyCé Spa, an upscale nail salon offering a variety of manicure and pedicure services, plus other treatments like waxing, lashes, and more. A haven of relaxation and serenity, RoyCé Spa is a stunning salon with high-end furnishings, chandeliers, and modern touches. This is the perfect place to relax and get a pedicure or manicure from their professional nail technicians. RoyCé Spa only utilizes top-quality products to achieve perfect results in nail care treatment. Purchase a gift card online or in person to cover their service of choice!
The outdoorsman or outdoorswoman in your life would love an annual entrance permit to Larimer County Parks, so they can spend a full year accessing our beautiful parks, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Carter Lake, free of charge! The pass is $100 for Larimer County residents and $130 for non-residents, with options for vehicle/boat combinations and other discounts. The entrance permit is valid for 12 months from the end of the month purchased.
Urban Air Adventure Park is a year-round indoor trampoline and amusement park providing endless adventure for kids. Here, you can ride go-karts, go on the Sky Rider, climb up climbing walls, try the ropes course, jump on trampolines, play dodgeball, and much more. Urban Adventure Park has been voted the best Gym in America for Kids by Shape Magazine — and it’s easy to see why! If you’re planning on visiting Urban Air more than once, it makes sense to become a member to save money. So give a family an Urban Air membership so they can enjoy unlimited visits and VIP treatment during each visit, like unlimited access to certain attractions, free snacks, and more. Or you can simply give a gift card to help cover their first visit or two!
One of the most popular spots in Jessup Farm Artisan Village happens to be one of Fort Collins’ favorite coffee houses: Bindle Coffee. Husband and wife owners Andrew and Jenn Webb care deeply about where their coffee beans come from and how both the farmers and consumers are treated. They roast those beans inside their beautifully transformed 19th-century mechanic’s shop, and the coffee lover in your life can taste their creations from the comfort of their own home with a subscription. Options include Roaster’s Choice for a surprise coffee hand-selected by the roasters, the Filter subscription for home coffee brewers and pour over-lovers, and the Espresso subscription for espresso drinkers. Choose the quantity you want them to receive on a monthly basis, depending on how quickly they go through their coffee: 8 ounces, 16 ounces, 24 ounces, or 2 pounds.
The Lincoln Center is Fort Collins’ largest event venue and, as such, is host to some of the biggest shows in town. These include nationwide comedy tours, huge concerts, Broadway productions, local acts and more. In short, their lineup includes a little something for everyone. The Lincoln Center offers a variety of Season Packages, including the Showstoppers Series Package (three powerhouse performances of Broadway’s top touring shows), a Dance Series Bundle (two highly acclaimed dance performances), Classical Convergence Series Bundle (five shows exploring the classical genre), and The Lincoln Center Pick-5 Series package, which allows you to choose your favorite five shows. Plus, season package holders get the best seats, the lowest prices, ticket exchanges, exclusive presales, and future discounts!
For the beer connoisseur, there’s no better gift than a Gilded Goat Mug Club membership. For only $100 a year (renewable at $50), Mug Club members enjoy a number of perks, including a Gilded Goat hat and t-shirt, a 20-ounce customized mug that can be filled at any time with standard beers at 16-ounce pricing, $1 off growler fills, 15% off merchandise, membership ID, a rewards punch card, a members-only meeting, exclusive specials and discounts, and much more. Plus, all members will be recognized on physical or digital signage within the taproom and added to the Gilded Goat networking list. The Mug Club is capped at 99 members, so this is an exclusive group to be a part of! Learn more about The Mug Club and other tiers in their loyalty program here.
Local or visitor, one of the best ways to experience a city is by tasting its food. And we sure have some delicious food here in Fort Collins! The Old Town Food Tour takes you on a culinary adventure in Old Town, stopping by the most exciting restaurants, bakeries and culinary stores in town. You’ll make a stop at five or six top foodie destinations, such as Ace Gillett’s, The Still Whiskey Steaks, Ginger & Baker, Pour Brothers, The Emporium, and much more! Click here for more information about this tasty tour — and purchase an Old Town Food Tour gift card here.
What experiential gifts are you giving this year?