Around Town

IBMC College is located in five diverse cities where you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy! Our five campuses are a short drive or walk away from plenty of opportunities for you to experience culture, a night on the town, or a family venture.

Click a city below to find out what’s offered around town near your campus.

Fort Collins  |  Greeley  |  Longmont  |  Colorado Springs  |  Cheyenne

Photo credit: City of Fort Collins
Photo credit: City of Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS

Local Culture & Attractions

IBMC College’s main campus is located in the rich and diverse city of Fort Collins, where you can take a hike in the morning, attend classes during the day, and then head out on the town for the night.

From micro-breweries and first-class restaurants, to one-of-a-kind shops and museums, Fort Collins’ Old Town is located just a short drive from campus. During the summer, there are several festivals and outdoor bazaars that are fun for the whole family.

If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, Fort Collins offers a wide array of activities, from hiking and mountain biking to white water rafting and camping in the Poudre Canyon or at Horsetooth Reservoir.

Fort Collins also boosts 50 parks, 280-plus miles of trails ­– including paved and unpaved walking and biking trails — four recreation centers, three public golf courses, Frisbee golf courses and skateboard and dog parks.

Nightlife & Restaurants

Fort Collins offers your taste buds a multitude of flavors from Hibachi grills and sushi bars to Brazilian steakhouses and authentic Italian bistros.

If you’re looking for a Broadway show, concerts or an independent movie, Fort Collins is home to many venues including the Aggie Theatre, Hodi’s Half Note, the Lincoln Center, the Midtown Arts Center and the Lyric Cinema Café.

Photo Credit: Midtown Arts Center
Photo Credit: Midtown Arts Center

Shopping & Family Fun

There are plenty of options to find everything you’re looking for. From one-of-a-kind and specialty shops in Old Town to the big brand stores in the Foothills Fashion Mall and along College Avenue, you’re sure to find something unique.

Fort Collins also is a great family-friendly community. From the festivals and outdoor activities in the summertime to the year-round workshops and sports camps at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Edora Pool Ice Center, kids can creatively explore their imagination no matter what they’re into.

 

Around Town: Greeley

GREELEY

Local Culture & Attractions

IBMC College’s Greeley Campus is located in the center of town, a short drive away from Centerplace shopping center, which includes big-name stores, restaurants and grocery stores.

In just a few minutes, you’ll be in the heart of historic downtown Greeley — a unique area where you’ll be able to shop at the local, small businesses, dine at some of the delicious, family-owned restaurants, and enjoy outdoor festivals during the summer months. Also, in mid-summer, you’ll be able to attend the Greeley Stampede — a week-long, outdoor celebration known for its big-name musicians and exciting rodeos!

Nightlife & Restaurants

The Downtown Greeley area is full of restaurants, bars and The Moxi Theater, a concert venue that is sure to please. You’ll also be able to view independent films and have dinner and cocktails at The Kress Cinema & Lounge. The cinema also plays free movies and TV show premieres on the big screen on Sunday afternoons. With all of the entertainment venues offered downtown, you are sure to find a place that fits your lifestyle.

The Union Colony Civic Center hosts big-name shows year-round. Whether you’re into music, comedy or TV-to-stage shows, there is something for everyone at the UCCC.

Shopping & Family Fun

Just a short drive outside of Greeley, you will find beautiful hiking and biking trails along the Poudre River or in the Pawnee National Grassland.

The Centennial Village Museum is a great family activity, where you and your kids can take a step back in time and learn how the settlers lived when Greeley (formerly known as Union Colony) was first founded.

A drive outside the city will take you to the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. For a donation, you’ll be able to walk along a pathway where you’ll get to see wolves, tigers, lions, and Eddy the black leopard.

Photo Credit: Weld County Government

Photo Credit: Weld County Government

Just west of Greeley on Highway 34, The Promenade Shops at Centerra has a little something for the entire family. With an array of restaurants and stores to peruse, this pedestrian mall is great in the summer and even better in the winter, when ice skating and free carriage rides are just a couple of the family-friendly attractions offered.

 

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park
Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park

LONGMONT

Local Culture & Attractions

Located in the center of town, IBMC College is a short drive away from Old Town Longmont, where you can browse 300 stores, eat at over 200 restaurants and drink at two of Longmont’s most famous micro-breweries, Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Tap Room and Left Hand Brewing Co.

Longmont also is short drive away from Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can view wildlife while you hike or horseback through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Within the town’s limits, you can bike along the 8-mile St. Vrain Greenway — which connects you to the many parks, trails, schools and commercial areas of town — or go fishing in Izaak Walton Park.

Nightlife & Restaurants

Longmont offers you an unique experience with its many farm-to-table restaurants. With more than a dozen farms surrounding the city, Farmers’ Markets and agriculture activities abound in the summer and fall.

Longmont is also home to many options for ethnic cuisine, as well as American bar & grills. The Pump House located in Old Town Longmont is a favorite to watch sports games or get together with friends.

Photo Credit: Pumphouse Brewery
Photo Credit: Pumphouse Brewery

Shopping & Family Fun

Sunflower Farm, located just outside of Longmont, offers kids a wide array activities from petting zoos to learning workshops.

In addition to the many national retailers located in the town of Longmont, Flatiron Crossing is a premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination that is just minutes away in Broomfield, CO. Make a day of it by visiting some of the 200 shops and restaurants it has to offer.

If you are a music lover, Longmont’s Rhythm on the River in the summer months is a free two-day festival that celebrates the environment, the community, art and music.

 

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Colorado Springs

Local Culture & Attractions

Colorado Springs is situated at the foot of one of America’s famous mountains, Pikes Peak, offering residents and tourists alike an impressive backdrop to Colorado’s second most populous city. With interesting rock formations, miles and miles of trails and other amazing scenery, Colorado Springs is a haven for adventure seekers.

The city is also home to many cultural, educational and historical attractions. It is home to the United States Olympic Training Center and headquarters for its committee, along with being home to the United States Air Force Academy, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center, and much more!

The Garden of the Gods is nestled just outside the city, offering residents a great place to hike, have a picnic and maybe even have a special event! In addition, there’s white water rafting, horseback riding, golfing, fishing and other family-friendly activities in and around Colorado Springs.

Nightlife & Restaurants

The wide range of exquisite restaurants in Colorado Springs range from high-end sophistication and superb elegance to rustic outdoor suppers, great wood-fired pizza and casual sidewalk cafes.

The unique atmosphere of Colorado Springs restaurants doesn’t quit after dessert is served, because there’s no shortage of nightlife. From Irish pubs, like Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, to the art-deco inspired Ritz Grill, there’s plenty to experience within the city’s limits.

colorado springs nightlife

Hit up the Brunswick Zone Circle for some bowling and billiards, or head down to the Mansion for some throwback dance nights.

Shopping & Family Fun

One-of-a-kind boutiques, discount stores, to big-box outlets, Colorado Springs shopping offers options for fashionistas to leisurely strollers. The city’s shopping districts, including Old Colorado City Farmer’s Market, the Outlets at Castle Rock, The Citadel Mall and downtown Colorado Springs, offer a unique charm all their own.

Colorado Springs is also a great family-friendly community. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers kids and adults alike an interactive zoo experience. Or take the family on an adventure by buying tickets on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the world’s highest cog train, and ride all the way to the top of Pikes Peak.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Website

Photo Credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Families can learn more about gold mining and the history of the area by taking a tour of the Cripple Creek Heritage Center or go back to prehistoric times by visiting the Dinosaur Resource Center.

Whatever your family is in to, Colorado Springs offers up plenty of opportunities to play, learn and take advantage of the great outdoors!

 

Around Town: Cheyenne

CHEYENNE

Local Culture & Attractions

Cheyenne is home to many cowboys-at-heart, but also hosts a variety of restaurants, shopping centers and cultural venues. You can “cowboy it up” by attending the world famous Cheyenne Frontier Days; or you can go out on the town to the Cheyenne Little Theater.

IBMC College’s Cheyenne Campus is close to the Frontier Mall, where you can find big-name stores and several restaurants to choose from.

Nightlife & Restaurants

Cheyenne is a true Wild West town, where you can dance the night away at the Outlaw Saloon or the Cadillac Ranch.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, head down to The Suite Bistro, a 1930s-inspired martini bar off of Central Avenue.

Shopping & Family Fun

There are a lot of venues in Cheyenne that cater to children, including two pools, Ames Monument, disc golf courses or the many ghost towns that are a short drive away from the city.

The Curt Gowdy State Park hosts hiking and biking trails, where you’ll be able to view Wyoming wildlife in the Wild West. With several reservoirs, boating and fishing a short jaunt away from Cheyenne, Curt Gowdy is the perfect family activity.

If you’re really looking for an adventure, head to the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone, to gaze at Old Faithful — nicknamed the “Eternity’s Timepiece” because the geyser’s eruptions are perpectually on time — herds of buffalo and the beautiful wilderness that is still home to wolves, bears and moose!

Tubing Hill at Snowy Range Ski Area
Tubing Hill at Snowy Range Ski Area

If winter sports are your thing, Snowy Range Ski and Recreational Area is definitely worth a look. Take the kids for an exciting day of snow tubing, or spend your time on the slopes mastering your skiing or snowboarding skills! There is fun for the entire family at Snowy Range.



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