Florence, Colorado (located just southwest of Colorado Springs in eastern Fremont County) is one of the best kept secrets in the state. The mild climate and location along the Arkansas River are just a few of the selling points for this quaint community, not to mention unique restaurants and community events in what’s referred to as the Antique Capital of Colorado.
If you’re just visiting Florence for the day, we’ve provided some ideal stops to make your trip memorable:
Antique and Thrift Stores
You can’t come to Florence, CO without at least window shopping at the dozens of antique stores which line main street. Take a trip down memory lane as you wander through these local independent shops and galleries. Shops provide everything from your favorite antique toys you grew up playing with, to reclaimed wood, turn of the century furniture, and fixtures to decorate your home. Plan a few hours to stroll down main street and enjoy – there’s even a gallery with wine tasting!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Florence River Park and Pathfinder Regional Park are a few community favorites, with trails and open space as well as access points to the popular Arkansas River. Fish, float the river, or just enjoy meandering down the trails on bike or foot. Golfing is also available just outside of downtown Florence, at the affordable Sumo Golf Village complete with views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains while you enjoy a round of golf.
Dine on Main
Mixed in with the historic shops and galleries are a plethora of restaurants with one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Ito Japanese Steak House is a community favorite and they have recently expanded their space to keep up with the demand from locals and tourist hankering for sushi, Thai food, and ramen bowls just to mention a few menu items. Additional, local pizza at Papa’s Restaurant or the memorable Quincy’s Steakhouse, which offers prime rib Friday through Sunday, and filet mignon the rest of the week. Local foodies are already raving about the newest restaurant to main street, Turmeric Indian and Nepalese Restaurant. If you’re not ready for a full meal, grab a coffee and pastry at Pour House Coffee Shop or grab a beer at Florence Brewing Company, just 1 block up Pikes Peak Avenue from downtown.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Just 20 minutes outside of Florence is the larger community of Canon City, where the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attracts thousands of tourist every year. Whether you just go to see the highest suspension bridge in Colorado, or are looking for more of a thrill on their Cloudscraper Zip Line, there’s something for every age and level of engagement.
With an elevation of 5187 feet above sea level, the climate in the Florence area tends to be warmer than larger surrounding cities like Colorado Springs. Perfect for exploring, shopping and loving the Colorado life! Whether you are a local or a tourist, you’ll have a great time exploring this unforgettable Colorado city.
For more community information, tips, and options please contact us or visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce website.