Things to do in Colorado before summer is over

Now that the kids are going back to school it feels like summer is officially coming to an end, but we still have nearly a month of summer left. The first day of fall is September 22, 2012.

Here are three things you might want to do before summer is over.

Chautauqua Summer Concert Series –

Through September 21, in Boulder, Colorado

This is the 114th season of this concert series that takes place at the historic Chautauqua Park. The 40 acres of land is owned by the City of Boulder and contains historic buildings, and more than a 500 million people visit the park annually.

Great orators from the early 20th century have performed on stage at the Chautauqua Auditorium, opened in 1889. Over the decades it has features such famous entertainers as John Philip Sousa, Yo-Yo Ma, Hunter S. Thompson and the Indigo Girls.

There are six more performances on the stage this summer, including the Barbershop Harmony Festival this Sunday, August 26 and the Colorado Symphony on September 16. For the entire lineup go to

Zip line –

Multiple locations around Colorado

zip line

Zip lines are contraptions that send riders whizzing across ponderosa pines and waterways, and they are popping up all over Colorado. In fact, many of the ski resorts have installed a zip line to provide an additional summer activity on the mountain.

I will be experiencing my first zip line this weekend at Copper Mountain. I’m heading up to Genuine Jazz & Wine Festival and while there I thought I’d check out the resorts newest attraction. Copper’s zip line will launch me out across West Lake – let’s just hope I don’t get wet! Go here to see all the summer activities available at Copper.

Colorado is home to the longest zip line course in the world and that’s Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango. It’s a full day’s worth of ziplining above the trees and across the Animas River. This course is the winner of all kinds of “Best Of” awards, but get there soon because it’s closes for the season on October 21.

Another Colorado zip line getting rave review from thrill seekers is The Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. There is a classic course and an extreme course, and unlike many other Colorado zip lines, this one is open year round.

Water World   –

Open through Labor Day weekend in Denver, Colorado

Water World isn’t just for kids – I’d love to have a lazy river in my backyard. My best advice for getting the most out of this outing is to go early. Snag a premiere piece of real estate and then ride all the popular rides before the lines get long.

If you haven’t gotten to Water World yet this summer, you don’t have much time. They close after Labor Day.

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