College will bring you some of your most exciting times and fondest memories. But during your first two years, finding activities to do on the weekends can sometimes be difficult, especially when Friday classes end and you get to watch all the upperclassmen rush to the liquor store.
But you don’t need alcohol to have a fun time in this town.
Luckily, Fort Collins has more to offer than its popular breweries and beer culture – here are five of the most popular weekend activities for the underage crowd:
- Go bowling at Chipper’s Lanes
Chipper’s Lanes offers bowling, laser tag and arcade games. It provides underage college students with a atmosphere that allows for a big group of friends to get out of the dorms and hang out The best part about Chipper’s Lanes is that it is locally owned and operated, which ensures an entertainment experiences that is consistently satisfying.
- Hit the dance floor at Sundance Steakhouse and Saloon
Sundance Steakhouse and Saloon opens up their famous dance floor every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. This is an extremely popular place to hang out among CSU students of all ages. A mixture of country and pop music is offered for dancers on Tuesdays and Sundays, while Fridays and Saturdays are strictly for country music fans.
- Show off your gaming skills at Pinball Jones
Located in Old Town Square, Pinball Jones is an underground arcade that has every pinball game imaginable and some other arcade favorites. While alcohol is served, Pinball Jones offers non-alcoholic beverages and snacks as well. The games operate on quarters and range from 25 cents to one dollar per game.
- See a movie at Lyric Cinema Café
Lyric Cinema Café is a Fort Collins staple and theater that screens popular indie films. Although they will be relocating this year, Lyric Cinema Café is currently located in Old Town. The theater offers meals and snacks to go along with their comfortable screening rooms. Plus, and the cinema is constantly planning new events and special screenings.
- Explore Lory State Park
Moving to Fort Collins also means that you are moving to the front range of the Rocky Mountains. While Fort Collins has endless fun activities in town, it’s hard to beat the beautiful views that the Front Range has to offer. To explore your new scenery, take a hike at Lory State Park. Day passes are only $7, and the park is just a 15 minute drive from campus.
Collegian Arts and Culture Editor Randi Mattox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @randimattox.