Lake Pueblo and Other Water Recreation
Lake Pueblo State Park, the most visited state park in Colorado, is an aquatic hot spot, with more than 60 miles of shoreline and 4,500 acres of surface water. The lake is ideal for water sports of all kinds, including jet skiing, tubing, wake boarding, boating and parasailing. North Shore Marina offers 608 boat slips, the Water Street Cafe and a Shipâs Store that sells snacks, toys, sports equipment, boating parts and water rafts. River surfers are a new crop of water enthusiasts making waves in the area. Thanks to Pueblo’s Whitewater Park, the area is quickly becoming Colorado’s main surfing destination. The venue provides great waves and eddies in one central location.
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk
The 32-acre Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo includes a scenic walkway, outdoor amphitheater, shops, restaurants and artwork. It’s a great place to exercise, whether by walking or jogging along the water or paddleboarding at select times on the water. Families with kids love the fountain features. Visitors can take cruises on the water to learn more about local history. There is outdoor entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from May to September. An outdoor farmers market also provides food and entertainment throughout the summer.
Pueblo Zoo and The Nature and Raptor Center
The Pueblo Zoo, located in City Park, treats guests to a scenic stroll through the habitats of more than 420 animals of 140 species. Visitors can get up close and personal with farm animals at the Pioneer Ranch, or see a shipwreck journey to habitats around the world at the Islands of Life exhibit. The Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo, located in Rock Canyon, also provides visitors with a wealth of wildlife viewing. A variety of animals and plants are housed within the centerâs blend of natural habitats, allowing guests to observe, explore and enjoy nature.
Article by: Julianna Edmonds for livability.com