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What to Do (Besides Soaring) When You’re in Durango

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Not sure what to do in Durango when you don’t want to go on a hike? We have compiled a list of five of the most interesting family-friendly (or solo) activities and one-of-a-kind experiences around Durango. Read on to find the perfect activity for a rainy day.


Powerhouse Science Center – Durango

The Powerhouse Science Center in Durango is perfect for hands-on learning and the innovative minds of today’s youth! If you’re looking to stay in for a day, check out the Science Center. It is open year-round and is fun for all ages! The Science Center has rotating exhibits this season, ranging from the science of bicycles to the evolution of guitars.

Mining Heritage Center – Silverton

Established in 1964, the Mining Heritage Center offers an interactive experience with the heart of Silverton’s culture: mining. Along with an impressive involvement in the history of Silverton, a visit to the Mining Heritage Center will teach you about the railroad’s impact on transportation for miners and the different types of metals for which Silverton became known.

Diamond Belle Saloon

Located in the Strater Hotel, the Diamond Belle Saloon will transport you to the days of the Old West. The Diamond Belle houses impressive ragtime piano performers and local entertainment which will guarantee a night you won’t soon forget. If you’re up for some fun night life, or even just a mid-day meal, the Diamond Belle is the place you should be.

Animas Chocolate Company

The Animas Chocolate Company is home to unique chocolate creations of all shapes and sizes. Stop in for a quick snack, or take some home as a souvenir! The small café inside the Animas Chocolate Company is a perfect place to enjoy your afternoon and take a breather with some coffee and chocolate.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Looking for a history of the last narrow gauge railroad in the US? The Durango & Silverton Train Museum is the place for you. Not only can you supplement your day with a historic ride on the railroad itself, you can spend hours perusing the 12,000 square foot museum at the station! Admission is free so you can spend as much time as you want learning about the story of the railroad, mining, and transportation in Durango and Silverton.