The City of Burlington, located along I-70 on the eastern edge of Colorado, was established in 1888. Small towns (which Burlington remains today) were needed along the Rock Island Railroad track during its construction. Burlington was set to become a junction town; but additional railroad track was never laid. Agriculture is the heart of Burlington’s economy and way of life. You’ll get just a small taste of Burlington’s charm by paying a visit to any of the following top things to do in Burlington:
1. Kit Carson County Carousel | Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington, CO 80807
The fully restored Kit Carson County Carousel features hand-carved and painted wood animals crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1905. The whimsical creatures dance to the tunes of the Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ during the summer season. This national historic landmark, located at the fairgrounds, is truly one of America’s jewels. For just 25 cents you can ride the historic Kit Carson County Carousel!
The carousel (aka “PTC #6”) was constructed in 1905 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for Elitch Gardens in Denver. The Kit Carson County Commissioners purchased the carousel in 1928 for an extravagant $1,200, a move that ultimately lost them their jobs.
The task of restoring the carousel to its original condition began in Colorado’s Centennial (1976) and was finally completed in 2001. The Carousel showcases 46 handcrafted animals; all have been restored to their original paint. The animals have intricate carvings, detailed coats, real antlers on the deer and real horsetails on many of the horses. Hand-painted decorations can be found on each of the carousel figures and saddle trappings are reminiscent of those used on cavalry mounts. There are four chariots to accommodate riders who would rather not climb onto an animal. The back of each chariot has an original painted landscape and the 45 original oil paintings have also been restored.
The carousel is housed in the original 1928 building. A 12-sided cupola sits atop the building and when all 12 doors are open, the building is completely open. The carousel and carousel museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The carousel museum admission is $1 (plus 25 cents for a carousel ride).
For more information about the historic carousel, please visit the Kit Carson Carousel Association’s web site.
2. Old Town Museum | 420 S. 14th St., Burlington, CO 80807
The 6.5-acre historic site includes 21 fully restored buildings with authentic artifacts from the turn of the century. Easily accessible from I-70 near the Colorado-Kansas border, Old Town Museum celebrates local agriculture, history, and heritage. Special interactive exhibits offer children a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about pioneer life on the Colorado prairie.
3. Outback Territory Park | 15th & Senter, Burlington, CO 80807
This is one of the most amazing playgrounds in Colorado. There are numerous obstacle course activities, and large trees shade most of the play structures.
4. Parmer Park | Ben St., Burlington, CO 80807
Burlington’s popular Parmer Park boasts a rocket ship, climbing walls, and a splash pad for those hot summer days.
Do you have any suggestions for things to do in Burlington? We’d love to hear about other things to explore!