Explore the Historic Union Avenue District

One of the best places to begin your Pueblo visit is by strolling down Historic Union Avenue. This vibrant several-block stretch contains historic buildings like the neoclassical Union Depot and the ornate Thatcher Building. Pop into the shops, galleries, restaurants and bars housed in these beautifully preserved early 20th-century structures. Be sure to stop at the Sadly Adeptus bookstore, Not Your Grandma’s Yellow Rose florist and The Pizza for a quintessential Union Avenue experience.

Discover Nature at Lake Pueblo State Park

Just 10 miles west of downtown Pueblo lies the gorgeous Lake Pueblo State Park. Here you’ll find over 4,600 surface acres of water for boating and paddling, 60 miles of hiking and biking trails, excellent fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities, horseback riding, camping, and more. Rent a power boat or kayak and get out on the sparkling water, hike the trails to take in panoramic views, or try your hand at catching a rainbow trout – the recreational options at this state park are endless!

Tour the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk

One of Pueblo’s crown jewels is its Riverwalk system along the Arkansas River. Stroll, run or bike along the paved path and take in views of the water and cityscapes beyond. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk runs through the heart of downtown and features interpretive plaques detailing Pueblo’s history. Don’t miss the 13 beautiful Overlook statues honoring the diverse cultures that built this city. Grab lunch on a Riverwalk patio before continuing your urban riverside exploration.

Learn at the Pueblo Zoo

Home to over 300 individual animals across 90 species, the Pueblo Zoo makes for an excellent family-friendly outing. See big cats, giraffes, camels, red pandas, primates and more while winding along the zoo’s shaded walking paths. Special exhibits house Komodo dragons and American alligators. Don’t miss the Touch Stingray encounter where you can get up close with the friendly rays. With affordable admission and engaging exhibits, the Pueblo Zoo is a must on any first-timer’s itinerary.

Tour the Rosemount Museum

For a glimpse into Pueblo’s early history, visit the magnificent Rosemount Museum. Built in 1893, this 37-room Victorian mansion provides an immersive look into how Pueblo’s elite lived at the turn of the 20th century. Wander through the richly decorated rooms and tour the carriage house, greenhouse, and servant quarters to experience daily life at Rosemount firsthand. Costumed guides really bring the history to life. Outside, stroll the formal gardens and enjoy panoramic views of Pueblo from the mansion’s tower.

Browse the Buell Children’s Museum

Bring the kids to the Buell Children’s Museum in downtown Pueblo for a day of hands-on educational fun. With tons of interactive exhibits spanning art, science, health and culture, this lively museum will engage children of all ages. Kids can paint a Van Gogh, perform “surgery” on Pete the life-sized skeleton, or take the controls of a vintage locomotive in the Busy Train Room. Parents will love watching their little ones playfully learn through the museum’s creative exhibits and programming.

Tour the Steelworks Museum

No visit to Pueblo is complete without learning about its steel mill history at the Steelworks Museum. Located in the former factory offices of Colorado Fuel and Iron, this museum tells the story of Pueblo’s steel industry boom. See artifacts, photos, equipment and multimedia exhibits detailing the technology, workers, companies and innovations that built Pueblo into a steel powerhouse. Be sure to check out the moving memorial of the tragic Ludlow Massacre. Understanding Pueblo’s steel story helps visitors grasp this city’s unique character and heritage.

Sample Suds on the Brewer’s Trail

Did you know Pueblo has an amazing craft beer scene? The Historic Brewer’s Trail highlights Pueblo’s local brewhouses, some which have been brewing for over a century. Grab a “passport” then tour and taste your way through establishments like Shamrock Brewing Company, Walter’s Brewing and Brewmania. With its affordability and unpretentious vibe, Pueblo’s craft beer culture makes sampling suds here especially appealing for first-time visitors.

How to Get Around Pueblo

Public Transportation

Pueblo Transit operates over a dozen bus routes throughout Pueblo County, making it possible to navigate many key destinations without a car. Frequent Route 1 buses run between Downtown Pueblo and many popular spots like the Pueblo Mall, Lake Pueblo State Park and the Riverwalk. One-way fares are just $1.30 per adult. Purchase single rides or day passes at transit centers. Buses generally run every 30-60 minutes so check Pueblo Transit’s website for schedules.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft offer another car-free way to explore Pueblo. These services can be booked on demand and provide door-to-door rides 24/7. Fares vary but are generally affordable, especially when splitting costs with travel companions. Having the flexibility of on-demand rides comes in handy when buses aren’t running or you need to carry lots of gear. Just be sure to confirm vehicle availability before relying solely on taxis or rideshares.

Charter Buses

For group travel or transportation to destinations outside Pueblo city limits, consider booking a charter bus. With Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals in Pueblo, you can arrange specialized group transportation to attractions like the Great Sand Dunes National Park or Colorado Springs. Charter buses carry more passengers than vans, have plenty of room for luggage, and build in stops wherever your group wants. Luxury coaches make exploration comfortable with leather seats, TVs, WiFi and restrooms. Call 719-374-9377 today to receive a custom quote!

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this first-timer’s guide gets you pumped for an amazing introductory visit to Pueblo, Colorado. With vibrant culture, intriguing history, natural splendor and delicious food and drink, this underrated city offers the best of Colorado in an authentic, affordable package. Use this overview to start crafting your custom Pueblo itinerary – the Steeltown adventure you’ve been waiting for awaits! Need help organizing transportation? Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals in Pueblo will get your group where you need to go. Call 719-374-9377 to get your Pueblo charter trip rolling!