Visitors may access several overlooks across the Academy, the Cadet Chapel, the Honor Court, Arnold Hall, the Cadet Field House, Falcon Athletic Center, Falcon Stadium, the Association of Graduates building and the Visitor Center.
Most kids get hooked on the Academy when they see the cadets parachuting down onto the airfield as they are approaching the base--if not then, then watching them pilot gliders serenely over the Rocky Mountains. The USAFA visitors center offers a nice introduction to cadet life and the history of the institution. A short hike to the overlook area affords a nice view of the cadet terrazzo--the living and academic area. If you arrive just before noon on the right day, you'll also see the noontime parade and the entire cadet wing in formation.
The Air Force Academy is on a gorgeous, large campus. There are a lot of neat things to look at, most of them historical. They have a beautiful large chapel that is very famous. It mights be boring for children however, as there is not much to do except look around.
This may sound odd, but on a hot July day we stepped into the chapel and it felt like the end of Star Wars when Luke and the gang march down to get medals. Very cool, literally. The view from the chapel grounds is worth the drive. Often we just stop at the B-52 and the kids run around. I enjoy talking to the kids about the air force and would encourage all families to stop in at least once
Road biking around AFA is great- there are several miles of roads with gentle hills and wide shoulders, as well as roads with steeper grades and narrower shoulders for the more adventurous.
The riding stables are nice, and trails extensive. Some of the horses can be difficult, though- stopping to eat, ignoring the rider, trying to turn tail and run back to the barn... last time I brought someone there to ride, his horse wouldn't even leave the barn area! I had to put him on my horse (and pray Cody stayed put), get on the rental horse, and really put a lot of effort into getting him to move forward! Had another one turn around and bite my friend on the foot once during a ride, too. BUT I've been on several other rides where the rental horse was fine, so it can be hit-and-miss.
Overall the scenery is always gorgeous, and the fact that AFA backs up to national park space makes it so that you can go for days and not cross the same trail twice!
We drive near the Academy all the time, gaze at the interesting architecture of the chapel, and wonder at the traffic on the road before football games. Even more fun than driving past is taking a tour! There are paved nature trails, a short movie about the USAFA, the Cadet Chapel and the visitor's center. My children enjoyed watching the cadets march to lunch.