Once called "the most American thing in America" by Theodore Roosevelt, the Boulder Chautauqua Park is more than just a recreational space, it's a community paradigm. The park features an auditorium, a Frisbee golf course, 60 cottages, and several trails that take you right up to the foot of the Flatirons. The central lawn is normally filled with Boulderites reading, picnicking, or just hanging out enjoying to beautiful ambiance.
A delightful residential area, removed from the predominantly student population of University Hill. Known for the Ideal Marketplace and its one of a kind Boulder shops, this area is perfect for families looking for a place to settle down.
A hidden treasure on the southern edge of Boulder, this small lake is encircled by a one mile trail that is perfect for walking or running.
East Boulder Rec Center
The sprawling East Boulder Rec Center offers almost infinite ways to exercise, play, socialize, and relax. Inside is a spacious weight room, a double gymnasium open for basketball and volleyball, and an indoor climbing/bouldering wall. If you're feeling aquatic, you can take advantage of the 25-yard, 8 lane indoor pool, lazy river, water slide, Jacuzzi and steam room. In addition, the center has a dance studio and birthday party/meeting space, making the center a perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Another spectacular set of Boulder trails that present many options for both adventurous and laid-back hikers. Mount Sanitas is also the site of the sandstone quarry that provided the University of Colorado campus with the rock for some of its most impressive buildings, with many sandstone arches and ponderosas still lining the trails.
A favorite summer hotspot for Boulderites, the Boulder Reservoir offers one of a kind sandy beaches and plenty of room for boating, fishing, and picnicking. The reservoir is also home to the annual Kinetics Race, an exciting public event with live music in which homemade boats resembling parade floats attempt to cross the reservoir without sinking.
Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the most majestic parks in America, the Rocky Mountain National Park covers over 250,000 acres of Colorado's Northern Front Range, and contains 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes, and 60 peaks over 12,000 feet. Camping is a staple of the park, with a myriad of campgrounds dotting the sprawling landscape; hiking and backpacking trails wind through mountains, streams, and tundra. Fishing, horseback riding, and skiing are just a few of the many other ways to enjoy nature in the park.
Pearl Street Mall
Populated by upscale shops, art galleries, and fine dining, this pedestrian-only outdoor mall is the premiere shopping venue in Boulder. Located in the heart of Downtown, the flower-lined streets are filled with street performers, college students, and live music every weekend. When the sun goes down, Pearl Street and the surrounding area become a nexus of nightlife, with popular pubs, restaurants, and dance clubs.
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Pleasant View Soccer Fields
Having hosted numerous national tournaments, such as the Junior National Championship for Rugby, this collection of nine soccer and rugby fields is one of the premiere facilities in the country. Complete with a gorgeous view of the flatirons, the fields showcase a wide variety of sports, from Ultimate Frisbee to CU's own women's soccer team.
Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
Take a whimsical tour through Colorado's largest tea manufacturer, where up to 9,000,000 bags of tea are made daily. The tour includes a walk through the Celestial Herb Garden, the fragrant rooms where the tea is prepared, and an art gallery showcasing the distinctive paintings found on each box of Celestial Seasonings tea. Finish off the tour with a stop in the onsite cafe for a freshly brewed cup of one of their many affecting varieties of tea.
University of Colorado at Boulder
The flagship university of Colorado, CU-Boulder is home to 28,988 students pursuing over 150 academic programs. The cultural and artistic diversity of Colorado is represented as well, with a state of the art performing art center that presents over 400 events annually. Since its founding in 1877, CU has remained one of the most prestigious universities of the West, and is the only college in the Rocky Mountain region to belong to the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Boulder County Farmers Market
The paramount of any summer in Boulder is the Boulder County Farmers Market, a sprawling bazaar of fresh produce and other organic products. As much a shopping trip as a social event, the market sees thousands of residents and visitors every week.
Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art
From the private collection of Ed Trumble, a publisher of fine art greeting cards, the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art showcases paintings and sculptures from over 5 decades.
Boulder Beer Company
Colorado's first microbrew and the forty-third licensed brewery in the United States, the Boulder Beer Company was founded in 1979 on a farm in a shack shared with goats. Since then, the company has won numerous awards for its brews, including a gold medal in the 2004 World Beer Cup. The brewery also holds an annual "Goatshed Revival" Homebrew Competition that gives local brewers the chance to have their beer distributed by the company, with proceeds benefiting the Community Food Share, a non-profit organization feeding the community's poor.
Flagstaff Mountain sits high above Boulder, offering a breathtaking view of the city, Denver, and the surrounding areas. Many trails and picnic areas intersect the mountain, with structures dating back to the 1930s, including the Summit Nature Center and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Boulder Creek Path
Boulder Creek Path is a wide, multi-use path that follows Boulder Creek for close to eight miles. Accommodating bikers, walkers, and dogs, the path connects the mountains and downtown in one convenient, scenic route.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCAR, or the National Center for Atmospheric Research, performs collaborative research in the fields of atmospheric and Earth system science, including environmental science. Many NCAR scientists participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose work contributed greatly to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mead, or honey wine, has been favored by everyone from Shakespeare to Zeus - if you haven't tried it yourself, Redstone Meadery is the perfect place develop a taste. With numerous varieties of what many claim to be the first fermented beverage, Redstone is a national landmark for this lost art.
If you're in the mood to stargaze, Fisk Planetarium presents elaborate shows every Friday night, with bi-monthly laser shows to artists such as Led Zeppelin and U2.
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Built with the mission of preserving that "neighborhood pub" feel, the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery has earned six gold medals for its beers at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the world's largest beer festival. Drawing inspiration from the micro-brew scene in Oregon, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery offers an extensive list of unique handmade brews.
70 foot waterfalls cascading into the Boulder Creek makes for a breathtaking hike - this easy trail is a perfect way to enjoy Colorado's natural beauty with the whole family.
Flatirons Golf Course
A stunning public golf course with Boulder's majestic mountains serving as a backdrop, with 6,500 yards of green and a full service pro shop.
This six mile long trail follows alongside Boulder's famous Flatirons from Boulder to Eldorado, providing a challenging trek for enthusiastic hikers.
Twenty Ninth Street
29th Street is a shopper's paradise, with an assortment of some of the finest retail destinations in Boulder. The open-air mail offers patrons a sunny walk through both local and national upscale stores, with free Wi-Fi throughout.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1972 by a group of local artist, BMoCA now displays the work of both local and internationally renowned artists. With three galleries and a 100-seat black box theater, the venue is fully equipped to display the artwork currently shaping Boulder's art scene.
Boulder History Museum
Founded in 1944 within the historic Harbeck-Bergheim House, The Boulder History Museum boasts over 35,000 objects of historical significance donated by the general public, including photographs, clothing, and personal artifacts from the 19th and 20th century.
Collage Children's Museum
The Collage Children's Museum offers children from nine months to nine years interactive exhibits to ignite a sense of wonder and encourage imagination.
Dairy Center for the Arts
Feeding off the deep culture of Boulder, The Dairy Center for the Arts provides workshops and classes, as well as professional theater and visual arts exhibits. Founded in 1992 in what was previously a dairy storage and processing plant, the center has since become a pillar in the Boulder art scene for its high quality performances and exhibits.
The CU Heritage center takes a personal pride and interest in collecting the "material culture and documentary resources illustrative of the history of the University of Colorado at Boulder." Open year round, the Heritage Center offers unique exhibits from CU's past, including a recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Shakespeare Festival.
Holding a rich history of silent movies and live opera, Boulder Theater now houses events ranging from Johnny Cash to business meetings to community events. Continuous renovations have kept the theater in pristine condition while allowing for many modern updates - the end result is the perfect setting for performances, as well as for E-Town, the nationally syndicated radio show housed within the theater.
Boulder's Fox Theater has seen a wide variety of owners and uses, from vaudeville to movies to live music, and each one has left a unique, perceivable mark on the theater. The result is a visually stunning building steeped with the distinctive cultural history Boulder is known for. Many famous performers have graced its stage, including Willie Nelson, Dave Matthew's Band, and Snoop Dogg, and its movie theater accommodations are top notch, with luxurious American Bodiform chairs.
From its humble origins in a rented tent behind a liquor store in the summer of 1951, the Nomad theatre company has since become an established landmark of the Arts in Boulder. After an extensive renovation in 1998, the theater now accommodates a wide breadth of events in a modern, state of the art theater that preserves the Nomad's timeless character for a new generation.
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is a fully professional orchestra based in Boulder, Colorado. It is the successor to the Civic Symphony Orchestra, and it is directed by Michael Butterman. The Boulder Philharmonic's season includes classical, Pops, and family concert series, as well as an annual "Nutcracker" performance with the Boulder Ballet.
Gateway Park Fun Center
The perfect place to escape with the kids, Gateway Park Fun Center has something for everyone. Go-karts, mini-golf, and a video arcade will keep the young ones occupied, while adults can enjoy the driving range, inline hockey rink, and snack bar. There are also a wide variety of party packages for birthdays and other events.
Boulder's five majestic flatirons are not only nation-wide attractions, but have become symbolic of Boulder itself. The five numbered rock formations (named by pioneer women after the flat, metal irons used to press their clothes) are a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers, as well as those looking to simply enjoy their natural beauty.
Located in rustic hills of Estes Park, Sombrero Ranches offers visitors a one of a kind journey through the Rocky Mountains on horseback. Since 1958 the ranch has specialized in this enthralling adventure, exactly the way early settlers would have experienced it.
Boulder's Central Park offers fishing and facilities for a picnic with a few friends in addition to a band shell, bike route access and convenient placement along RTD routes. The park, true to its name, is centrally located at Canyon Boulevard and 13th Street in the heart of Boulder, Colorado.
Museum of Natural History
From humble beginnings in 1902, under direction from Curator Junius Henderson, the Museum started with only a few fossils and mollusk shells, a small collection of rocks and minerals, and several mounted birds and mammals. In 1909, the University granted the museum a separate University department with a $500 annual budget and only a few years later, Earl Morris began archaeological work for the Museum in 1913.
Today, the Museum employs more than fifty faculty and staff as curators, collection managers, public programmers, designers, instructors, and administrators. The Museum's collection has grown from a handful of objects to more than four million and is the largest natural history collection in the Rocky Mountains.
Haystack Mountain Golf Course
This 9-hole, executive length course is situated along Left Hand Creek, and is perfect for golfers of all skill levels. Established in 1966 by the Ebel family, the course has become known for its peaceful setting and spectacular scenery.
Upstart Crow Theatre Company
A modern home to the classics, the Upstart Crow Theatre Company specializes in performances ranging from Shakespeare to Stoppard. With a commitment to "constantly strives to find and produce those works that speak to the contemporary experience from a historical perspective", each show is a memorable experience.
Long's Iris Gardens
Starting with just a small collection of seeds in 1905, Long's Gardens has maintained its simple charm - a stroll through the seemingly endless lines of fragrant irises will instantly transport you to a simpler time. You can even dig your own irises to take a piece of nature home with you.
Carnegie Branch Library for Local History
Boulder's first public library, this dignified building was constructed in 1907 and has been renovated to preserve its classic beauty. The history continues inside as well, as the Carnegie now acts as a reference branch - inside is a profusion of historical data about Boulder, including genealogical papers, the writings of early settlers, and a database containing over 200,000 images.