Top 10 Things to do in Boulder, United States

December 25, 2017 Milan Banda

Fondly described as “the city nestled between the mountains and reality,” Boulder delivers an urban twist on the outdoor fun you’d expect from a town surrounded by wilderness. In a single day, you can hike miles and miles of trails or bike alongside Boulder Creek – then head back into town for some well-deserved shopping on Pearl Street. And with many of Colorado’s top restaurants right within reach, be sure to treat yourself to at least one great meal.
Restaurants in Boulder

1. Flatirons

Boulder Mountain Park, Boulder, CO 80302 +1 303-678-6200
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 910 reviews

Flatirons

Reviewed By ksiegfried2017 - Columbus, Ohio

We did the flatirons 1&2 hike . Was more strenuous than I expected but well worth it. Took about 3 1/2 hours total. View is amazing from the top. Definitely bring good hiking shoes!

2. Chautauqua Park

900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302-7547 +1 303-442-3282
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chautauqua Park

Originally established in 1898 to bring culture to rural areas, this beautiful park hosts cultural events, features rock climbing sites, lovely gardens and picnic areas and is the starting point for many hiking trails.Year-round lodging, dining and events available.

Reviewed By Ben V

We hiked around the loop that had minimal elevation gain and enjoyed the views and ease of walking. With more time would enjoy heading more directly up the mountain. This time of year the grass, deciduous trees aren’t as pretty. Looking forward to returning in the spring.

3. Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct N, Suite 104, Boulder, CO 80301-3242 +1 303-440-4324
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Avery Brewing Company

Reviewed By Ringletedone - Pensacola, Florida

Our group of about 15-20 visitors had an energetic tour guide who had a very good understanding himself of the brewing process and its technical aspects. He communicated well to a wide range of tourists and home brewers alike, some of whom had to learn the diffrence between lagers and ales, and others who asked questions about bittering hops and secondary fermentation. He also answered honestly questions about the trend of some small CO brewers being let taken over by the big boys. We also learned about the advantages of cans and as a balance, Avery's commitment to using foil toppers to discourage slugging down a beer from a bottle, fraternity style, in favor of slowly drinking from beautiful stemware and luxuriating in the gustatory thrill.

The tour concluded with the tasting of one of the barrel aged group of small batch beers. We tasted an imperial coconut porter aged in Bourbon barrels.

We retreated afterwards to the tap room downstairs and joined new aquaintances from the tour group at a shared table. There is also a restaurant on the second floor with daily specials and a printed menu.

4. Eldorado Canyon

Boulder, CO +1 303-494-3943
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 310 reviews

Eldorado Canyon

Reviewed By KDerrick - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I loved the canyon area and scenery, but it is rustic with a capitol R. Driving in and out feels more like trespassing on private land, with no guarantee you'll be able to pass or get back out. Not for delicate, low riding vehicles, you will bounce a bit. And you will want to drive in as far as you feel comfortable, it is a long way in so if you park at the front it's quite a hike, literally. Go for the scenery and expect no accommodations.

5. University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO 80309 +1 303-492-1411
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 342 reviews

University of Colorado at Boulder

Reviewed By Olena S - Orange Park, Florida

The university sits at the base of the Flatiron mountains (which are a must see). I was very impressed by the university after coming here for my niece’s graduation. The buildings with the terra cotta rooftops was gorgeous. Even the gym area and the location of the swimming pool was incredible.

6. Flagstaff Mountain

Boulder, CO +1 303-441-3440
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Flagstaff Mountain

Located close to downtown Boulder, this mountain offers climbing and hiking trails with sweeping views of the city.

Reviewed By SouthLava - Boulder, Colorado

Yes, we used to go “parking” after school with our girls back in our high school days at the top of Flagstaff Mountain. It’s still a beautiful place to visit whether it’s your first time or five decades latter. The road is narrow and winding so watch your speed. A definite spot to visit when you get to Boulder.

7. Boulder Creek Path

parallels Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302 +1 303-441-3200
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 456 reviews

Boulder Creek Path

This paved 7.5-mile path for walkers, bikers and skaters leads from Boulder proper into the mountains, winding its way along Boulder Creek, a large park and a playground.

Reviewed By Roberts69 - Northampton, United Kingdom

Whilst staying in Boulder I took a walk along the Creek Path on my way from my Hotel (Basecamp) to downtown for breakfast. Being November it was a cold but sunny morning and the walk along the Creek Path was very pleasant. Recommend it for a bit of gentle exercise getting close to nature. The path is well maintained and on the level so no special walking attire is needed... Just go and enjoy.

8. Pearl Street Mall

Pearl St from 11th to 15th Sts, Boulder, CO 80302 +1 303-449-3774
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Pearl Street Mall

Situated in the heart of an energetic city is beautiful, historic Downtown Boulder. At the heart of Downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a wonderfully charismatic four-block-long pedestrian mall that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007. Colorful, bright flowers fill the mall almost the entire year and street performers, with a multitude of talents, make the Pearl Street Mall one of the best people-watching destinations anywhere.

Reviewed By Maribeth G - De Pere, Wisconsin

Great unique shops and restaurants. Riffs ?excellent service, unique food. Would go back. Prices were good.

9. Boulder County Farmers Market

Thirteenth St. and Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302 +1 303-910-2236
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Boulder County Farmers Market

Reviewed By nylady21 - Pennsylvania, US

Great organic produce, meats, and flowers in addition to honey, salsas, jams and sauces. We got lunch from the paella and empanada stands and enjoyed a picnic in the nearby park. Very family friendly but it's a pet-free market, though, so come without your dog.

10. National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR

1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305-5602 +1 303-497-1000
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR

Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere, and art-science connections in this famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Other options: a wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail, guided tours for the public at noon on Monday/Wednesday/Friday except holidays, and a Guide-By-Cell audio tour (using your phone). Free admission, open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am-4pm. Visit our website for information about your visit, including organized group tours and to find out about our two annual maintenance closure dates.

Reviewed By jazzie F - Canandaigua

Take advantage of your opportunity to view an I. M. Pei designed building. It's wonderful modern architecture, modeled after the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi Indians. Check out how the building design and color fits into the landscape. There are multiple levels with connecting open...MoreThank you for your review!

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