Things to do in Boulder

Things to do in  Boulder

Fun times in the Flatirons

An outdoor lifestyle runs deep in Boulder, which is often named one of the healthiest cities in America. This posh university town is framed by the Flatirons rock formations and wrapped in miles of hiking and biking trails at green spaces such as Chautauqua Park, Boulder Creek, and Wonderland Lake. And while athletic adventures top the list of things to do in Boulder, there's no shortage of urban appeal, thanks to award-winning dining options and boutique shopping along the pedestrian-only Pearl Street.

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All about Boulder

When to visit

Any time is a good time to visit Boulder, depending on your interests. Skiers and snowboarders flock here in winter to take advantage of the region’s ample fresh powder, while spring means fewer crowds, warmer temps, and blooming mountainsides. In the summer, Boulder is prime for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. Come fall, the aspens quake in shades of gold.

Getting around

It’s not too difficult to get around Boulder without a car. Beyond the ride-hailing and taxi services, the city has a robust bus system (HOP and SKIP), plus the Regional Transportation District (known locally as the RTD) runs through Boulder and the Denver area. Another super popular way to get around town is via bike—bike lanes are incredibly common, and you can rent a set of wheels in town.

Traveler tips

There’s so much to do in Boulder beyond getting into the outdoors and grabbing a beer (that’s all great, too, of course). Be sure to explore the scenic University of Colorado Boulder campus, visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and grab fresh goodies at the excellent Boulder Farmers Market on Saturdays. If you do venture into the outdoors, hit up lesser-known spots like Heil Valley Ranch and Betasso Preserve.

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How do I spend a day in Boulder?

Plan for an active itinerary in this outdoorsy town, filled with biking, hiking in the mountains, or even kayaking down Boulder Creek. Or, get your steps in on the pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street, lined with over 200 retailers. Stop for food at a local brewpub, the Farmers Market, or the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

What is Boulder known for?

Boulder is home to the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) campus, abundant in local breweries and active adventure opportunities. It’s no surprise that Boulder is a beacon for outdoorsy types who love the mountain town vibes. The city’s heart is Pearl Street, a four-block brick walkway lined with over 200 stores.

Is Boulder a walkable city?

Yes. With the pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street at its heart, Boulder is highly walkable. Nearby are the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Boulder Creek, the Farmers Market, and the colorful interiors of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. However, a vehicle or shuttle is needed to access outdoor adventures in the surrounding Flatiron Mountains.

What are the top attractions to visit in Boulder?

Boulder is a laid-back Colorado mountain town known for a wide range of activities. The Flatiron Mountains are a huge draw for bikers, hikers, and rock climbers, as are the Farmers Market, local breweries, and Pearl Street for foodies. Other attractions include the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the University of Colorado campus.

Is it worth visiting Boulder?

Yes. If you like classic Colorado mountain towns, then Boulder is worth a visit. The city is less than a 1-hour drive from Denver and is surrounded by mountains that have made it a hub for elite athletes and outdoor adventurers. Thanks to the large student population, the vibe in town is youthful and fun.

Why is Boulder so popular?

With easy access to Denver and surrounded by the Flatiron Mountains, Boulder has become a popular destination for outdoor adventurers. The youthful population keeps the downtown area lively—a neighborhood known for its local breweries, walkable public spaces, and flourishing arts scene. It also helps that the city is blessed by natural beauty at every turn.

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