Here are a few ideas of things to do during your visit to Boulder and Colorado. This list will be updated and added to over the months before our wedding. Please contact us with questions or help planning your trip!
We have plotted all of these activities on a map here, so you can judge which would be the most convenient.
Pearl street is a several block long walking mall, and one of the things Boulder is most well known for. Pearl Street is just 1 block away from the Hotel Boulderado & Rembrandt Yard. Here, there are tons of restaurants, shops, and even more fun people to watch. Often, there are street performers who are quite talented! We highly recommend taking a stroll down Pearl street while you are here.
Hiking at Chautauqua National Historic Park and the Flatirons
The Colorado Chautauqua is a 40-acre piece of land that is the entrance to a number of the areas most popular hiking trails. These trails range in length and difficulty, but there is enough variety for everyone. Highly recommended by Jill and Bryan.
Boulder Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays
We’re all about the farmers market. Definitely stop by the Boulder Farmer’s Market on Saturday if you can. Lots of great shopping and food.
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.
Savory Spice Shop
This is one of our favorite places to go. They have a store just down the street from the Hotel Boulderado. If you like to cook, or just want to indulge yourself in all of the spices and herbs you can think of, stop into Savory! You can taste and smell everything they sell.
Boulder Shakespeare Festival
July 25, 26 & 27
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Location: Macbeth – Mary Rippon Theatre; Complete Works – University Theatre
Address: University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO 80302
Times: Macbeth – 6:30pm; Complete Works – 7:30pm
National Center for Atmospheric Research, a building designed by I. M. Pei
Cool museum for both kids and adults. Good nature-walking paths nearby, that actually connect through the foothills to Chautauqua if you are feeling daring. For architecture enthusiasts, the building is designed by I. M. Pei. Pei said he wanted the Mesa Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research to look “as if it were carved out of the mountain”.
Colorado is a mecca for craft beers, and there are quite a few great breweries in the area.
Avery Brewing Company (3 miles from downtown) – Boulder based brewery with a tap room and daily tours
Boulder Beer Company (2 miles from downtown) – These makers of the popular Hazed and Infused beer were Colorado’s first microbrewery.
Coors (20 miles from downtown) – Yup, the big one. Located in Golden, this can be a nice detour to/from the Denver – or for those headed into the mountains.
Great Divide (28 miles from downtown) – A favorite for Jill and Bryan, this tasting room makes for a nice trip when visiting Denver.
Left Hand Brewing Company (13 miles from downtown) – Not too far out of town, Left Hand brews a mean Milk Stout.
New Belgium Brewing (54 miles from downtown) – This is on here for posterity. The makers of the best celebrated craft beer from CO, Fat Tire, are in Fort Collins.
Twisted Pine (2 miles from downtown) – Nice little brewery with an outdoor patio. Good combo to walk from a meal at the Walnut Cafe over to Twisted Pine for a drink.
Oskar Blues (15 miles from downtown) – Famous for the blue cans full of Dale’s Pale Ale, this brewpub and grill is in Lyons – and is really the only thing out there. Good stop for those visiting Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park.
Upslope Brewing Company (3 miles from downtown) – also using cans, this newcomer brews 3 ales and a lager. You’ll see upslope on tap almost everywhere in Boulder.
Celestial Seasonings Factory
Take the free Celestial Seasonings Tour so you can see firsthand how the finest all–natural ingredients from around the world become your favorite Celestial Seasonings teas. While the tours run daily, the factory is only operational Monday-Friday, so best to go during the weekdays.
You’ll also have the chance to enjoy free samples of every tea they make.
Biking around Boulder
Boulder B-cycle is Boulder’s nonprofit bike-sharing program. B-cycles are ready to ride whenever you want them, making it easy to pedal to lunch, add a one-way bike trip to your commute, or show friends around town. Pick up a bike at any B-station, and return it to any station when you’re done.
The B-Cycle isn’t free – so be careful of quick up-charges for using a cycle for more than the allotted time – but don’t let this stop you from taking one out for a ride!
Biking outside of Downtown Boulder
If you are into golf, Boulder is a beautiful place to be outside and golf.
Here are a few places to check out. We are unsure about membership policies, but these are popular options.
Tubing Down the Boulder Creek
Boulder’s favorite summer ritual is to pick up an inner tube at this tubing and rafting center and float down Boulder Creek from the whitewater park at Eben G Fine Park to 30th St.
The park’s high water and sculpted ledges can get rocking in early season, and you may even get flipped. But the creek mellows below 9th St, and can get low in late summer leaving a much more placid whitewater park as the only navigable stretch.
Colorado Rockies Baseball Game
The Colorado Rockies play on Coors Field in Denver. On the weekend of the wedding, they face the Brewers on both Friday and Saturday night.
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park is the town at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The park offers so much to see and do, from easy and difficult hikes to tons of wildlife. We highly recommend driving up the RMNP if you have the time. More info on the park and hikes can be found here.
On the way, you’ll pass through Lyons, which is a tiny, cute, mountain town (home of Oskar Blues Brewery — see above). Then you will drive through Estes Park, a gorgeous town which shows the different Colorado landscapes seen in this specific climate. It can be windy, so travel prepared.
Once you get to Estes Park, you will see the famous Stanley Hotel on the right (inspiration for The Shining). It is also worth stopping in. Just don’t go into room number 237.