Guidebook for Boulder

Shane & Nicole
Shane & Nicole
Guidebook for Boulder

Food Scene

The food here is sublime! Fresh, organic and farm-to-table. Reservation recommended.
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The Kitchen
1039 Pearl Street
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The food here is sublime! Fresh, organic and farm-to-table. Reservation recommended.
One of the best and most popular breakfast places on Pearl St (and in Boulder in general). Go early (9am or earlier) or be prepared for a loooong wait.
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Snooze an A.M. Eatery
1617 Pearl Street
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One of the best and most popular breakfast places on Pearl St (and in Boulder in general). Go early (9am or earlier) or be prepared for a loooong wait.
Delicious coffee, breakfast places, sandwiches and artisanal foods. A leisurely 10-minute (approx) walk from the house.
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Boxcar Coffee Roasters
1825 Pearl St
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Delicious coffee, breakfast places, sandwiches and artisanal foods. A leisurely 10-minute (approx) walk from the house.
Oh how we adore Boulder's iconic Dushanbe Tea House. Go there for an eclectic breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea time. OR just stop by and grab a chai tea to go. Its one of the very best in Boulder!
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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
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Oh how we adore Boulder's iconic Dushanbe Tea House. Go there for an eclectic breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea time. OR just stop by and grab a chai tea to go. Its one of the very best in Boulder!
Hands down the BEST happy hour in Boulder! They have a large selection of delicious happy hour bites and drinks. Their weekend brunch and dinner is also fantastic. Reservations recommended.
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Brasserie Ten Ten
1011 Walnut St # 100
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Hands down the BEST happy hour in Boulder! They have a large selection of delicious happy hour bites and drinks. Their weekend brunch and dinner is also fantastic. Reservations recommended.
OMG...the gelato here is simply out of this world! Creamy, dreamy and delicious- and their flavors are very creative and unique. Also, they always have a handful of dairy-free options that are water or coconut milk based.
Gelato Boy
1021 Pearl St
OMG...the gelato here is simply out of this world! Creamy, dreamy and delicious- and their flavors are very creative and unique. Also, they always have a handful of dairy-free options that are water or coconut milk based.
The Boulder Farmers Market is pretty epic. Lots and lots of fresh local fruits, veggies, meats and baked goods. A large selection of breakfast and lunch food options- and sometimes live music too. Every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon May-Nov.
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Boulder Farmers Market
13th Street
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The Boulder Farmers Market is pretty epic. Lots and lots of fresh local fruits, veggies, meats and baked goods. A large selection of breakfast and lunch food options- and sometimes live music too. Every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon May-Nov.
Excellent, fun, cozy taco place in the heart of Pearl street. try the fish taco....it's so good!
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bartaco
1048 Pearl St
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Excellent, fun, cozy taco place in the heart of Pearl street. try the fish taco....it's so good!
Excellent non-Pearl Street brunch option! Plan on arriving by 9:00am on weekends if you would like to avoid a wait.
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Tangerine
2777 Iris Avenue
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Excellent non-Pearl Street brunch option! Plan on arriving by 9:00am on weekends if you would like to avoid a wait.
Delicious baked goods. We LOVE their almond croissants, but you need to get there early because they only make a limited amount each day- and they sell out quick.
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Lucky's Bakehouse and Creamery
3960 Broadway
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Delicious baked goods. We LOVE their almond croissants, but you need to get there early because they only make a limited amount each day- and they sell out quick.
This Starbucks is just 3-4 blocks away and is the closest coffee shop to the house.
Starbucks
2770 Pearl Street
This Starbucks is just 3-4 blocks away and is the closest coffee shop to the house.
A quick and healthy place to eat with lots of gluten-free, grain-free and paleo options.
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Fresh Thymes Eatery
2500 30th Street
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A quick and healthy place to eat with lots of gluten-free, grain-free and paleo options.
Great for quick, affordable and healthy bite. Lots of gluten-free options and their meats are antibiotic and hormone-free.
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Modern Market Eatery
1600 28th Street
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Great for quick, affordable and healthy bite. Lots of gluten-free options and their meats are antibiotic and hormone-free.
Delicious sushi with a lively atmosphere in the heart of downtown Boulder.
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Sushi Zanmai
1221 Spruce Street
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Delicious sushi with a lively atmosphere in the heart of downtown Boulder.
Excellent coffee, tea and warm beverages in a spacious, cozy, eclectic atmosphere- and they have live music on select days and times too! Check out their website for more info.
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The Laughing Goat
1709 Pearl Street
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Excellent coffee, tea and warm beverages in a spacious, cozy, eclectic atmosphere- and they have live music on select days and times too! Check out their website for more info.
Delicious farm-to-table food in a chic atmosphere. We love going here for lunch!
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Oak
1400 Pearl Street
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Delicious farm-to-table food in a chic atmosphere. We love going here for lunch!
This is one of Boulder's hot spots and is very happening. The pizza is delicious- and they have a full selection of wine and beer. Family friendly provided you go early enough to miss the crowd.
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Pizzeria Locale
1730 Pearl Street
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This is one of Boulder's hot spots and is very happening. The pizza is delicious- and they have a full selection of wine and beer. Family friendly provided you go early enough to miss the crowd.
Shine's entire menu is gluten-free and they have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well. Aside from the food, what we love about Shine is their unique selection of creative non-alcoholic + alcoholic) shots and drinks that they call potions. Their brunch is great as well- and parking is plentiful since they are not located downtown.
Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar
2480 Canyon Blvd
Shine's entire menu is gluten-free and they have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well. Aside from the food, what we love about Shine is their unique selection of creative non-alcoholic + alcoholic) shots and drinks that they call potions. Their brunch is great as well- and parking is plentiful since they are not located downtown.
WOWZAA, this place good! If you are looking for a quick, healthy and super delicious bite to eat in a gorgeous light filled environment this is your place! Flower child has grain bowls, salads, warps, fresh juices and some really yummy avocado toast! Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful here:)!
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Flower Child
2580 Arapahoe Ave
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WOWZAA, this place good! If you are looking for a quick, healthy and super delicious bite to eat in a gorgeous light filled environment this is your place! Flower child has grain bowls, salads, warps, fresh juices and some really yummy avocado toast! Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful here:)!
This Nepali restaurant staffed by former Mt. Everest Sherpas offers authentic and super delicious food.
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Sherpa Restaurant
825 Walnut Street
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This Nepali restaurant staffed by former Mt. Everest Sherpas offers authentic and super delicious food.
Enjoy some delicious Calamari, fish and oysters at Boulder's best and most popular seafood restaurant. They have happy hour all day Monday and 4-6pm Tues-Sunday.
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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder
928 Pearl Street
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Enjoy some delicious Calamari, fish and oysters at Boulder's best and most popular seafood restaurant. They have happy hour all day Monday and 4-6pm Tues-Sunday.
This little "hole-in-the-wall" is owned by a super sweet Italian family and has DELICIOUS homemade pastas and other authentic delicacies. Don't leave without trying their Tiramisu!
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II Pastaio Ristorante
3075 Arapahoe Avenue
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This little "hole-in-the-wall" is owned by a super sweet Italian family and has DELICIOUS homemade pastas and other authentic delicacies. Don't leave without trying their Tiramisu!
Nothing beats a bowl or cone of delicious ice cream on a hot summer night. This place is very popular and has a huge selection of classic and unique flavors. Our favorites are cookies n cream and oatmeal cookie, but samples are free...so try as many as you would like and decide for yourself:)
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Sweet Cow
2628 Broadway
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Nothing beats a bowl or cone of delicious ice cream on a hot summer night. This place is very popular and has a huge selection of classic and unique flavors. Our favorites are cookies n cream and oatmeal cookie, but samples are free...so try as many as you would like and decide for yourself:)
This ice cream shop is a bit off the beaten path, but completely worth the trip! They use only the highest quality and organic ingredients and their flavors are unique and super delicious.
Heifer and the Hen
5290 Arapahoe Ave
This ice cream shop is a bit off the beaten path, but completely worth the trip! They use only the highest quality and organic ingredients and their flavors are unique and super delicious.

Parks & Nature

A beautiful park and tons of epic hiking trails. Take a hike and afterwards enjoy brunch or lunch at Boulder's iconic Chautauqua Dining Hall. Delicious, moderately-priced menu with lots of healthy options.
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Chautauqua Park
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A beautiful park and tons of epic hiking trails. Take a hike and afterwards enjoy brunch or lunch at Boulder's iconic Chautauqua Dining Hall. Delicious, moderately-priced menu with lots of healthy options.
This short, family-friendly loop circles Flagstaff Mountain.
May's Point
This short, family-friendly loop circles Flagstaff Mountain.
If you have little ones, you'll love the park at the main branch of Boulder Public Library. This park has lots of fun terrain, a giant sandbox and water features (turned on only in late spring, summer and early fall). And a big bonus is that it's right on Boulder creek so the kids can check that out as well. Great place for a family picnic!
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Boulder Public Library - Main Library
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
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If you have little ones, you'll love the park at the main branch of Boulder Public Library. This park has lots of fun terrain, a giant sandbox and water features (turned on only in late spring, summer and early fall). And a big bonus is that it's right on Boulder creek so the kids can check that out as well. Great place for a family picnic!
The National Center for Atmospheric Research is a trailhead for one of the city's best, lesser-known winter hikes. And if your'e curious you can also check out some fun exhibits inside the center including how clouds form or how to create your own tornado.
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NCAR Trail Head
1850 Table Mesa Dr
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The National Center for Atmospheric Research is a trailhead for one of the city's best, lesser-known winter hikes. And if your'e curious you can also check out some fun exhibits inside the center including how clouds form or how to create your own tornado.
The Dakota Ridge trail on Mt. Sanitas is one our very favorite hikes in Boulder because of it's mix of inclines and flat terrain. At the top of this trail you'll find a bench where you can take a break and marvel at the gorgeous views of Boulder down below.
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Mount Sanitas Trail
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The Dakota Ridge trail on Mt. Sanitas is one our very favorite hikes in Boulder because of it's mix of inclines and flat terrain. At the top of this trail you'll find a bench where you can take a break and marvel at the gorgeous views of Boulder down below.
Because Lion's Lair doesn't allow for bikes or dogs, it's significantly less crowded than the Sanitas trail- especially on the weekends.
Lions Lair And Sunshine Canyon Trails
1644-1928 Sunshine Canyon Dr
Because Lion's Lair doesn't allow for bikes or dogs, it's significantly less crowded than the Sanitas trail- especially on the weekends.
Great for sledding in the winter!
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Scott Carpenter Park
1505 30th St
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Great for sledding in the winter!
This beautiful path runs along Boulder's famous creek. The walk from the main branch of the Library to Eben G. Fine park is epic in the fall when the leaves are turning.
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Boulder Creek Path
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This beautiful path runs along Boulder's famous creek. The walk from the main branch of the Library to Eben G. Fine park is epic in the fall when the leaves are turning.
If your'e visiting when the weather is warm, you won't want to miss this adorable place to have a beach experience. You can swim, paddle-board, kayak or just relax in the sand. Not visiting in warm weather? There are plenty of hiking trails at the Reservoir that are open year-round.
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Boulder Reservoir
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If your'e visiting when the weather is warm, you won't want to miss this adorable place to have a beach experience. You can swim, paddle-board, kayak or just relax in the sand. Not visiting in warm weather? There are plenty of hiking trails at the Reservoir that are open year-round.
Coot Lake is a LOVELY place for a scenic stroll!
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Coot Lake
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Coot Lake is a LOVELY place for a scenic stroll!
When we are in the mood for a flat hike/walk, we head to Wonderland lake. If it's a hotter day or peak time of day, you may want to avoid this walk as its not very shaded and can feel a bit intense (heat-wise).
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Wonderland Lake Trailhead
4205-4207 Broadway
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When we are in the mood for a flat hike/walk, we head to Wonderland lake. If it's a hotter day or peak time of day, you may want to avoid this walk as its not very shaded and can feel a bit intense (heat-wise).

Shopping

Cute shop on Pearl Street that has a unique selection of artisan goods including baskets, textiles and ceramics.
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Momentum
1625 Pearl Street
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Cute shop on Pearl Street that has a unique selection of artisan goods including baskets, textiles and ceramics.
This adorable shop has it all- cards, stationary, books, jewelry, nick-nacks, kitchen goods, children's goods, etc...
Bliss Boulder
1643 Pearl Street
This adorable shop has it all- cards, stationary, books, jewelry, nick-nacks, kitchen goods, children's goods, etc...
If you love unique jewelry you might love this one-of-a-kind jewelry store located in Boulder's iconic Pearl Street Mall.
Art + Soul - Boulder Luxury Jeweler
1505 Pearl St
If you love unique jewelry you might love this one-of-a-kind jewelry store located in Boulder's iconic Pearl Street Mall.

Essentials

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Whole Foods Market
2905 Pearl Street
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Just a few blocks away from the house, this grocery store is similar to Whole Foods (selection-wise), but much cheaper.
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Natural Grocers
2685 Pearl Street
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Just a few blocks away from the house, this grocery store is similar to Whole Foods (selection-wise), but much cheaper.
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Safeway
2798 Arapahoe Avenue
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Looking for a relaxing manicure or pedicure at a fake-nail (fumes) free spa? This is your place!
j lounge
3003 Walnut St
Looking for a relaxing manicure or pedicure at a fake-nail (fumes) free spa? This is your place!
This place is pure bliss! Pop in for a relaxing foot soak OR book a luxurious massage, facial or ayurvedic spa service. They also have a double massage room- if you are in town for a romantic getaway and want to try a couples massage.
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The Dragontree Spa
1521 Pearl Street
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This place is pure bliss! Pop in for a relaxing foot soak OR book a luxurious massage, facial or ayurvedic spa service. They also have a double massage room- if you are in town for a romantic getaway and want to try a couples massage.

Entertainment & Activities

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Century Theatre
1700 29th Street
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Only 21 miles away, this is Boulder's closest ski resort.
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Eldora Mountain Resort
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Only 21 miles away, this is Boulder's closest ski resort.
Here's a strange way to spend an afternoon: locked in a room filled with hidden clues. The goal: to find your way out of the room before time's up. It's an interactive puzzle set to a suspenseful storyline that demands creative thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving. So fun!
Enigma Escape Rooms
1426 Pearl Street
Here's a strange way to spend an afternoon: locked in a room filled with hidden clues. The goal: to find your way out of the room before time's up. It's an interactive puzzle set to a suspenseful storyline that demands creative thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving. So fun!
Only in Boulder can you see a Pink Floyd (there are other options too, like Queen, Lady Gaga, etc..) show in a planetarium at a museum. Stretch back in comfy chairs and enjoy the music and creative light show.
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Fiske Planetarium
2414 Regent Drive
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Only in Boulder can you see a Pink Floyd (there are other options too, like Queen, Lady Gaga, etc..) show in a planetarium at a museum. Stretch back in comfy chairs and enjoy the music and creative light show.
Gateway is the home to Colorado's longest go-kart track (or so they claim). They also have mini-golf and an arcaid.
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Gateway Park Fun Center
4800 28th Street
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Gateway is the home to Colorado's longest go-kart track (or so they claim). They also have mini-golf and an arcaid.
Love tea? Then you won't want to miss this tea tour! From raw ingredients to finished products, you’ll learn all about the wonderful world of tea and see how Celestial's products are blended, packaged and shipped. You'll never look at tea the same way again!
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Celestial Seasonings
4600 Sleepytime Drive
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Love tea? Then you won't want to miss this tea tour! From raw ingredients to finished products, you’ll learn all about the wonderful world of tea and see how Celestial's products are blended, packaged and shipped. You'll never look at tea the same way again!
Simply relax and take in the spectacular scenery on this full-day tour of world-famous Rocky Mountain National Park. With round-trip transportation from downtown Denver included, you don't have to worry about driving or navigating as you gaze upon snow-capped mountain peaks, gorgeous glacial lakes, and likely plenty of high-alpine wildlife. Enjoy stops for park walks and lunch on your own in the resort village of Estes Park. Book here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g60945-d13000536-Rocky_Mountain_National_Park_Tour-Estes_Park_Colorado.html
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Simply relax and take in the spectacular scenery on this full-day tour of world-famous Rocky Mountain National Park. With round-trip transportation from downtown Denver included, you don't have to worry about driving or navigating as you gaze upon snow-capped mountain peaks, gorgeous glacial lakes, and likely plenty of high-alpine wildlife. Enjoy stops for park walks and lunch on your own in the resort village of Estes Park. Book here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g60945-d13000536-Rocky_Mountain_National_Park_Tour-Estes_Park_Colorado.html
If your'e a football fan visiting during football season, you won't want to miss catching a CU football game here.
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Folsom Field
2400 Colorado Avenue
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If your'e a football fan visiting during football season, you won't want to miss catching a CU football game here.

Arts & Culture

This newly rehabbed gem is a FANTASTIC place to check out local music, comedy, dance and theatre performances. Buy your tickets online or via the phone ahead of time. Just a 5-10 minute walk from the house. https://tickets.thedairy.org/Online/default.asp
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Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street
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This newly rehabbed gem is a FANTASTIC place to check out local music, comedy, dance and theatre performances. Buy your tickets online or via the phone ahead of time. Just a 5-10 minute walk from the house. https://tickets.thedairy.org/Online/default.asp
We LOVE this hidden gem! Boulder Dinner Theatre is often a phenomenal performance coupled with a decent dinner (it's not quite the farm to table restaurants that we love, but it's good for what it is). Tickets are reasonably priced ($45-ish per person which includes your meal)
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BDT Stage
5501 Arapahoe Avenue
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We LOVE this hidden gem! Boulder Dinner Theatre is often a phenomenal performance coupled with a decent dinner (it's not quite the farm to table restaurants that we love, but it's good for what it is). Tickets are reasonably priced ($45-ish per person which includes your meal)
Check out their schedule here: https://www.colorado.edu/macky/events
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Macky Auditorium
1595 Pleasant St
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Check out their schedule here: https://www.colorado.edu/macky/events
This museum, which opened in the spring of 2018, captures the city's unique spirit. Check out their website for a list of current exhibits: https://museumofboulder.org/
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Boulder History Museum, now d/b/a The Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway
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This museum, which opened in the spring of 2018, captures the city's unique spirit. Check out their website for a list of current exhibits: https://museumofboulder.org/

Sightseeing

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Pearl Street Mall
1942 Pearl Street
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This famous house, at 1619 Pine St., is a popular attraction in Boulder, particularly for fans of the 1970's sitcom "Mork and Mindy". It was the character Mindy's house.
Mork and Mindy House
This famous house, at 1619 Pine St., is a popular attraction in Boulder, particularly for fans of the 1970's sitcom "Mork and Mindy". It was the character Mindy's house.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Boulder, this is a great day trip to see great rock formations and a wonderful river running through the middle of the park. Can be a crowded road and parking on holidays.
Eldorado Canyon Trail
Just 15 minutes from downtown Boulder, this is a great day trip to see great rock formations and a wonderful river running through the middle of the park. Can be a crowded road and parking on holidays.
Go here for truly beautiful view of Boulder's famous Flatirons.
Boulder mountain park
Go here for truly beautiful view of Boulder's famous Flatirons.