Coming to Big Boulder and Looking for Things to Do?


I was putting together a list of some of my favorite things to do in Boulder and Denver for a reporter coming to Big Boulder, and I wanted to share some on the blog. We know some visitors are coming for the weekend!

Boulder is a small town with a great restaurant scene and many Gnip employee’s have favorite restaurants to enjoy downtown. If you’re looking for something nicer, we recommend Frasca, Oak, Black Cat, Kitchen and Salt.If you’re looking for something more casual, some favorites include: Kitchen Next Door (super affordable and healthy), Cafe Aion (on CU Boulder’s hill), Dushanbe House (restored tea house), Pizzeria Locale, Mountain Sun (micropub with good beer) and Rio Rooftop. Check out Downtown Boulder’s website for a complete list of restaurants, shops and fun events going on!

You may not know that Colorado brews more beer than any other state. If you’re up for a brewery tour, we recommend:

Also, great micro-distilleries:

And as a lark, Celestial Seasonings has a tour too.

If you’re into the outdoors, you can rent cruisers from Boulder’s bike sharing program or mountain bikes from University Cycle. Easy-to-access hikes are Chautauqua and Mount Sanitas (hard hike). If you’re up for a day trip, there is Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, which also has the Shining Hotel. Evergreen is a fun mountain town about an hour away and you can rent paddle boats and then do a wine and cheese tasting by the creek. If you’re willing to travel further, Breckenridge and Vail are two hours away and you can often find hotel deals on Jetsetter this time of year.

If you get out to Denver, the Denver Art Museum has an incredible Yves St Laurent exhibition going on right now that no one else in the US is getting. I also like Riverfront Park in Denver with some cute shops, a flagship REI and you can even try kayaking in the river.  The Lower Highlands area is popular as well. Linger used to be a mortuary and is a popular restaurant and then you can follow it with ice cream from Little Man. Baseball games in Denver are downtown, and you can take the bus from downtown Boulder and get dropped off right by the field.

If you have any other suggestions for things to do in Boulder, please leave them in the comments.

Downtown Boulder Map