A Boulder Guidebook

Matthew

A Boulder Guidebook

Arts & Culture
The University of Colorado, Boulder offers a range of events at Macky Auditorium (ballet, philharmonic, theatre), Fiske Planetarium, and Folsom Field. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival occurs June - August in the Mary Rippon Outdoor theater. See a CU Buffs football game in the fall or a basketball game in the winter.
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University of Colorado Boulder
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The University of Colorado, Boulder offers a range of events at Macky Auditorium (ballet, philharmonic, theatre), Fiske Planetarium, and Folsom Field. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival occurs June - August in the Mary Rippon Outdoor theater. See a CU Buffs football game in the fall or a basketball game in the winter.
If you're looking for local ballet, theatre, art, and an interesting setting; check out the Dairy Arts Center. I'd recommend seeing any play performed by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. You're probably going to be disappointed if the play is produced by the Upstart Crow, unless you're a very forgiving theatre goer. Check out the monthly comedy offering, or see a film in the Boedecker Theater
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Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street
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If you're looking for local ballet, theatre, art, and an interesting setting; check out the Dairy Arts Center. I'd recommend seeing any play performed by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. You're probably going to be disappointed if the play is produced by the Upstart Crow, unless you're a very forgiving theatre goer. Check out the monthly comedy offering, or see a film in the Boedecker Theater
Boulder doesn't have a huge art scene, but the Boulder Contemporary Art Museum is worth a visit. Don't forget to stop by the Dushanbe Tea House.
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Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
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Boulder doesn't have a huge art scene, but the Boulder Contemporary Art Museum is worth a visit. Don't forget to stop by the Dushanbe Tea House.
This is a small museum located off of Pearl Street; pop in and learn a bit more about the history of Boulder.
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Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway
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This is a small museum located off of Pearl Street; pop in and learn a bit more about the history of Boulder.
The Nomad is located across the street from the house just behind the Lucky's Market complex. They usually have theatre, live music, or some interesting event taking place so check it out.
The Nomad Playhouse
1410 Quince Avenue
The Nomad is located across the street from the house just behind the Lucky's Market complex. They usually have theatre, live music, or some interesting event taking place so check it out.
Food Scene
The Kitchen Upstairs is one of our favorite places to dine or meet friends for cocktails. This is a nice place for adults to gather free from kids, along with the Kitchen (downstairs), which has high class dining. The Kitchen Next Door is great for families and is located, well, next door to the Kitchen. Try it, you can't go wrong.
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The Kitchen
1039 Pearl Street
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The Kitchen Upstairs is one of our favorite places to dine or meet friends for cocktails. This is a nice place for adults to gather free from kids, along with the Kitchen (downstairs), which has high class dining. The Kitchen Next Door is great for families and is located, well, next door to the Kitchen. Try it, you can't go wrong.
Dushanbe Tea House, which is next to the Boulder Contemporary Museum of Art is 10 minutes from the house. The architecture if phenomenal; a gift from Tajikistan to Boulder.
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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
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Dushanbe Tea House, which is next to the Boulder Contemporary Museum of Art is 10 minutes from the house. The architecture if phenomenal; a gift from Tajikistan to Boulder.
Black Cat is one of Boulder's best fine dining restaurants. The food is produced on Eric's farm here in the community and prepared fresh at the restaurant.
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Black Cat
1964 13th Street
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Black Cat is one of Boulder's best fine dining restaurants. The food is produced on Eric's farm here in the community and prepared fresh at the restaurant.
Japango Sushi and Japanese cuisine is on Pearl Street and one of our absolute favorites. If you go on the weekend, ask for Holly to serve you. You can't go wrong.
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Japango
1136 Pearl Street
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Japango Sushi and Japanese cuisine is on Pearl Street and one of our absolute favorites. If you go on the weekend, ask for Holly to serve you. You can't go wrong.
Pearl Street Mall - Boulder has great coffee roasters and purveyors. Check out Ozo Coffee for tech/entrepreneur scene on the west-end of Pearl Street. For artists, musicians, and writers; go to the Laughing Goat on the east-end of Pearl.
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OZO Coffee | West Pearl
1015 Pearl Street
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Pearl Street Mall - Boulder has great coffee roasters and purveyors. Check out Ozo Coffee for tech/entrepreneur scene on the west-end of Pearl Street. For artists, musicians, and writers; go to the Laughing Goat on the east-end of Pearl.
Laughing Goat Coffee House is the place for Boulder's creatives; artists, writers, photographers, painters, etc. It's one of our favorites.
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The Laughing Goat
1709 Pearl Street
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Laughing Goat Coffee House is the place for Boulder's creatives; artists, writers, photographers, painters, etc. It's one of our favorites.
BEST BREAKFAST in Boulder: Lucky's Cafe is the best breakfast in Boulder and it's literally across Broadway, a 2 minute walk from the house. This is a hidden gem.
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Lucky's Cafe
3980 Broadway
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BEST BREAKFAST in Boulder: Lucky's Cafe is the best breakfast in Boulder and it's literally across Broadway, a 2 minute walk from the house. This is a hidden gem.
Entertainment & Activities
Pearl Street Mall is both outdoor shopping, entertainment, dining, and everything else central to Boulder, Colorado. It is a 8 min drive by car, according to Google Maps and a 10 minute bus ride, or 20 min walk from the house.
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Pearl Street
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Pearl Street Mall is both outdoor shopping, entertainment, dining, and everything else central to Boulder, Colorado. It is a 8 min drive by car, according to Google Maps and a 10 minute bus ride, or 20 min walk from the house.
Eldora Mountain and Ski Resort is 21 miles from the house. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and downhill skiing are all available with a quick drive up the mountain.
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Eldora Mountain Resort
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Eldora Mountain and Ski Resort is 21 miles from the house. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and downhill skiing are all available with a quick drive up the mountain.
Valmont Bike Park is 10 minutes from the house and has 40 acres of trails for fun riding that meets everyone's needs, from beginners to experts.
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Valmont Bike Park
3160 Airport Road
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Valmont Bike Park is 10 minutes from the house and has 40 acres of trails for fun riding that meets everyone's needs, from beginners to experts.
Scott Carpenter is where you'll find Boulder's Skate Park, which is 10 minutes from the house.
Skate Park at Scott Carpenter Park
1505 30th St
Scott Carpenter is where you'll find Boulder's Skate Park, which is 10 minutes from the house.
North Boulder Recreation Center is 3 minutes from the house directly south on Broadway; about a mile. Indoor pool, tennis courts, racquetball, gymnastics for kids, kiddie pool with indoor water slides for kids and adults.
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North Boulder Recreation Center
3170 Broadway
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North Boulder Recreation Center is 3 minutes from the house directly south on Broadway; about a mile. Indoor pool, tennis courts, racquetball, gymnastics for kids, kiddie pool with indoor water slides for kids and adults.
Black Hawk is the local casino scene. So, if you're a gambler, this is the place to go.
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Black Hawk
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Black Hawk is the local casino scene. So, if you're a gambler, this is the place to go.
Parks & Nature
Wonderland Lake trails in North boulder are great for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. No motorized vehicles permitted. Wonderland Lake a Wildlife Sanctuary is less than .25 from the house. You'll see birdlife, deer, coyotes, muskrats, rabbits, and on very, very rare occasions black bears and mountain lions. You can fish from the banks. These trails connect 150 miles of trails managed by Open Space & Mountain Parks.
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Wonderland Lake Park
Poplar Avenue
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Wonderland Lake trails in North boulder are great for hiking, walking, trail running, and mountain biking. No motorized vehicles permitted. Wonderland Lake a Wildlife Sanctuary is less than .25 from the house. You'll see birdlife, deer, coyotes, muskrats, rabbits, and on very, very rare occasions black bears and mountain lions. You can fish from the banks. These trails connect 150 miles of trails managed by Open Space & Mountain Parks.
Eben G. Fine Park is 10 minutes from the house. It's great for relaxing w family and friends, a picnic, or enjoying kayaking and tubing on Boulder Creek. A bit further up the canyon you can enjoy rock climbing and access loads of trailheads into Theodore Roosevelt National Forest.
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Eben G. Fine Park
101 Arapahoe Avenue
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Eben G. Fine Park is 10 minutes from the house. It's great for relaxing w family and friends, a picnic, or enjoying kayaking and tubing on Boulder Creek. A bit further up the canyon you can enjoy rock climbing and access loads of trailheads into Theodore Roosevelt National Forest.
The Flatirons are Boulder's most iconic feature as the Rocky Mountains climb directly up. Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and Park is just below and loads of trailheads are close at hand.
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Flatirons
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The Flatirons are Boulder's most iconic feature as the Rocky Mountains climb directly up. Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and Park is just below and loads of trailheads are close at hand.
Boulder Reservoir is 12 minutes from the house and has sandy beaches, water based sports, and is a great place for families. The beaches at Boulder Reservoir are a great way to relax during the summer. You can paddle board, water ski, swim, wake board, etc. There are volley ball courts and bbq grills for use too. Standup paddling board is available at Boulder Reservoir
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Boulder Reservoir
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Boulder Reservoir is 12 minutes from the house and has sandy beaches, water based sports, and is a great place for families. The beaches at Boulder Reservoir are a great way to relax during the summer. You can paddle board, water ski, swim, wake board, etc. There are volley ball courts and bbq grills for use too. Standup paddling board is available at Boulder Reservoir
Boulder Valley Ranch is 10 minutes from the house for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, or a nice long walk. Trail running is also popular at Boulder Valley Ranch, which is fairly flat overall and passes several small reservoirs. Horseback riding, Boulder Valley Ranch - search for horseback riding outfits to find what fits you and your family's needs. One outfitter provides riding for people with disabilities. Mountain Biking Boulder Valley Ranch is quite popular.
Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead
Sage Trail
Boulder Valley Ranch is 10 minutes from the house for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, or a nice long walk. Trail running is also popular at Boulder Valley Ranch, which is fairly flat overall and passes several small reservoirs. Horseback riding, Boulder Valley Ranch - search for horseback riding outfits to find what fits you and your family's needs. One outfitter provides riding for people with disabilities. Mountain Biking Boulder Valley Ranch is quite popular.
This is a great place to hike that doesn't require advanced training and is suitable for all levels.
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Betasso Preserve Trailhead
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This is a great place to hike that doesn't require advanced training and is suitable for all levels.
The Switzerland Trail is great for all levels so choose your own adventure and have a lovely hike, mountain bike ride, or enduro.
Switzerland Trail Trailhead
The Switzerland Trail is great for all levels so choose your own adventure and have a lovely hike, mountain bike ride, or enduro.
Drinks & Nightlife
It's in the neighborhood: North Boulder Liquor; family owned and operated since 1939. It's convenient, friendly, and located across the street from the house by Lucky's Market; a 1-2 minute walk from the house; 3 minutes if you have to wait on the light.
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North Boulder Liquor
3990 Broadway
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It's in the neighborhood: North Boulder Liquor; family owned and operated since 1939. It's convenient, friendly, and located across the street from the house by Lucky's Market; a 1-2 minute walk from the house; 3 minutes if you have to wait on the light.
This is a great lounge that's small, intimate, and delivers great drinks and awesome food.
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Bramble & Hare
1970 13th Street
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This is a great lounge that's small, intimate, and delivers great drinks and awesome food.
This is a great place to get cocktails, hang with the local Boulderites, and jump straight into the scene.
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The Bitter Bar
835 Walnut Street
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This is a great place to get cocktails, hang with the local Boulderites, and jump straight into the scene.
This is a great place for live music and drinks.
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License No. 1
2115 13th Street
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This is a great place for live music and drinks.
This is great for large groups, families, friends, and everything else. They offer a traditional German beer garden scene with great sausages, live music, comedy on Sunday nights, and a very interesting mix of tourists, students, and locals.
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Bohemian Biergarten
2017 13th Street
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This is great for large groups, families, friends, and everything else. They offer a traditional German beer garden scene with great sausages, live music, comedy on Sunday nights, and a very interesting mix of tourists, students, and locals.
Essentials
Neighborhood: Lucky's Market in North Boulder has loads of organic selections. It takes two minutes to walk to Lucky's Market from the house unless you have to wait for the light to change, which makes it three minutes : )
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Lucky's Market
3960 Broadway
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Neighborhood: Lucky's Market in North Boulder has loads of organic selections. It takes two minutes to walk to Lucky's Market from the house unless you have to wait for the light to change, which makes it three minutes : )
Neighborhood: Art Cleaners is just across the street for those needing last minute environmentally friendly services for weddings, special events, graduation ceremonies, holiday festivities, or just to look dapper.
Art Cleaners
3980 Broadway
Neighborhood: Art Cleaners is just across the street for those needing last minute environmentally friendly services for weddings, special events, graduation ceremonies, holiday festivities, or just to look dapper.
The Farm - Boulder’s Finest Recreational Marijuana Dispensary - https://thefarmco.com/ Founded in 2009, The Farm is a locally-owned & operated Colorado marijuana dispensary in the heart of Boulder & 5-10 minutes away. At The Farm, they're passionate about growing the cleanest, most potent, natural cannabis for adults 21 & over. Discerning Boulderites have consistently chosen The Farm as their cannabis shop of choice. Today, we’re the #1 recreational marijuana shop in Boulder, having won Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder four years in a row, (2015-2018), Yellow Scene’s Best of the West four years in a row (2014-2017), as well as many other industry accolades. URL: https://thefarmco.com/
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The Farm
2801 Iris Ave
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The Farm - Boulder’s Finest Recreational Marijuana Dispensary - https://thefarmco.com/ Founded in 2009, The Farm is a locally-owned & operated Colorado marijuana dispensary in the heart of Boulder & 5-10 minutes away. At The Farm, they're passionate about growing the cleanest, most potent, natural cannabis for adults 21 & over. Discerning Boulderites have consistently chosen The Farm as their cannabis shop of choice. Today, we’re the #1 recreational marijuana shop in Boulder, having won Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder four years in a row, (2015-2018), Yellow Scene’s Best of the West four years in a row (2014-2017), as well as many other industry accolades. URL: https://thefarmco.com/
Shopping
This is an outdoor shopping mall with restaurants, indoor mini-golf, movie theatre and family friendly. Check out live music during the summer or the Fire Fly market.
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Twenty Ninth Street
1710 29th Street
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This is an outdoor shopping mall with restaurants, indoor mini-golf, movie theatre and family friendly. Check out live music during the summer or the Fire Fly market.
If you're in need of an actual mall, this is the closest and best mall available from Boulder.
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Flatiron Crossing Mall
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If you're in need of an actual mall, this is the closest and best mall available from Boulder.