The beauty of Colorado is well known, and it's been immortalized in songs, pictures and books.
Boulder, Colo. – one of the state's most aesthetic and exciting places to visit – offers visitors the chance to dine, shop and recreate amidst the area's famed open spaces and hiking trails. And what better way to celebrate the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains than by purchasing a kite?
These items, in and of themselves, are not practical; kites are merely elegant, lovely and fun, which makes them the cornerstone of one of Boulder's most beloved speciality shops: Into the Wind.
Colorful kite faces dance above the heads of guests at Into the Wind — Photo courtesy of Into the Wind
History and Location
Operating for over 30 years, Into the Wind opened its doors in the 1980s after its owners, two out-of-work architects named Jim and George, decided to try their hand in kites.
The store celebrates its anniversary every April Fools' Day. (No joke.)
Situated on Boulder's well-known shopping and dining strip Pearl Street, Into the Wind is a must-visit when taking a stroll downtown.
Nearby you'll find local restaurants, theaters and pop-jet fountains for kiddos to play in on a warm summer's day. And you can enjoy the seasonal street performers who are hard at work for dollars and cents.
A kaleidoscope of color greets each shopper — Photo courtesy of Into the Wind
Into the Wind's Atmosphere
For Harry Potter fans, Into the Wind will remind you of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes shop, where magical items of all shapes and varieties can be purchased.
Kites, science themed games, flags, games and much more make the perfect gifts for the children in your life, or for those who are still a kid at heart.
The shop is bright, open and a delight for the eyes. Helpful and knowledgable shop attendants will assist visitors in finding the perfect kite or trinket.
Specialty Items Within
A variety of kites – from beginner to stunt kites – is available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, styles and colors. The kites range in price from affordable to extravagant, and, while buying a less expensive kite is just fine, it's often worth putting down a little extra cash to ensure that your kite will last for years to come.
In addition to their extensive kite collection, Into the Wind also offers a smattering of traditional toys, including Etch-a-Sketches, rubber duckies, yo-yos and gumbo dolls. These whimsical items make the perfect souvenirs or stocking stuffers, and they're sure to brighten anyone's day.
Where to Fly Your Kite
Great places to fly your new kite in the Boulder area include North Boulder Park, Scott Carpenter Park and Chautauqua Park. These areas offer wide, open fields and few trees for your kite to get stuck in.