Boulder on a Budget: Free and Exciting Attractions for All



Boulder, Colorado has been ranked in dozens of magazines for its livability, fitness, and the overall happiness of its citizenry. Many may wonder how this seemingly utopian town in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies got to be so gosh darned awesome? Well, for starters, the community of Boulder recognizes that when you provide physical fitness activities, musical experiences, brewery tours, and educational events for free your community will be smarter, healthier, and happier. These free events are particularly good for families on a tight budget, college students, and those of us who get a thrill from being thrifty. Not to mention, the town of Boulder understands that a variety of free attractions will bring tourists flocking.

Among the many free adventures to be had in Boulder, there's Mt. Sanitas, which is one of the most beautiful and scenic hikes in the Front Range. If you're a music lover, the city of Boulder puts on free concerts downtown during the months of June-September. This dancing, beer-drinking, foot stomping extravaganza is called Bands on the Bricks and features local artists from a variety of musical genres.

If you're looking for some holiday fun, St. Nick on the Bricks and the Parade of Lights are dazzling, local, events that will put the "merry" in your Christmas festivities. 

For beer enthusiasts, the Coors Brewery Tour is one of the most popular attractions in the area and is just a quick drive from Boulder. Completely free and totally awesome. 




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Gently weaving through miles of open space, underpasses, and urban delights, the Boulder Creek Path is a perfectly free and active way to spend your afternoon in Boulder. Whether you're walking, running, riding your bike or, perhaps something...  Read More


Boulder Falls


Boulder Falls is located in Boulder Canyon off of Highway 119 and allows for the perfect sightseeing adventure. Best still, accessing the falls only requires a short and very easy hike, so people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy. The...  Read More


Parade of Lights
Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

Local businesses, schools, churches and many more participate in downtown Boulder's holiday shebang. This year, the parade will be held on December 5th at 6pm. Floats festooned with twinkling lights, music, and the Pearl Street Mall's shops all...  Read More


Chautauqua Park
Photo courtesy of © 2014 City of Boulder Parks & Recreation


Completely free to the general public with absolutely no park admission fee, this meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that will suit any...  Read More


Mt. Sanitas


Boulder offers some of the most scenic and well-maintained hiking trails in all of the country. Not only is it a treat to amble along these Front Range treasures but it's also completely free. This 3.1 mile moderate to strenuous trail will lead...  Read More




Bands on the Bricks is a free, weekly concert put on by the City of Boulder on downtown Pearl Street at absolutely no cost. A beer garden featuring local brews from Avery, West Flanders, and Upslope Brewing Company can be enjoyed, as well has...  Read More


National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


Discover the amazing world of meteorology with exhibits devoted to everything from tornadoes to global warming. Sitting atop a mesa bluff, the facility features interactive exhibits, art galleries, a library, cafeteria, and several of the...  Read More


St. Nick on the Bricks
Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

Meet Santa himself while shopping and dining in Boulder's charming downtown area. Located at the Visitor's Center and starting the week of Thanksgiving, kids of all ages are encouraged to bundle up, wait in line, and sit on the lap of St. Nick...  Read More


Learn about the history, brewing process and environmental commitment of Coors Brewery in their popular and quick tour which includes free samples in their tasting room at the end. Located within just a short 30 minute drive of Boulder, this...  Read More


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Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope

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