Boulder's Bountiful Attractions and Activities for Avid Culture and Outdoor Enthusiasts

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10Best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Boulder to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please. Amongst the activities we're compiled, you will find two of the best parks for outdoor recreation in the country, Eldorado Canyon State Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Boulder Theater which hosts some of the finest local and big-name acts, and the Great American Beer Festival where you can take in some much-needed carbs after a long day of hiking. If you haven't had enough of Boulder's mountains just yet, let us recommend Chautauqua Park for some of the most beautiful local hikes and views for miles around. If you're really adventurous, you can even climb a Flatiron while at Chautauqua and then stop into their famous dining hall for some delicious lunch. With this eclectic mix of activities, you'll have no trouble finding ways to spend your time indoors, out-of-doors, or both.



Named by the "Wall Street Journal" as among America's leading open-air pedestrian malls. Whether it's books, clothing, sporting goods, candy, or jewelry, there's a little something here for everyone. The area includes galleries, entertainment...  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



Hands down, one of the best breweries you'll ever visit; Avery Brewing Company offers an escape from the bars and pubs of downtown. The lively atmosphere immediately invites you to snuggle up with your honey, cheers with your friends, or just...  Read More



Built in 1975, this notable CU-Boulder landmark features Zeiss, one of the most remarkable stargazing machines in the world. Star shows, lectures, and laser light productions are featured on Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays. This season,...  Read More

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Photo courtesy of Colorado Shakespeare Festival


This prestigious event is one of the top Shakespeare festivals in the country. It's held at Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater on the campus of the University of Colorado and at the University Theatre. Everyone associated with the plays is a trained...  Read More



This beautiful Art Deco theater was built in 1906 as an opera house and was later converted to a movie theater. Today, it's one of the city's finest venues for live music, independent films, and community events. Concerts draw everything from...  Read More



The highlight of the 415-square mile park is the Trail Ridge Road. Travel 50 spectacular miles over Trail Ridge Road, the nation's longest continuous road at such a high altitude, and experience incomparable changes in climate, vegetation, and...  Read More

Boulder County Farmers' Market


Independent farmers and growers offer their wares at this lively community farmers' market. You'll find fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, along with plants, trees, shrubs, coffee beans, baked goods, and crafts. The...  Read More



With more than 1,000 acres of land, this park is a favorite site for hiking and horseback riding on 10 beautiful miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The park's 850-foot sandstone canyon wall is popular with world-class rock...  Read More

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


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 skill level. The hiking trails take you into the Flatirons and the Bluebell...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

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