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    Things You Can Do in Boulder During

    If you are looking for things to do — or if you have family or friends visiting — here are a few ways to get out and enjoy the town. Good news: Most things are open in Boulder for your enjoyment! Plus, Boulder is fortunate to enjoy a stunning natural location, 45,000 acres of open space and lots of recreation opportunities. 

    Don't hesitate to call us (Boulder's official tourism office) if you need further information, have questions about the status of things in Boulder, or need assistance: 303-442-2911.

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    See a Performance

    Go Shopping

    Head to historic downtown Pearl Street or the Twenty Ninth Street shopping center for epic, open-air shopping. Boulder's shops are open for business and are allowed to operate at 75% capacity. They are cleaning rigorously and regularly, wearing face coverings and sanitizing point of sale stations. Learn more about safe shopping here. To go inside, you will need a face covering by order of Boulder County Public Health.

    Shopping Safely

    Nomad Beads

    Enjoy Some Good Food

    Dining out in Boulder is a highlight of any visit, with our renowned chefs turning out incredible meals daily. Restaurants are open for indoor dining at 100% capacity with six feet of space between parties. Many have great patios, have expanded their seating onto the sidewalk or street, and provide to-go or delivery. You'll need to wear a face covering to any restaurant and can remove it for eating or drinking.

    Dining Safely in Boulder

    Downtown Dining on Pearl Stree

    Visit a Museum
    Guided Tours

    Outdoor guided tours are allowed to operate at 100% capacity with six feet of spacing between parties. Check our Experiences listings and check with the operators to get the latest info on tours you're interested in.

    Bike to Farm Tour

    Mural Tour

    Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise Boulder

    Photo Tour

    Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.

    Take a Scenic Drive

    There is great clarity in a mountain drive and plenty to see along these scenic drives. Get your picnic provisions in Boulder before heading out.

    Self-Guided Tours

    Strike out on your own adventure with our list of self-guided tours, which explore a variety of topics: food, geology, art, tea and more. Learn as you go, keep your social distance and set your own pace.

    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Patio

    Hiking and Nature Walks

    Peace and optimism are available on 150 miles of trails right in the city of Boulder. Go for a hike on dozens of trails including these easy nature outings. Make sure to choose one that is not crowded, even if that involves additional driving or a change of plans. 

    Flatirons hiking with dogs

    Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is open sunrise to sunset (entry fees apply). Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour away and is open to visitors. For information on how to visit, go to the RMNP website

    Find a Hiking Trail

    Important reminders:

    • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. If you need to pass someone on the trail, communicate with them to allow the recommended six feet of distance.
    • It's recommended you pull up your face covering when you can't maintain six feet of distance.
    • View suggested one-way travel areas, trails that are wider than six-feet and areas that see high and low visitation through OSMP's interactive trails map.
    • If you're feeling ill, absolutely do not visit open space. 
    • If parking is full, move on to another park or trailhead.
    • Do not take risks. Keep rangers, deputies and other first responders safe. ​

    Woman Reading Trailhead Sign at Chautauqua

    Mountain Biking 

    Go mountain biking on six major trail systems. The same important reminders above apply. In a spring snowstorm, try a fat bike.

    Wild Turkey Trail Boulder Mountain Biking


    Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for. The same important reminders above apply.

    Go Stargazing

    Cold spring nights offer clear skies and a magical experience after dark. Check out our stargazing guide for where to go in and around Boulder, plus tips, tours and what to bring. 

    Play a Round of Family Disc Golf

    Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family activity. All you need is a frisbee. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).    


    There's no better picnic town than Boulder, with a view from every park. A few favorite spots: the picnic tables at Bobolink Trailhead, North Boulder Park and South Mesa Trailhead. Get something to go from Boulder's amazing restaurants and head to Boulder's parks, which have remained open. Playgrounds are open now, too. Here's more picnicking info.   

    PIcnic at Chautauqua

    Educational Outings and Field Trips

    Being a town of nerds, Boulder has tons of educational sites to explore, with worksheets and resources to support your lesson plan. We've compiled several ideas that are great for families or anyone who enjoys getting out and exploring.

    Plan a Field Trip

    Museum of Boulder Google Garage

    What's Not Open Yet?

    Celestial Seasonings factory tours, the National Center for Atmospheric Research visitor center, and the University of Colorado's museums and planetarium are not yet open to the public.

    Contact Us

    If you have questions about things to do in Boulder, please feel free to get in touch with us. 

    Emiliano Lake-Herrera

    Director of Visitor and Conference Services
    303-442-2911, Ext. 133