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.
|See What's Open in Boulder|
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.
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|
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.
Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.
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.
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.
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|
Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for. The same important reminders above apply.
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.
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.
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|
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.
If you have questions about things to do in Boulder, please feel free to get in touch with us.