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    Your Spring Bucket List in Boulder

    Your Third Night's Free

    Linger longer in Boulder with a special hotel offer. Book two nights and get your third free at participating hotels. The offer ends March 30, 2022.                                       

    Get Your Third Night Free

    Spring to the rescue! Warm breezes, fresh blossoms and cool sunshine are bound to be a welcome balm for all you've been through lately. Be sure you don't miss a thing this spring, and use our list below to hit all the season's highlights in Boulder.   

    ✓ See the Tulips on Pearl Street

    Downtown Boulder’s brick-paved Pearl Street Mall is filled with flowerbeds that bloom with upwards of 15,000 tulips in springtime. The timing of the buds’ opening is, of course, up to Mother Nature, but you will often see the tulips begin to pop up in early April, with the blossoms peaking in mid to late April. Bring a camera and make a day of it with Pearl Street’s amazing shopping and dining.

    Boulder's Pearl Street is lined with brightly-colored tulips in Spring

    ✓ Hike a Wildflower Trail

    Boulder's trailside blooms start to come up in earnest in early to mid-April. Head out on one of Boulder's best wildflower hikes and see how many you can identify using our wildflower identification guide.  

    ✓ Go Fly a Kite

    Catch the breezes that blow down off the Rockies and experience the childlike joy of flying a kite in a scenic spot like Scott Carpenter Park, North Boulder Park or Wonderland Lake Park, whose views of the Flatirons make it all the more joyful. Treat yourself to a shiny new kite at Into the Wind, Boulder's go-to kite source since 1980.


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    ✓ Freshen Up Your Wardrobe

    Spring’s the perfect time to purge your closet of pilled sweaters and, eh-hem, maybe some too-tight pants. As a reward for your efforts, treat yourself to a fresh floral top from Elison Rd., a chic spring jacket from Cedar and Hyde Mercantile or a bright new handbag from Two Sole Sisters

    ✓Find the Best Spring Salad

    Farm-fresh spring greens, artichokes, chives and peas will be popping onto plates around town with the arrival of spring. Two new salad restaurants, Sweetgreen and CHOP5, join many other green-forward places around health-focused Boulder. We like the famous kale and apple salad at Oak at Fourteenth, the wedge salad at Jax Boulder or the MC Green Salad from Thrive — and too many more to list here.


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    ✓ Shop in the Fresh Air at the Farmers Market

    Blue hens' eggs, yellow daffodil bouquets, purple-tasseled chives, tender green asparagus, crusty golden loaves of bread...invite these fresh flavors and colors home with you when you visit the Boulder Farmers Market. It runs every Saturday 8am-2pm (April-November) and Wednesdays 4-8pm (May-October).    

    ✓ Spot Migrating Birds

    The return of sweet birdsong to the air is a springtime joy to relish. Now's a great time to catch sight of some migrating birds as they pass through Boulder this time of year. Read our bird-watching guide for where to go.

    ✓ Have an Afternoon Tea Party

    White linens, tiered trays of sweets, finger sandwiches and a swirling selection of's an experience fit for royalty at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse — and a fitting way to celebrate spring.

    ✓ Sip a Spring Cocktail

    Cheers to making it through winter and all the joys of spring with the passionfruit-spiked Piñata cocktail from Corrida, the nonalcoholic berry honey lemonade from Corner Bar, or the raspberry-tinted Rose Garden from Japango.

    ✓ Meet Some Cute Baby Animals

    Boulder is surrounded by farmland, and spring is a great time to visit to meet...ADORABLE BABY ANIMALS! At Growing Gardens, a community garden project and farm located in the heart of town, you can book a private tour and goat bottle feeding with their cutest kids for up to 10 people. And Sunflower Farm has a few new fuzzy little lambs to greet, too. You'll need to make a reservation online for Farmfest Public Hours, which will grant you direct contact with your favorite farm animals. Enjoy the huge shade trees with incredible tire swings, sit on a tractor and discover an old airplane, sandboxes, bicycles, hammocks and free-roaming chickens, among many other things to explore. 

    Mountain Flower Goat Dairy

    ✓ Stay the Night Somewhere Special

    From hotels with year-round pools to those with swanky lounges with roaring fireplaces, each of Boulder's hotels offers a mini escape to look forward to. See Boulder hotel safety protocols, and check out special offers