Your Summer Bucket List in Boulder
Summ-ah, summ-ah, summ-ah time...! We're singing with joy at the arrival of this sweet season when longer days let you explore more and relax in the sun for hours in Boulder.
✓ Try a New Adventure
This summer's made for seizing the day and finding new adventures. Boulder is a town of adventure experts who make it easy for you to try new thrills with a guide. Go on a hot air balloon ride, or try mountain biking, kayaking or summiting a mountain.
✓ Picnic With a View
There's no better picnic town than Boulder. With 1,800 acres of city parks — many of them with spectacular Flatirons views — you can easily find a patch of green or a picnic table to gather over good food al fresco. Pick up nibbles from Dedalus Wine Shop & Market, Dish Gourmet or Le Frigo and a picnic basket from Peppercorn and head to one of our favorite picnic spots.
✓ Pick Up a Farm-Fresh Bouquet
The Boulder Farmers Market is bright with blooms from local growers, or you can swing by Munson Farm to buy some blossoms right where they're grown. Sol y Sambra Farm also has a charming, self-serve roadside flower stand, while Ya Ya Farm and Orchard lets you pick your own, right from the garden where they're grown.
✓ Hike Deep Into the Woods
In the heat of summer, we like to choose a heavily wooded trail for the shade, wildflowers and the heavenly summer scent of ponderosa pine (some compare it to chocolate or ice cream). Shady summer hikes include Lion's Lair, with a steep summit that overlooks all of Boulder Valley, Ranger Trail (the first part is lush and cool), or Anne U. White (in the shade of a narrow canyon).
✓ Refresh Your Summer Wardrobe
A floaty new sundress, a new straw hat, some great sandals or a colorful new bag will brighten your summer. Shop silk dresses at Haven, sandals at Savvy on Pearl or head to Twenty Ninth Street for a shopping center full of finds (and views).
✓ Discover What's New
If you haven't been to Boulder for a minute, you might be wondering what's new. A lot, actually! We have 40+ new murals, a one-of-a-kind brew-stillery, the U.S.'s first indoor ice-climbing training gym, a few fresh coffee shops, and a host of new outdoor stores.
✓ Go for a Mountain Drive
If it's the heat of the day, hop in the car and drive to higher ground for cooler temps. The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway is a favorite with visitors, described as, “Omg, it was like being inside a dream world of unbelievable mountains.” Along the way, you can stop to dip your toes in a mountain stream, stop for photo ops at a picturesque stone church and stop for some fun roadside adventure.