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South Boulder

A residential district with a big heart, denizens of South Boulder are loyal to its laid-back lifestyle, foothills views, easy hiking trail access and esteemed national laboratories. The neighborhood is nestled into the foothills, with pine-dotted hillsides and dramatic mountain climbs to explore.

Looking south along the foothills to NCAR

Things to Do

  • Take a tour at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The rust-colored buildings are a fixture on South Boulder's horizon, with architecture designed by I.M. Pei (who also designed the Louvre pyramids in Paris). Inside, you can see some of the world's most advanced computers, touch a simulated tornado and admire beautiful views. 

Visiting NCAR

A virtual reality experience at NOAA

Ride the SKIP Bus

The SKIP bus runs an easy route up and down Broadway — all the way from North Boulder, through downtown and to South Boulder — making it a great way to get to and from South Boulder. The Transit app will give you real-time updates and help you plan your trip.

  • Grab a beer at Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, which serves up great pub fare and chill vibes, plus a large outdoor seating area with solid views.

Southern Sun Pub & Brewery

The Shanahan Ridge Connector Trail

  • Pop into locally owned Neptune Mountaineering to peruse outdoor gear, enjoy a coffee at their cafe and even experience their in-store museum that includes equipment that’s been to the top of Everest.

Neptune Mountaineering's cafe and outdoor book selection

More Things to Do

South Boulder has a strong community feel, and much of this neighborhood is right up against the foothills for excellent outdoor exploration. 

Where to Eat

Low-key neighborhood hangouts, coffee shops, brewpubs and a variety of restaurants dot the South Boulder area, with plenty of delicious bites to try. 

Where to Stay

Rest your head in complete comfort in these peaceful Boulder accommodations near South Boulder.