Travel with Kids Tips: Boulder, Colorado
Article by Polly D. Moriarty
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Traveling out West with your kids soon? Here are some tips of things to do and see for your trip to Boulder, Colorado!
1) Pearl Street
Pearl Street, the pedestrian mall in the middle of town, has something for everyone in the family. Parents will love the shops that range from Patagonia for outdoor and adventure gear to independent clothing boutiques like Chelsea. But, Pearl Street isn’t just about the shopping. Street performers will wow your kids. And, they will love “bouldering” on the rocks and animal sculptures and hopping around in the fountain.
Boulder has a plethora of restaurants from high-end to family style. Our family loves the Mountain Sun and Southern Sun . Awesome beer, delicious pub food, great tunes, and super kid-friendly! Also, check out the Buff for brunch!
Chautauqua is the kick off point for many of the hiking trails that lead out of town. It starts out steep but levels off, so people of all hiking levels will enjoy it. Check out the summer concert calendar to see if something is playing at the unique open-air amphitheater while you are in town. The most popular thing to do for families on Monday evenings in the summer is to hit Meadow Music in the Chautauqua common, where Jeff Kagan plays his guitar and sings his catchy kid songs about Colorado and the environment. Don’t miss this!
4) Boulder Creek Path
The path runs east to west just a couple blocks off Pearl Street. Rent some bikes at University Bikes or go by foot. This path is shady and cool in the summer months and your kids will enjoy exploring and wading in the water. I don’t recommend swimming due to the bacteria, but some people will kayak and tube down it. Just before the path heads up into the mountains, you’ll find a great playground and grassy picnic area. Foot of the Mountain Motel and the Quality Inn are two kid-friendly hotels that back up to the Creek Path.
5) Boulder Farmer’s Market
Arguably the largest and most friendly Farmer’s Market in the country, this one is open April to November on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Our kids love the tamales and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Late summer you can pick up tasty Colorado peaches. There’s often musical entertainment too! Labor Day and Memorial Day are special events in Boulder and the Farmer’s Market expands to include more vendors, kid’s games and rides.
I would recommend Boulder for a family destination to all my friends and family! It’s a great place to stay before or after heading up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are heading there in two weeks and I will be posting my next “Tips” from there!
About the Author
Polly D. Moriarty is an owner/ director of Global Works Travel and mother to Ellie (2 years) and Hanna (3 months).
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