With its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, and plethora of outdoor activities, Boulder is an ideal spot for an active vacation. And best of all, a number of Boulder attractions are free. Read on to learn about five free things to do on your trip to Boulder, Colorado.
1. Visit Chautauqua Park. Filled with trails and beautiful views of the Flatiron mountains, Chautauqua Park offers a plenty of hiking opportunities just a few minutes away from downtown Boulder. Trails include the Royal Arch Trail, ending at a natural arch, and the Chautauqua Trail, offering panoramic views of the city. Chautauqua park is located at 846 Baseline Road.
2. Explore Pearl Street Mall. Located the heart of Boulder, Pearl Street Mall is a pedestrian zone running along Pearl Street and stretching from 11th to 15th Streets. Lined with a variety of shops and eateries, Pearl Street Mall offers a perfect place to grab a bite to eat, get a cup of coffee or to shop for everything from souvenirs to cookware to books. Musicians and entertainers frequently perform for tips along the mall. Pearl Street Mall is often bustling and is a great place to people watch.
3. Walk the Boulder Creek Path. Running through the city from East to West, Boulder Creek Path is about 6 miles long and follows the creek. On the west end of the path is Boulder Canyon. Moving eastward, you’ll pass through several city parks and the path will flatten out. The path runs along Boulder Canyon Drive, then turns near Broadway Street and loosely follows Arapahoe Avenue. Running and biking are also popular path pastimes.
4. Take the Celestial Seasonings free factory tour. Your boxes of Sleepytime and Lemon Zinger tea are made here in Celestial Seasonings’ Boulder tea factory and headquarters. The company offers free 45-minute tours of their facilities seven days a week. The tour includes free tea samples, a brief history, a walk on the factory floor and a visit to the aromatic mint room. Celestial Seasonings is located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive. For tour hours, visit: http://www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us/free-tours.html.
5. Swim in Boulder Creek. On warm summer days, Boulderites and visitors take advantage of Boulder Creek’s cool waters. There isn’t an official swimming area; people swim and tube in various parts of the creek along Boulder Creek Path.