Looking for some fantastic things to do in Boulder, Colorado? Have no fear. Your certified adventurer is here. I spent a little over a weekend in Boulder this summer and while it was not nearly enough time to do everything, it was enough time to pick and choose a few of my favorite things to do in Boulder. It was also more than enough time for me to fall in love with this cozy little Colorado city.
There are so many things to do in Boulder that it is hard to know where to start, but since I have to start somewhere, I'll start where everyone else seems to start: the Pearl Street Mall.
Get all your shopping done and enjoy a delicious meal at the Pearl Street Mall
The Pearl Street Mall is probably one of the most famous things to do in Boulder, and with good reason. This pedestrian-only section of downtown is lined with every kind of shop you can imagine. From adorable tea shops to three-story bookstores, there's something for everyone on the Pearl Street Mall. Not to mention some of the best gelato I've had in America and a handful of other restaurants that are going to send your taste buds on a journey they won't soon forget.
If you can stomach it, try waking up for sunrise
If you turn the opposite way on Pearl Street, you get a stunning view of the sunrise. Plus, the city is totally deserted at this hour. I love exploring cities at sunrise because they are usually pretty empty and it gives me a chance to see everything without the crowds and noise. I didn't get a chance to go on a sunrise hike in Boulder, but I have a sneaking suspicion it would be incredible.
Then you can actually wake up with some delicious coffee
First of all, you should know I never actually tasted their coffee. I am on a search to find the best chai in the world and despite the tough competition, Laughing Goat in Boulder made the list. It's a really cute coffee shop and it's open early on Pearl Street, so you can go there after you enjoy your sunrise. ;)
See if you can find this random haunted house
I haven't been able to find this haunted house on any "things to do in Boulder" lists, but I fee like everyone should know about it. I'm not sure if you can actually go inside... it didn't look very accessible to me, but this was one of those things I found at sunrise. What I do know is if you are walking down Pearl Street, you should definitely at least take the time to snap a few pictures.
Take a walk on the Boulder Creek Path and get lost in the greenery
This was one of my favorite things to do in Boulder and I did it again and again and again. The Boulder Creek Path is a 5.5 mile-long path that follows Boulder Creek. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends, but it makes a great morning walk and a lovely way to get a healthy dose of nature in the middle of the city.
Then gain all those calories back at Spruce Confections
Let's face it... you're on vacation! And what's the point of vacation if you aren't going to splurge? I had my fair share of baked goods in Boulder (ganja-free, Mom, don't worry) and I would say my two favorite bakeries in Boulder were Boulder Baked and Spruce Confections.
Then use your sugar-high to fuel an off-the-beaten-path adventure
While spending a month in Paris I was exposed to the term, "flaneur," and it has become my new favorite term in the whole world. It translates roughly to a "connoisseur of streets" or even more roughly to "a wanderer." The point is that the wandering is pointless. You just start walking and see where the streets take you. In my case they took me to this stunning garden, but who knows where yours will lead you.
If you need a reason to come to Boulder, the Hanuman Festival is a great excuse
Okay so this is only relevant on the things to do in Boulder list if you are going to be in Boulder in June, but if you are it is super relevant and you should definitely go. I went to the Hanuman Festival this year (in fact, it is why I was in Boulder) and I loved every single minute of it. In fact, I wrote a whole blog about the experience.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, check out the Flatirons
Let's face it, you can't really say you've been to Boulder unless you see the Flatirons. Then again, it's pretty hard to go to Boulder and not see them. If you can, take some time to go hiking in the area. But even if that doesn't happen, at least go for a walk and find a good view of these magnificent mountains.
Did I miss anything? What are your favorite things to do in Boulder? Let me know in the comments below!