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Things to do in Boulder

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Boulder. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Boulder attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Boulder to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Boulder.

  • Asia Transpacific Journeys

    When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008, killing an estimated 140,000 people and devastating the Irrawaddy Delta, the Asia Transpacific Foundatio... More
  • Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

    The Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, built in the 1800s as a Methodist retreat, now serves up salmon with salsa verde on a wraparound porch. ... More
  • Conscious Coffees

    The products from this fair-trade, certified-organic coffee roaster garnered Roast Magazine’s 2011 Micro Roaster of the Year award. Located in Boul... More
  • Corner Bar, Boulder

    This aristocratic tavern inside the Hotel Boulderado has a high ceiling, tall windows, and wood everywhere, including the classy Old West-style bar... More
  • Deeper Africa

  • Katie Nelson

    Years as agent: 14. Other specialties: Costa Rica, Guatemala. Consulting fee: Varies. katien@travelpoints.com More
  • Mateo

    This Boulder bistro creates French Provençal cuisine in the mountains of Colorado. Seating includes a long bar and two rows of tables with white cl... More
  • Neptune Mountaineering

    Rent climbing shoes here, where the in-store museum features dozens of ice axes and an early pair of Rossignol skis. More
  • Rebecca Mazzaro

    Top tip: Don’t miss the Taunggyi Balloon Festival, in Shan state, when villagers convene on the November full moon to display handmade paper balloo... More
  • Red Wagon Organic Farm

    The organic local produce and honey from Red Wagon is used by restaurants in Boulder, Denver, Lafayette, and Louisville, and can be purchased at th... More
  • Vickerey

    Formerly an online-only venture, this new shop has an impressive mix of all-natural beauty products, jewelry, and gifts, such as Lama Li lokta-bark... More

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