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Visiting Boulder for CU’s Family Weekend? Here Are 6 Not-to-Miss Things to Do

Congrats! You have a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. What a wonderful place for your student to study and learn! Even better, you get to enjoy visiting. We happen to love it here ūüėČ

If you’re in town for CU’s Family Weekend –¬†or visiting for any other reason! – we would like to share a few not-to-miss things to do while in town.

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What to Do in Boulder

1. Eat

In case you have not yet discovered, Boulder is a Foodie Town. In fact, it’s been listed in many national publications as the Foodiest Town in America, a tidbit we’re quite proud of! From the Saturday Farmer’s Market to the Southern Sun, there’s a food choice for every budget and palate. Get a few ideas here >>¬†Must-Try Restaurants in Boulder.

2. Drink Beer

Long before “craft brewery” become a trending term, Boulder had been ahead of the revolution by more than a hundred years. Boulder’s first brewery¬†opened in 1866 by an Austrian immigrant and was known as Crystal Springs Brewing Company.¬† Fast forward to today’s time and¬†Boulder is filled with some of the nation‚Äôs biggest hop hounds. With more than 175 local breweries and brewpubs, Boulder produces more beer per capita than anywhere in the world.

RELATED: Why Beer Lovers Live in Boulder

3. Hike

If time permits, you’d be missing out if you didn’t explore the foothills of the Rocky Mountains right on the edge of town. Boulder is full of world-class hiking trails with options for beginners through experts. Opt for something quick – like Royal Arch Trail, or with a bit more time, explore a longer trail such as the 7.5 mile long Mesa Trail. Want more? Explore the trails in nearby Lyons, Golden or Nederland, as well. Here is easy access to maps and trailhead info.

RELATED: Our Favorite Fall Hikes in Boulder County

4. Bike

Now, we understand you’re likely not traveling with a bike for CU’s Famly Weekend, and that’s why we are happy to recommend a local bike tour! There are a variety of tours available; choose from brewery hopping, wilderness tours, electric cruiser bikes to freestyle cycling adventures. And, with 300 miles of dedicated bikeways – how could you not?¬†

Explore Boulder Bike Tours here >>

5. Explore

If eating, drinking and partaking in outdoor activities aren’t your thing, don’t worry! There are still plenty of wonderful ways to enjoy our quaint town. Might we recommend a day of exploring? Start with a little shopping and people watching on Pearl Street, or consider a drive up Flagstaff. Like cars? You may enjoy seeing the Shelby American Collection¬†or the Dougherty Museum. You could dip your toes in Boulder Creek or pack a picnic to enjoy at Chautauqua.

6. Buy Real Estate

In case you haven’t heard, real estate is HOT in Boulder. What better investment for yourself and your CU student than to own rather than rent? Not only will you reap the rewards of a strong market, but you can also help teach your child the responsibilities of owning a home and potentially managing roommates. Once your child has moved on, you can choose to cash in your investment or continue to nurture it by renting it out – at which time you may consider hiring a property manager.

We can help assist with any questions you may have about buying a home, second home or investment property in Boulder. Feel free to contact us for a no-cost consult.

Boulder is a wonderful community with lots to enjoy on your family visit. If you’re looking for more information on what to do in Boulder, please reach out.