Steam trains, dinosaurs, ice cream shops and cowboys - there’s nothing like a Family walking along Triceratops Trailtrip to Golden for family fun. Throughout the summer, Golden hosts a variety of events, including parades, festivals, movie nights, bicycle cruises, art shows and more, making it a great place for families to enjoy some quality time together. 

Here are  some ideas for immersive activities for the entire family:

TAKE A DRIVE, HIKE OR RIDE A BIKE!  Count the curves (Hint: there are 56) as you drive up the exciting Lariat Loop Trail to the very top of Lookout Mountain. At the top, the Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center has interactive exhibits about the deer, elk, racoons and even mountain lions and bears that live in Golden, as well as scenic nature trails. There are hiking trails up all five mountains that circle around Golden, or hike or bike ride for miles up into beautiful Clear Creek Canyon, crossing back and forth over the pretty river on bridges, including a fun suspension bridge.  

HANG OUT WITH BUFFALO BILL!  The famous scout and showman is buried on top of Lookout Mountain with panoramic views of Denver and snowcapped peaks. At The Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, kids can dress up like cowboys and cowgirls and learn about the Old West. Don’t forget to stop in the massive gift shop.

Dinosaur RidgeSEARCH FOR DINOSAUR BONES!  The first dinosaur bones were discovered near Golden at Dinosaur Ridge. Today, you can hike or take a bus tour looking for hundreds of real dinosaur tracks along the way.  The Triceratops Trail shows you where the first T-Rex bones were found, or visit the free Mines Museum of Earth Science, where you can learn about the geology that makes Golden special, enter a uranium mine and even see pieces of rock from the moon!

PLAY WITH TRAINS!  The Colorado Railroad Museum has huge indoor and outdoor model railroads where the realistic toy engines sound just like the real thing. There are dozens of genuine cars, locomotives and cabooses on 15 acres ready to be explored. Climb into the cab of a steam locomotive and ring the bell! There are steam-ups, special events and train rides all summer long.

VISIT A FARM!  The Golden History Park has a full historic creekside farm with a working blacksmith shop, barn, farmhouse and schoolhouse.  Bring some quarters and feed the chickens!

GET ARTSY! Golden has a thriving arts scene, with colorful murals, sculptures and “itty bitty art” installations spread throughout the downtown area, perfect for kids to find. Follow an online map to direct you to public art and the itty bitty art installations. The newly opened Foothills Art Center - Astor House and Creative Campus offer FREE admission and both splash-FIyouth and adult art classes. On top of that, Golden’s new Miners Alley Performing Arts Center offers youth classes and theater for young audiences. Check out their websites for lists of classes, events, performances and more!

MAKE A SPLASH! The Splash at Fossil Trace is OPEN for the summer season and features lap pools, open swim, a diving board, two slides, a sandbox with shade and a zero-depth leisure pool with play structures. Fun in the sun doesn’t get much better than that!

HAVE A SNACK OR LUNCH AT AN OUTDOOR CAFÉ!  With 300 sunny days a year, people in Golden live outdoors and there are more than two dozen restaurants with outdoor seating, many with mountain and creekside views. You can also avoid meltdowns at one of Golden’s kid-friendly restaurants or pick up a meal to go and have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables along Clear Creek. Leave room because downtown Golden has specialty shops selling ice cream, yogurt, cookies, cupcakes, candy and pastries! 

For more ideas on family fun, check out Top Things to Do with Kids in Golden!