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Give your wallet a break, and head to Golden for a little free entertainment. There’s something for everyone to do in Golden, CO: The beer lover, the history buff, and those that cherish the outdoors all have great options for a wonderful trip to Golden. Here’s a sample of the best (and FREE) things to do in Golden, Colorado:

Currently, Mines Museum is CLOSED to the public until further notice. The Mines Museum offers an extraordinary collection of specimens in a beautiful, multi-galleried building. Home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission, it was started in 1874 and…

Pioneer life in the hills and canyons near Golden was harsh, difficult, and not for the faint of heart. Relive the experience by exploring the one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log cabins, hay barn and root cellar at the Golden History Park. Visit the heirloom-breed chickens and feed them for a…

Golden’s public art collection is renowned internationally and features some of the best bronze statues in Colorado. The 30+ statues are located throughout the city and along Clear Creek. Highlights include “Cowboy’s Day Off,” “Rotary Butterflies,” and “The Monarch” which is the large buffalo statue…

Triceratops Trail, a 1.5-mile gravel hiking trail, winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. Along the trail are stops highlighting clay mining and dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect, and invertebrate tracks and traces, as well as several walls full of plant…

Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence with engaging exhibitions and dynamic arts programming for learners of all ages. Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 and is an official member of the United…

Lookout Mountain Nature Center inspires kids and adults to connect with the natural world and learn more about it through free educational programs and exhibits. Interactive exhibits take visitors on a tour of the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids and adults alike enjoy the hands-on…

In the heart of the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, the Boettcher Mansion provides a rare combination of historic authenticity and modern convenience. The mansion’s interior is largely intact, and guests enjoy historically accurate interior and Craftsman-style furnishings.

The Lariat Loop Byway is a 40-mile route that retraces the motoring adventures of the early 1920’s. Drivers experience the thrill of foothills exploration at the dawn of the Age of Motorcars. Colorado’s first gateways to the mountains still have sharp curves, winding roads, spectacular views, and…

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