TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS
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Golden offers ample entertainment for families and is filled with a variety of activities to help you spend time together. Golden features all the fun of a mountain town without the drive up I-70 – perfect for a quick adventure with kids no matter where you are coming from. Our favorite type of family excursion – fun, affordable (or free) and nearby. What’s not to love?
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR TOP KID-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN GOLDEN:
Mines Museum of Earth Science
Mines Museum is now open with limited hours, visitor capacities, and Covid restrictions in place. Face masks are required to enter the building. Current visitor capacity is 30 people per floor, per hour, on a first-come, first-served basis. Previous reservations will still be honored. We can’t wait to see you! During your visit , stop in at the updated Museum store, also open for online shopping. https://www.visitgolden.com/listing/mines-museum-store/10976/ The Mines Museum (formerly the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum) is home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission. It was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite, and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. It aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite and historic mining treasures. Visit the newly remodeled and awesome gift shop at the main entrance to the museum. And check out the realistic mine on the downstairs floor which has fluorescent minerals on display.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Lose track of time year-round at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. At their Depot Museum and 15-acre rail yard, guests will find over 100 engines, cabooses, coaches, a garden railway, and their renowned library. Their roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable is a popular place. **Special events and train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive throughout the year. Special events include the annual, very popular, Day out With Thomas! Train rides each Saturday! **Please check the Colorado Railroad Musuem's website for train ride information.
Clear Creek Whitewater Kayaking Park
The Clear Creek Whitewater Kayaking Park is one of Golden’s most unique recreational attractions. Built for recreational canoeing and kayaking, the course is one quarter of a mile of adventurous, splashing fun! This innovative recreational experience is divided into sections. The top is a series of drops and pools of different experience levels and has some fast eddies. The middle portion consists of flat, broad, shallow surf waves with huge random boulders–a prime workplace for gates. The bottom section entertains paddlers with more extreme surf and wave drops. The class of this course will require paddlers proficient on fast moving, cold water, particularly during high flow season. There are no fees for drop-in usage and the course is unsupervised. The course at the Clear Creek Whitewater Kayaking Park has hosted various events including the Colorado School of Mines Spring Icebreaker, The Clear Creek Whitewater Festival, The Open Canoe Championships, The Junior Olympic Championships, and the Eddie Bauer Invitational to name a few. There are also reported sightings of the U.S. Olympic Kayak Team practicing at the course! The Golden Parks and Recreation Department also offers lessons at the indoor pool for those that would like to safely learn this unique water sport.
Golden History Museum & Park
Golden History Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 303-278-3557 or by walk up as available. Members have reservation preference during the first hour of each day. Golden History Museum is a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. Historical Coors objects like the framed original 1900 lithograph titled, "Adolph Coors Golden Brewery, Golden, Colo." produced by the Denver Litho. Co. in Denver, CO are currently on view. The Museum features programming spaces, a research center, a hands-on gallery for families with young children, and dynamic new exhibits that highlight the City’s collection of historic objects. With the vision of “always something new to discover,” the renovated Golden History Museum brings the behind-the-scenes practices of object discovery and preservation to the front of the house. The Golden History Park is a three-acre outdoor learning lab with historic and reproduction buildings that replicate a 19th-century mountain homestead. The Golden History Park is open from sunup to sundown; intermittent closures may close the Park during summer camp season.
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
The museum is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and is closed Monday - Thursday. The grave site, Lookout Mountain Park, and the Pahaska Tepee cafe and gift shop remain open 7 days a week. The following policies are in place during the COVID-19 outbreak. We ask all visitors to follow these rules so that we may remain open: - All staff and visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. - Occupancy in the Museum galleries will be limited to 25% capacity. - Exhibit entry may be staggered and timed to assure even visitor flow. - To minimize person-to-person contact, all museum transactions are CREDIT CARD ONLY. We are temporarily not accepting cash. - It is highly recommended that you arrive early in the day! The museum can be quite busy in the afternoons. Morning visitors should experience little or no wait for entry while those arriving later in the day may experience a wait or find that tickets are sold out for the day. The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, a facility owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, exists to preserve the memory of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. To this end it maintains the Cody gravesite and related structures on Lookout Mountain Park; collects, cares for and interprets artifacts associated with "Buffalo Bill" Cody's life and times between 1846 and 1917; and records Cody's ongoing influence on American culture. The museum overlooks beautiful Golden, Colorado.
Splash Aquatic Park at Fossil Trace
The Splash at Fossil Trace is located in colorful Golden, CO on 10 acres adjacent to Fossil Trace Golf Club. The Splash Aquatic Park has features and attractions for all ages, from 1-100 years old. Come for a day, come for the season, or come with a group – The Splash strives to create a memorable experience for every visitor. The Splash at Fossil Trace offers a large 25-meter lap pool with 8 lanes for lap swim, open swim, and jumping off of the diving board. Enjoy two slides depending on your height, ability, and mood! Take your young one down the tube slide, or go by yourself on a tube for 180 feet of fun. You can also go down as a single on the body slide for 151 feet of fun (height restrictions apply, see The Splash Safety Rules).
Triceratops Trail is a 1.5-mile gravel hiking trail that winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. Along the trail are several stops highlighting clay mining as well as dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect, and invertebrate tracks and traces. There are also several walls full of plant impressions from the tree-lined, delta-like environment. The trail is maintained by The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, a non for profit 501C3 organization, that maintains a Visitor Center and two interpretive trails with the help of members, friends, family, donors and many grant-giving organizations. Note: This Trail has no on-site amenities (Visitor Center, bathrooms, etc.). For a Trail Guide, please visit the Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center or Discovery Center. There are two options for parking at Triceratops Trail: 1) Turn east onto 19th street heading toward Golden from 6th Avenue, then make an immediate right on Jones. That is a paid parking lot (“Parking Lot A”) operated by Colorado School of Mines. The trailhead is at the southwest corner of the lot. This parking lot (Lot A) is free on the weekends. 2) If “Parking Lot A” in 1) is full or inaccessible, then go to Mines Park, which is off of 19th Street just on the west side of 6th Avenue. There is parking available on Tangent Way just off of 19th Street (RED ARROWS). There is a pedestrian (and bicycle) underpass under 6th Avenue and it’s a short walk to the Triceratops Trail trailhead just off the bike path. (BLUE ARROWS)
Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center
Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world. Interactive exhibits take visitors on a tour of the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids enjoy a hands-on play room and observation room. The Nature Center offers free naturalist-led programs in every season for individuals, families, and schools and groups. Visitors can also enjoy a walk through the nature preserve while visiting. Beaver Brook Trail provides hiker only connections to Windy Saddle Park and Denver Mountain Parks' Genesee Park. Educational Programs Jeffco Open Space Educators offer programs throughout the year covering the county's wildlife, plants, history and more!
For Covid-10 information, visit their website. Dinosaur Ridge is getting ready for winter! We will be closing the Discovery Center for the season (November 1-February 28) but opening back up when the temperatures rise in the spring. The new hours at the Main Visitor Center and Gift Shop are 9am-4pm Monday through Sunday with Guided Bus Tours available Friday through Monday. Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark just outside suburban Denver. It has been ranked as the top dinosaur track site in the United States, and one of the top such sites in the world. Please plan to visit us and find out how you can help us protect our treasures! Our mission is to educate the public about, and ensure the preservation of, the natural and historic resources of Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and the surrounding areas
Foothills Art Center
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. 2021 Free Admission! Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 and is an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings. The center is housed in an 1872 Gothic-style church, an 1892 Queen Anne style manse and a Victorian-era mansion built in 1899 all surrounded by a sculpture garden at 809 15th Street in downtown Golden, Colorado. To learn more visit www.foothillsartcenter.org, or call us at 303-279-3922.
Biking in Golden ... A family adventure!
Golden has a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited time for local use. The program runs from April through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system located in the Visitor Center. Snag a bike for local trips, employment meetings and recreation, or to link to public transportation. The first two hours are free! Click here for more information or here to reserve your choice of bikes.
The Golden Bike Library is open May through October.