TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS
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 CLOSED to the public effective March 14th, 2020 until further notice. 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 their awesome gift shop and realistic mine on the downstairs floor.
Colorado Railroad Museum
*Temporarily Closed 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
The Golden History Museum is closed until further notice. Golden History Museum has fully transformed into a warm, welcoming, and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The renovation includes new 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.
Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
We have just received notice from our parent organization, the City and County of Denver, that the Museum needs to close until the spread of COVID-19 is under control. Effective immediately, the museum and gift shop will both be closed with an anticipated reopening in mid-April. Please continue to follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. 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. In 2011, the Triceratops Trail was designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark, adding to the already designated Dinosaur Ridge area in Morrison. PARKING: Street Parking. Access the trail one block East of 6th Avenue and 19th Street.
Lookout Mountain 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!
*Temporarily closed Dinosaur Ridge in Golden, Colorado is a world-renowned geological and paleontological outdoor museum. It contains more than 300 Iguanodon-like dinosaur tracks that were discovered in 1937 when Alameda Parkway was being constructed over the Ridge. You can follow a self-guided trail of the ridge with 16 interpretive signs, or take a guided tour (with reservations only). Dinosaur Discovery Days are free outdoor events hosted by Dinosaur Ridge at the Main Visitor Center Complex and along the Ridge Trail on the second Saturday of the month between May and October. Visitors can hike at their own pace or take the shuttle bus for a small fee on these special days. Please call 303-697-3466 for more information.
Foothills Art Center
Foothills Art Center is closed to the public beginning March 13 to April 6. During this time, we will continue to assess the situation and shorten or extend the closure if warranted 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 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.