FREE THINGS TO DO IN GOLDEN, CO
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:
SEE A MOON ROCK AT THE
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES GEOLOGY MUSEUM
The Colorado School of Mines Geology 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 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. Don’t miss their simulated uranium mine or the gift shop.
EXPERIENCE THE OLD WEST
AT GOLDEN HISTORY PARK
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 quarter! On select days, interact with costumed interpreters who enliven the landscape with cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations. Grounds are open seven days per week, from sunrise to sunset.
TOUR RENOWNED PUBLIC ART
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 in front of the Buffalo Rose. Also, don’t miss Golden’s murals along streets such as Miners Alley and gracing the sides of many downtown buildings including Mountain Toad Brewery.
PLOD ALONG THE TRICERATOPS TRAIL
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 impressions from the tree-lined delta-like environment.
COMMUNITY GALLERY AT THE FOOTHILLS ART CENTER
The Foothills Art Center Community Gallery is located next door to the Main Gallery building in a Victorian era mansion built in 1899 by Perre O. Unger. The free gallery features rotating exhibitions mostly by Colorado artists.
EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS AT LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN NATURE CENTER AND PRESERVE
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 play room, observation room, and wildlife sightings. At each turn, visitors discover earth-friendly elements of the building’s sustainable design, including floors made from recycled train boxcars.
SEE OLD WORLD GRANDEUR AT THE BOETTCHER MANSION
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.
CRUISE THE LARIAT LOOP NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY
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 waysides to refresh and delight the traveler. Enjoy amazing vistas of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains or stop at one of the many attractions along the Loop.