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FREE THINGS TO DO IN GOLDEN

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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 loverthe 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
MINES MUSEUM

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 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 MUSEUM & 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! 

The Golden History Museum is a vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing Golden's past. There's 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.

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, such as the one featured here on the Foss Building.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TRACE THE FOOTSTEPS OF ROCK STARS AT THE RED ROCKS VISITOR CENTER AND AMPHITHEATRE

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is not just a concert destination, but also a favorite spot for locals and tourists to enjoy unique Colorado scenery. With hiking and biking trails, picturesque picnic spots and a Visitor Center and Trading Post full of amenities and gifts, visitors are encouraged to leisurely enjoy the amphitheater and surrounding Red Rocks Park. Remember no climbing on the rocks please.