The Best 11 Activities to Do During Boulder Winters
Winter gets cold in Boulder. It can be hard to bundle up and get out of the house, but the winter temperature should be no excuse. There’s lots of great activities to do in Boulder (even when it’s freezing outside), and that’s why this list has been assembled.
Let’s get started.
1. See a Great Concert.
Boulder has a fantastic music scene, partially because of its two incredible venues. The Fox Theater is a great, central venue to see concerts. It’s local, it hosts some incredible artists, and it’s got great personality. The Boulder Theater (pictured above) is also a great place to see live music. It’s another small venue similar to the fox, but it’s got some serious style, featuring a massive mural on the main ceiling. In addition to the music, it occasionally has special shows, including a showing for The Big Lebowski tomorrow night (January 15th).
2. Burger Madness at the Dark Horse.
The Dark Horse is truly a spectacle to behold. Yeah, they’ve got some of the best burgers in Boulder, but the important thing is the bizarre aesthetics. It’s as if someone took all of the coolest pieces from a junkyard, cleaned them up, and put them all on a ceiling. Imagine that, but also as a burger joint and a bar. It was also included on USA Today’s list of “places to eat a burger worthy of paradise,” which might also speak to how cool this place is.
3. See a Planetarium Show.
Fiske Planetarium is amazing. It just got a huge technical upgrade in 2014 and it’s looking better than ever. Stepping into this magic space dome feels like you’re stepping into a giant space ship. It’s also completely indoors, so you don’t have to worry about standing in the cold to see the stars. They also have showings of interesting science shows discussing subjects like volcanoes and black holes, and even have some incredible late night laser music shows.
4. Take a Stroll Down the Boulder Creek.
Most people may dismiss Boulder Creek during the bitter winter, but those people would be missing some really gorgeous aesthetics. During the winter months, the weaving creek path turns into a winter wonderland for walkers, runners, and bikers alike. It’s a magical place that changes through the seasons, and during the winter, it’s unbelievably beautiful. It is truly a sight that everyone should go see.
5. Go Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are both great ways to get exercise in the thick of the snow. It’s also a great way to see some wildlife during a season where the wilderness gets less foot traffic. There are loads of cross country ski trails around Boulder, and Boulder Nordic is a great place to rent equipment.
6. Visit the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
The Dushanbe Teahouse was actually constructed all the way in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which is Boulder’s sister city. It was shipped all the way to Boulder and now stands as one of the coolest and most unique buildings of Colorado. You’ll come for the building, but you’ll want to stay for the incredible tea.
7. Go Sledding
When Boulder’s snow gets thick, sledding is a great way to use it to your advantage. There’s a huge amount of fantastic sled spots around Boulder, and there’s currently a lot of snow on the ground. In short, you should definitely go sledding soon.
8. Walk along Pearl Street Mall.
I know it’s winter, and I know I’m suggesting a walk along an outdoor mall… but it’s just too pretty to leave it off the list. Pearl Street is gorgeous year round, and during the winter, it looks particularly dashing. It’s also a great place to catch some of Boulder’s iconic street performers.
9. Check a book out from the Boulder Library.
Boulder has an excellent public library. It’s obviously got a huge amount of great books, it’s one of Boulder’s most beautiful buildings, and there’s free computers. What’s not to like about this place?
10. Listen to a poetry reading at Innisfree Cafe.
Innisfree Cafe is a hidden gem on Boulder’s hill area. The cafe itself carries Conscious Coffees, which is an award winning Boulder-based coffee roaster. In addition to the excellent cafe, Innisfree also has the largest number of poetry books in Colorado and hosts a bunch of live events. They have everything from poetry readings to storytellers to musicians. This is a warm, friendly place that simply cannot be missed if you are a lover of poetry or coffee.
11. Go Skiing
This was the most obvious pick for this list. Colorado as a whole is known for its incredible ski resorts, and it’s truly one of the best things to do during the winter. There have been a lot of great new features added to the ski resorts this season, and if you can afford the expensive costs, going skiing is probably the best way to spend your spare days in the snowy season.
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