Outdoor Fun This Weekend
Well it’s finally summer in Boulder! Time to put away the skis (well you have until A Basin closes), hit the farmer’s market, lounge by the Rez, and dine alfresco.
Honestly there is no shortage of things to do in Boulder in the summer. (I’m personally very excited to be using my Boulder Passport for 2 for 1 tasty beverages around town). Without a doubt you gotta be outdoors for summer in Boulder; unless its a thunderstorm when you are given the excuse to get comfy indoors. Here’s some ways to spend this weekend outside:
1. Take a hike! Scan through City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks long list of trailheads and hikes to find somewhere other than Chautauqua to start a good hike. Chautauqua is of course beautiful but more like a mall than an open space with thousands of people on the weekends. Save Chautauqua for during the week or early morning hours.
2. Attend a naturalist led program! Usually for free, you can learn all about something in the natural world around you- walks may be super short or a difficult hike and there are tons of programs to keep the kids interested and happy during the long summer days. These are coming up this week:
- Friday June 12- Fun on the Farm- This Little Pig (recommended for kids ages 2-6)
- Friday June 12- Pella Crossing Hiking Tour (Park still closed from 2013 Flood)
- Saturday June 13- The Prairie Saga- Prairie Dogs and Puppets (for kids and families)
- Saturday June 13- Fish Hawks of Boulder County
- Sunday June 14- Nature for Kids and Parents: A Black Bear’s Summer with Her Cubs
- Sunday June 14- Saturn’s Rings with City of Boulder
- Monday June 15- Children’s Story Time and Hike
- Tuesday June 16- Sunset Hike at Heil Valley Ranch
- Friday June 19- Moon, Saturn, and Summer Skies (includes telescopes!)
3. Farmer’s Market! Now fresh local produce really makes it feel like summer. Every Saturday in Boulder 13th street becomes a very happening place, full of delicious food, beautiful plants, and even homemade cosmetics. Much better than going to the grocery store to grab your salad fixins for the week- there’s live music, several ice cream vendors, and lots of hot food from all around the world. The Boulder Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays 8 am-2 pm and Wednesdays 4-8 pm. Longmont Farmer’s Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is open 8 am- 1 pm and the Wednesday one is downtown 4 pm- 8 pm.
4. Group Hikes! Check out sites like MeetUp (Boulder Social Hikers) or Colorado Mountain Club (Boulder Chapter). Also if you’re single and love to hike you could check out SinglesHikes. These group hikes can be nice because someone else figures out all the details, you just register and show up!
5. Swim! There’s the Boulder Reservoir of course and a bunch of other great swimming spots around Colorado.
Now get out there!