Family Statistics for Boulder: 

– 33.9% are married
– 7.9% are divorced
– 33.8% are married with children
– 12.1% have children, but are single

(Data provided by

According to the most recent Trip Advisor data. The following are the most popular family activities in Boulder, as voted on by visitors:

1 – Flatirons:

The Flatirons are a group of rock formations in the western United States, near Boulder, Colorado, that are made up of flatirons and other irregular shapes. A group of five huge, numbered Flatirons may be found on the east slope of Green Mountain, running north to south from north to south. The phrase “The Flatirons” is sometimes used to refer to just these five Flatirons.

The First and Second Flatirons Loop is a 2.7-mile widely traveled loop route situated near Boulder, Colorado. It is categorized as moderate and features magnificent wildflowers. The trail is best used from April through October for hiking, running, rock climbing, and snowshoeing. This trail is also dog-friendly.

2 – Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park is a part of a historic Boulder landmark that dates back more than a century to the time when the city began protecting natural area. Boulder’s citizens voted in 1898 to issue a bond to purchase 80 acres for the purpose of establishing a “Chautauqua”. An open turf area with a playground and tennis courts is provided on land owned by Boulder Parks & Recreation next to OSMP trails, Chautauqua Dining Hall/Auditorium/Chautauqua Ranger Cottage.

Chautauqua Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated moderate. The trail is best used from March to November for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are welcome to use this trail, but they must be kept on a leash.

3 – Pearl Street

On Pearl Street, you’ll find Boulder’s heart and soul: restaurants, boutiques, and people-watching opportunities dating back nearly four decades! Boulder’s historic downtown has a brick-paved pedestrian promenade, sun-dappled benches and restaurant patios, shops to their hearts’ content, and only-in-Boulder street entertainers to keep visitors and locals entertained for hours. Traffic is halted for four blocks on Pearl, but the celebration continues for several more.

EARTH MAN can be found all over Boulder, but here you can see he’s playing in the heart of Pearl Street.  Photo credit: Joseph Wirth

4 – Eldorado Canyon

Children will enjoy scrambling over rocks along the streamside route, peeping into caves, and peering up at the climbers on the canyon walls, which are towering above them. One of the most beautiful picnic spots in the state, with shallow portions of boulder stream that quickly become overrun with children, may be found at this location.

Boulder’s own Eldorado Canyon is a well-kept secret. It doesn’t matter if you want to take a hike among the towering sandstone outcroppings, enjoy a picnic by the picturesque South Boulder Creek, or scale the golden cliffs of Eldo. Eldorado Canyon State Park offers it all. Learn about this little-known treasure and bring back memories that will stay for named Eldorado Canyon State Park as one of its “10 State Parks You Can’t Miss.”

During the milder months and on weekdays in the summer, the park’s peaceful beauty can best be appreciated.
Avoid the crowds on weekends during the summer! During the months of May through September, Eldorado Canyon is nearly always full of automobiles, thus visitors can only enter the Park if additional space becomes available.

5 – Flagstaff Mountain:

Hike up Flagstaff Summit from the bottom of Flagstaff Road. There are numerous switchbacks and crossings of Flagstaff Mountain Road on the 2.1-mile Flagstaff Trail. Bouldering may be done on the side of the trail thanks to large rocks. You’ll be able to view deer and a wide variety of birds while you’re there.


6 – Boulder Creek Path

Over five miles of Boulder Creek Path follow the water’s edge from East Boulder’s 55th Street to west Boulder Canyon, passing past city parks, the CU campus, and the heart of downtown Boulder. On this well-used path, you may expect to see a lot of other people walking, blading, running, or cycling. Except for the gravelly section at the westernmost end, the walkway is paved the entire way. USA Today ranked it as one of the best urban biking trails in the country.

7 –  National Center for Atmospheric Research 

Since its inception in 1960, the National Science Foundation has supported NCAR in its mission to make world-class resources available to universities that would otherwise be out of reach. More than 50 years later, we’re still fulfilling that promise to our customers. Resources provided by NCAR include high-performance supercomputers, aircraft, sophisticated computer models, and huge data collections.

**NCAR’s Mesa Lab Visitor Center will reopen to the public November 28, 2022.**