Quality Inn & Suites Boulder Creek
2020 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 449-7550
Fax: (303) 449-1082
The Franklin Field, situated in the historic University of Colorado at Boulder, is a stadium used for university sports and events. The student community of the university has funded the installation of lights and natural turf. This university ground is venue to several sporting events. The place is famous for the various club soccer games held here.
The Pop Jet Fountain is the perfect spring of water to walk through during those hot days of summer. It is located right on the Pearl Street Mall and it's only in use (obviously) during the summer. During that time, you'll see mostly kids jumping around and splashing about, however, if it's hot enough, you'll also see adults strolling leisurely through the jets.
Located along the Boulder Creek Trail, the Underwater Fish Observatory is a good diversion to check out if you have the kids with you. They can feed the fish and, if they are lucky, see carp, rainbow trout, and maybe even a cutthroat trout, swimming in the creek. Glass partitions allow you to explore the shallow depths of the Boulder Creek. Unfortunately, the water tends to sometimes be a bit murky. But the kids never seem to mind.
Located in the heart of downtown, across from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, is a center for Boulder life. Students lounge about on the lawn, old folks clutter the park benches, hippies contemplate life beneath the cottonwoods, and kids marvel at the park's authentic steam engine. The verdant square, filled with small waterfalls, is home to numerous festivals, along with the Farmers Market. A colorful gazebo hosts concerts in the summertime. The Boulder Creek Path runs through the center of the park.
Boulder B-Cycle is scattered in several locations across Boulder, taking the city's bike friendliness to the next level with rent-on-the-go town bikes. Tapping in to Boulder's massive cycling infrastructure that includes hundreds of miles of paths, trails, lanes and underpasses, B-Cycle makes it easier than ever to get around. After purchasing a pass (available in 24 hour, seven day and annual variations) guests can swipe their card, take a bike and go. Returning the bike is as easy as returning it to one of the fifteen stations throughout the Boulder area. Be aware, because this is bike sharing rather than renting, trips over an hour carry an extra fee of four dollars every half hour. However, cyclists can simply pop the bicycle in and out of the docking station to reset the timer. An eco-friendly way to explore some of the most beautiful environments in the United States, B-Cycle is the perfect way to get around Boulder.
The Boulder Outdoor Center makes Colorado's mountains accessible to even the most inexperienced of explorers. It is best known, perhaps, for its nationally reputed kayaking school, which provides year 'round classes for all age groups. Novices can learn basic kayaking skills in the safe surroundings of an indoor pool, while the more advanced can learn rolling techniques or how to confidently maneuver through whitewater. During the winter months, the center offers avalanche clinics and snowshoeing classes. Also during spring when the rivers are running high, it leads whitewater rafting trips down the Cache and the La Poudre rivers. The center also offers a full equipment rental shop that rents kayaks, snowshoes and other gear by the day and week. Or if you are looking to buy, it sells new and used equipment.
Named after a local astronaut, this park is a favorite for locals, and especially for kids. A rocket shaped jungle gym attracts hordes of young enthusiasts honing early climbing skills for later pursuits on the Flatirons. An large outdoor pool draws crowds from late May until late August. Skateboarders come for the 10-foot half pipe and the assortment of odd shaped mini ramps. During the winter the park becomes a sledding paradise.
Beach Park, located just two blocks west of the Hill and the University of Colorado main campus, is a small park in the middle of a large residential area that offers a nice alternative to the larger, busier Chautauqua Park play areas. Exactly once block in size, Beach Park may only boast a small play structure, covered area, and a few picnic tables, but easy, free parking and plenty of open grassy space makes it the perfect spot for picnics, ball games, tag, and more. Admittance is free and the area is safe at all hours of the day. However, you may want to avoid it during sports games at the university, since many students like to go to Beach Park to celebrate afterwards. - Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Searching for the precise right time? Then step into this unassuming Bauhaus structure and set your watch to the atomic clock, the nation's official timekeeper. Ultimately this educational haven is a place for researchers to develop ways for business, industry, science and government to advance technically. Though most people come to simply take in the tick and tock of the famous clock, the facility does offer a 90-minute guided tour. Self-guided tours are also welcome. Admission is free. See website for information on entrance.
This paved path, free of motorized vehicles, brings walkers, bikers and inline skaters from the eastern edge of Boulder proper to the mountains. Winding along Boulder Creek, the trail accesses shady, grassy picnic areas and trout ponds. Eventually the pathway meanders through a large park and playground, perfect for kids and dogs. On the trail's western fringe, just before it wanders into the foothills, kayakers and inner-tubers can negotiate a series of small waterfalls. A section of the path is just a few blocks west of the Pearl Street Mall, and makes for an easy diversion from shopping and a refreshing side trip into nature.
Most of the mountains in the Boulder Range date from the Precambrian Era, which is about 1.7 billion years ago. Mt. Sanitas is no different and it is one of the best moderate to strenuous mountains for hikers in the entire region. Due to its popular loop trail, the mount is consistently packed during the summer months. Along the trail there are many bouldering areas and some of the viewpoints provide breathtaking sights over the Flatirons, Indian Peaks and the city of course.
This picturesque park, nestled at the base of the Flatirons, is one of three remaining areas from the historic Chautauqua Movement. The progressive movement, born in Chautauqua, New York, created a multitude of peaceful gathering places across the nation for educational and cultural programs. The original structures, built from 1898 to 1918, remain intact today and include such historic gems as the Dining Hall, and Academic Center. Still a prominent center for Boulder culture, the association hosts numerous activities year round, including the popular Summer Concert Series. There are hiking trails which lead up into the Flatirons and during the winter this is a popular sledding spot.