Quality Inn Denver-Boulder Turnpike
1196 Dillon Rd.
Louisville, CO 80027
Phone: (303) 604-0181
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Ted Asti Park is a memorial park located near the huge Superior Shopping Center, in the oldest part of the town of Superior. The park was dedicated in 2010 in honor of Ted Asti, a Superior resident who contributed much to the city, including funds, land, and other forms of support during Superior's fledgling days. The park is small but makes for a lovely picnic spot. The centerpiece of the park is the first house ever built in Superior, a fun and informative visit. Ted Asti was also a multiple war veteran and the park is dedicated not only to him but in memory of other soldiers who have called Superior their home. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
The Xeriscape Garden is the centerpiece of the Louisville Arboretum, located just next to the Louisville Recreation Center and Skate Park. Colorado's dry climate and rocky, clay-filled ground make growing plants and vegetation a difficult task. Furthermoremore, outside of the mountains and southern plains, there are few indigenous plants. Xeriscaping is a technique designed for gardening and landscaping that using minimal water, which makes it perfect for the central garden in the Louisville Arboretum. The very first Xeriscape garden was displayed in Denver, Colorado, and Louisville offers a small version of that stunning sight. The Xeriscape Garden contains cacti, small firs, mosses, desert flowers, and other plants that require little water, but all are displayed in a way that make it just as beautiful as any other flowering garden. A lovely sight to see. - Sabrina Zirakzadeh
The Louisville Public Library may not be the largest library in Boulder, but it is one of the nicest. The building even won a national architecture award in 2007. Conveniently located in downtown Louisville, the library is separated into clear sections for meetings, events, adults, young adults and children. The young adult room has a reputation as the best place for study groups and as a free hang out. The children's library rivals the Boulder Public Library in terms of variety and selection. The Louisville library also features an inter-library loan system. Patrons can find almost any book no mater where it is located within Colorado. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
John Breaux was a local unemployed man, beloved by his community. He rode his bike everywhere, cleaned up the roads when he could, and was friendly to everyone he met, but for years he was a staple of Boulder County and his death had a major impact on the community. Shortly after he died, Louisville residents raised the money and got permission to erect a small memorial for John Breaux in downtown Louisville, next to the public library in the old town where everyone can see it easily. A memorial to a man who loved Boulder and its residents, the statue is a touching testament to the impact one person can have on many others. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
If you or the kids ever wondered where glass, plastic and newspaper recyclable materials ended up, this is a field trip that you should not miss. Eco-Cycle, one of the nation's largest non-profit recycling plants, offers detailed guided tours of the facility for kids over 10 years of age. The highlight of the tour is watching a gigantic magnet separate steel from aluminum. The tour teaches children and adults the necessity and importance of recycling.
This cooking campus has turned a chore into a vacation with its five-day culinary courses. Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, the school combines spectacular scenery with hands-on instruction, making for a memorable experience. The Basic Techniques Course offers three menus to choose from and teaches everything from knife skills, to the secrets of sautéing and braising meats and vegetables. Classes are limited to 12 students to assure individual attention. The five-hour per day sessions leave you plenty of time to explore Boulder. Reservations are required. Lodging is not provided.
Featuring a tasting room with excellent beers on tap, the Avery Brewing Company has been producing delicious brews since its inception in 1993. Visit this place to sample some specials straight from the brewery in addition to a dining menu which includes gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, fries, salads and wings. Tours around the Avery Brewing Company will give you deeper insight into the manufacturing process for their popular suds, they even have cask-conditioned ale.
This all-encompassing center for Earth research is run under the auspices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its focus is to investigate the Earth's molecular, atmospheric, biological and weather processes as well as to promote science and education. Some of the research includes global modelling, arctic science, hurricane projections and overall assessments of climactic conditions on Earth. Visitors are welcome to visit the center during the week at normal business hours. Check website for more information.
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.
On Friday nights during the summer months, the Sommers Bausch Observatory opens its doors to the public. Explore the universe through 16 and 18-inch telescopes. Gaze at the Milky Way, checking out planets, stars and nebulae. Smaller telescopes and binoculars mounted on tripods allow you to look at the moon and other nearby celestial objects. The sessions usually last for approximately two to three hours depending on the weather.
The Flatirons are a unique geological feature that are by far the most famous attraction in Boulder. Accessible through Chautauqua Park and visible anywhere in the city, the Flatirons are a completely natural formation that occurred when a glacier literally pushed the mountains onto their sides, leaving the flattened undersides and layers of sediment visible in a way they usually aren't. The Flatirons take their name from their shape, which resembles three irons set down on the ground. A popular hiking spot, rappelling destination and visual treat all rolled into one, the Flatirons must be seen to be believed.
Valmont City Park is an urban spot to take your dogs for a run if you cannot make it into the surrounding foothills around Boulder. In addition to canine activities, there are also bike trails and a disc golf course. During the summer the city of Boulder hosts 'Bike & Movie Night', where everyone (or almost everyone) wheels down to catch a free flick. Check website calendar for more information on other events.