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Family-friendly outdoor activities in Boulder, Colorado

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Get out and about with the kids

With so many things to do with kids, plenty of parks, hands-on museums and nature at its best will keep you and your family engaged in Boulder, Colorado.

Boulder Falls

Boulder Falls

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city, Boulder Falls will expose your family to the natural beauty of Mother Nature without the long road trip. Don't miss a photo op in the well-known Picture Rock, where snapshots of your family through the naturally-eroded hole in the giant boulder make for a fun activity for kids. A quick walk from the parking area will get you to the falls to witness the cascading water, but little room to sit and relax leaves most visitors only packing a camera and perhaps some water.

Parents are advised to keep kids close as the Falls features a steep drop, but this natural wonder should be on any family's list of things to do with kids in Boulder, Colorado.

Website: Boulder Falls

Address: Boulder Canyon Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Phone: 303.413.7200


Scott Carpenter Park

Widely known for its skate park, this Boulder city park offers a wide range of kids activities in one place. Playgrounds, an outdoor pool, baseball fields, and unique "street course" give skateboarders, scooter riders and bicycle riders places to go (arrive early to avoid more experience skaters) and have fun on rails, curbs and bowls. When it snows, the park is a winter wonderland for sledding and tubing.

Other activities for kids include a three-story spaceship to explore, plenty of space to run, and shaded picnic tables. The park itself is free, but the pool can be enjoyed for a small fee.

Website: Scott Carpenter City Park

Address: 1505 30th St., Boulder, Colorado, 80303


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Boulder Creek Path

Saddle up your kiddo in the jogging stroller, hop onto your bicycles or grab your fishing poles and head to one of the most popular places to go in Colorado that offers so many outdoor activities for kids and families.

On your journey throughout the town on Boulder Creek Path, your family will share the well-maintained paved paths with joggers, roller bladers, picnickers and tons of friendly people. Although the path is about five-and-a-half miles long, running from Boulder Canyon on the west end and Stazio Ballfields on the east, but you can access the beautiful setting at numerous points throughout Boulder.

Website: Boulder Creek Path

Address: East-West Bike and Waking Path, Boulder, CO 80301


More family-friendly fun in & around Boulder

Check out the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Colorado: Children's Museum of Denver

Old-fashioned fun at Heritage Square

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