University of Colorado Boulder

#9 in Best Things To Do in Boulder
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Key Info

1669 Euclid Ave.

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Sightseeing, Sports, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Even if you're not a prospective student, recent travelers recommend you pay a visit to the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus, located just minutes from downtown Boulder. When you're not lounging at Norlin Quadrangle (a designated a National Historic District), learn about the university's history at the CU Heritage Center (housed in Old Main – the first building on campus). Or brush up on your astronomy skills at the Fiske Planetarium.

If you're visiting in the fall, head over to Folsom Field to watch the Colorado Buffaloes take on Pac-12 football rivals (just make sure to pick up some Buffs gear at the University Memorial Center before kickoff). And if you're in Boulder during the summer recess, check out the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The professional theater company has been celebrating Shakespeare since 1958. The festival runs from June to August and draws crowds of more than 20,000 spectators. You can also check out concerts, plays, recitals and more on the stages of CU Presents, the home of performing arts at the university.

You don't have to pay to explore the campus, but you will have to purchase tickets if you want to attend any university events (the planetarium and heritage center are both free to enter). The STAMPEDE bus route travels around the University of Colorado campus, making stops at major points of interest like Folsom Field and the University Memorial Center. For more information on things to do on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, visit the school's website.

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#1 The Flatirons

These jaw-dropping rock walls flanking Green Mountain have become the symbol of the city, with many Boulder businesses sporting their image as a logo. Flatirons One through Five are the most prominent, but there are also several smaller formations  with more creative names  to explore. Altogether, these picturesque slopes are the most popular rock climbing areas around (you can even see markings left by some of the first climbers, dating back to the 1940s, on Number Three). But for those of you who aren't quite comfortable entrusting your life to a harness, you can still take in the Flatirons from one of the area's hiking trails – recent visitors said there's a trail for every age and skill level. For information about Flatiron trails, visit the City of Boulder website.

Previous visitors say that no trip to Boulder would be complete without spending time admiring the rocks. But if you plan on hiking, travelers recommend coming prepared: The trails can be steep in places, not to mention slippery. And don't forget your camera – reviewers said you'll want to capture the stunning views.

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