Golden Attractions:  Buffalo Bill Museum, Heritage Square, Coors Brewery

Art on the Brix

This art studio offers classes in which an artist will show you, step by step, how to create your own painting. You can follow the artist closely or branch out creatively! This is a fun activity to do with friends. The studio provides wine or soft drinks and snacks as you paint.
Address: 1299 Washington Avenue
Phone: 303-862-5426

Buffalo Overlook

The City and County of Denver maintain a herd of "buffalo" which are descendants of wild bison found in Yellowstone National Park in 1914. A tunnel under the highway connects the two parts of their pasture, so they may not be immediately visible. The Overlook is worth a visit in any case because it is beautiful, with breathtaking views of the Continental Divide.
Address: I-70 West, exit 254 (Genesee Park)
Distance from Downtown: 10.3 miles
Drive Time: 18 minutes

Buffalo Overlook west of Golden Colorado

Coors Brewery Tour

Two blocks east of the downtown shopping district is the starting point for touring the world's largest brewery. Tour vans collect visitors at the parking lot, take them on a brief drive through downtown, then over to the Brewery.
The tour includes a brief history of the business, an explanation of the brewing process, a chance to see the beer being made, and a trip to the Coors hospitality room, where visitors of legal drinking age can sample Coors products for free!

Tour Hours

May 30-Labor Day
   Monday-Sat 10-4
   Sunday 12-4

The Rest of the Year
   Thursday - Monday 10-4
   Sunday 12-4

Closed on holidays.

Address:  13th and Ford Streets

Coors Brewery Tour in Golden Colorado

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market runs on Saturday mornings from June through the first weekend in October, just north of Clear Creek at Illinois Street. You can buy locally prepared food, produce and meat, so come for breakfast, stay for lunch, take a carriage ride, and watch the kayakers in Clear Creek.
Location:  10th &  Illinois Streets - Downtown
Phone:  303-279-3113

Golden Farmers Market

Foothills Art Center

One (steep!) block south of the shopping district is the Foothills Art Center. Foothills is a highly-respected gallery with juried exhibits that rotate throughout the year. They also offer classes and lectures. From mid-November until New Years Eve each year they host a holiday art market which offers great, unique arts and crafts. Their gift shop is open year-round.
Address:  809 15th Street
Phone:  303-279-3922

Foothills Art Center - Golden Colorado

Fossil Trace Golf Club

Fossil Trace has won course design awards and offers breath-taking scenery. The club house offers a good bar and restaurant as well as a pro shop.
Address: 3050 Illinois Street
Distance from Downtown: 3.1 miles
Drive Time: 10 minutes
Phone:  303-277-8750

Fossil Trace Golf Club

Golden City Brewery

Many Golden people regard the Golden City Brewery (which bills itself as "the second largest brewery in Golden) as one of our finest attractions. A visit to the brewery is always interesting. The indoor seating area is tiny, so most of the patrons sit outside in the beer garden—in all types of weather! Their beer is exceptional, and justifiably popular. You can drink it there, by the pint or pitcher, or you can take home 28 ounce bottles or a refillable half gallon “growler.”
Address: 920 12th Street - Downtown
Phone:  303-279-8092

Golden City Brewery

Golden Fiber Arts

Golden Fiber Arts Studio, located off Miners Alley behind the Golden Quilt Company, offers classes in quilting, silk painting, fabric dying, and various sewing projects.
Address: 1105 Miners Alley - Downtown
Phone: 720-524-4822

Golden Library

The Golden Library offers many free programs every week, designed for toddlers, children, teens, or adults. They host a monthly book discussion and host story times for little ones. Of course, the Library is also a good place to use the internet for free, read their magazines, and borrow free books and videos.
Address: 1019 10th Street - Downtown
Phone: 303-2235-5275

Golden Public Library

Heritage Square Alpine Slide

The Alpine Slide is fun for older kids and adults. A chair lift transports riders 490 feet to the top of a mountain where they can slide to the bottom on a plastic sled. They have two tracks, so you can choose the faster or slower path.
Address: 18301 W. Colfax Avenue
Distance from Downtown: 3.4 miles
Drive Time: 8 minutes
Phone:  303-279-1661

Alpine Slide at Heritage Square - Golden Colorado

Heritage Square Amusement Park

Heritage Square activities include go kart tracks, bumper and paddle boats, miniature golf, amusement rides, ponies, and fishing. They also have a maze, jumping castles, and bungee jumping.
Address: 18301 W. Colfax Avenue
Distance from Downtown: 3.4 miles
Drive Time: 8 minutes
Phone: 303-277-0040

Heritage Square Amusement Park - Golden Colorado

Jeffco Fairgrounds

The County Fairgrounds hosts equestrian events year-round, including several rodeos. A youth organization called the Westernaires practices there every Saturday as well as summer evenings. The group includes 1000 youth participants and is well worth seeing!
Address: 15200 W. 6th Ave.
Distance from Downtown: 5 miles
Drive Time: 15 minutes
Phone:  303-271-6600

Equestrian activities at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden

Lariat Loop Trail

Head west on Golden's 19th Street to take the Lariat Loop up Lookout Mountain and Mount Zion. The drive offers several pull-offs to allow you to enjoy the breath-taking view of Golden, the Table Mountains, Denver, and the eastern plains beyond. The hairpin turns may be a bit alarming if you’re not used to mountain roads, so drive carefully.
Address: Start at 19th and Highway 6
Distance from Downtown: 40 miles round trip
Drive Time: 2 hours

Lariat Loop Trail above Golden Colorado

Lookout Mountain Nature Center

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve is well worth visiting. Located just above the city on Lookout Mountain, they have a beautiful facility, built largely of recycled materials. Exhibits cover migrating birds and information about the ponderosa pine forest. The center sits on a 110-acre property that includes several nature trails.
Address: 910 Colorow Road
Distance from Downtown: 7.1 miles
Drive Time: 16 minutes
Phone:  720-497-7600

Lookout Mountain Nature Center - above Golden Colorado

Miners Alley Playhouse

Miners Alley Playhouse produces both comedies and drama. It seats 125, so every seat is close to the stage, and the performances are uniformly first-rate. They have a bar in the lobby, and you’re welcome to take your drink with you into the theater. There are many restaurants within a block or two of the theater. Check the web site or lobby posters to see what's currently on stage.
Address: 13th & Washington, 2nd floor - Downtown
Drive Time: 16 minutes
Phone:  303-935-3044

Miners Alley Playhouse - downtown Golden


It is rumored that Golden has the highest number of museums per capita in the State. Whether or not that’s accurate, we do have an impressive collection, appealing to rock hounds, history buffs, quilters, climbers, and art aficionados.   Click on the museums listed below to learn more about them.

All of the following museums are within easy walking distance of Downtown.

These museums are less than fifteen minutes from Downtown Golden by car:

Buffalo Bill Museum above Golden

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden Colorado

National Earthquake Center

This building, although situated in the middle of the campus, is not part of the School of Mines. It belongs to the U.S. Geological Survey and is dedicated to tracking and studying earthquakes around the world. Public tours are free, but offered only on Mondays and Tuesdays and only by appointment. Call 303-273-8420 to schedule a tour.
Address: 1711 Illinois Street - Colorado School of Mines Campus
Phone:  303-273-8420

National Earthquake Center - Golden Colorado

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Visitors Center

Golden is fortunate to be the home of the National Renewable Energy Lab. Founded in the 1970s by the Carter administration, NREL has been working on solar, wind, biomass, and other forms of sustainable energy for more than 30 years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Education Center features programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Education programs for grades 4-12 and adult groups are available. E-mail or call 303-384-6565 for reservations. Walk-in visitors can take virtual tours of NREL research labs and learn more about selected technologies.  For hours, directions and special events, visit

Address: 15013 Denver West Parkway - Exit 263 off I-70
Distance from Downtown: 5.3 miles
Drive Time: 16 minute
Phone:  303-384-6565

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Golden Colorado


Downtown Parks and Recreation

Vanover Park – Clear Creek at Ford Street
This is a quiet park with a great view of the Coors Brewery. When the water is low and calm, it’s a popular spot for wading. (Wade at your own risk—there are no lifeguards on Clear Creek!)

The park is named after Edgar Vanover who was hanged in the park, back in Golden’s very early days. The story goes that he was drunk, shooting a gun, and promising to kill someone before the day was done. There was no jail and there were no law officers in Golden at the time, so the assembled crowd decided it would be best to hang him before he could make good on his promise.

Parfet Park – Clear Creek at Washington Avenue
Just across the bridge from the downtown shopping area, Parfet Park is a great place to bring a sandwich and enjoy the trees, the mountains, and the creek. On some summer evenings a medieval re-enactment group meets there, and the park is full of flashing rapiers. Young children love the dragon statue and the spiral slide that drops down from the park to the walking path along Clear Creek. The Creek can be fast and dangerous, so be sure the kids have plenty of supervision.

Clear Creek History Park - Arapahoe and 11th Street
The CCHP gives a glimpse of mountain homestead life. Comprised of nearly a dozen historic structures relocated from a ranch in Golden Gate Canyon, the three-acre history park is situated picturesquely on the south bank of Clear Creek. Today, visitors can explore the historic structures, visit with the heirloom breed chickens, and enjoy historic demonstrations during special events. A number of Golden-area residents attended school in the one room Guy Hill School House. The Reynolds cabin, root cellar, blacksmith shop, and chicken coops are all relics of pioneer times.

Clear Creek History Park
The Park is free and open to the public.

Lions Park - West End of 10th Street
Lions Park offers tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a good playground, picnic tables, and big shade trees.

Clear Creek Whitewater Park - West End of 10th Street
The kayak park extends for about a quarter of a mile and includes sections for various levels of experience. It offers fast eddies, surf waves, and wave drops. There are no fees for using the course, which is unsupervised. The course is most popular for kayaking in spring and early summer, when the water is high and fast. In the late summer and early fall many people like to bring tubes to the Creek and float down.

“Golden Mile” Fly Fishing Area
The section of Clear Creek that’s west of the Whitewater Park offers good trout habitat and is popular with local fly fishing fans.

Golden River Sports rents kayaking and fly fishing equipment. They also sell inner tubes and they give fly fishing lessons.
806 Washington Ave., 303-215-9386

Community Center - 1470 10th Street
The Golden Community Center, located at the west end of 10th Street, is a beautiful facility, with a recreation pool (including slides for the kids) and a lap pool, rock-climbing wall, gym, indoor track, dance studio, and a weight room with weight machines, free weights, stationary bikes, and treadmills. The facility is open to the public. 303-384-8100.

Golden Community Garden – 8th St., east of The Briarwood, or 10th St., west of the Community Center
The Golden Community Garden was created in 2009 by the City and a group of dedicated volunteers. The Garden, which is located on City property near the Golden Community Center, can be accessed from either 8th or 10th Street via pedestrian gates (there is a 3rd entrance to the west end of the garden from the walking path).

The goal of the Community Garden is to provide space for members of Golden’s community to grow organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers while also providing a green space for all Golden residents and visitors to enjoy. Golden residents lease plots on an annual basis and contribute volunteer effort to help maintain the community resource. In 2011, members constructed a labyrinth and planted a small orchard. The Golden Community Garden is open to the public. Additional information, including a map is available at

Golden City Parks - fishing, tennis, baseball, playgrounds, picnic tables

Pine Cliff Stables

Pine Cliff Stables offers horseback rides that give you scenic views without having to travel far into the Rockies. Located north of Golden.
Address: 21517 W. 56th Ave.
Distance from Downtown: 4.3 miles
Drive Time: 12 minutes
Phone:  303-279-1221

Horseback riding - Golden Colorado

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