Golden offers ample entertainment for families and is filled with a variety of activities to help you savor summer. Golden features all the fun of a mountain town without the drive up I-70 – perfect for a quick adventure with kids no matter where you are coming from in the Denver Metro area. Our favorite type of summer escape – fun, affordable (or free) and nearby. What’s not to love?

Here are some of our top kid-friendly summer activities in Golden:

1. Dazzle and inspire at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
With shiny gems that dazzle, fossils to educate, and even a moon rock to inspire, your little one will eat up all the free Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines has to offer. There is even an outdoor component in the geologic trail which features seven outcrops with various geologic and paleontological points of interest, including fossilized dinosaur tracks, logs and leaves.
2. Ride the Rails Saturdays at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Ride the Rails is the perfect multi-generational activity. Bring along grandma and grandpa, as well as the kids, to catch a ride on one of the museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history or experience the uniquely Colorado Galloping Goose. Children under two are free.
3. Explore and experience Clear Creek

Explore and experience Clear Creek – Just off Washington Avenue and adjacent to Parfet Park, families can experience the beauty of Clear Creek with its wooded walking paths and perfect picnic spots. Visitors enjoy scenic and historic bridges, bronze sculptures and babbling of the creek and the beauty of the foothills, as well as the professional kayakers and fly-fishermen who flock to the area. Don’t miss the twisting slide next to the Washington Avenue Bridge.

4. Step back in time at Clear Creek History Park
Step back in time at Clear Creek History Park – This makes a perfect addition to your Clear Creek outing. Your kids will never know they’re getting a history lesson when you walk into the Clear Creek History Park. With costumed interpreters offering a glimpse of pioneer life in the 1880s, you can check out the one room schoolhouse and frontier cabin, as well as the chicken coop and heritage gardens. Admission is always free, donations accepted.
5. Cowboys
Cowboys: Head up Lookout Mountain to celebrate Colorado’s most famous Westerner, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave which overlooks the natural beauty of the Great Plains and the Rockies. Kids can dress up like a cowboy in the Kids’ Corral and lasso the calf. Remember to check the full listing of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West performances to see if Buffalo Bill visited your hometown!
5. Buckets of Water fun
Buckets of Water fun– Golden’s Splash Water Park is the perfect alternative to the major water theme parks. While still filled with twists and turns, the park offers a more relaxed atmosphere and scaled back thrills that will delight the kiddos without taking such a big bite out of your wallet.
6. Inspire Your Little Artist
Inspire your little artist – Golden offers several ways to let your little artist express him or herself. Art on the Brix is a wonderful artist studio in downtown Golden and offers an inexpensive way for kids to create. Bonus – they clean up the mess! Foothills Art Center also offers a series of weeklong classes for the budding artist. For inspiring fabric artists check out the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s camps.
7. Take in Colorado at Golden’s City Parks and Surrounding Open Space
Take in Colorado at Golden’s City Parks and Surrounding Open Space – A good book, a picnic blanket, gorgeous mountains, fresh air, a hike and a nap under the trees. Who says you have to pay admission to enjoy summer? Golden is home to several city parks where you can kick back and enjoy Colorado. Whether you want a kid friendly hike to the top of North Table Mountain where the vistas are fabulous or you’d prefer to cuddle up on a picnic blanket and read at Lyons Park, Golden’s got it all.
8. Dinosaurs
Give your little one the day of his or her dreams with a dinosaur themed outing. Begin at Discovery Park where kids can climb on the big dinosaur or the enormous brass tortoise. When they tire of climbing, they can head over to the digging pit and be little archaeologists for a while, finding the buried dinosaur bones hidden there. Next, visit Dinosaur Ridge, where you can run along in the great outdoors looking for ancient dinosaur tracks. Re-opening in 2017 is Triceratops Trail, a 1.5-mile, gravel hiking trail located one block east of 6th Avenue and 19th Street in Golden, Colorado. The trail winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. Due to construction on Hwy 6, the trail is currently closed.
9. Get in touch with the natural world at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve
Get in touch with the natural world at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve – Teach your kids to respect and love natural ecosystems with interactive exhibits of the flora and fauna. Kids will also enjoy the hands-on play room and observation room. You’ll feel a world away, but appreciate the interconnection of our ecosystem. While on the top of Lookout Mountain, make sure to capture a family photo with Golden and the Denver skyline as your backdrop.

Need a place for the little ones to rest their heads after a long day of fun? Check out these family packages from two of Golden’s top hotels:

Family Fun Package from The Golden Hotel
The Family Fun Package at The Golden Hotel includes overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room with two queen sized beds. Upon check-in, kids will discover a specialized welcome amenity with their name on a cookie and milk, a children’s refillable cup for use during their stay, and a complimentary children’s meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Bridgewater Grill. This package starts at $169 and includes a late check-out for the family.

Family Package at the Table Mountain Inn
The Family Package from the Table Mountain Inn includes early check in and late check out, a full day admission to Splash Waterpark and a $25 Grill & Cantina Voucher. The package is available Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend 2015. Rates start from $239 and are based on one to four guests in the room. Pricing varies based on availability and room type

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