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Top 10: Boulder on a Budget

Destination(s): Boulder

On the whole, Boulder is an affluent town, but there are still plenty of things to do and places to eat that won’t break the bank – you just need to know where to find them. This Boulder on a Budget list will lead you to inexpensive B&Bs, free activities, and restaurants with tasty food and big portions. The easiest way to stay on budget in Boulder is to just go outside and enjoy the town’s natural beauty and wonderful weather. read more about Top 10: Boulder on a Budget

Greenwood Bed and Breakfast

Greenwood Bed and Breakfast

  • 1540 Patton Drive
  • tel:+1 303 442 2122
  • Boulder, 80301
University Inn

University Inn

Flatirons (The)

Flatirons (The)

  • 3198 Broadway (Parks Department)
  • Boulder, 80302

If you fly into Denver airport, the famous foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Flatirons, are undoubtedly the first things you'll notice. The Flatirons provide exceptional hiking, bouldering, and climbing, with rock grades ranging from easy to world-class. Different angles of these iconic mountains can be seen from various spots around the town, and of course an incredible view of the town can be seen by hiking or climbing up the Flatirons. Their red sandstone slabs provide a dramatic background for the town and images of the Flatirons are a ubiquitous symbol of the town of Boulder. read more about Flatirons (The)

Boulder Farmers' Market

Boulder Farmers' Market

  • 13th Street
  • Between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue
  • tel:+1 303 910 2236
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

A local treasure, this is one of the best farmers' markets around. Almost everything can be found here, from freshly roasted green chilies, to gourmet cheeses and wines, to flowers and plants. Much of the food is organic, and all of it is grown by the people selling it. The Farmers' Market also has a food court with delicious prepared foods, picnic tables, and music. Grab some breakfast or lunch and take it over to Central Park to sit in the grass and watch the people. The Market hosts thousands of Boulderites and visitors every week, some who are there to see the sights and take in the smells, and others who are just there to do their weekly grocery shopping.
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Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park

  • Ninth Street & Baseline Road
  • tel:303 442 3282
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

This picturesque park located at the base of the Flatirons has many trailheads that are the gateways to the Rocky Mountains. The park is a wonderful place for walking, picnicking, and people-watching. The park is part of the Chautauqua community, an idea built from the Chautauqua movement popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that was based around adult education that attempted to provide entertainment and culture for the whole community. The Boulder Chautauqua community opened in 1898 and contains a public dining hall, lodging, a community house for local events, and the beautiful Chautauqua Auditorium, which houses the esteemed Colorado Music Festival in the summer, as well as other concerts throughout the year. read more about Chautauqua Park

Boulder Creek Path

Boulder Creek Path

  • Parallels Arapahoe Avenue
  • 55th St. and Pearl Pkwy., to the mouth of Boulder Canyon
  • tel:+1 303 441 3200
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

The Boulder Creek Path runs from east Boulder up Boulder Canyon Dr. as it winds itself through the foothills. The path is paved as it meanders through town and then becomes gravel and dirt as it heads up into the mountains. The Boulder Creek Path is popular with joggers and cyclists because of its beautiful scenery; so enjoy the sights but you'll have to head further out of town if you're seeking solitude. There are many places along the way to stop and enjoy the sounds of the Boulder Creek, or to stop at a table or bench and have a picnic. In the summer time, head to Eben G. Fine park along the path just west of downtown where there is a playground for kids, picnic tables and grills, and a great area for tubing down the creek (there are some small cascades, so if the kids want to go, put a helmet on them and stick them in your lap). read more about Boulder Creek Path

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

Khow Thai Café

Khow Thai Café

Khow Thai Café has been voted Best Thai Restaurant in Boulder Weekly's Best of Boulder County since 2003, so if the locals like it, you know it must be good. This relatively small, low-key café has an unassuming atmosphere but serves excellent thai food (nearly all of which can be prepared vegetarian). Each meal is served with a cup of soup and a spring roll, and the meals are served quickly and in sizeable portions. Located on Broadway – one of Boulder's main thoroughfares – Khow Thai is just a few blocks walk from the Pearl Street Mall and from the CU Campus. read more about Khow Thai Café

Juanita's Mexican Food

Juanita's Mexican Food

  • 1043 Pearl Street
  • tel:303 449 5273
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302
V.G. Burgers

V.G. Burgers

  • 1650 Broadway St.
  • tel:+1 303 440 2400
  • Visit website
  • Boulder, 80302

The food is all organic and is even vegan -- although based on your preconceptions of vegan food, you might not believe it after having tasted this delicious food! In addition to being quick and healthy, it's zero waste and wind powered. The quintessential Boulder restaurant. read more about V.G. Burgers