Summer is in full swing here in glorious Golden, Colorado! Whether you are planning a visit soon or you're lucky enough to consider Golden home, you'll want to take advantage of exploring and enjoying it as much as possible. Here are 8 things to add to your "must-do" list for Golden this summer:

1. Visit Golden Canyon State Park

Featuring over 12,000 acres of forests, meadows, and mountain views, Golden Canyon State Park is a "must-see" for anyone who considers themselves a nature-enthusiast. Whether you love hiking, fishing, camping, rock-climbing, horse-back riding, or all of the above, this is a top destination to add to your list, and it's just outside of Golden.

2. Explore the Boettcher Mansion

Tucked away into a peaceful, restorative setting in the heart of Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve, this 100-year-old residence was originally the summer get-away of Charles Boettcher, a prominent Denver businessman at the turn of the century. Self-guided tours are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. 

Address: Boettcher Mansion, 900 Colorow Rd, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 720-497-7630

3. Tour the Coors Brewery

In business since 1873, Coors Brewery remains the largest single-site brewery in the world. Its famous tour will allow you to witness the entire brewing process, from malting and mashing to fermentation and the aging process. Of course, no tour is complete without a tasting at the end.

Address: Coors Brewery Tours, 13th Street & Ford Street, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 800-642-6116

4. Pay a Visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum

Learn about the life and times of William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, located in the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve. Learn about this iconic figure of the wild west, and the world he knew, in at this family-friendly attraction. You can watch an orientation video, take a self-guided tour, entertain your children at the Cowboy Corral, and delight in the breath-taking views from the observation deck. 

Address: Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, 987 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-526-0744

5. Learn at the Clear Creek History Park

If the Buffalo Bill Museum has whet your appetite for Colorado history, the next stop on your trip needs to be the Clear Creek History Park. Just a brief stroll from central Golden, this park will take you back to the homesteading days of 1800's Colorado. In addition to preserved buildings and homes, the park often features blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations by costumed guides. 

Address: Clear Creek History Park, 11th and Arapahoe Streets, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-278-3557 

6. Relax at the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve

Begin your visit to the preserve at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, which features several permanent exhibits and plenty of information about this unique and beautiful location just outside of central Golden. Then, take your time rambling through towering ponderosa pines and flower-speckled meadows on the wide network of hiking trails that the preserve is known for. Be sure to bring a picnic--there are lots of lovely spots to stop along the way. 

7. Cool Off at the Clear Creek Water Park

Practice your kayaking skills, relax in an inner tube, or let your children splash away at the Clear Creek Water Park. This 800-foot course is free to the public, just a hop, skip, and a jump from central Golden. 

Address: Clear Creek White Water Park, 1201 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-384-8100

8. Recharge and Relax at Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, Indulge is the perfect place to end a day of exploring. Indulge features contemporary fare, an extensive wine list, sidewalk seating, and craft cocktails. Click here to see our summer menu! 

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Address: 1299 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (303) 277-9991