Comfort Suites Longmont
11292 Business Park Circle
Firestone, CO 80504
Phone: (720) 864-2970
Fax: (720) 864-2971
Hot air balloons are extremely popular in the West, from California to Colorado, visitors will see these inflatable balloons wafting above many regions. Life Cycle happens to be in Longmont, CO, right outside of Boulder and it is one of the only ones in Colorado that allows people to jump out of a parachute at 9,000-ft.! In addition to balloon rides the owners offer balloons for sale as well as classes on how to become a certified pilot. Check website for exact details on prices and flight times.
This horse riding company offers pure mountain authenticity. Tacky souvenir stands sell logs and other utilitarian items to assure a safe escape into Colorado's back-country. In this pristine mountain country, there are plenty of chances to spot deer, elk and coyote. This outfitter also offers overnight pack trips, authentic horse drives, guided fishing trips, and a famous two-hour breakfast ride which culminates with a flapjack feast. Reservations are recommended, especially for the annual spring horse drive, which has limited openings.
If you are ready for a thrill, try skydiving with Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, the closest skydiving operation to the Denver area. Jump from its twin-engine jet-propelled aircraft from 12,500 feet (3810 meters), free falling faster than 100 miles an hour. Beginners can try a tandem jump strapped to an instructor, with a parachute for two. You can even get your tandem jump videotaped for posterity. You must be 18 years old with a valid ID and weigh less than 200 pounds (90 kilograms) to tandem jump. Other jumps are available for more experienced skydivers.
Most people view Boulder as a mountain playground, or as a cozy tourist destination. But Boulder's true heritage lies in mining. Driving through the area you cannot help but notice mining's manifestations on the surrounding landscape. The Lafayette Miners Museum celebrates the mining tradition in a restored coal mining cabin. Dating back to the 1890s, the six room cabin, run by the Louisville Historical Society, features period clothing and furniture, along with various mining tools of the day.
Adventure Balloon Rides offers (literally and figuratively) the best views of Boulder and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. For less than 200USD, riders start out with light breakfast then soar up to a tranquil 2,500-ft. altitude in a massive hot-air balloon. After your flight, finish off an exhilarating voyage over the Boulder landscape of mountains, farmland and city with a flute of champagne. It is said this tradition started when early flyers would haphazardly land in the wrong spot, upsetting homeowners and other established types, so they carried champagne to soften the blow.
An activity laden water Mecca, the Boulder Reservoir is a popular destination for residents during the lazy days of summer. Swimming, sailboarding and fishing are the main activities. For those new to water, instructors offer lessons in water-skiing and boating. Pack a picnic lunch or grab a bite from the snack bar. The white sandy beach is popular with locals for tanning purposes. Leave the dog at home for pets are not allowed on the beach.
Ore mining was the primary industry in Louisville's early days and the Coal Creek Mine was the largest in the area, to the point where today many buildings, streets, and other locations are named after it in some way. The Coal Creek hiking trail, which winds through downtown Louisville's vast open space, follows the path of the mine from Louisville to Lafayette. The hike is far from strenuous but still long enough for some good exercise, and offers views of the remains of the Louisville wetlands, the mountains, local wildlife, and lots of beautiful open space. Bring lots of water to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Thorncreek Golf Course has received honors as one of the best championship courses in Colorado. The par 72 course has a nice layout with plenty of rolling fairways and greens to challenge even the most experienced player. Spanning 7268 yards (6646 meters), the course also has a host of water hazards, bunkers and traps. A popular place with local players, there are several beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, creating a stunning backdrop for the course. Kids play free.
Bella Vista Park, formerly known as the Louisville Community Park, may not be large but it's still big enough for everyone to have fun. Located off of Bella Vista Drive and a small frontage road, it may be tricky to find for visitors but is well worth it for families. The playground at Bella Vista Park is safe, well-maintained, and has plenty of options for young and older kids alike. The small fish pond, large open field space, and close proximity to part of the Coal Creek trail make it a nice sight-seeing and picnic spot. Bella Vista Park is also pet friendly, and the various fields and covered seating areas can be reserved for games and events. If you need a break from all downtown Louisville has to offer, this is the perfect place! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
If you or the kids ever wondered where glass, plastic and newspaper recyclable materials ended up, this is a field trip that you should not miss. Eco-Cycle, one of the nation's largest non-profit recycling plants, offers detailed guided tours of the facility for kids over 10 years of age. The highlight of the tour is watching a gigantic magnet separate steel from aluminum. The tour teaches children and adults the necessity and importance of recycling.
The Louisville Arboretum, easily found on Via Appia Way between the Louisville Recreation Center and the police station, is an unexpected bit of open space and nature in the middle of Louisville's busiest area of town. Opened in 2005, the Louisville Arboretum is accessible via the skate park parking lot and the small bridge leading into the arboretum. The landscaping is lovely and there are many benches and small gazebos where you can stop and enjoy the view or set up a picnic. The arboretum is designed to showcase the natural state of nature in Louisville, rather than the cultivated green landscapes of the other Boulder-area parks, and the location next to the police station keeps it safe at all hours. Stop by just after sunset to enjoy the stars! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Valmont City Park is an urban spot to take your dogs for a run if you cannot make it into the surrounding foothills around Boulder. In addition to canine activities, there are also bike trails and a disc golf course. During the summer the city of Boulder hosts 'Bike & Movie Night', where everyone (or almost everyone) wheels down to catch a free flick. Check website calendar for more information on other events.