There are so many fun ways to get out and about in Golden in February. Only 20 minutes from downtown Denver, Golden feels a world away with its small-town charm, hiking trails and creekside paths. February offers lots of opportunities for family fun in Golden, including:
- Hunt for a Golden Glass Orb – Throughout February, a one-of-a-kind glass orb will be hidden daily somewhere in Golden by Foothills Art Center. On weekdays, one glass orb will be hidden and on Saturdays and Sundays, there will be two orbs hidden. “Finders are keepers” of these beautiful orbs handcrafted by Colorado artists. More info on the Golden Glass Orb Hunt here: Visitgolden.com.
- Take Your Golden to Golden – February 3rd is International Golden Retriever Day and while there is not an official Goldens in Golden gathering, you can still celebrate the city’s connection to this beloved dog breed. Goldens and their humans are invited all month long to enjoy Golden on their own with a selfie-station for photos, hotel packages and various dog-friendly merchant deals, including free “pup cups” and patio dining deals at select. Walk your Golden in Golden all month long and follow @VisitGoldenCO on Instagram and Facebook to participate in the online fun and giveaways from KONG. More details at VisitGolden.com.
- Family Strolls under Golden’s Holiday Lights – The city’s celebrated holiday lights display remains illuminated through mid-February, making it a great destination for creekside walks and downtown strolls. Afterward, pick up a to-go pizza kit from family favorite Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza.
- Colorado Environmental Film Festival – The show must go on – especially when you’re in the urgent business of alerting the public to important environmental issues facing our world! This year’s CEFF will be virtual from February 12 – 21. Check out the extensive CEFF 4 Kids options, resources for kids interested in the environment including a free Filmmaking 101 for aspiring young filmmakers. More info here: Ceff.net/
- Spot a Dinosaur & then Walk in their Tracks – Golden is where the dinosaurs once roamed and it’s now home to a colorful new art installation of bright, colorful Triceratops sculptures standing on private property at the corner of HWY 93 and West 56th. Spot them as you drive by and then experience 150 million year of history at Dinosaur Ridge, one of the most important dinosaur track sites in the country. Don’t forget to hike the Triceratops Trail! More info: VisitGolden.com
- Savor Something Sweet on Valentine’s Day – Treat yourself to something sweet in Golden on Valentine’s Day! Golden Sweets, Goozell Yogurt, Gold Mine Cupcakes or Amore Gelato and Kona Bowls in Tributary Food Hall. The new Golden Poultry & Meats also sells $1 a scoop of Little Man Ice Cream. Or take advantage of the many Golden restaurants that are offering special deals for dine-in and take-out too.
- Walkthrough Golden History – Getting outside in winter can be challenging but you can make it fun and educational with the Golden History Walking Tour. Created by the Golden History Museum, the tour is a free, downloadable tour that directs you to 16 historic spots in Golden as it winds one-and-a-half miles past beautiful homes, stone buildings, gardens, a re-created historic farm and school yard, and – most popular with kids – a historic chicken coop filled with heritage chickens you can feed for a quarter. More info here: Goldenhistory.org/learn-do/walkingtour/
- Take a Self-Guided Public Art Tour –– The Self-Guided Public Art Tour guides you along the Clear Creek Trail and up and down Washington Ave. to more than two dozen public art works, beautiful statues and murals that capture the spirit of the West. Link to the free Golden Public Art Walking Tour Brochure and set out for an artful adventure.
- All Aboard at the Colorado Railroad Museum –Located on 15 beautiful acres at the base of North Table Mountain, the Colorado Railroad Museum is home to more than 100 locomotives, diesel engines, passenger cars and freight cars. Kids can climb up stairways, walk through the cars, pose in front of the massive snowplow, ring a locomotive bell, see the roundtable, visit the roundhouse, ride an actual train, hear steam whistles, run a model railroad with a full circus, peer in the windows of hundreds of miniature buildings, build Thomas the Tank Engine layouts, and more. You can even check out a Family Backpack filled with fun activities that will help make your visit special or request an “I Spy” or “Where in the World is Spike” handout to make a game of searching the railyard.
- Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum: Located high above Golden, on top of Lookout Mountain with spectacular views in all directions is the final resting spot for the Old West’s most famous scout and showman, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Your family is sure to have a fun time learning viewing exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life and the Wild West shows, Native American objects, and more. See Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows, Buffalo Bill’s show outfits, Frederick Remington’s “Portrait of a Ranch Hand,” and many other objects from the Old West in the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.
For more ideas on what to do in Golden, head to www.visitgolden.com.