Things To Do In Golden

Clear Creek Zipline Tour with Photo Package for One, Two, or Four at Colorado Adventure Center (39% Off)

Colorado Adventure Center

Idaho Springs

Soar over pine trees and creeks along eight single-pulley ziplines starting as high as 65 feet above the ground

$114 $69

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Admission to Three Attractions and a Maze for Two, Four, or Six at Miner's Maze Adventureland (Up to 52% Off)

Miner's Maze Adventureland

Golden

Fun park entertains families with 5,000 sq. ft. maze, bungee trampoline, train rides, and inflatable spheres that let guests walk on water

$36 $18

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Four-Hour Flameworking or Beadmaking Class for One or Two at Glasscraft (Up to 53% Off)

Glasscraft

Golden

Learn the basics of flameworking, glassblowing, and glass beadmaking using table mounted torches in this class.

$199 $99

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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Red Rocks Boot Camp ($99 Value)

Red Rocks Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

One-hour classes emphasize cardio, functional strength movements, and balance in circuit training and high intensity interval training

$99 $39

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Sessions at Pro Performance SC (61% Off)

Pro Performance SC

Golden

Bolster your metabolism while toning muscle and improving cardio health; each session includes fitness challenges and nutritional advice

$90 $35

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10 or 20 Adult Dance Classes or Once- or Twice-Weekly Youth Classes at Virtuosity Dance Centre (Up to 73% Off)

Virtuosity Dance Centre

Canyon Point Shopping Center

Students as young as 3 can refine their dance technique in an array of styles spanning from ballet to modern

$120 $39

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$50 for $100 Groupon — Spark Fitness

Spark Fitness

Evergreen West

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $50

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Barbecue Cooking Class for One or Two at Ruff's Barbecue Shoppe in Golden (Up to 51% Off)

Ruff's Barbecue Shoppe

Applewood

Classes teach fundamentals of barbecue for variety of grills, basics of meat preparation & secret to sauces & rubs before group dinner

$70 $34

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Admission for Two or Four at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (50% Off)

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Golden Proper

xhibits full of family heirlooms and historically significant artifacts including quilts from the 1800s and contemporary art

$12 $6

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$26 for a One-Year Family Membership to Dinosaur Ridge ($60 Value)

Dinosaur Ridge

Denver

Year membership grants dino buffs access to bus tours and exhibits at outdoor museum rife with prehistoric fossils, tracks, and artifacts

$60 $26

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BYOB Wine Glass, Canvas, or Wood Panel Painting Class for Two or Four at Old Paint Bar (Up to 51% Off)

Old Paint Bar

Evergreen West

Students use provided materials to paint their masterpiece on canvas, wood paneling, or wine glasses

$50 $25

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Ride for Up to 2 Adults and 5 Kids or Up to 4 Adults and 10 Kids from Historic Rail Adventures, LLC (49% Off)

Historic Rail Adventures, LLC

Multiple Locations

Antique locomotives pull enclosed and open train cars through mountain vistas, over tall bridges, and past the remains of silver mines

$146.65 $75

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In a sense, the story of the three Golden History Museums sites goes back to 1938, when Golden citizens began collecting and exhibiting artifacts from the region's history. But in another sense, it goes back much further: the 18-inch stone walls of the Astor House were lain in the mid-19th century, and the Clear Creek History Park represents an immaculate recreation of pioneer-era Colorado. No matter how far back visitors are peering into the past, the museums flesh out the story of Golden from the time of horse-drawn wagons to today.

  • Size: it's a museum in three parts with more than 15,000 artifacts in the Golden History Center, the fully restored Astor House museum, and a reconstructed ranch at the Clear Creek History Park
  • Eye Catcher: the miniature town inside the Golden History Center
  • Permanent Mainstay: the photography collection (which can be browsed online) contains more than 2,500 historical images
  • Don't Miss: head down to the restored ranch to see events and demonstrations, a thriving beehive, heirloom-breed chickens, and one of the best skies in the country
822 12th St
Golden,
CO
US

Children run in trails marked by prehistoric footprints, and fingers run across fossils during each visit to Dinosaur Ridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of ancient artifacts. Around every corner of the outdoor museum—which rests on land designated as a national natural landmark—bones and impressions protrude from their earthy abodes as evidence of the area's once larger-than-life inhabitants. Paleontologists of all ages can examine curious tracks on surrounding hiking paths, such as Triceratops Trail, or hop on a guided bus tour to examine fossil sites and valleys where brontosauruses used to question the meaning of life.

Lurking inside the visitor center is the Trek Through Time exhibit, where interactive children's games, replica fossils, and massive murals join forces to lead explorers into different prehistoric eras. In addition to its day-to-day operations, Dinosaur Ridge also plays host to various events during the year, including Boy Scout days, birthday parties, and lectures that explain how T. rex stayed humble despite his large stature.

16831 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison,
CO
US

Beth and Jim Trammell started 5280 Gymnastics to share their love of gymnastics with students young and old, novice and expert, casual and competitive. They assembled an elite team of coaches that trained Olympic gymnast Sasha Artemev and placed graduates on the gymnastics teams at Stanford University, into officer's education at West Point, and onto the diving team at Northwestern University. Under this refined tutelage, the two USA Gymnastics teams that regularly train within 5280's confines took home awards at regional, state, and national levels of competition.

The owners and coaches recognize that not everyone desires to train for peak levels of gymnastics competition, and so the range of classes encompasses plenty of other options, including casual, confidence-inspiring play for tots and free running and parkour classes for older students. During the summer, daily camps keep kids busy during sunny hours with athletic games and arts-and-crafts projects such as building a balance beam out of popsicle sticks.

29389 Industrial Way
Evergreen,
CO
US

Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.

17155 W 44th Ave
Golden,
CO
US

Originally known as the Garden of Angels, Red Rocks enchants visitors with ethereal scenery and top-notch acoustics 6,450 feet above sea level. The amphitheater geologically emerged from the ocean floor over millions of years, its walls housing fossil fragments of various dinosaurs, including plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, and several plush Barney dolls. The carbon-dated rock 'n' roll history of Red Rocks includes performances by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead, who kept coming back to the venue year after year in search of their missing flip-flops. The sonic stone architecture of the venue has also led to dozens of popular live recordings, including U2’s Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky, John Tesh’s Live at Red Rocks, and Neil Young’s Road Rock Vol. 1.

18300 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison,
CO
US

As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.

18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison,
CO
US