Not sure what to do for the rest of the summer? Fortunately, Colorado’s museums and National Parks offer a host of free days to increase access and open up opportunities to experience something truly magical. Here are some free admission days in and around Boulder County that give local residents the chance to see or do something new.
Colorado National Parks
When: 8/5, 8/25, 9/25
If you’ve postponed a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, or Mesa Verde, then these free admission days might be the best excuse yet. Celebrate our state’s beautiful public lands, dense forests, and rocky canyons by getting outside and introducing your loved ones to the wild wonders mother nature can create. These free days are good for all Colorado national parks, national monuments, and forest day-use areas.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Stroll through a tranquill, Japanese-style garden or sit in the humid greenhouse amongst hundreds of tropical plants at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about Colorado’s native plants or experience one of the gardens’ numerous rotating exhibits – like gigantic cedarwood sculptures. This place goes well beyond housing plants.
Clyfford Still Museum
When: 8/5, 9/10
To see an exemplary artist through his entire life, visit the Clyfford Still Museum. This astonishing building houses over 2,500 works that Still created throughout his many-decades career as a painter. A style that started in realism eventually transformed to abstract, larger-than-life creations that consumed the very walls they hung upon. Spend a hot summer afternoon soaking in Still’s colorful, expressive, thought-provoking works here.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
When: Every Saturday
Yet another thing that makes Boulder so fantastic is BMoCA’s free admission Saturdays. No need to plan ahead. Bring out of town guests or enjoy some solo time spent amongst one-of-a-kind art installations and heritage-focused creations. BMoCA represents artists of all walks of life so each time you visit, you’ll experience something unique that you may not have had the chance to bump up against in daily life.
Museum of Natural History
Did you know that CU’s Museum of Natural History is free to the public every day? While it does accept donations, a monetary contribution is not required to access this awesome museum. Explore the origins of life on this planet, mammals that called Colorado home, and so much more. A trip to the Museum of Natural History makes a great activity to beat the heat or ride out an afternoon thunderstorm.
Denver Art Museum
When: Second Tuesday of the Month
This award-winning museum opens its doors for free one day a month, giving everyone the opportunity to experience internationally-renowned art exhibits. Its rotating features have included a Star Wars costume exhibit and photography by Georgia O’Keefe. Arrive early to beat the crowds and take this special opportunity to witness awe-inspiring artwork from some of history’s most cherished creatives.
There is so much to do and see along Colorado’s Front Range that it may just take a lifetime to fit it all in. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about the artists, scientists, and natural wonders that make our state so fantastic.