offering educational activities for the whole family, this three-story museum features a number of different displays, from southwestern pottery by the anasazi to prehistoric dinosaur fossils. kids will enjoy the hands-on discovery corner, where they can learn about shells and starfish. in addition to all the interesting artifacts at the museum, u of c offers hordes of people watching on campus. it will take you back to your own fun and stress-free college days. but be forewarned: it may also make you feel as old as those artifacts.

historic boulder
(303) 444-5192
for a look at boulder history, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the city’s seven historical districts. the tours are approximately 90 minutes long and feature such stops as mapleton hill and the downtown area.

shopping
boulder arts & crafts cooperative

(303) 443-3683
if you want to take a piece of boulder home with you, visit this shop on pearl street. it features a large selection of items, including jewelry, paintings, and pottery, made by local artists.

the hill
www.thehillboulder.com
located on the west side of the university of colorado campus, this group of shops and cafes is a popular student hangout. here you’ll find a number of book and music stores, including albums on the hill, which features rare albums.