Offbeat Activities in Boulder

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    Fifteen miles west of Boulder is a small town called Nederland, a place 8236 feet above sea level and filled with small western town idiosyncrasies such as Frozen Dead Guy Days, a festival based around a cryogenically-frozen grandfather kept in a shack behind a Nederland resident's house, complete with coffin races and "Frozen Dead Guy" lookalike contests.

    Kinetics is one of those bizarre small-town events that only people from that town think is normal, and even that's a stretch. Started in 1980, Kinetics is a race across land, mud, and water with teams using human-powered vehicles, but it's essentially an excuse for groups of people to dress in costume not on Halloween and to adopt personas that correspond to their costumes.

    Tour the city of Boulder with Banjo Billy's Bus Tour as you relax in a couch, recliner, or sit on a saddle inside of this bus that looks like a hillbilly shack. Obviously, this is no ordinary tour, but what makes it even more unusual is that you will learn about Boulder's history through ghost tales and crime stories.

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    Tonic Oxygen Bar

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    2011 10th Street

    Can I buy you a canister?... read more

    Avery Brewing Company

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    5763 Arapahoe Avenue

    Unpretentious and Fun... read more

    Sombrero Ranches

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    3300 Airport Road

    One-hour to weekend-long guided horseback, fishing and sleigh trips... read more

    Fiske Planetarium

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    Campus Box 408
    University of Colorado

    Stars on display... read more

    Albums on the Hill

    1128 13th Street

    A Boulder Favorite for Music... read more

    Long's Iris Gardens

    3240 Broadway

    Iris gardens for walking, buying or even digging your own clusters... read more


    Parade at 29th Street Mall and race at Boulder Reservoir

    Human-powered vehicle race and parade every April...
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    High Crimes Mystery Bookshop

    946 Pearl Street

    Mystery Readers' Dream... read more

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    Banjo Billy's Bus Tour

    departs from the Hotel Boulderado at 2115 13th St.

    Unusual historical bus tour with ghost stories...
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