What to do around Boulder


  There are three museums on campus: The Natural History Museum in the Henderson Building is located next to the UMC. The Art Museum is in the Atlas Building, and the CU Heritage Center is on the top floor of Old Main.


Downtown: Pearl Street

  Pearl Street, including the Pedestrian Mall that runs from 11th street to 15th street and the East and West ends, is a lively center of restaurants and upscale shopping. Click here to download a PDF of a map of the Pearl Street area.



Boulder has many fine dining offerings. We suggest consulting Opentable.com, Urbanspoon, or Yelp for restaurant ratings and reviews. Reservations are recommended for restaurants in the Pearl Street area or for other highly rated restaurants.

For casual dining near the conference venue, the University Hill area has restaurants offering sandwiches, pizza, and ethnic foods.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

  Summer Shakespeare on campus, at theaters near the conference site. Macbeth and Midsummer's Night Dream will be performed at the outdoor Mary Rippon theater (a spectactular setting!) during the conference. Indoors, at the University Theater, Richard II and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare will be offered. More information and tickets available at: Colorado Shakespeare

Colorado Music Festival

  Summer classical music festival at Chautauqua in Boulder. Performances during ABS include "Bach to the future" on July 28, Chamber Music on July 30, the Festival Orchestra on August 1, and a Mash-Up and Party on August 2. Website and tickets: Colorado Music

Boulder Dinner Theater

  Performing the Wizard of Oz now through August 31. Making reservations early is recommended. Boulder Dinner Theater


Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

Popular Boulder Hikes


In and near Boulder: the Boulder Creek Bike Path parallels Boulder Creek and is easily accessible from campus. To get to the trail walk two to three blocks north from campus on Broadway, 17th, or Folsom. The trail extends from the foothills east to the Sawhill Ponds and Walden Ponds wildlife refuges on 75th Street. The Mesa and Gregory Canyon Trails can accessed from Chautauqua park, at the base of the Flatirons (6th and Baseline).

Outside of Boulder: Popular trailheads along the Continental Divide include Hessie, Fourth of July, Rainbow Lakes and Brainard. All are about 45 minutes west of Boulder. The drive to these trailheads takes you up through Boulder Canyon and mountain hamlet/hippie town of Nederland. More information and maps can be found at the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest website.

You can also drive through Nederland and then north to Rocky Mountain National Park. This route on the Peak to Peak highway (following Colorado routes 119, 72 and 7) is extraordinarily scenic.

Rocky Mountain National Park


Awesome views, a paved road over the continental divide, and numerous hiking trails. Worth the hour drive from Boulder. Rocky Mountain National Park (NPS website)

Outside of Boulder


Flatirons Shopping Mall (on Highway 36 between Denver and Boulder)

Lodo Denver (Lower Downtown)

Restaurants, shops, huge REI store in historic building, Tattered Cover bookstore, bikeway along the Platte River Lodo website

Major League Baseball. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies, 3 game series against the Brewers, Friday July 26, Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th.

Elitch Gardens (amusement park)

Contemporary Art Museum

Denver Aquarium

Money Museum, Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank

Downtown Denver

Denver Art Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

Denver Mint

Colorado History Museum

Colorado Capitol Building

City Park

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Zoo

Also in Denver

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts

Denver Botanic Gardens (two locations, one near downtown the other at Chatfield reservoir)

Molly Brown House (near downtown)

Mizel Museum

Cherry Creek Mall, Cherry Creek North shopping district


Coors Brewery