The Splash Water Park
For summertime family-friendly fun, Golden residents flock to the Splash at Fossil Trace. The park features two water slides, a leisure pool with a water structure and fountains, a sand area and a lap pool with a diving board.
The Golden Library offers a collection of 88,000 items, including books, reference material, magazines, newspapers, movies and music to Golden residents. The library also provides access to computers as well as free wireless internet.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Set inside a replica 1880’s style depot, the Colorado Railroad Museum celebrates over 125 years of Colorado railroad history. The museum holds tens of thousands of rare photographs, documents and artifacts as well as a reference library of railroad books. Outside the building, the museum displays more than 100 historic locomotives and cars on its 15 acre property.
Buffalo Bill’s Gravesite and Museum
Golden pays tribute to buffalo hunter William “Buffalo Bill” Cody at his gravesite on Lookout Mountain. The museum near the gravesite holds artifacts from Buffalo Bills Wild West days, complete with Native American bows and arrows, firearms, items from Bill’s Wild West shows and more.
Clear Creek History Park
Truly a piece of Golden’s rich history, Clear Creek History Park features a handful of historic buildings from Golden’s earliest days. Originally built in local Golden Gate Canyon, the buildings were moved, piece by piece, from their original location when developers were looking to tear them down. The community rallied and was able to save the structures and rebuild them in the city center. History Park features two 1800s mountain cabins, an 1876 one-room schoolhouse, an outhouse, as well as recently constructed 1800s style blacksmith shop, chicken coop, bee yard and root cellar. Tours, classes, crafts and games are offered.
Hundreds of dinosaur tracks can be seen at Golden’s famous Dinosaur Ridge. Geological and Paleontological enthusiasts will enjoy guided or self-guided tours across the ridge as well as a visitor’s center.
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Visit the Colorado School of Mines’ Geology Museum of Golden to see rare moon rocks from the Apollo 17 mission as well as a vast collection of specimens from local mining sites, a gold and silver display and gemstones. Free to the public.
Golden Community Center
The Golden Community Center is a multifunctional facility with a complete recreational center that includes two pools, a water slide, sauna, hot tub, indoor track, exercise machines, weight equipment, gym, and climbing wall. The Community Center also offers child care, preschool, arts and crafts classes and meeting rooms.
Clear Creek White Water Park
Built especially for kayaks and canoes, the Clear Creek Water Park is a quarter-mile course with a series of pools and drops for enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Golden Bike Park
Cyclists love Golden Bike Park, a trail system built exclusively for mountain bikers, features a gravity-fed flow park and obstacle areas for all skill levels.
Buffalo Bill Days
A Golden original, Buffalo Bill Days is a celebration of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and the Wild West! Entertainment includes live music, a big parade, a classic car show, and food and retail vendors. Last but not least, a Wild West Show is performed complete with gunfights, Native American dancers, gun spinning, gun marksmanship and whip cracking.
Summer Solstice Music Festival
Golden’s Summer Solstice Music Festival features a day of live music, beer, barbeque and fun. Held at Clear Creak History Park’s natural hillside amphitheater, the concert is a fundraiser to benefit the Golden History Museums.
Fine Arts Festival
The Fine Arts Festival, held in downtown Golden, is a celebration of art, with over a hundred artists on site. On display are a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Free to the public, the Fine Arts Festival also offers free carriage rides, live music, kids activities and free admission to Clear Creak History Park.