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“Ready for the next visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park
Ranked #2 of 134 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Originally established in 1898 to bring culture to rural areas, this beautiful park hosts cultural events, features rock climbing sites, lovely gardens and picnic areas and is the starting point for many hiking trails.Year-round lodging, dining and events available.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Ready for the next visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

My wife and I enjoyed wonderful evening at Chautauqua last night. Our visit to the site was specifically to see Toad the Wet Sprocket perform live in the Auditorium. First off, the grounds are magnificent. The walk up the hill from Baseline Road, past the Dining Hall and into the Auditorium was delightful. Prior to the start of the show, we decided to grab a bite to eat at the indoor/outdoor kiosk at the rear of the Auditorium. This is where concert goers can indulge in cooked to order grilled foods such as burgers, fresh local beer on tap, wine, and Boulder Ice Cream. FYI: No food or alcoholic beverages allowed inside the Auditorium. The staff working the concert were awesome. No complaints. The staff was very polite, professional, and friendly too! This the first concert venue(I've been to many in my life)I've ever been to that offered complimentary ear plugs/protection at the entrance to the building. Wow. It's hard to believe someone actually cared about the future of my hearing. We sat right front row which had good visualization of the stage. Ideally, the freestanding seats should've been angled more towards the center of the stage. The acoustics were pretty good, not the best in the world, but good enough. We certainly look forward to visiting Chautauqua in the near future, possibly for a hike or to eat dinner at the historic Dining Hall.

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Chandler, AZ
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Park - A must visit when in Boulder!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2010

This park was recommended to us by a Boulder native. It does not disappoint. Beautiful views of the flatiron mountains. Lovely grounds for a lunch picnic, or just to hang out. Picturesque dining hall and patio for lunch or dinner (we had lunch). Best of all, miles of hiking trails to get into the mountain foothills. The meadow view at the foot of the mountains is breathtaking. Helpful park rangers can hook you up with a hike to suit your abilities. Cottages are available to rent, will definitely be back and would love to stay in this area of the city.

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Downingtown, PA
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Don't miss the music!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2009

I lived in Boulder for 8 years, and a weekly highlight was Chautauqua. It's a great place to start a hike, and they also have a summer music series that is terrific! The building is a wooden structure that allows the music to flow out to the park, so when we were students, we'd just bring a blanket and have a picnic dinner with whatever music was playing drifting on the breeze. Later, we could afford to actually buy tickets and enjoy the always tremendous selections. Wow, miss this place...between the music and the views of the Flatirons...it really can't be beat.

1 Thank SharonOpa
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Los Angeles, California
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315 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“You've got to go here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2008

Parking on a Saturday afternoon was a bit tight but once we found a spot, we really had a great time! We hiked up one of walking trails to about mid point of the Flat Irons behind it and the view is just awesome!

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