Old Town Longmont
Old Town Longmont is authentically “Colorado.”
Old Town is home to small businesses, charming boutiques, one-of-a-kind restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, art galleries, brew pubs, and much, much more. It’s the site of lively events like summertime festivals, concerts, and art walks. It’s dotted with artwork placed by the city’s Art in Public Places initiative, and is home to many of Longmont’s parks.
Not far off of Main Street, you’ll find historic homes on tree-lined streets – as inviting and All-American as any neighborhood anywhere in the United States. Thompson Park anchors Old Town and makes for a great place for a picnic or family outing. Roosevelt Park hosts Longmont’s Ice Skating Rink from early November through early March each year, and in the summertime is home to events and festivals.
Many historical sites, brimming with character, have become favorites of Longmont residents. The Dickens Opera House, for example, dominates the corner of 3rd Avenue and Main Street and was one of the first opera houses in the state of Colorado, and is now home to the Dickens Tavern and Opera House. It’s a great place to listen to live music, enjoy food straight out of Americana, and shoot billiards. Cheese Importers, a combination retail store, bistro and cheese warehouse occupies the site of Longmont’s historic power plant. This is a stop in Longmont that you cannot afford to miss!
Further up the block, and at the heart of downtown, you’ll find St. Stephen’s Church. Built in 1881, the church is a landmark of Longmont history. Don’t miss the ornate fountain that flanks St. Stephen’s as well as the mosaic on the side of the Kitchen Co. building adjacent to this downtown oasis.
No visit to Longmont would be complete without a jaunt through downtown. The area was designated as a Certified Creative District by Colorado Creative Industries in 2014 and boasts numerous galleries, restaurants, brewpubs, retail shops and creative industries. It’s a great place to see and a great place to be. In early 2018, a number of buildings in downtown Longmont were added to the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Stephen’s Church – 470 Main Street
Stop in to the home of the St. Vrain Historical Society for an educating trip through Longmont’s past.
Firehouse Art Center – 667 4th Avenue
One of the original homes of the Longmont Fire Department, the city now leases this historic building to the Firehouse Art Center. This gallery features artwork by local, regional, and national artists and is open daily.
Lunch at the Dickens Tavern and Opera House – 300 Main Street
Circle back and stop in to the historic Dickens Tavern and Opera House. Housed in the original building, and featuring many of the original fixtures, the Tavern’s specialty is unique takes on American comfort food. Patrons can see the opera house upstairs, and eat their meals in a vault that remains from the building’s days as a bank.
Aime’s Love Gluten Free Bakery – 331 Main Street
Housed in the original location of JC Penney’s Meat Market, Aime’s Love bakes delicious, gluten-free muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cakes and specialty desserts. Breakfast favorites include sandwiches and crepes, and lunch includes a variety of sandwiches and daily soup specials.
Walking Tour of Old Town
There’s more to Old Town than just Main Street. Walk west (that’s towards the mountains for our out of town friends) along 4th and you’ll enter one of Longmont’s historic neighborhoods. Home to several parks and recreational areas – including Roosevelt and Thompson parks – the streets are flanked by old growth trees and 19th century homes. Tip: Pick up walking tour guides at the Visitors Center to embark on a historical tour of town!