Kids of All Ages (Three-Day) Itinerary
Star the day with an authentic Cajun breakfast at Lucile’s Creole Café. Begin your meal with the New Orleans-style beignets!
After breakfast, head to Downtown Longmont’s Creative District to check out Art in Public Places, historic buildings and fun shops like Barbed Wire Books, Old Town Outfitters and Scrumptious, a candy and ice cream shop.
Pro Tip: Stop by the Visit Longmont office in downtown Longmont to pick up a Visitor Guide for the fun Scavenger Hunt you can do throughout town. We offer extended office hours Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May through September. Even if the office is not open, we still have guides outside the door for pick-up!
For lunch, walk to Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila. Jefe’s offers lunch specials from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a $5 Kids’ Menu. Save room for dessert, and try the fried ice cream!
In the afternoon, visit the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. With an award-winning permanent exhibit about the history of the Front Range and top traveling exhibits, the whole family will have a blast.
For dinner, check out The Post Brewing Co. for great fried chicken and home-style favorites including a kids’ menu.
Book your room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Longmont to turn in for the night, but make sure to pack your swimsuits. The hotel offers a heated indoor pool with kid-friendly water features including a slide and an indoor hot tub for parents to relax. Or, plan to spend your nights at the Hampton Inn Longmont, just a stone’s throw away from the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center.
Start your day by discovering Longmont’s unique Prospect New Town neighborhood and grab a bite to eat at Two Dog Diner. This cool neighborhood featuring retail shops, restaurants and bold architecture is fun to wander, and Two Dog Diner serves up classic diner dishes.
Next, head out to McIntosh Lake. With two playgrounds, a 3.5 mile trail along the lake, spectacular views and wildlife viewing (prairie dogs, bald eagles, pelicans and herons are often seen here), kids will love this stop!
From McIntosh Lake, take a short drive to Warrior Playground, a full-scale Ninja Warrior and Obstacle Course Race training facility for kids and adults. Here you can experience the thrill of tackling the challenges seen on TV since many Warrior Playground obstacles are replicas straight from the American Ninja Warrior show. Train like a ninja while having fun! Make reservations and check out their schedule here.
For your next meal, enjoy Rosalee’s Pizzeria in downtown Longmont. Serving up Old World, East Coast style pizza, a rotating selection of craft beers and arcade games and a pinball machine, this place is a must-visit for the family!
Head to the Longmont Recreation Center for some indoor fun! Enjoy the lazy river, water slides, diving boards and toddler pool area, or try your skill at the indoor climbing wall or outdoor skate park. Or visit Sunflower Farm, a 50-acre farm in southeast Longmont that offers farm animals, huge shade trees with tire swings, sandboxes, tractors, hammocks, treehouses and a zipline. In the winter, toast marshmallows over the bonfire or grab a sled for the farm’s sledding hill. The farm is open throughout the year (hours vary), and tickets must be purchased in advance.
For some good ol’ Southern barbecue, look no further than Georgia Boys BBQ. From St. Louis-style ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, smoked turkey and chicken to classic sides like mac & cheese, bbq beans, potato salad, cole slaw and skillet cornbread, Georgia Boys offers mouthwatering barbecue favorites and specialty menu items. They have a kid’s menu and family sampler platters to accommodate kids of all ages.
After dinner, head downtown and check out Quarters Bar + Arcade. A very unique establishment, Quarters Bar + Arcade is a family-friendly, old-school arcade with a modern self-serve tap wall. The arcade features a variety of retro games that offer something for everyone. They are even equipped with skee ball lanes and pinball machines!
Seasonal Activity Options:
The Longmont Farmers Market is where you can enjoy some tasty treats and shopping at this award-winning market. Held every Saturday from April through November, this grower’s-only market boasts the longest farmer’s market season in the state. Enjoy local food trucks, farm stands and artisan booths for goodies to eat and to take home. They all feature free, weekly kid’s activities, so even little ones will enjoy the market.
The Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center (open Friday-Sunday April 1 through October 31 and the first Saturday of the month November 1 through March 31). Admission is free and daily tours are offered at 11 a.m. Learn about the agricultural history of Boulder County by exploring the historic barns and farmhouse and enjoy seeing farm animals (onsite April through October).
Start off the day with Weekend Brunch at Samples Longmont. If the weather’s warmer, make sure to eat on the rooftop patio. Kids (12 and under) eat FREE every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.
Head to Sandstone Ranch, 313 acres of historic, cultural and natural resources. Hike the nature area along the St. Vrain Greenway and be on the lookout for wildlife. Climb, dig, spin, splash and hop on the Adventure Playground, try out the Skate Park or pack a picnic to enjoy the serenity and scenery in the park.
Grab lunch and play around at The Wild Game where kids of all ages will enjoy bowling, billiards, bocce, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and a full arcade. Their menu offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizza. They have great happy hour specials and a full bar menu too.
Head next door to Get Air Trampoline Park – this family-fun activity is perfect for rainy days and older kids. You can spend hours here, and they are conveniently open late seven days a week. Or, you could spend the afternoon perfecting your toe loops, salchows and spins at the Longmont Ice Pavilion (open November through mid-March).
Finally, eat dinner at CHUBurger, an Oskar Blues Brewery restaurant. CHUBurger is a craft-casual burger place that serves up farm-fresh, local favorites. You’ll enjoy their burgers, hand-cut fries and handshakes or root beer floats. They also have fish sandwiches and veggie burgers, salads and a kid’s menu for all appetites. Kids eat free every Tuesday and Sunday night from 5 p.m. – close (with a minimum $10 food order).
Here are some additional parks to visit during your stay:
Collyer Park, one of three original parks in Longmont dating back to 1871, offers lots of big, shady trees to enjoy a picnic. Kids refer to this park as “train park” because of the train-shaped playground it offers. The park also offers sand volleyball, tennis and pickleball courts, shelters and picnic tables.
With a magnificent view of Longs Peak and the Front Range, Longmont’s Golden Ponds features 88 acres including 56 acres of water surface in four ponds. The nature area is a trail head to the western end of the St. Vrain Greenway, and offers 2.6 miles of trails, an ADA accessible fishing pier, two restrooms and nine picnic shelters. Wildlife of all kinds, especially waterfowl like great blue herons and cormorants, are easily viewed in the park. Enjoy walking, fishing, biking, taking photographs or simply appreciating the scenery at this beautiful nature area.
Stephen Day Park is fun for kids of all ages. Based on a Voyager theme, this park offers BMX, mountain bike and skateboard ramps, a splash pad perfect for the summer, sand volleyball, basketball courts, two shelters and picnic tables.