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.
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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 Pavillion in the winter, 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. Downtown Longmont has joined the Historic Eastside and Historic Westside neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places.