After leaving the mechanic’s shop with a new-and-improved ride, a driver with a decent amount of free time on their hands would do well to take advantage of the variety of day trips Colorado has to offer. Here’s a few of them.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado has a rich railroad history, and a lot of it is displayed at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. This museum features over 100 locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses spread out over it 12-acre yard. Visitors should keep in mind that, on the third Saturday of every month, they have the option of writing behind one of the institution’s locomotives while sitting in passenger cars from a variety of eras along Colorado’s railroad history.
Center at Lohr-McIntosh Farm
This is a perfect portrayal of what Boulder County looked like between 1900 and 1925. Back then, there was a significant growth in farming and a marked lack of smartphones. Visitors can check out the outhouses, milk house, and barns that surround the center.
Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum
This is one museum that’s certainly worth the drive. Ten acres out of the original 160-acre Bee family farm has been designated as a museum. Child visitors can enjoy the thrill of milking a wooden cow, washing clothes on a washboard the old-fashioned way, or pulling a horse-drawn plow.
Boulder County locals will likely be quite familiar with Chatauqua Park, though it certainly merits a mention here. Anyone looking for some light fun under the sun owes themselves a trip to this majestic park. Chautauqua park is perfect for people meeting up on a first date or for entire families walking leashed dogs.
The Carousel of Happiness
After emerging from the auto repair longmont shop with a revamped set of wheels, it might do a driver good to grab a good companion and visit the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland. Drivers can relive the thrills of their childhood on the restored 1910 carousel which features an ensemble cast of animals, including a moose, cow, alpaca, and dragon.
Lafayette Miners Museum
Some fascinating mining history lies in this Lafayette museum. The home was bought by coal miner William Lewis in 1913, who designated the building as a meeting place where miners would congregate during a strike that would end up lasting till 1915.
Benson Sculpture Garden
The Benson Sculpture Garden is a 10-acre park featuring a permanent display of over 130 unique sculptures. These include animals, people, and even abstract art. The area features designated pic-nic zones that make it easier for visitors to make a day out of visiting the garden. Additionally, the Loveland High Plains Arts Council produces an annual Sculpture in the Park event that is held on August 11 and 12.