Home town shout out!
My husband laughed out loud when I said I was going to write a blog about things to do in Broomfield. “It’s a suburb of Denver,” he said, “Is your post going to be about how to get out of Broomfield?”
I get it, with a population of 65,000 and the local mall listed as the #1 attraction in the city, Broomfield is hardly a tourist destination. However, as a woman who was born here and has been back nearly every month since I left for college, I have a pretty good sense of what the city has to offer.
While Broomfield may not be a vacation destination, there’s plenty to do in this Denver suburb.
Where to have
2440 W. Midway Blvd.
Offering 7 indoor and 3 outdoor sand volleyball courts as well as a full restaurant and bar, The Oasis is an ideal place for parties, reunions and team building events. You have the option to drop in, join a league, reserve your own court for an hour (10 person minimum), or book a private party for any size group.
The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park
250 Spader Way
Turns out The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park is geared towards children ages 1 to 12 years old but I enjoyed it up until the age of 20, so did my mom, who was 56 at the time! This outdoor mini-water park has several large slides, a big pool, a water playground, a splash zone and a kiddie pool. They also have a concession stand where I used to buy a giant pickle every summer. Yeah. I was that kid.
Warrior Challenge Arena
3400 Industrial Ln., Unit #12A
It’s time to put your athleticism, skill, wit and determination to the test. The Warrior Challenge Arena has 75 activities to choose from, perfect for any age group and ability level. Whether you’re looking for team building, a party space, classes, competitions, or just to drop in and have some fun, Warrior Challenge Arena has an option for everyone.
Where to eat
300 Nickel St
Good ol’ Papa Franks. My family has been coming here for decades. Their specialty is “homemade-from-scratch” spaghetti and marinara sauce with your choice of meatballs or sausage. The thick spaghetti noodles is what they are known for, and to this day, my sister and brother-in-law demand a spaghetti night when they come to visit from Washington D.C..
Burritos to Go
1050 E 10th Ave
Burritos to Go will always hold a special place in my heart! Owned by the Lamontagne family, this local burrito joint is much more than a lunch hot spot, it’s a home away from home for many Broomfield residents.
Where to exercise
136th Avenue and Main Street
Offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, Broomfield Outlook is a beautiful place to go for a walk, jog or bike ride. The trail begins just west of 136th Avenue and Main Street and winds through the field below and up into the adjacent neighborhood. Plus, there’s an adorable gazebo at the bottom of the hill that’s perfect for watching the sunset.
Paul Derda Recreation Center
13201 Lowell Blvd
This is where I once broke a world record for bouncing the most basketballs in a gym at one time with fellow residents. True story. Paul Derda Recreation Center is a 85,000 sq ft space perfect for the whole family – including a swimming pool, lazy river, water slide, splash zone, basketball court, indoor track, exercise equipment, rock climbing wall, indoor playground, game room and more!
Where to drink
Wonderland Brewing Company
5450 W 120th Ave
I recently joked with a friend that the new hot place to hang out in Broomfield is in front of Kohl’s. Turns out, I wasn’t joking. Wonderland Brewing Company is located on 120th Avenue right near Kohl’s in the building that used to be a youth group hang out. I love this place! There’s a great outdoor area with Cornhole and Horseshoes and there are a couple of arcade games inside, as well.
2780 Industrial Ln
Located on that weird industrial road between the Broomfield railroad tracks and FlatIron Crossing Mall is Nighthawk Brewery. The inside has been renovated to provide a warm, inviting space to hang out with friends. I love that their website has photos and descriptions of beers that are currently on tap.
Where to shop
The Orchard Town Center
14697 Delaware St #850
Located on the northeast side of Broomfield, The Orchard Town Center is a large outdoor shopping mall that includes many department stores, boutiques, restaurants and a movie theatre. If the weather is nice, opt for a trip to The Orchard over FlatIron Mall. During the summer there is almost always a outdoor concert or event taking place.
FlatIron Crossing Mall
1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr
Shoutout to the FlatIron Crossing Aeropostale for hiring me for my first job! This is a great indoor mall. The architecture is really something and the mall is laid out in an easy-to-navigate format. The outdoor areas have recently been updated and now feature lawn games, sand boxes and picnic tables.
These photos make me so homesick! Broomfield was a great place to grow up. There is plenty to do in this Denver suburb, and you can’t beat that mountain view!
Thanks for reading,