The 10 Best Things to Do in Erie, United States

September 6, 2017 Natalie Tallman

The Town of Erie is a Statutory Town in Boulder and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population as of the 2010 census was 18,135, up from 6,291 at the 2000 census. Erie is located just west of Interstate 25, with easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport and Colorado's entire Front Range. Erie's Planning Area spans 48 square miles (120 km), extending from the north side of State Highway 52 south to State Highway 7, and between US 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east. Erie is approximately 35 minutes from Denver International Airport, 25 minutes from Denver and 20 minutes from Boulder.
Restaurants in Erie

1. Anderson Farms

6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516-9609 +1 303-828-5210
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Anderson Farms

Anderson Farms is an agritainment venue offering fall family fun. Activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a 30 corn maze, farm animals including a buffalo, pedal karts, barrel train, gem mining, kiddie korral playground and more! For the more adventurous crowd try Terror in the Corn, a haunted hayride and ghost town.

Reviewed By CholePoppy - Denver, Colorado

This was our second year to visit Anderson Farms. We go in September when it is cheaper and also use a coupon. I have two grandbabies and they especially liked the barrel train, hayride to the pumpkin patch and farms animals. There is something fun to do for all ages. Pumpkins are very reasonably priced with many different sizes, shapes and colors. The smaller version pumpkins and squash are priced at 3 for $1.00. We had a great time with lots of photo opportunities. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

2. Left Hand Brewing Company

1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501-5809 +1 303-772-0258
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Left Hand Brewing Company

Celebrating over 20 years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 28 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. The Tasting Room offers a wide variety of Left Hand's award-winning series including Year Round, Seasonal, Cask and limited releases. Be sure to ask what's new from the pilot system to try rare releases that may only be available at the brewery. No reservations are necessary to enjoy a few pints in our Tasting Room, either inside the comfortable surroundings or outside on our patios, soaking in the year-round Colorado sunshine. Beer and brewery merchandise are available for purchase during regular Tasting Room hours. Our brewery is also available for special events and group tours by appointment. Please bring your ID. No pets or smoking please.

Reviewed By nakamark - Northern Virginia, Virginia

An institution in itself, when I informed a friend that I was visiting Longmont, she immediately stated that I needed to visit the brewery. I am glad that I did because I now know why it is considered an institution, nitro infused beer – sort of like Guinness! A relatively small place, looks like a converted log house, but it’s homey and the beer outstanding.
I’m a visitor so it doesn’t affect me, but not being dog friendly seems so out of the place in outdoorsy Colorado, thus the decrement in rating.
My visits to the area will include a visit to the Left Hand Brewery.

3. Blitz Paintball

5340 Summit Blvd, Dacono, CO 80514-8208 +1 303-337-7109
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Blitz Paintball

Reviewed By CinColo - Denver, Colorado

My 12 yr. old daughter and her friend and her 19 year old and 17 year old cousins just had their first paintball experience at Blitz yesterday. None of them had ever played before. They had a great time! If it's your first time, prepare to take 30 min-1 hour with orientation, fitting, asking questions, and reading about the many different games you can play. It's recommended you do a couple private games first (if you have enough people) to get used to the rules and equipment. Then you can play public. You can also switch back and forth between private and public games throughout the day. Remember to ask to read their game list, so you can get an idea of the rules for each. Good starting games include capture the flag and capture the duck. Also, always make sure and bring the recommended clothing. One other note. It appears they offer snacks during the spring/summer/fall but not winter, so remember to pack along something to snack on. The kids are very eager to go back again!

4. Waneka Lake Park

1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Waneka Lake Park

Reviewed By Lynne T - Denver, Colorado

Waneka Lake has a walking trail that goes completely around the lake and provides wonderful scenery. I went to this lake to check out the possibility of paddle boarding. They have a rental facility for boards, but the park does not allow you to put in your own craft. Disappointing. I will probably rent there some day. But will go to other lakes for now.

5. Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501-8989 +1 303-651-8374
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Reviewed By ColoradoTourist - Evergreen, Colorado

Half the museum is free. The other half is a special exhibit that costs $8. Currently this exhibit is a dinosaur exhibit. Both halves are well done and take about 15 minutes each. Was it worth $8 for the dinosaurs? Not really.

6. The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company

285 Cheesman Street, Erie, CO 80516
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company

Reviewed By Kerry G - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

A great place to sit and talk, good weather or bad. Beer selection is interesting and good. Has a large TV for games and provides some food to snack on

7. WOW! Children's Museum

110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026-2336 +1 303-604-2424
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

WOW! Children's Museum

Reviewed By Ann G - Wausau, Wisconsin

We really enjoyed spending a morning at the Children's Museum. There were so many areas for the kids to explore, pretend, imagine, and interact with the exhibits. We had 4 children and 6 adults, so lots of us to watch the kids. Exhibits varied from using paintbrushes to uncover a dinosaur skeleton, to a doctor's office, a sand box, and more. Some were great for little ones to sit and play. Others offered more learning by interacting with music, or putting on a play in costume. Great place!

8. Colorado National Speedway

4281 Speedway Blvd, Dacono, CO 80514-8502 +1 303-665-4173
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Colorado National Speedway

Reviewed By Nativedancer - Sunshine States

Nascar up close and personal......a total blast for the whole family....bring your ear protection for the little ones cuz it's loud!

9. Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct N, Suite 104, Boulder, CO 80301-3242 +1 303-440-4324
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Avery Brewing Company

Reviewed By Ringletedone - Pensacola, Florida

Our group of about 15-20 visitors had an energetic tour guide who had a very good understanding himself of the brewing process and its technical aspects. He communicated well to a wide range of tourists and home brewers alike, some of whom had to learn the diffrence between lagers and ales, and others who asked questions about bittering hops and secondary fermentation. He also answered honestly questions about the trend of some small CO brewers being let taken over by the big boys. We also learned about the advantages of cans and as a balance, Avery's commitment to using foil toppers to discourage slugging down a beer from a bottle, fraternity style, in favor of slowly drinking from beautiful stemware and luxuriating in the gustatory thrill.

The tour concluded with the tasting of one of the barrel aged group of small batch beers. We tasted an imperial coconut porter aged in Bourbon barrels.

We retreated afterwards to the tap room downstairs and joined new aquaintances from the tour group at a shared table. There is also a restaurant on the second floor with daily specials and a printed menu.

10. Lafayette Collectibles and Flea Market

130 E Spaulding St, Lafayette, CO 80026-2148 +1 303-665-0433
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Lafayette Collectibles and Flea Market

Reviewed By Monica E - Lafayette, Colorado, United States

The flea market has been a lafayette staple for as long as I have lived here--25 years. It has changed over the years and prices have started to creep up. But it is a huge space with individual kiosks and you really have to shop around inside the place. For example, the most obvious book dealer is way more expensive than the tucked-out-of-sight vendor in the back who has some books. I have found amazing books for my research and for my pleasure reading.

I have furnished a lot of my house over the years from this place, too. I do wish there was a bit less tchotchke and more furniture and big items, but there you go.

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