Sense of Place
Warm and down-to-earth with a burgeoning downtown and acres of enviable open space, Lafayette’s a current darling of the “L Towns” surrounding Boulder (Louisville, Longmont, Lyons and Lafayette). Its impressive public art program speaks to the passionate, innovative community that calls Lafayette home.
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Shhhh… Best-Kept Secret: Acreage , an off-radar hilltop cidery, and restaurant with views is the place to clink glasses at sunset, with a cider slushie in hand.
Claim to Fame: Colorado’s first Bird City the USA, thanks to lush parkland and conservation programs
Lay of the Land
No longer just a ‘burb, Lafayette is only 20 minutes from Boulder yet has a personality all its own, thanks to a vibrant, developing downtown. Mountain views are ubiquitous and are especially astonishing when reflected in scenic and central Waneka Lake. Another treasured natural resource, Coal Creek, runs through the south side of town, bordered by popular biking and walking trail. The town is surrounded by fertile farmland and working ranches.
What Locals Love to Do
- Spend a day shopping, dining, coffee-sipping, antiquing, and flea market pickin’ on South Public Road (Lafayette’s downtown main street), whose sidewalks are lined with ever-changing public art.
- Discover craft beer, coffee, theater, and pilates on East Simpson Road, a hidden-gem offshoot from downtown.
- Take a creative class or catch a performing arts production at the Arts Hub, or see the latest installation at The Collective Community Arts Center.
- Explore Waneka Lake by strolling the perimeter path, playing at the exceptional playground, birdwatching, or attending the Fourth of July fireworks event.
- Enjoy the shady canopy along Coal Creek Trail, for cycling, running, walking, and kid-friendly exploration.
- Spend hours interacting with science exhibits at the Wow! Museum, favored by tiny tots.
- Dance to live music at Festival Plaza, downtown, which hosts summertime art nights, a famous peach festival, and other community events.
- Sample goodies and stock up on produce at the weekly summer farmers’ market.