Updated: 8/10/2017

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In Longmont, you’ll find three spectacular golf courses, beautiful parks and a Certified Colorado Creative District. Survey the work of local artists in galleries and coffee shops — especially during the 2nd Fridays events in downtown Longmont. Explore the recently expanded Longmont Museum & Cultural Center for outdoor summer concerts, exhibits on the history of the region and more.

The area’s brewery scene is also noteworthy. Left Hand Brewing Co. and Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Taproom are longtime favorites, while 300 Suns, Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse, Großen Bart, Shoes & Brews, Wibby and SKEYE have emerged in recent years. Even newer additions are Open Door Brewing Company in the trendy Prospect New Town neighborhood, and a second location of Bootstrap Brewing, which got its start in nearby Niwot.

Downtown Longmont
Downtown Longmont
Longmont Farmers' Market
Longmont Farmers' Market
McIntosh Lake, Longmont
McIntosh Lake, Longmont
Union Reservoir in Longmont
Union Reservoir in Longmont

For a little twist on adult beverages, visit St. Vrain Cidery or one of the town’s several craft-spirits distilleries — Still Cellars is a microdistillery and arthouse featuring organic spirits like whiskey barley and apple eau de vie, plus live performances and film screenings.

Fit in as few or as many stops as you want in a day by catching a ride on the hop-on/hop-off Brewhop Trolley, which transports craft-beer lovers to a dozen venues every Saturday and Sunday. Need another way to get around? A newly launched bikeshare program through Zagster boasts 10 locations throughout the city.

Now it’s time for a snack: The Art of Cheese is a local cheesemaking school with a range of courses that cover cheesemaking, pairings, tours, cheese tasting and more. For more cheesiness, there’s also Cheese Importers and Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, both with culinary experiences to explore.

For a heartier meal, options range from casual hangouts to upscale bistros, and everything in between. Downtown, make your way to rustic-chic The Roost or Pumphouse Brewery for pub-style fare. If you’re traveling along Highway 66 toward Rocky Mountain National Park, Praha Restaurant is a can’t-miss establishment tucked into a quaint, redbrick house, with a Czech-focused menu and Old World ambience that have beckoned diners for a decade.

History buffs should check out the Dougherty Museum’s impressive collection of restored antique automobiles, farm equipment, musical instruments and more. Open on weekends from June through August, the museum came to be in 1977, thanks to a longtime local farmer who was inspired by the Ford Museum in Michigan. Highlights include the 1902 Mobile Steamer, which may have been the first car in Boulder County. Meanwhile, the Agricultural Heritage Center explores the area’s agricultural history through interactive exhibits and a 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from that era.

The free Summer Concert Series fills the town with a festive air, with live music by local artists, a kids area, beer and wine, and plenty to eat while you soak up the summer sounds. April through November, the growers-only Boulder County Farmers Markets at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is ground zero for foodies and families looking for seasonal eats and fun. Kids activities, a bike valet, artisan shows and more than 60 vendors dishing out delicious treats make it one of the area's favorite destinations.

For those seeking thrills, Mile-Hi Skydiving Center (where the Denver Broncos’ Thunderstorm sky-diving team trains) hosts excursions to Longs Peak for divers of all experience levels. There's also the Warrior Playground, an outdoor obstacle course and training facility, styled after those on "American Ninja Warrior," where visitors eight and older can take classes to hone their ninja skills.

For a more relaxing excursion, consider stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on Union Reservoir or cycling along the St. Vrain Greenway — considered the crown jewel in the city's trail system — which links numerous parks and runs along St. Vrain Creek.