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For some, it’s been 58 days since mom and dad flashed that I-must-remember-this-moment-forever smile and finally let their adolescent off of any chain they were still attempting to sustain.
Parents weekend is here and for many students, there’s nothing more they’d rather to do than show their families the place in which they are independently living.
“I’m excited to see my parents because it’s been so long and I can’t wait for them to take my friends out to dinner,” said Amanda Prifti a freshman political science major.
With so many venues of interest in Boulder it may be difficult to narrow down the best ones and confine them to a single weekend. Luckily, Boulder is filled with a unique culture and no matter how unhinged grandma is, no one leaves here without finding a place they won’t soon forget.
“I took my mom to Celestial Seasonings one year. You can go on a tour of the factory and see how the tea is made,” said Audrey Brazeel, a junior anthropology major.
Boulder is known for its beautiful landscapes and a nature walk could be the perfect activity to show off the scenery that CU students observe on a daily basis.
Many students enjoy hiking Chautauqua Park because it’s located near campus on the base of the foothills. The hike is not extremely challenging and is about three hours.
“I want to show my parents what I experience on campus. I am going to show them the buildings, where I eat, and the amazing scenery,” said Ben Drew, a freshmen open-option major.
Pearl Street is one of the most popular locations in Boulder for tourists to visit. It’s a great place for shopping, restaurants, and even entertainment from locals who perform tricks and play music.
“I want to take my parents to The Med, it has such good food,” said Shawn Stuber, a freshman open-option major.
For families that are interested in popular sports around Colorado a place of interest could be the rock-climbing center located at 3240 Prairie Avenue. The Spot is a climbing center with a 25-foot tall roped wall.
If a family is interested in Boulder arts visiting a local museum might be the perfect representation of the rich background this town entails. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is located on 13th Street. The Boulder History Museum is on 12th and Euclid and is also a worthy venue.
For many students, attending the football game will be an unforgettable event. Tailgating and cheering on the Buffs could be certain family’s weekend highlight. Before leaving town, it might be fun to stop by the CU bookstore located in the UMC to stock up on some CU apparel and gear.
And for the students whose parents aren’t coming out for the weekend, there is absolutely no harm in mooching off friends parents for a dinner out on the town.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Elana Staroselsky at Elana.firstname.lastname@example.org.