Things to do in Westminster, Colorado
Westminster, Colorado has an extensive trail network and open space system. The highlight of the trail system is the Big Dry Creek Trail which extends approximately 12 miles (19 km) from the eastern boundary of the city to Standley Lake. Other trails parallel the Farmers’ High Line Canal, Walnut Creek, and Little Dry Creek.
Westminster began preserving open spaces in 1985 when voters first approved a sales tax specifically earmarked to acquire and maintain open space. The city now owns more than 3,000 acres in all parts of Westminster. The city has preserved large expanses of land in the Standley Lake Regional Park, and the Westminster Hills area, among others. Westminster City Park, City Park Recreation Center, and much other neighborhood and community parks provide various recreation facilities. Westminster has several golf courses, including Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor, Walnut Creek Golf Course and the Hyland Hills golf course.
Downtown Westminster intersects directly with the new U.S. 36 Bikeway linking the largest trail system in the Front Range with over 145 miles.
Westminster is home to The Orchard Town Center, an outdoor mall featuring over 90 specialty retailers, dining and entertainment located at the intersection of I-25 and 144th Avenue. The Orchard Town Center mall is anchored by an AMC theatre, JC Penney and REI.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
The Butterfly Pavilion is located in Westminster, Colorado. It opened on July 1, 1995, and was the first stand-alone non-profit insect zoo in the United States.
Big Dry Creek Trail
The Big Dry Creek Trail is the crown jewel of Westminster’s off-road trail system. The trail meanders nearly 12 miles, within Westminster, from Standley Lake Regional Park to Interstate 25 and beyond into Thornton. Big Dry Creek Trail crosses under most streets through underpasses, which are being beautified by local artists.
Westminster Center Park
Located in Westminster, Colorado Westminster Center Park is nicknamed “Peter Pan Park” by locals, neither looks nor feels cramped, but there are certainly no long arduous distances between the provided adventures. This is over 9-acres site includes a playground, a walking trail, a plaza, an amphitheater, several water features and a grassy expanse for lounging or playing.
The Orchard Town Center
The Orchard Town Center is conveniently located at the intersection of I-25 and 144th Avenue in Westminster, Colorado and is the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the Denver North Metro. Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with breathtaking mountain views, warm fireplace seating areas, children’s play area, and water splash pad for kids, The Orchard Town Center delivers an interactive experience day or night.