- Written by Katie Harris Katie Harris
Spring Break close-to-home adventures If you’re planning on staying in town for spring break, and hoping to fit in a family adventure or two while the kids are out of school, a local tour might be right up your alley. Local tours are available at multiple nearby locations, providing opportunities for a one-of-a-kind glimpse inside unique Colorado businesses and landmarks. Not only that but they are a cheap (and often free) way to fit in some family entertainment. Your child might just discover an interest they never knew they had.
Loveland is known for its hundreds of pieces of bronze artwork scattered throughout the city, including two walkable sculpture parks. Its best-kept secret is that it’s also home to one of the world’s largest foundries, where visitors can take a guided tour of the bronze casting process, from start to finish. Tours of Art Castings of Colorado, located at 511 8th St. SE, are available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am. Adult tours cost $5 apiece, and kids are free. For details or to book, visit www.artcastings.com.
In Boulder at 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Celestial Seasonings has become well known for its factory tours. Guests have the opportunity to sample several teas, learn about the history of the company, and tour the manufacturing facility to see how tea is stored, blended, and packaged. Tours last 45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis Monday to Friday, from 10am-4pm, and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Tours are available at no cost, but children under 5 will not be allowed in the factory. More information can be found at www.celestialseasonings.com.
Also in Boulder, just a block away from Celestial Seasonings at 6055 Longbow Dr. is the Leanin’ Tree greeting card plant. Because its tours are lesser known than Celestial Seasonings, they are also less crowded. Tour guides will explain the entire printing process from adding ink to cards, to cutting them to size, to making envelopes as they take you through the working factory. Guests receive a complimentary greeting card with their tour, and have the opportunity to browse the owner’s personal Western art museum located on site. The tour and museum entry are both free of charge. Tours are available Monday through Friday, at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. For more information visit www.leanintree.com.
The Denver Mint is a must-see for adults and kids alike. Recommended for ages 7 and up, the tour covers the history of the United States Mint as well as coin production. Tours operate Monday through Thursday from 8am to 3pm, and last approximately 45 minutes. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket window on Cherokee Street between West Colfax Avenue and West 14th Avenue. Photo IDs are required for entry and all visitors are subject to security screenings. For a list of prohibited items, and more information on tours visit www.competition.usmint.gov/visiting-the-united-states-mint-in-denver-colorado.
The Molly Brown House, located at 1340 Pennsylvania St. in Denver will appeal to the history buffs in your life. A guided tour is the only way to view the historic Victorian-era landmark, which was once home to the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”—Titanic heroine and activist. Tours last 45 minutes and are available every 30 minutes from 10am-3:30 Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon-3:30 on Sundays. Cost is $11/adult and $5/child (children under age six are free). More information can be found at www.mollybrown.org.