Family Weekend with Enigma Escape Rooms

Matt Sisson is a designer, creator, entrepreneur and now, the newest member of the Downtown Boulder Partnership Board of Directors. Matt co-founded and created Enigma Escape Rooms, a live action, interactive puzzle that takes place inside a locked room. The Escape Room is unlike any experience in Boulder and now with their new first-of-its-kind walking puzzle, The Melton Tablets, you and your friends can explore downtown in a new fun and exciting way!  

Showing your parents the incredible town you’re thriving in is one of the sweetest things about calling Boulder home. Between the food, the views and the happy community, there’s so much to be proud of when showing Mom and Dad around town. We’ll go over some of the top things you can’t miss when the people created your life come to visit the life you’ve created.

If the rents are fans of architecture and history, check out the Hotel Boulderado. Built in the early 1900’s, the hotel has survived an abundance of changes in Boulder and is now a member of the National Register of Historic Places, and is a City of Boulder landmark. The atrium ceiling is truly a work of art worth seeing. On that same thread, Mom and Dad might enjoy a walk through of the historic Boulder Theater, built in 1935 in true Art Deco style.

Walking Pearl Street Mall is a fun thing to do in Boulder, day or night. No matter where you start or where you end, there is always something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Grab an ice cream cone and catch a street performance in Boulder’s most eccentric community hub. With any luck, you can maybe get some new stuff while the rents are in town, taking them on a tour of Boulder’s outdoor gear shops or boutique gift stores. Don’t miss Into the Wind, Boulder’s historic kite and toy store. Mom (and maybe a culinary inclined Dad) will spend hours wandering the isles at Peppercorn, exploring their incredible selection of gifts, dishes, books and cookware. Another must see is the three story Boulder Book Store, where the helpful staff and incredible selection will keep you engaged for hours.

Dining in Boulder is one of the aspects of living here that will keep you from ever leaving. Having family in town is a perfect opportunity to explore some of Boulder’s most delicious culinary pursuits.

For a casual and delicious local meal, we encourage you to check out Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery. Their commitment to incredible service, community and high quality pub fare and brews is something you shouldn’t miss. Be aware that they are cash only and there’s usually a (worthwhile) wait.

If you’re looking for something a little more formal, we love OAK at Fourteenth. The food is unparalleled as are the cocktails and the atmosphere. Try the meatballs or the chef’s special, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, it can easy to miss some of the coolest indoor activities in Boulder that will be fun for the whole family. These are especially good things to check out on the cloudy or cold days that Colorado can sometimes bring us.

Don’t miss Enigma Escape Rooms, located on Boulder’s Pearl Street mall. Designed with incredible attention to detail and with a captivating story line, spend an hour with your family trying to escape a locked mystery room, searching for clues and solving puzzles. The rooms are themed but are not intended to be scary, so this is a perfect activity for a family of all ages and capability levels. This is truly a unique Boulder experience you won’t want to miss.

If you’re looking for some quiet down time with Mom and Dad, check out afternoon tea at the St Julien. Enjoy live entertainment, an intimate setting and delicious tea and pastries. This is an awesome way to spend a few hours catching up.

Boulder’s Farmers Market scene is truly special. If Mom and Dad are in town between April and November, make sure to not miss the Boulder Saturday Morning Market. Located on 13th Street, between Canyon and Arapahoe from 8-2, the market is full of local vendors and farmers sharing some of Colorado’s freshest produce and groceries. Food trucks and live bands will make the morning fun for the members in your family who don’t love shopping, but love eating. Grab a blanket and settle down in the sunshine in the park adjacent to the market, the people watching is epic.

My Boulder


Mathew Sisson


Enigma Escape Rooms


November 2014

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