Old Town Longmont is authentically “Colorado.”
Old Town is home to more than 300 small businesses, charming boutiques, one-of-a-kind restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, art galleries, brew pubs, and much, much more. It’s the site of lively events like summertime festivals, concerts, and art walks. It’s dotted with artwork place by the city’s Art in Public Places initiative, and is home to many of Longmont’s parks.
Not far off of Main Street, you’ll find historic homes on tree-lined streets – as inviting and All-American as any neighborhood anywhere in the United States. Thompson Park anchors Old Town and makes for a great place for a picnic or family outing. Thompson Park hosts performances by the Longmont Symphony, and in the summertime becomes an outdoor movie theater.
Many historical sites, brimming with character, have become favorites of Longmonters. The Dickens Opera House, for example, which dominates the corner of 3rd Avenue and Main Street. The Dickens was one of the first opera houses in the state of Colorado, and is now home to the Dickens Tavern and Opera House. It’s still a great place to take in live music, enjoy food straight out of Americana, and shoot billiards.
Further up the block, and at the heart of downtown, you’ll find Saint Stephen’s Church. Built in 1881, the church is now home to the St. Vrain Historical Society and is a landmark of Longmont history. Don’t miss the newly installed fountain that flanks Saint Stephen’s as well as the mosaic on the side of the Miller Music building adjacent to this downtown oasis.
No visit to Longmont would be complete without a jaunt through downtown. Old Town offers the very best of Longmont. It’s a great place to see and a great place to be.
St. Stephen’s Church – 470 Main Street
Stop in to the home of the St. Vrain Historical Society for an educating trip through Longmont’s past.
Walking Tour of Old Town
There’s more to Old Town than just Main Street. Walk west (that’s towards the mountains for our out of town friends) along 4th and you’ll enter one of Longmont’s historic neighborhoods. Home to several parks and recreational areas – including Roosevelt and Thompson parks – the streets are flanked by old growth trees and 19th century homes.
Old Firehouse Art Center – 667 4th Avenue
One of the original homes of the Longmont Fire Department, the city now leases this historic building to the Old Firehouse Art Center. This gallery features artwork by local, regional, and national artists and is open daily.
Lunch at the Dickens Tavern and Opera House – 300 Main Street
Circle back and stop in to the historic Dickens Tavern and Opera House. Housed in the original building, and featuring many of the original fixtures, the Tavern’s specialty is unique takes on American comfort food (try the deep-fried pickles). Patrons can see the opera house upstairs, and eat their meals in a vault that remains from the building’s days as a bank.