Almost everyone knows the story of the Gold Rush in the United States and how it helped accelerate the settlement of the West. Arvada was a part of that history as it was formed during the Gold Rush era of the 1850s. As prospectors headed west to California, many stopped off in the Rocky Mountains and dipped their sluice pans in the clear mountain streams, finding pockets of gold there as well. While some mined the gold in the mountains, still others farmed the bottom lands and provided crops that the other settlers needed. Arvada, like many of the other western cities, grew rapidly once the railroad was completed through the area. Arvada became a thriving farming community and was known as the "Celery Capital of the World." Today, Arvada offers a lot to residents and visitors alike as one of the suburbs of the Denver area. Check out these top destinations to explore once you've settled into your new home
Olde Town Arvada
Olde Town is the prime downtown district in the city, and its history as Main Street reflects the city's heritage as a town built at the turn of the 20th century. With something to offer young and old alike, Olde Town is the bustling hub of the city with shops, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, wineries and breweries. The Olde Town area has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic gem while being a vibrant area of modern growth as well. (Photo Credit: http://oldetownarvada.org/)
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
The Arvada Center is one of the largest multidisciplinary arts centers in the country. It is devoted to all the diverse arts and is supported by the city and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It offers educational opportunities, galleries and theatrical performances. It has two theaters and three gallery exhibit areas along with areas for educational programs, workshops and classes in acting, dance, movement, yoga, photography, ceramics, humanities and visual arts. Classes are held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities as well as in schools and other community centers around the town.
The Cussler Museum
The Cussler Museum is devoted to preserving vintage automobiles from all around the world. The collection is quite extensive and contains many automobiles that are historically significant and not frequently seen. These vehicles range from 1906 models to 1965 models. The Cussler Museum is one of the only places where you can see an Isotta Fraschini, a Duesenberg and an American Austin Bantam in one location. The museum was started by best-selling author Clive Cussler, who has assembled over 100 exotic cars and restored them to showroom condition for everyone's viewing pleasure. Cussler says of the vehicles, "Someday, they'll be looked upon as mechanical masterworks of art and receive the admiration that is given to the Van Goghs and Rembrandts."
New Image Brewing
The New Image Brewing story began when the owner took a job as a process engineer for Anheuser-Busch and developed a passion for crafting beer. His career progressed by honing recipes and working in Atlanta craft breweries to learn the artistry involved. After helping start a brewery in Pittsburgh and seeing the great positive impact on the community, New Image Brewing was launched in Arvada with the goal of being a community meeting place. New Image is a brewpub that emphasizes social dining and strives to foster a great sense of community within Arvada. It invests in organizations that help the community with a special interest in the cause of mental wellness. Visit New Image and help out the local community while having some awesome local craft beers and munchies.
Majestic View Nature Center
Majestic View Nature Center offers hands-on displays, a kid's activity area, wildlife exhibits, meeting spaces and classrooms. The Majestic View Community Park has more than 80 acres, including lakes and wetland areas, interpretive trails, prairie grasses, plenty of varied wildlife and a beautiful demonstration garden. Whether you want to get up close and personal with the local wildlife or participate in one of the nature center's classes, you will always have fun and learn something new during your visit. The Majestic View Nature Center is free to the public, but it's recommended that you call before visiting in spring or fall as large school groups sometimes occupy the entire facility during the morning hours. (Photo Credit: https://arvada.org/explore/open-space-nature/majestic-view-nature-center-division)
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
As the smallest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System, Two Ponds covers just 72 acres and offers three small ponds, 63 acres of uplands and 9 acres of wetlands. The refuge contains a diverse range of native plants and animals. In this area that was once characterized by grassy prairies, livestock grazing and plowing for crops by settlers altered the environment greatly in the area. Recently, housing and urbanization have taken over much of the land that was previously available for the wildlife in the area, so a local citizen's group worked to preserve this site for the future and return it to its natural state. These efforts contributed to establishment of Two Ponds NWR in 1992.
Bird's Nest Disc Park
Bird's Nest Disc Park offers a professional disc golf course for novices and experts. Played much like traditional golf but using a flying disc instead, disc golf has gained popularity rapidly since the sport was formalized in the 1970s. The object of the game is to complete each hole with the fewest throws. The golf disc is thrown from the tee area to a target, which is most often an elevated metal basket called a Pole Hole. As you progress down the fairway, you must make each throw from the spot where the last throw landed with the trees, shrubs and terrain providing challenging obstacles. With disc golf, there are no greens fees, and you don't need a golf cart because the only equipment needed is your flying disc. Disc golf can be enjoyed by people of all ages, so you can pack a picnic and make a day trip out of your game of disc golf.
Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti is a full-service restaurant in Olde Town Arvada that features Indian food and handcrafted beer made on site. The food at Yak & Yeti is rich in Nepalese and Indian culture and tradition, and the dishes offer many variations in taste, texture, color and appearance. Locals love this brew pub with its great variety of Indian and Tibetan dishes, and a lunch buffet is perfect for a casual meal with friends or coworkers. Locals also love the affectionately named beers like the Yakity-Yak (Don't Talk Bock) beer and the others in the varied selection. The atmosphere is comfortable and suitable for families but also cozy and special enough for date night. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
Indian Tree Golf Club
Indian Tree Golf Club folklore says that the famous "Indian Tree" was a rare Hackberry tree planted on the grounds of what are today the golf club; its seed was supposedly toted west by a Native American brave who sowed them at the crest of the local foothills to the Rocky Mountains. Today, the golf course features tree-lined fairways, rolling terrain greens and a clubhouse with splendid views. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Denver, the course prides itself on its private club atmosphere at a public golf course price. Come to Indian Tree prepared to be awed by the landscape. Golfers can reserve tee times six days in advance by calling or reserving online. Same-day reservations can sometimes be made; to find out if there is a tee time available, call ahead. (Photo Credit: http://indiantree.apexprd.org/)
4 Barrel BBQ
Originally a Texaco service at the corner of Yukon and Ralston roads, 4 Barrel BBQ is still one of Arvada's favorite places to fill up. Today, 60 years from the original opening, the building is still standing, and the business still offers great service. Of course, some other things have changed. In addition to vehicle fuel, 4 Barrel BBQ serves up barrels of fine craft beers, fine bar service and some of the best BBQ you will ever eat. Even better, if you bring a picture of your first car, the restaurant will buy you your first beer. That is another great reason to stop in.
Moving to a new home in a new city, can be tough, but exploring your new community may help you feel more at home. This list can help you check out some of the best places in your new town once you settle in. Arvada is a great town with a lot of history, but it is also growing and dynamic, making it a perfect location to put down roots and get comfortable.