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The City of Littleton has a quaint atmosphere ideal for those who want a trip down history lane. Originally named “Little Town”, the city prides itself on having a nationally accredited museum, a historic district, a rich collection of historic landmarks, a sought-after public library, art galleries, and gardens perfect for art and culture lovers.
Situated in central Colorado, Littleton is the county seat and administrative center of Arapahoe County. The city covers a total area of 13.87 square miles. Due to its location in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties, it occupies a large area across the Front Range Urban Corridor. Littleton holds the 20th rank as one of the most populous municipalities in the entire state of Colorado, with population of over 41,000 people.
Aside from its historic tourist spots, the city also has over 200 miles of trails and more than 1,400 acres of parks and open space for nature and adventure-loving tourists. The spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains in the background is also hard to miss.
Things to do in Littleton
Littleton Museum – Littleton Museum houses a rich collection of the city’s history, culture and art. Located next to Ketring Lake, it is like taking a trip back to the past. The museum features two well-preserved nineteenth century farms, a small lake, four galleries and a main exhibition center, educational rooms, research center, offices and lecture halls.
Littleton Main Street Historic District – Experience a vintage vibe in this nationally registered historic place. With array of trees lining the streets and a great number of historic buildings and landmarks, Littleton Main Street Historic District is a contrast of Denver’s skyscrapers. It is lined with art galleries, specialty and antique shops, boutiques and old-fashioned restaurants and bars.
Hudson Gardens – A free-admission botanical garden located along South Platte River, Hudson Gardens is open throughout the year for nature-lovers. It has 30 acres of different gardens like Fragrance Garden, Ornamental Grass Garden, Rose Garden and Wildflower Meadow to name a few.
Depot Art Gallery – A historic landmark that opened in 1978, this gallery and arts center is operated by the Littleton Fine Arts Guild. All of its artworks are for sale. It hosts gallery shows, programs, workshops and art classes. The gallery has free admission and lots of parking space.
Littleton Museum – Get a glimpse of Littleton’s past as you explore around in
their nineteenth century history farm, and its many different galleries.
South Platte Park Carson Nature Center – It is an 880-acre open space situated along the South Platte River where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, running/walking and cycling. In Carson Nature Center, tourists can experience a variety of wildlife. It also offers certain programs for all ages like campfire programs and moonlight walks.
Roxborough State Park – Trek along this 4000-acre National Natural Landmark rich in majestic views of red-rock formations and various wildlife. The park was given the State Archaeologist award from History Colorado owing to its dedication to archeology.
Littleton Golf and Tennis Center – This 18-hole par 63 executive golf course is located near Mary Carter Greenway Trail and the South Platte River. It has a majestic landscape course perfect for those who want a quick game. It also offers lessons and junior camps, a driving range and a restaurant. The Littleton Tennis Bubble has six indoor courts open year round.
Annual Littleton Main Street Block Party – Spend a fun-filled evening with the entire family while exploring Downtown Littleton in this admission-free event. Highlights include two firework shows, live music, street acts, and a whole lot more.
Western Welcome Week – A community celebration held every year with more than 40 events for a cause.
Candlelight Walk – A yearly tradition in Littleton for the whole family featuring an evening full of holiday entertainment and festivities ending with the lighting of the trees on Main Street.