Things to do in Central City, Black Hawk and the Surrounding Area
Evening carlights pass the Gilpin Hotel
While you're headed to Central City Opera, combine your trip with other activities in Central City, Black Hawk, and other nearby mountain communities.

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Area Activities in Central City

The yellow and green front of the historic Wells Fargo Building, now housing the Central City Visitors Center
Central City Visitor Center
The New Visitors Center is located at: 103 Eureka Street at the Northern End of Main Street in the old Wells Fargo Building. The City Council and everyone on staff is excited to have acquired this beautiful historic building to house the Visitors Center.  Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

For more information, please phone the Central City Visitors Center at (303) 582-3345 or visit
Children try their hand at panning for gold
Gilpin County History Museum
A look back at the earlier days of Central City can be found at the Gilpin County History Museum, overlooking Lawrence Street on the hilltop. Toys, mining artifacts, antiques and an abundance of Central City Opera memorabilia are all displayed. The summer of 2011 will feature a new exhibit on The Nautilus, a submarine built in the 1890s and sunk on its maiden voyage in nearby Missouri Lake. 

The Gilpin County Historical Society also offers tours of the Thomas House, located one block past the Opera House on Eureka Street.  A tour of this quaint home, containing the treasured possessions of one family from the nineteenth century, will take you back in time to the days when Central City was first settled. or 303-582-5283.
A woman peruses art items including a vase
Gilpin County Arts Association Gallery
Across the street from the opera house is a 6-room, 4,800 sq. ft. art gallery, sculpture garden, museum and gift shop. Exhibits include oil paintings, watercolors, photography, functional and decorative ceramics, sculpture, weavings and jewelry. Add a visit to the Art Gallery to your Central City agenda - you'll be amazed by the collection! The 2011 juried collection is open June 4 through August 12, Sunday thru Saturday Noon - 5pm (until 8pm for opera evenings). Visit or read the Winter 2010 Arts Matters Newsletter (pdf).

A Woman in Hard Hat and Glasses chips away a piece of rock
Hidee Gold Mine
Fun! Adventure! Educational! Tour an operating gold mine in the heart of the "richest square mile on earth," and chip off a chunk of high grade gold ore to take home as part of your tour. The Hidee Gold Mine is just 1.5 miles from downtown Central City, on the Central City Parkway. Underground tours of the mine take about an hour, with gold panning also included. There is also ample space for you to enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful Colorado sunshine.
A man stands next to a very tall old tombstone

Town Cemeteries
Central City cemeteries are fascinating historic sites, with many tombstones dating from the 1860's, set among beautiful wildflowers and aspen groves. To reach several of the town cemeteries, drive up Eureka Street about one mile past the Opera House.


Other Nearby Communities

Visit Georgetown
The historic town of Georgetown is just 25 miles from Central City.  Area world-class attractions include Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad, Hamill House, Hotel de Paris Museum and Guanella Pass just to name a few as well as incredible recreational opportunities.  Visitors can also enjoy great shopping and restaurants downtown in the National Historic Landmark District. Visit or for information. 
Enjoy the Outdoors!
You're in the Rocky Mountains, so there are many other things to do - walking, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, disc golf (Frisbee), fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, or exploring more of the Colorado Gold Trail. When you're finished with your outdoor adventure, you can enjoy a relaxing massage or spa service.