Welcome to Arvada
The city of Arvada is a community rich in history. Like nearby cities, reports of gold first brought settlers to this Colorado town in the early 1850s, but its sought-after combination of friendly, tight-knit residential neighborhoods and incredible scenery make it a place its visitors and residents know and love.
Today, Old Town Arvada is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The streets ring with a growing cultural scene, drawing in visitors from across the state and throughout the country. Arvada’s picturesque downtown—known as Olde Town—is home to locally-owned restaurants and businesses providing top-tier service. Residential areas are welcoming and feature a mix of new constructions and mid-century ranch homes, providing plenty of options for anyone looking for a new home.
What to Love
- Easy access to Downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains
- Established and rich art scene
- Varietal and fun first-class parks attracting all ages
- Town-hosted family and community activities
The city of Arvada hails itself as a small town offering big city amenities. With over 120,000 residents, Arvada is the eighth-largest city in Colorado. Just a 10-minute drive from the heart of Denver, the area is an ideal location for residents who want to have access to its world-class conveniences while still enjoying a strong sense of community.
With 3,400 acres of green space and over 90 neighborhood parks, families can enjoy long summers with warmer months averaging in the upper seventies to mid-eighties. The town hosts several outdoor festivals and events and is known for its friendly atmosphere.
Old Town Arvada is a buzzing cultural scene mixed with restaurants, breweries, and one of the country's largest multi-disciplinary art venues, the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. The combination of cultural influence and suburban feel makes Arvada the perfect place for young professionals and growing families.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Like the nearby cities of Denver and Boulder, Arvada has a rich culinary scene. Located in Olde Town Arvada, Lady Nomada is a hip taqueria featuring live music and delicious food. As its name suggests, School House Kitchens and Libations is located inside an old schoolhouse building original to the historic component of the city. The restaurant doesn't just lean into the schoolhouse theme; it goes all out with dishes such as the Dunce Cap Meaty Scamble and the Naptime Chicken and Waffle. Ironically, it also houses one of the largest whiskey supplies in the state. Looking for great brews? Local favorites include Denver Beer Co., The Arvada Tavern, and Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters.
How about something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Whether you are new to Arvada or have been a lifelong resident, a stop at Scrumptious is always a must. Candies, old-school sodas, and sweet confectioneries are sure to delight the young and young-at-heart.
Things to Do
There is plenty to do in Arvada for singles and families alike. For year-round entertainment, you can't go wrong with the Apex Center. Featuring two NHL rinks, over 23,000 square feet of water activities, and a natural rock climbing wall, the recreation center has something to offer for residents of all ages.
Of Arvada’s 90 neighborhood parks, Ralston-Central Park stands out with a volleyball pit, two playgrounds, a splash pad, and over 20 acres of green space to enjoy. The park is centrally located just outside Olde Town Arvada, at the corner of Garrison and 58th.
During the summer months, Old Town Arvada is home to Second Saturdays. Beginning in May and continuing every second Saturday through August, residents can enjoy live music, food, and drinks while visiting local vendors.
In the fall, you can't miss the Arvada Harvest Festival. Celebrating the city's agricultural history, the festival features carnival rides, live music, vendors, and of course, food.
Jeffco Public Schools serve the community of Arvada. Notable schools include:
- Meiklejohn Elementary School, K-5
Three Creeks, K-8