The day’s journey begins at Main Street Bagels, where the whole family can fuel up on house-made treats — including bagels, artisan bread, handcrafted granola, and a variety of other baked goodies. Although available year-round, an especially popular beverage during the winter season, is the Polar Express Hot Chocolate. It includes four types of real chocolate that is melted down with fresh cream and a few other secret ingredients. It's a special treat that sends chocolate lovers on a Downtown pilgrimage for this decadent delight.
Photo by Cat Mayer courtesy of Downtown Grand Junction
Hot Tip: Purchase a bag of the Peanut Butter Crunch granola at Main Street Bagels so you have something to snack on as you stroll Downtown Grand Junction and admire over 115 sculptures and murals that frame Main Street. With many sculptures being interactive, the kiddos will have a blast getting playful with the art.
Pop into Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery, which is right Downtown. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches, tacos, pizza, burgers and a variety of entrees including mac and cheese. Now that lunch is in the bag, let the kiddos choose their adventure at a dino museum. Experience an earthquake and uncover Jurassic-era bones at the interactive, hands-on Dinosaur Journey Museum. For another fun and interactive museum, check out the exotic saltwater tanks and Charlie the chinchilla at the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum, along with more than 100 other exhibits designed to make the wonders of science accessible and fun for all ages.
Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? Gelato Junction boasts nearly 80 flavors of creamy confection, with unique flavors like apple pie and the traditional Italian flavors of Zabajone — as well as the classics like ice cream sundaes, banana splits, malts and shakes. They also have a cool Kids Area in the restaurant that provides a fun and safe place for your little ones to hang out in.
Once you've filled up on gelato and the kiddos are getting a little sleepy, hop in the car and head to the scenic Rim Rock Drive, which will take you to the top of the Colorado National Monument. This 23-mile paved road has enough twists and turns to rock an adult to sleep, but don't worry, the views are sure to keep you awake.
The entrance is only 9 miles from Downtown Grand Junction and it takes about an hour to drive. After you've had some time to relax and quiet down, perk up your little peeps with dinner at Junct'n Square Pizza. Their famous antipasta salad is sure to get even the pickiest of eaters to dig right in. Follow that up with some hot garlic bread and a Detroit-style deep dish pizza to finish off a great day with the fam.
We certainly jammed in a ton of fun here, so you might want to consider staying a few days so you have time to add in a few more activities like the Get Air Trampoline Park. Besides the giant trampolines, there is an arcade, dodgeball, ninja course, obstacle course, foam pit, slamball, slackline, and even massage chairs! Considering Grand Junction has some of the most affordable lodging in Colorado, and 38 hotels to choose from, you can stay awhile without emptying your wallet.