The town of Parker has a small-town feel but offers big things.

When I moved to the south side of Aurora in 1998, I was the second house built on our street and I thought of Parker, Colorado, as the “country.” The once-horse town is still quaint and feels small town but offers big things. Money Magazine even rated Parker as the "second best place in the country to live" this year. Only 20 miles southeast of Denver, it’s a cool area you just might want to check out for boutique shopping, unique dining, live music, and sports bars, including the favorite 20 Mile Tap House, and various outdoor activities.

Main Street

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Mainstreet offers restaurants, shopping, and an old-time feel. They even have a Barbershop and a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The Local on Mainstreet offers handcrafted and homemade delights from local Colorado artisans.

O’Brien Park

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O'Brien Park, located on the corner of Mainstreet and Parker Road, is a huge playground for children along with a lighted softball field, a basketball court, and picnic tables in the pavilion area. The O’Brien park’s pavilion hosts concerts and other events in the summer. After hours of play, you can walk to Baskin Robbins directly across the street and enjoy an ice cream cone or other frozen treats. The Christmas lights at O’Brien Park are a sight to see at night.

Variety of Unique Restaurants

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Parker, Colorado, has numerous restaurants for every hankering. Craving something different? There are several unique eateries, including:

Hangry Ohana – get Hawaiian /Texas BBQ food in Colorado! Do you like bacon fried rice, Kalua Pork & Cabbage, or spam musubi? Then you’ll want to try Hungry Ohana. They even serve Dole pineapple ice cream. 

The Egg and U – open for breakfast, brunch and lunch The Egg and U on Mainstreet offers exceptional breakfast foods like Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and Crab Cake Benedict.

What the Pho – offers authentic Vietnamese fare be it Pho, spring rolls, Vietnamese sour soup, or banh Minh. Located next to Safeway at Parker and Mainstreet.

India's Kitchen – offers authentic Indian dishes on Mainstreet including Biryani, curry dishes, masala, korma, vindaloo, bhuna, karahi, mandras, jalfrezi, SAAG, and tandoori meats. Don’t know what any of these entrees are? Go check them out at

Opa Grill – Greek and Mediterranean comfort food you won’t find at any local chains. Their Gyros and Kebobs can’t be beat. Don’t forget your Baklava for dessert!


Family Hiking or Biking

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The Preservation Park and Trailhead, located at 17710 Valley-Hi Dr., is a paved path that is child- and stroller-friendly. Right next door, you’ll find the 75-acre Norton Farms open space area. Preservation Park offers educational and historical structures and artifacts.

Boutique Shops

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Parker offers several boutique shops with unique merchandise and apparel, including Cinderella Ranch Boutique, Red Carpet Boutique, Parker Panache, The Parker Shoppes, Pink Berry Lane, Wraught’n Apples, and the Rusty Spur Saddle Shop. Check them out for unique Christmas gifts as well.

What is your favorite thing to do in Parker? Let us know in the comments.