Take a tour of downtown Grand Junction

Tatum Niemeyer, 9,  of Grand Junction jumps from the top of a climbing rock in the new play area in the three hundred block of Main Street at the block party for the opening of the first section of the uplift project.



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Tatum Niemeyer, 9,  of Grand Junction jumps from the top of a climbing rock in the new play area in the three hundred block of Main Street at the block party for the opening of the first section of the uplift project.

Children play in the new water feature on Main Street west of the intersection with Fifth Street to beat the July heat.



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Children play in the new water feature on Main Street west of the intersection with Fifth Street to beat the July heat.

Tarrin George with the Red Barn Farm & Garden in Clifton with some of the fresh sweet cherries grown at Red Barn on the opening day of the American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market along Main Street in downtown Grabd Junction.



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Tarrin George with the Red Barn Farm & Garden in Clifton with some of the fresh sweet cherries grown at Red Barn on the opening day of the American National Bank Downtown Farmers Market along Main Street in downtown Grabd Junction.

You could sit on a park bench and drink in downtown Grand Junction while enjoying a mocha.

Or you could take a tour. Main Street, Colorado Avenue and the streets between, there are a number of ways to visit downtown that will have you seeing it differently each time.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

■ Take an art tour. While going in and out of art galleries and studios, take time to look at the more than 100 Art on the Corner sculptures. Tip: the first Friday of each month features a number of art receptions and exhibit openings at area galleries.

■ Go on a pub crawl. There is Irish atmosphere, history, microbrew and the music of local bands to be had. Drink up.

■ Plan a progressive dinner. From Japanese to Italian, there are plenty of different cuisines to try.

■ Play with your kids. Downtown’s recent face lift came with several play areas for children and if you choose this option, be sure bring towels. There are fountains to scamper around, gorillas to climb on and a small climbing park to explore. Another area offers a stone outline of the Grand Valley that is interesting for children and adults alike.

■ Walk through history. A Historical Walking Tour can be downloaded at http://www.downtowngj.org or is available at downtown kiosks. What Main Street store was originally a two-story opera house? Find out on the tour.

■ Attend an event. The ANB Bank Farmers Market will fill Main Street every Thursday from June 14 to Sept. 20. Go for the vendors. Go for the musicians playing along the street. Go to people watch.

■ Look for outdoor gear. Satisfy your sweet tooth. Go to church. Indulge your hobbies. Dance. See a movie or theater production or live music. It’s all there.

Now get downtown.

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