1. You’re Pretty Much Guaranteed To Be Happy

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Facebook
A 2014 survey conducted of Westminster residents reveals that 87 percent of the people who live in Westminster believe the quality of life in the city is good. It also states that 85 percent of residents believes the city offers quality services and 90 percent agree that the city is financially stable. It’s hard to argue against numbers like that.

2. All The Perks Of A Big City Without The Bad

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Facebook
Major cities have just as much to drive you nuts as they do to keep you entertained. But in Westminster, you get all of the good while still being able to bypass the bad. With friendly people and year-round events, Westminster is the perfect blend of city and suburbs. And with Denver, Boulder and Aurora so close, along with the serenity of the Rockies, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do.

3. Commuting In Westminster Is A Cinch

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Visit Denver Facebook
Westminster is located right along the U.S. 36 corridor, with Denver just a short 20 minute commute away and Boulder just over 30. This gives the people in Westminster a large spectrum on which to find a job, still within a reasonable commute.

4. Get Your Perfect Pick-Me-Up At Ziggi’s Coffee

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Ziggi’s Coffee Westminster Facebook
Ziggi’s is the hippest coffee shop in town – and it’s not a chain. An all-around win. With comfy couches, a cool vibe, and a caffeinated menu that will melt your face off, Ziggi’s is the place to go for all your coffee, latte, smoothie, and chai needs.

5. You Can Explore Westminster’s Mini Hogwarts

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Wikipedia
One look at the Westminster Castle and you might think you’ve been magically transported to London. But rest assured, you’re still in Colorado. Otherwise known as The Big Red Castle or The Pillar Fire, it started off in the late 19th century as Westminster University with big dreams of being the “Princeton of the west.” It never did reach its dreams but it did become a historic landmark in the city and is home to religious schooling.

6. This Ain’t Your Mama’s Hiking

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Westminster, Colorado – Municipal Government Facebook
The trail network and open space system in Westminster is a major point of pride for the city. Featuring 74 miles of interconnected off-road trails and 9 miles of on-street trails featuring over 40 pedestrian and bike underpasses, this trail system is the perfect way to safely take in the scenic views of the city on foot or wheels. The most popular is the Big Dry Creek Trail, stretching 12 miles from the eastern boundary of the city to Standley Lake.

7. Is It Westy Fest Yet?

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Westminster, Colorado – Municipal Government Facebook
One of the most popular events in the city is Westy Fest. The Holy Cow Trail Stampede 10K run, two stages for live entertainment, amazing food, craft vendors, a rock climbing wall, obstacle courses, bouncy houses, face painting… Running strong since 1990, what used to be known as Westminster Faire is what most locals here wait all year for.

8. Maybe You’ve Heard Of A Little Thing Called The Rockies

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: The Rocky Mountains Facebook
Speaking of fresh air, Westminster has the amazing Rocky Mountains just a hop, skip and a jump away. Once you experience this breath-taking scenery, hiking, skiing and just nature in general, will never be the same.

9. Westminster: Eat Fresh

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Westminster, Colorado – Municipal Government Facebook
You won’t have to go far to find the freshest local produce. The Westminster Farmer’s Market pops up every Saturday, May through November, offering sustainable produce along with artisan foods and crafts from dozens of vendors along with live music some weekends. And if you can’t wait for the weekend, head to Sprout’s market – the local favorite alternative to Whole Foods.

10. Try ALL The Ethnic Eats

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Jewel Of India Facebook
You won’t get stuck in a dining rut in Westminster and you definitely won’t have to travel to the surrounding cities to find something new because the city is brimming with ethnic options. To start, add Afghan Kabob, Jewel of India, Hana Matsuri Sushi, DAE Gee Korean BBQ and Kachina Mexican to your list. When you make a dent in that, there’s still more to go.

11. You Can Swim In The Summer, Ice Skate In The Winter, And Everything In Between

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Facebook
People of all ages have the pick of the litter when it comes to recreation in the city. Various facilities throughout the city offering indoor and outdoor pools, recreation centers, disc golf, a skatepark, sports fields, an ice skating rink and summer camps along with a variety of community programs and events for the elderly, just to name a few.

12. It’s Always Tee Time Somewhere In Westminster

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Westminster, Colorado –Municipal Government Facebook
Whether you tee up for business or for pleasure, Westminster has several golf courses for you to work on your swing including Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor and Hyland Hills. And if you take your swing seriously, jump in one of the tournaments like the J. and Nancy Heil Invitational Scramble in which proceeds go towards raising funds for non-profits helping Westminster residents.

13. There’s No Excuse Not To Get Up And Move

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Endurance Race Series Facebook
Sorry, couch potatoes. You might feel out of place in Westminster, where fitness is a high priority and the options are limitless. Hit the miles and miles of trails throughout the city to train for the Westminster Half Marathon and 10k or sign up for the Free4Fall program which allows you to try out the various yoga, Zumba, swim, spinning, and dance fitness classes available, completely free.

14. Madcap Is Always Good For A Laugh

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Madcap Theater Facebook
Improv clubs can be pretty hit or miss, but the Madcap Improv and comedy club in Westminster is almost always a hit. The shows are family-friendly without being corny, ranging from improv shows, magician matinees, and children’s theater. So when you’re looking for something a little less common to do around town, Madcap is the place to go.

15. The Early Bird Catches The Breakfast

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Early Bird Restaurant Facebook
Eggs benedict, crème brulee French toast, breakfast burritos, red velvet pancakes, chai lattes... Even though you’ve just drooled all over your keyboard, hopefully you’re able to mark your calendar for your next brunch date. They even make their own ketchup and strawberry jam from scratch, so you might want to make that date for as soon as tomorrow.

16. You Can Unleash Your Inner Clown

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Facebook
You probably never realized how badly you want to know how to log roll until right this second. But don’t worry that you don’t have a log to learn on because Westminster does, along with classes. You can also learn how to walk a tight rope with slacklining classes, available at City Park, for the circus performing wannabe in all of us.

17. Westminster Is Seriously Pooch-Friendly

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Facebook
You don’t have to worry about what to do you with your four-legged friends while you’re gallivanting through the city – you can usually just take them with you. Many of Westminster’s outdoor events are B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Dog), even the pools, which offer days for your dogs to jump in and take a swim. The Westminster Dog Park is also a favorite for local pet owners, with plenty of space to get out and run with their pooch-pals. And be sure to pick up organic treats and costumes from the local pet store Muttz on your way home.

18. Westminster Is Working Towards Sustainability

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Westminster, Colorado – Municipal Government Facebook
Westminster has been making great strides in getting the city on a sustainable path and they’ve been working hard at it. By putting effort into recycling campaigns and education, implementing solar systems downtown, and running a Green Matters environmental educational program, Westminster is definitely on a track of which you can be proud.

19. Be Besties With Rosie The Tarantula

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Butterfly Pavilion Facebook
Bugs. Am I right? They’re the worst. But the Butterfly Pavilion will make you view them in an entirely differently light. No, really. Ease into it by letting a swarm of butterflies land on you like you’re some obnoxious Disney Princess. And then take a deep breath and muster up the courage to hold the Pavilion’s celebrity, Rosie The Tarantula.

20. You Can Eat Nothing But Bundt Cakes

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Nothing But Bundt Cakes Facebook
More like Nothing But Delicious. And adorable. Now that the cupcake craze is dying down, this local gem will make you believe that the mini bundt cakes (called “bundtinis” here) craze will replace it. Order up a dozen at a time from this cute and quirky little bakery and you won’t be sorry.

21. Get Groovin’ To Jazz Fest

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Historic Westminster Jazz & Art Fest Facebook
The Westminster Jazz & Arts Fest has live music by jazz greats from across Colorado and beyond, art exhibits, over 100 vendor booths, live entertainment, and some of the best food trucks in the region. What else is there to say?

22. Go Hog Wild At The Adams County Fair

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Adams County Fair and Regional Complex Facebook
This one is technically in Brighton, but if you live in Westminster, you’ll find yourself at the Adams County Fair every year. Where else can you experience old-fashioned, backwoods fun with petting zoos, demolition derbies, fair queens, fireworks and, of course, carnival rides and funnel cake?

23. Taste Test All The Craft Brews...For Science Of Course

23 Things You Need To Know About Westminster Before You Move There
Source: Kokopelli Beer Company Facebook
Colorado has got some great craft beer and there’s no better event to drink your way through them all then the Westy Craft Brew Fest every August. Through the rest of the year, you can stop by Kokopelli’s and Westminster Brewing Company for a no-frills, beer tasting experience with your favorite neighbors and friends. What do you love about living in Westminster? Leave a comment and let us know!