Welcome to Littleton
A sought-after suburb of Denver with community pride
Littleton is one of the most sought-after suburbs in the Denver metropolitan area. It is just a few miles east of the Rocky Mountains and roughly 10 miles south of Denver. Situated on the South Platte River, it is known for its small-town feel and welcoming mix of neighborhoods with architecture ranging from mid-century and historic to high-end custom homes. Outside Littleton's main boundaries, the city extends into vast areas of unincorporated land and developments, including Highlands Ranch to the southeast. Roxborough Park, Sterling Ranch, and Ken Caryl to the west are expansive acreages designed to fit the Colorado landscape with breathtaking views.
Downtown Littleton is renowned for its historic and bustling Main Street full of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and breweries. Community events year-round make it a prime destination for people from all over and blocks of well-kept early-20th century homes make it a premium place to live. You will find professionals of all ages, families, and retirees enjoying local attractions in Littleton.
What to Love
- Beautifully maintained historic downtown
- One of the most desirable places to live isnDenver
- Expansive nature trails, picnic areas, and fishing along the South Platte River
- A long history of community building
- Light Rail transportation direct to downtown Denver
- The extensive local bus system
Littleton is distinctly suburban yet retains its rural roots with an edge of urban and artistic sensibility. Locals make the most of the dry summer heat and cool-to-frigid winters. They can hop on the highway and go anywhere in the state, or head east to the airport, or west to a ski lift. Residents meander through one of the many city parks, dog parks, or trails. Along the South Platte River corridor, residents fish or explore nature up close at the Carson Nature Center. The Littleton Golf & Tennis Club is one of the most convenient golf courses, hidden just off Platte and Santa Fe Street. Locals often follow up a game of golf with lunch at the Centennial Grill. In the evening, they take in one of the professional theatrical productions at the Town Hall Arts Center on Main Street.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Littleton has no shortage of restaurants with views. The Viewhouse on Main Street provides one of the best rooftop mountain vistas in the metropolitan area and they have a wide selection of fresh organic foods. Littleton is home to a growing number of craft breweries, including the grand-scale Breckenridge Brewery situated on the grassy Platte. The outdoor beer garden at the Jackass M Hill Brewery on Main Street was founded by childhood friends and named in honor of the scenic overlook from Jackass Hill in the South Platte Valley. You can always enjoy live music in downtown Littleton bars or at the local favorite, Platte River Bar & Grille.
You will find a full array of shopping experiences in Littleton, from the Southwest Plaza Mall to the outdoor Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and the timeless boutiques of Main Street. While shopping downtown, a Huckleberry coffee at the family-run Dirt Coffee Bar with a dollop of real dairy from nearby farms provides the perfect break.
Things to Do
Entertainment and activity abound in Littleton year-round. The annual Western Welcome Week is an extravaganza you will look forward to every year. The street fair celebration has been an annual tradition since the late 1920s. During the holidays, witness the Candlelight Walk and tree lighting that lights up Main Street with the magic of over one million lights. The Littleton Museum is a local staple and a state-wide attraction. The museum sits on 39-acres with two working farms, livestock, a lake, and costumed guides to lead you through a hands-on experience of local history.
Close in town, you will find the botanical Hudson Gardens, an oasis in the city. The Gardens hosts a summer concert series with big-name entertainers, and an annual Brews & Views Beer Festival bringing breweries from across the state. Farther out, you will find over-700 acres of refuge native plants at the Chatfield Farms Gardens. Beyond the many creeks and lakes across the city, Littleton also has Chatfield State Park’s lake of over 1,400-acres where you can camp, boat, and relax all day.
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