Top 10 Things to do in Central City, United States

March 20, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

The City of Central, commonly known as Central City, is the Home Rule Municipality in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gilpin County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 663 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is a historic mining settlement founded in 1859 during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush and came to be known as the "Richest Square Mile on Earth". Central City and the adjacent city of Black Hawk form the federally designated Central City/Black Hawk Historic District. The city is now a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Central City

1. Ameristar Casino Black Hawk

111 Richman Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422 +1 720-946-4000
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 347 reviews

Ameristar Casino Black Hawk

Reviewed By PhlegmMaster - Phoenix, Arizona

We enjoyed the spacious layout of this casino. We definitely felt that this casino did quite a decent job making you feel as if you were in a top quality gambling hall as in Las Vegas.

Didn't win anything, however. Them's the breaks!

2. Hidee Gold Mine

1950 Hidee Mine Rd., MM 6.3 Central City Parkway, Central City, CO 80427 +1 720-548-0343
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 112 reviews

Hidee Gold Mine

Reviewed By Arlene G

This place was great. If you read the negative reviews, (which are very few) they are hilarious. People complain about literally anything.. lol! But, I can say, my visit was fantastic and my almost five year old son loved it! Our tour guide was John, AKA “Squirrel”.. he was a really good guide. Very friendly and helpful to my son and another young boy in the group a little older than my son. He gave them nick names and interacted with them very well. Tip your guides!! People, please, understand that these guides are mostly volunteers.. so it’s common courtesy to tip your guide.

3. Central City Opera House

200 Eureka Street, Central City, CO 80293 +1 303-292-6500
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Central City Opera House

Reviewed By JA M

This is a superb opera venue and a well-managed arts company. Each summer they stage major opera productions with first rate talent, including conductors, stage directors and vocalists. Many of the singers are from their Young Artist Program and are rising stars in their own right---equal to, if not better than, the mainliners, just younger. If you are in Denver during the summer months check them out. The only disconnect is that they are located in Central City, a rather uninspiring place with few decent restaurants and casinos overrun with gambling drones.

4. The Lodge Casino

240 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422 +1 303-582-1771
Excellent
34%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

The Lodge Casino

Reviewed By PhlegmMaster - Phoenix, Arizona

My brothers and I checked out the Lodge Casino. Nothing fancy here. We didn't hang out in this place for very long, hardly gambling at all. Although we did eat at the buffet, which I write about in a separate review, we felt the casino itself was rather plain.

5. Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel

2350 Riverside Drive, Idaho Springs, CO 80452 +1 303-567-2421
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel

Come visit one of the regions most amazing historic mining heritage sites, the Mighty ARGO Mill. Our walking tour includes a visit to our history room to view a video describing the history of the ARGO Tunnel and Mill, a view into the ARGO TUNNEL, a descent through our historic 5 story gold ore mill, a visit in the historical artifact museum at the base of the ARGO Mill, and a chance to find real gold as we offer you a gold panning lesson! Please note: no pets allowed on site.

Reviewed By Kinnanimal

During a stay in Idaho Springs we took this tour to learn more about the town and discovered some great history. Ryan was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Super knowledgeable and very patient. Our group had some younger boys that asked about one question per second, and he kept his cool and answered each one thoughtfully. Great history and information about the mine. Definitely recommend for anyone that wants to do more than just stop in town for pizza.

6. Johnny Z's Casino

132 Lawrence St., Central City, CO 80422 +1 720-477-9780
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Johnny Z's Casino

Reviewed By csoden - Grand Junction, Colorado

Several years ago, we voted this our "#1 casino"---here lately we have been very disappointed. I have tried to ignore it for about 4 visits now, but feel I must say something. We never go gambling with the honest expectation of being big winners, but when we lose money, we like to have fun doing it. We play in here first thing when we come into town---tradition. We used to be able to play for 2 or 3 hours before we were ready to move on, but here lately our entire day's gambling allowance is gone in under an hour or less! When you FINALLY get a bonus, and get ZERO---something is wrong!! I have played many of these machines in the past and enjoyed the people, the play and the drinks. Now, one cocktail waitress for the entire casino, AND she is also the bartender at 3 bars. Our favorite mimosa's are now made with an orange flavored syrupy substitute, and sometimes flat champagne. Cutting corners? Think we don't notice?? Do away with the big $$$$ drawings that benefit 1 or 2 people, and let us all have fun again. On the positive, they still serve their drinks in real glass, and they have Budweiser Chelada--which will be my choice from here on.

7. Monarch Casino Black Hawk

444 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO +1 303-582-1000
Excellent
38%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 98 reviews

Monarch Casino Black Hawk

New name. Same friendly place.Monarch Casino Black Hawk features hot, new Exclusive Premiere slots, exciting tables games, a sensational nightly Whole Maine Lobster, Alaskan Crab and USDA Prime Rib buffet and Black Hawk’s friendliest team. With over 700 slots, video poker and action-packed table games, Monarch Casino Black Hawk offers great gaming, great benefits and great rewards.Monarch Casino Black Hawk is conveniently located 45 minutes west of Denver in the historical mining town of Black Hawk. It is the first casino you see when you arrive from Denver on Highway 119. Valet and covered self-parking are available for your convenience. Monarch Casino – you bet it’s fun!Monarch Casino is a Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. property. Visit us at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV for more exciting gaming and resort options.

Reviewed By Julian C

Avoid like plague. Management is horrible, the cage is woefully understaffed. If I could give zero stars I would. Please direct your business to The Isle or Ameristar, casino who take care of their players instead of screwing them over.

8. Gilpin History Museum

228 East First High Street, Central City, CO +1 303-582-5283
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Gilpin History Museum

Reviewed By Cadygirl - Aurora, Colorado

I visited based on other recommendations and I'm so glad I went. The woman working the desk was extremely informative since this was my first visit to the city. She not only explained what I would find inside but pointed out points of interest from our vantage point over the city. She was full of facts about the area. The museum itself is two floors and it's packed with items and photos. Yes it's on the smaller side but definitely worth a stop.

9. Golden Mardi Gras Casino

300 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422 +1 303-582-5600
Excellent
36%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 73 reviews

Golden Mardi Gras Casino

The party is always in full swing at the Mardi Gras Casino. We have the latest and greatest slot and video poker machines with the ease of ticket-in/ticket-out technology and hot live action table games including Ultimate Texas Hold'em and Pai-Jack. With so much excitement, you are sure to work up an appetite so make sure to try all the delicious dishes from Bourbon Street Buffet or Lucky's Café and quench your thirst at the Jester Bar or Masquerade Bar. Have a sweet tooth? Stop by Dunkin Donuts located on the first floor. Parking at the casino is free and we're conveniently located in historical Black Hawk, Colorado. "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!" "Let the Good Times Roll!"

Reviewed By rodgear44 - david city nebraska

I came back here on 12/26/2016 because I knew I could play with no problems and a lot of help if I needed it, this casino has always been consistant in the care for me, I have mobility problems and most casinos in the area are not set up well for me however the mardi gras is!! very spacious and safe, next the staff is amazing all the way from janitorial to high end management are all consistanly helpful and sincere which is a traight I admire and look for when I spend my money at a casino, parking has never been a problem for me either, I win and loose, but I have fun!! ive came here over the last few years and yes hosts come and go and so does other workers but the training for all help is good, I like coming here for a lot of reasons and will continue to come here!! give this casino a fair chance and look at it from a disabled persons position and youll see the difarance in thinking about lay out for all before cramping for cash!! thank you all at mardi gras it was good to stop in and have fun!! sincerely rodger

10. Reliving The Past Studio

125 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427 +1 303-582-3881
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 20 reviews

Reliving The Past Studio

At "Reliving The Past Studio", you will experience being transformed into an old western gun slinger or saloon girl, a miner in search of their fortune in gold or even into an old Victorian Era family relative from an old photograph. Let us create a character that will astound you and take you back in time! We are located in downtown historical Central City

Reviewed By Beth D - North Carolina

These guys made our experience so much fun!! We had the place to ourselves--because they give full attention to one customer at a time. Chuck & Milda dressed us in costumes that actually fit our personalities and helped us set up a scene and a story line for our picture. They are masters at their craft!! Family of 5 adults

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