For anyone who’s ever wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains, Denver is the place to start. The Mile High City offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for all ages. You can hike in the mountains, drink craft beer at breweries, or even trip out on some legal marijuana. There’s something for everyone in this vibrant city, which sits just below the Continental Divide between two mountain ranges: the Front Range and the Sawatch Range. So whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your sweetie or an adventure with your kids—or both!—here are 14 fun things to do in Denver Colorado:
1. Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is a place to explore the natural surroundings of Colorado. The gardens have 16 miles of trails, woodlands, and wetlands, as well as over 6,000 plant species. The park also has an interactive children’s garden that teaches kids about plants in a fun way. If you’re looking for something more relaxing than hiking through the woods or being out in nature then this might be a good option for you!
The Denver Botanic Gardens is open every day (except for December 25th) from 9 AM to 5 PM except on Thanksgiving Day when it opens from 10 AM until 8 PM. The cost is $9 per person but there are discounts available if you visit during certain times of the year such as reduced prices during spring break (March 30th – April 13th), National Public Lands Day (September 29th), Veterans Day weekend (November 11th-13th) or Native American Heritage Month (November 23rd – 30th). If you’re planning on visiting with friends consider bringing snacks along because there isn’t much food available inside besides some drinks at their cafeteria or snack stands outside near where people wait in line before entering each exhibit area.”
2. Coors Field
- Coors Field is the home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.
- The stadium opened in 1995, just before spring training began that year.
- It has a capacity of 50,398 people, making it one of the largest MLB stadiums in America.
3. Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, this museum is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about nature and science. It’s open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:45 PM and offers free admission on Thursdays.
Different exhibits are fun for people of all ages. You can see giant dinosaur skeletons, watch an IMAX movie about space exploration, or take a look at meteorites inside the museum’s planetarium (which costs extra). If you don’t have time to go through everything in the museum, there are audio tour guides available so you can learn more while exploring on your own.
4. Mount Evans
Mount Evans is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The peak is located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles (19 km) west of Denver, Colorado. Mount Evans can be seen from south-central Colorado in the United States to as far north as Fort Collins and Wyoming. The mountain rises 8,400 feet (2,600 m) above downtown Denver and is visible from many parts of the city on clear days. On top of Mount Evans stands a road that leads to one of only two paved public roads above 13,000 feet (4100 m), which are Mount Evans Road and Guanella Pass near Georgetown Lake. This road is closed during winter months because it can become impassable when snowed over or covered with ice & sleet for weeks at a time
5. Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum—the largest art museum in Colorado and one of the top 20 most-visited museums in the country—is located in the Golden Triangle, which also encompasses the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Civic Center Park. The museum houses a collection of American, Asian, and European art that spans thousands of years. Its sculpture garden contains pieces by Rodin, Moore, Calder, and many more world-renowned artists. The DMA also has a café that serves lunch and dinner as well as an online store offering everything from gifts to books on art history. Though it’s always open seven days per week (except for major holidays), admission is free on Tuesdays after 3 p.m., so you can save your money for other things while still being able to experience all that this fabulous museum has to offer.
6. Denver Union Station
Denver Union Station is one of the most impressive landmarks in Denver. It was built in 1914 and is a major train station that serves as the hub for Amtrak, RTD Light Rail, Greyhound buses, and many other bus companies. It also has dozens of restaurants and bars spread throughout its main hall.
7. The International Church of Cannabis
The International Church of Cannabis is a cannabis-friendly non-profit that promotes the use of marijuana as a healing agent, sacrament, and lifestyle. The church’s mission is to spread love and knowledge about cannabis through the teachings of the religion’s founder Steve Berke, who has been practicing Buddhism for over 20 years.
The church was founded in 2014 by Berke in Denver Colorado, where he lives with his wife Micah Jones. It opened its doors on April 20th, 2015 with an opening ceremony (which included rolling paper). Later that year it became official as a non-profit organization and also began selling memberships to support its charitable activities.
8. Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar
Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar is a distillery and cocktail bar. It has a tasting room, a rooftop bar, a restaurant, and a gift shop. The location was originally founded in Denver by George Stranahan in 1980 and was the first legal distillery to open after Prohibition ended. Today it remains family-owned with five generations working onsite.
Located on 38th Avenue just south of Hampden Avenue in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood you can find this unique spot where they make all kinds of spirits – whiskey being their main focus but they also make vodka too! There is also an attached cocktail bar that serves up creative drinks using those spirits along with other local beers on tap or by the bottle (they have over 100 choices). They also offer brewery tours which are very popular given how much craft beer takes place here in Colorado!
9. Denver Zoo
The Denver Zoo is a great place to spend the day with your family, friends, and/or significant other. It’s free to enter and has something for everyone. There are over 1,000 animals on display at the zoo, including elephants, lions, and giraffes.
The zoo is open 365 days a year (from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm). If you can’t visit during summer months when there are lots of people around then I would recommend going early in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler outside because it gets hot inside too!
10. Molly Brown House Museum
A trip to Denver wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Molly Brown House Museum, the historic house museum located in Denver. The home was built in 1883 and was the residence of Margaret Tobin Brown, who became famous as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” after surviving the sinking of the Titanic.
Inside you’ll find artifacts from her life and travels, including furniture that belonged to her family and personal items such as clothing and jewelry.
11. Mount Evans Scenic Byway
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a scenic byway in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It runs between Idaho Springs and Idaho Springs, passing through several mountains passes as it climbs to the summit of Mount Evans. The road is designated as State Highway 544 from Golden Gate Canyon to Echo Lake Junction, then as County Road 74 from Echo Lake Junction to Guanella Pass, then as U.S. Route 6 from Guanella Pass to Mount Evans Summit, where it becomes Forest Road 528 and eventually Forest Service Road 763 at its terminus on Mount Evans’ summit parking area.
The road was constructed in 1913 by John Brisben Walker’s Denver Mountain Parks Company (DMP Co.), which had been formed by Walker and other investors including Henry Phipps and Andrew Wurts Bros. This construction was done by Brisebois Construction Company for $200K; however, due to financial problems this company went bankrupt before completion and DMP Co took over finishing construction themselves for another $120K – bringing total costs for this project up close to around $300K!
12. Colorado State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol is a neoclassical building that was completed in 1912. It was designed by Elijah E. Myers, who also designed the United States Capitol buildings in Washington D.C., as well as many other state capitols throughout America.
The Colorado State Capitol building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it has been used continuously since its completion in 1916. The capitol houses both legislative and executive branches of government for Colorado state government: the House of Representatives meets on one side of the structure, while both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly meet in a separate wing on another side
13. Empower Field at Mile High
The 13th fun thing to do in Denver is to see a game at the Empower Field at Mile High. The stadium is located at 1701 Bryant Street, Denver, Colorado 80204. The capacity of the stadium is 76,125 people and it hosts many events including:
- Rockies Baseball
- Broncos Football
- Colorado Mammoths Lacrosse
14. Forney Museum of Transportation
The Forney Museum of Transportation is located at 1801 East 56th Avenue in Denver. The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Saturday until 8 PM. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children aged 6-17.
Forney’s collection includes hundreds of vintage vehicles, including classic cars and motorcycles as well as military vehicles and aircraft. One main attraction is the 1903 Ford Model A which was the first car ordered by Henry Ford himself; it’s one of only four known to exist today. There are also plenty of antique cars from the 1920s into the 1950s, such as Cadillacs, Packards, and Pierce-Arrows (which were made by Studebaker). You can also see some classic military vehicles like Jeeps that have been used during World War II or Vietnam War era helicopters like an AH-1 Cobra gunship—all restored to their former glory!
The best part about all these fun things to do in Denver is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you like sports, nature, or history, you’ll find something here that will keep your kids busy and entertained. From visiting the zoo in Colorado to hiking at Mount Evans, there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy an active lifestyle