Best Things to Do in Denver, Colorado: Experiences, Things to Do, More

Denver, Colorado is known for its proximity to nature, and for good reason. The city is only hours from four national parks, lively ski resorts and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

But Denver is also home to more than lush landscapes and shocking mountain ranges. The Mile High City has a vibrant music scene, exciting sporting events, vibrant art galleries, and an extensive network of parks.

Anyone from history buffs to horticulturalists can fill a trip to Denver. Discover some of the must-see activities on your trip.

The exterior of Union Station in Denver, Colorado.

As well as being a major transit hub, Union Station is also a must-see historical landmark.

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Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is a century-old landmark located in the heart of downtown. As well as being a hub where you can get on trains and buses, it’s home to restaurants and shops that sell Denver-branded books, souvenirs, and clothing. On Saturday mornings from May to October, there is a lively farmers market in front. For a caffeine boost, stop by Pigtrain Coffee at the station for delicious locally roasted coffee.

The empty Red Rocks Amphitheater with a view of the mountains.

When not packed with spectators, this popular stadium fills with fitness enthusiasts who climb the stairs and hiking trails.

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a concert hall attracting big names. It also happens to offer incomparable views and spectacular scenery, making it one of the best places to hike. Red Rocks Park immediately surrounds it and the place hosts special activities like Yoga on the Rocks during the summer. According to the Red Rocks Amphitheater website, this monument is the “only natural and acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.”

Denver Botanical Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located near Cheesman Park. There are 23 acres made up of gardens and an amphitheater for summer concerts. Visit in mid-April to catch the tulips in full bloom.

If you are missing spring, don’t worry, the gardens host events throughout the year. Every Halloween, for example, the garden is full of spooky pumpkins, and during the winter don’t miss the extravagance of the Blossoms of Light Christmas lights.

Coors Field, Denver.

Coors Field in downtown Denver is home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team.

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Coors field

Coors Field is Denver’s baseball stadium and home to the MLB team, the Colorado Rockies. It is also two blocks from Union Station. If you’re planning on attending a game, consider purchasing a ticket to The Rooftop, which is a standing area near the upper right seats with spectacular views. Read this official MLB guide for more details on visiting Coors Field.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

When you need something to do inside, plan a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where you’ll delve into topics ranging from Egyptian mummies to a space odyssey. There are temporary and permanent exhibitions, as well as an IMAX experience. Check the museum’s website for all ticket offers.

Denver Zoo

Right next to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the Denver Zoo. From flamingos and elephants to lions and zebras, it is home to more than 3,600 animals. Plus, you can bring your own food to the zoo, so pack a picnic to save a few bucks.

Check the calendar of events to see if the zoo will be hosting any galas or special parties during your visit. The Stingray Cove experience, where you can touch sea creatures, is great, although it’s seasonal (starting in late March) and tickets are first come, first served.

City Park, Denver.

City Park is Denver’s largest municipal park.

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City park

City Park is Denver’s largest municipal park and is a great place to walk, run, cycle, and paddle boat, which you can hire at Duck Lake and Ferril Lake. Or, pack a picnic basket for a sunset dinner by the lake on a warm evening for an evening you can’t beat.

North River District

Explore street art in Denver’s River North (or RiNo) neighborhood. The area, which has more than 60 murals painted by local artists, is also full of brasseries, cafes, shops and many restaurants.

An area of ​​the four-story art exhibit, Meow Wolf.

An area of ​​the four-story art exhibit, Meow Wolf.

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meow wolf

The recently opened Meow Wolf is an interactive art experience. Every square inch of the 90,000 square foot exhibit is designed to be explored, touched and questioned. Over 300 artists worked on the exhibit, and it’s something you have to see – and experience – for yourself. Tickets often sell out days or weeks in advance, so be sure to plan ahead.

Sloan Lake Park

Sloan Lake is Denver’s largest lake. With playgrounds, athletic fields, boating, biking, trails, picnic areas and paddleboarding, this is the perfect place to spend the day outdoors if you are visiting for a while. warmer month. The park also hosts celebrations throughout the year. So if you’re visiting in July, consider attending the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, an annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage filled with stunning parade-like creations.

Check out Insider’s complete guide to visiting Denver.

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