Denver is a great place to visit whether you’re a thrill-seeker, artist at heart, or beer lover. It’s home to numerous mountain experiences, museums, scenic spots, and breweries. To experience most of Denver without wasting a day here’s some ideas to fill your itinerary:
Adams Mystery Playhouse
Location: 2406 N. Federal Boulevard, Denver
Adams Mystery is a must-visit place if you want to experience a live mystery dinner theater while in the city. Most shows are appropriate for all ages. It’s the perfect addition to your travel itinerary if you want to plan a team-building, get-together, or simple family bonding.
Location: 1450 Larimer Square, Denver
Larimer Square is always the highlight stop on many city tours. If you want to sightsee the city’s most historic neighborhood and enjoy the nightlife, this is your go-to place. But, on the other hand, it’s the perfect block if you’re going to stroll around, visit some restaurants, shop a few knick-knacks, then head straight to the night bars.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Location: 1007 York Street, Denver
If you’re a person who loves taking a stroll in gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens should be on your itinerary. Overall, the park is 24 acres featuring 50 must-see gardens. Each garden takes the visitors into various environments, from the South African Plaza featuring exotic plants to traditional Japanese gardens with bonsai trees. So enjoy exploring the park while taking in different cultures, styles, and plants.
Location: 2300 Steele St. Denver
This Zoo is home to 4,000 animals. So if you love to spend half a day with the animals, visiting this place is a must. In addition, it’s highly recommended by most travelers to schedule a visit during feeding time. During feeding, the staff often give educational lectures about their animals. Overall, the Zoo is modeled after a nature preserve in Kenya.
Molly Brown House Museum
Location: 1340 Pennsylvania St. Denver
It’s the go-to place if you want to appreciate contemporary architecture with a dash of an eccentric Victorian style. The museum offers a tiny glimpse into the city’s history. It also features one of its most fascinating residents— Margaret “Molly” Brown.
Molly, also known as the daughter of adventure, is an activist and philanthropist who has a passion for educational programs. However, she’s also famous as the survivor of the Titanic tragedy.
Dive deeper into Denver’s artistic soul
Although widely known for its outdoor attractions and adventure, it’s also a place with arts and culture. If you’re more into art, the city houses a lot of tasteful museums that will satisfy your artistic soul:
Denver Art Museum
Location: 13th Avenue between Broadway & Bannock Street, Denver
Denver Art Museum is widely known for its Native American art collection. Not only does it have a lot of great exhibits, but it also has an interactive area. Also, it’s the only museum that features a primary Asian art collection in the city’s Rocky Mountains.
Kirkland Museum of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts
Location: 1201 Bannock Street, Denver
Kirkland Museum has a lot of fun and exciting installations. To some, the rooms might be overwhelming. It’s understandable as each art installation is a feast for the eyes, as some are eclectic.
United States Mint
Location: West Colfax & West 14th Street, Denver
The United States Mint of this city houses a rich history of the country’s coin currency. It includes how billions of coins are produced each year for the public. The guided tour around the Mint is free. However, the tour is strictly for adults and children who are 7 years old and older. The city’s Mint is currently closed until further notice, but it’s still worthy of being added to your itinerary.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Location: 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Red Rocks has a vast open-air amphitheater that’s built into a rock structure. Besides enjoying its recreation activities such as biking, hiking, or exercising, it also holds seasonal art exhibits. You can also enjoy Red Rocks concerts or special performances while enjoying the scenic view.
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
Location: 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Elitch Gardens is located in the center of the city. It’s also considered as Colorado’s only themed water park on a world-class level. So if you’re up for some thrill and water-related fun, you should try the newest attraction in the city. Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park recently opened this year on the 1st day of May.
The Water Park is a place for all ages that’s full of fun activities. From enjoying a gravity-defying roller coaster ride to climbing walls, you’ll never run out of things to do. Besides, it also has a water slide to add to your adrenaline rush.
Explore Denver’s Dinosaurs
It is also the place to be if you love dinosaurs. So if you want to get a dose of prehistoric knowledge, you have a lot of places to choose from:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Location: 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver
This is one of the best places to hunt for some dinosaurs specializing in natural history. Overall, the museum has 115,000 fossils, plants, and dinosaurs in its collection. You can even visit the Prehistoric Journey, an award-winning exhibition that features a Stegosaurus fossil and an Allosaurus skeleton. Currently, the museum is holding a temporary exhibit about Stonehenge that will last until September 2021.
Location: 16831 W Alameda Parkway
Dinosaur Ridge is a famous landmark along the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range. It features Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus, widely known as the popular Jurassic dinosaur bone and dinosaur footprints of the Cretaceous. The visitors can either hike at their own pace or ride a Shuttle Bus for the Dinosaur Ridge Trail.
Other dinosaur-related attractions to visit:
- Triceratops Trail at Parfet Prehistoric Reserve
- Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
- Fossil Trace Golf Club
You can enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience of the city’s thriving beer game. It’s time to enrich your experience with the craft from the largest “single-site” brewery to their specialty microbreweries.
The Coors Brewery Tour
Location: 13th St & Ford Street, Golden
Coors Brewery is considered a legend among breweries. Annually, it can brew 22 million barrels and package at least 16 million barrels. Due to this remarkable feat, it’s considered the biggest single-site brewery in the world.
You can experience the scene behind the greatness of this brewery in 30-minute tours. Then, at your own pace, you can explore the malthouse, brewhouse, and packaging to witness first-hand how more than 100 teams make one of the most popular beers. Currently, the tour is temporarily closed.
Other Denver breweries you can tour:
- Wynkoop Brewing Company
- Great Divide Brewing Company
- Rock Bottom Brewery
- Denver Microbrew Tour
- Denver Brew Tours