Fancy a hot air balloon ride over the Rockies or a chance to run the rapids at Confluence Park? You don’t have to be a death-defying daredevil to appreciate these fun-filled adventures in Denver! Whether you want to meander on horseback or zip along a single track, there’s something for thrill-seekers of all skill levels at these Mile High attractions (and beyond)! Don’t be shy…grab the bike or paddle or reins by the horns and ride!
1. Lakeside Amusement Park
This unique, retro amusement park in Lakeside promises hours of vintage fun for the whole fam! With roller coasters, a ferris wheel, funnel cakes, and more, Lakeside Amusement Park is joyous nostalgia at its finest!
2. Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips
Celebrating 35 years of providing the people of Denver with unforgettable rafting experiences, this outfitter in Morrison just 20 minutes from the city has adventures for all ages and skill sets. They offer world-class part-day, full-day, overnight, or multi-day trips down Clear Creek, the Colorado River, and the Arkansas. Whether you want family fun or a Class IV rapid, Geo Tours can float your boat!
3. Kayak Confluence with Confluence Kayaks
Confluence Kayaks is an experienced outfitter that can make your dreams of riding the rapids of the South Platte River come true. They provide kayak, canoe, and inner tube lessons for all and are happy to accommodate you with paddling gear if you don't have your own. Surrender to the flow!
4. Water World
Perhaps you'd rather enjoy your whitewater adventures where there's a certified life guard on duty and the chance to witness the 2016 Belly Flop Splashdown. You'll find rides for all sorts of adventurers and guaranteed family fun at Westminster's Water World!
5. Denver B-Cycle
Looking for a cheap, eco-friendly way to enjoy the Mile High City? Snag a B-Cycle at one of the 80+ stations around town, secure your ride with a 24-hour membership for just $9, and strike out on Denver's 85 miles of bike trails. Sweet B-Cycle freedom!
6. Mountain Bike with Front Range Ride Guides
Don't let the word "mountain" in front of the word "bike" intimidate you. This fabulous family-friendly guide service offers routes that suit every adventurer. From roller-coaster-like ridge rides to smooth, rolling single tracks, they'll provide you with a memorable mountain biking experience you just might have to write home about.
7. Full Moon Horseback Ride on A&A Historic Trails
If sweaty equity's not your thing, you can also ride through the Rockies on horseback just like the cowboys in the frontier days. A&A Stables offers a unique, fun-filled full moon hike that includes wining, dining, and gambling in Central City, and opportunities for overnight camping. Giddy up!
8. Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Rides
If you really want to experience the Front Range like you've never seen it, try an unforgettable float thousands of feet above sea level, without ever having to lift a finger. (Except to take phenomenal photos!)
9. Bouldering the Flatirons
Speaking of fingers, you can find some of the best short technical climbs near Denver at the enormous rock formations in Boulder known as the Flatirons. The soft, slanted sandstone at Flagstaff in Boulder Mountain Park allows beginner and intermediate climbers to boulder without any gear required. There are dozens of access points off of the Flatirons' hiking trails...just follow the bold(ers).
10. Denver Mountain Guiding
If you prefer helmets and ropes and a bit of a challenge, book a climb with an expert at "Denver's #1 guide to the Flatirons." They offer climbs for all skill levels both here and at Clear Creek Canyon.
11. Denver Adventures
Enjoy a day of zipping around on Colorado's fastest and longest lines or any of their other amazing guided adventures, including mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and hiking. They offer door-to-door transportation and a discount for 2-in-1-day combo packages. Yeehaw!
Where do you go in Denver when you’re feeling adventurous? Share your stories of friends, family, and fun in the comments!