Denver July 11, 2016
12 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Denver
Right now the wild and wondrous mountain parks outside the Mile High City are teeming with an abundance of fun-filled summertime activities, and the horrendous traffic on I-70 is a testament to just how insanely popular being a weekender on the Front Range has become. But you don’t have to leave the metro area to get your thrills! These incredible adventures in Denver are fun for the whole family, and you don’t even have to have a car to enjoy them. Hitch a ride on our amazing RTD transit system and hit up these truly unique adventures for a rollicking good time and a lifetime of memories.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Want to spend 60 Minutes In Space or be part of the Robot Revolution? Explore over 1,000,000 objects housed in the 716,000-square-foot museum, which boasts a wide variety of permanent and rotating educational exhibits, programs, and activities, as well as an IMAX theater and Planetarium.
2. City Park
Afterward, be sure to experience all that City Park, Denver's largest and most notable urban park, has to offer. The fountain in front of the museum is a hot spot to cool off in the summer, and other notable attractions include playgrounds, sports courts, lakes, boat rentals, and the Denver Zoo.
3. Denver Zoo
Since its inception roughly a century ago, the Denver Zoo has grown leaps and bounds, and today you can enjoy all sorts of hands-on activities, including guided tours, feedings, wildlife shows, train rides, and photo safaris. The Denver Zoo is fun, fun, fun for everyone!
4. Downtown Aquarium
Feeling a little landlocked and looking for an aquatic adventure? The Downtown Aquarium has got you covered! Partake in interactive exhibits, educational programs, Mystic Mermaids, a 4D theater, underwater eatery, and much, much more!
5. The Children's Museum of Denver
Another fantastic educational adventure in downtown Denver, is the Children's Museum, whose mission is to "create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood." This is a prime spot for young children (and their grown ups) to explore, create, and learn!
6. Platte Valley Trolley
The Platte Valley Trolley is an ode to Denver's once extensive railway system (which included almost 300 miles of tracks), and today you can help keep that history alive by taking an open-air scenic ride along the South Platte Greenway downtown. Learn the history and heritage of Denver's electric transit system from knowledgable conductors who will lead you past many notable landmarks, including Confluence Park and the Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
7. Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
If you're interested in other means of transportation, namely those pertaining to aviation and space endeavors, don't miss the Wings Over the Rockies, where they're "Always Up to Something." The 40,000-square-foot facility is housed in a historic aircraft hangar from 1939 and provides an abundance of opportunities for discovery, education, and exploration!
8. Morrison Natural History Museum
The Morrison Natural History Museum boasts a small facility with monumental discoveries, including a growing collection of dinosaur fossils and a treasure trove of other items chronicling local life in the area. Get up close and personal with the fossils through touchable exhibits and scientific discussions at Jefferson County's original paleontology museum.
9. Dinosaur Ridge
After your guided tour with paleontology experts at the natural history museum, dig even deeper at Dinosaur Ridge with their interactive exhibits, fossil trails, dig pits, and special events like Dinosaur Discovery Days held throughout the summer and fall.
10. Elitch Gardens and Theme Park
Elitch Gardens may not be as ancient as dinosaur bones, but it did open its gates in 1890 and is now "celebrating 126 years of fun!" It's the nation's only downtown theme and water park and offers a full day of rides, thrills, and family fun!
11. Lakeside Amusement Park
Another prominent historic landmark on the Denver entertainment scene is Lakeside Amusement Park, which has been going strong since 1908. Stop in for nostalgic fun, food, games, and rides, and get ready to create new and magical memories with the ones you love.
12. Denver Art Museum
You can continually explore the inspiring exhibits and collections at the Denver Art Museum and discover something new and magnificent each and every time. They boast a wide variety of activities for kids and families including the Just for Fun Family Center, Creative Corners, Family Backpacks, and gallery games. Get in touch with your little one's inner Picasso at DAM!
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