Denver Lifestyle – Top 10 Area Attractions
If you live in Denver or a surrounding city, are planning a trip, or are looking to relocate to the area, you will not want to miss these top 10 must see attractions.
- Red Rocks Park – Morrison, CO – This beautiful park offers views of some amazing natural red rocks with the Rockies in the background. Plan on spending the day walking through the park, the amphitheater, and visiting the information center. – Cost: FREE
- Larimer Square – Denver, CO – Larimer Square is a must see historic neighborhood with many shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. It remains the heart and soul of Denver even after many years. There is always something fun going on from street performances to festivals. – Cost: FREE
- Washington Park – Denver, CO – If recreation is your goal, then you will not go wrong with a trip to Washington Park. With 165 acres of hiking, tennis courts, 2 lakes, a pool, and a recreation center, this popular weekend hangout is a favorite of locals. – Cost: FREE
- 16th Street Mall – Denver, CO – Devner’s “Rodeo Drive” is sure to appease the shopper’s appetite. This mile long pedestrian mall is lined with shops, restaurants and venues. If you are not up for the walk, catch a rid on the MallRide shuttle that passes through and stops at every street corner. Cost: FREE to visit but keep the credit card handy for shopping
- Denver Zoo – Denver, CO – This zoo is home to over 4,000 animals. With over 75 acres of park, there are many ways to view these fury friends, but the best way is to catch them at feeding time. Plan on spending the day here and pace yourself so that you can see all that this zoo has to offer. Cost: Summer – adults $15/children $12; Winter – adults $12/children $8 (they do offer some free admission days – check out denverzoo.org for dates)
- Mount Evans Scenic Byway – Idaho Springs, CO – This 15-mile, 2-lane highway nicknamed “road to the sky” is one of the greatest ways to take in the Rockies. You will get the nickname after experiencing the massive altitude change that will take you through 3 different types of ecosystems. Stop at the lookouts to get amazing views of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Cost: $10 fee for less than 12 passengers; FREE if you choose to drive to the top and back without making stops
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Denver, CO – “This impressive facility houses artifacts pertaining to a variety of scientific areas, including anthropology, zoology, geology, health sciences, paleontology and space science. Some of the more popular displays include the wildlife exhibit, which includes more than 90 habitat scenes and information on animals from around the world. Meanwhile, the hands-on Space Oddyssey area introduces travelers to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond.” (travel.usnews.com) Cost: adults $13/children $10/seniors $8 (the IMAX, planitarium shows and some temporary exhibits may have additional charges)
- Coors Field – Denver, CO – Home to Colorado’s major league baseball team, the Colorado Rockies, this attraction will capture the attention of sports fans. You can catch a game during baseball season, or you can pick a time to tour the suites, locker rooms and behind-the-scenes facilities. This is a must see for the baseball enthusiast in the family. Cost: Tours – adults $9/children $6/seniors $7; Tickets – prices vary – visit colorado.rockies.mlb.com for more information
- Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, CO – Another destination for sports lovers is the home of the Denver Broncos. This football stadium is not one that you will want to miss. You can grab tickets to a game during football season, or catch a tour showing all of the backstage processes that make a football Sunday go off without a hitch. Cost: Tours – adults $15/children 4-12 and seniors $12/under 4 are free; Tickets – prices vary – visit sportsauthorityfieldatmilehigh.com for more information
- The United States Mint – Denver, CO – Learn each stage of coin production on a guided tour through this facility. One reviewer from Trip Advisor stated, “The machines that make the coins are amazing, and the tour provides an excellent view of them from a catwalk-type floor […] that allows you to look at them from above.” Cost: FREE but reservations must be made in advance to ensure your spot
With so much to do in Colorado, it’s hard to just 10. What are your favorite area attractions? Let us know in the comments section below.