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Denver – Local Attractions

Denver, also known as the Mile High City, is a city of outdoor activities and world-class museums. Here are the top local attractions to see in Denver.

Chantal Mercer
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The Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is open every day of the year and is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species including the incredibly rare okapi, the red-bellied lemur, the Amur leopard, the black rhino and the Siberian tiger. The Denver Zoo, which is located just 5 minutes from downtown Denver covers over 80 acres and is located in Denver’s historic City Park. Come visit Mshindi, the resident Rhinoceros and artist. Mshindi paints with a paintbrush, his work can be viewed in the Pachyderm House.

Denver Art Museum

Visit the Denver Art Museum on the first Saturday of every month to receive free admission. The museum is located at 100 West 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO  80204. Stop by the Museum Shop and pick up a gift for someone back home or shop for yourself.

Denver Aquarium

See the Downtown Aquarium, an UnderWater Adventure, while in Denver. The mythical mermaids will entertain you with their choreographed numbers put to music while you learn the importance of taking care of the environment. All of the exhibits look interesting, go see Under the Sea, At the Wharf, The Rain Forest, or Sunken Temple. You can even watch Heran the Tiger complete a training session. Make this one a meal stop as you can dine in front of a 50,000-gallon floor to ceiling aquarium.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver botanic gardens city attraction

When you are looking for a slower-paced day remember the Denver Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the themed gardens or go on a wildflower hike, or even visit a historical farm. Denver Botanic Gardens has guided and self-guided tours depending on your preference. The Mordecai Children’s Garden allows you and your child to explore how plants and animals live together on Marmot Mountain or race pine cones down Springmelt Stream. They could even hunt for bugs in the Glorious Grasslands or watch the aquatic life at Pipsqueak Pond.

Elitch Gardens

Elitch Gardens has something for everyone. Family shows such as Cirque Conjure combine illusion, music, dance, and comedy in their uniquely created shows. Take a trip through time in Doc Hall’s Old Time Photo, or stop by EG Ink and get yourself some body art. Miss Mary’s Confectionary, features hundreds of different kinds of candies, cookies, and caramel apples. Oh, did I mention that there is also a theme park and waterpark at Elitch Gardens? Do you like rides that make your heart pound? Try the scary Boomerang Steele Coaster or the spinning Half Pike. Like it a little slower? You can ride the carousel or fly on dragon wings. Even slower? Watch while the kids race in a hot air balloon or captain their own boat at Ding Dong Dock. Now it’s time to cool off and enjoy the water. Slide down the 64’ Acapulco Cliff Dive or ride a raft down Castaway Creek. Elitch Gardens is a great way to spend the day.

Mount Evans & Scenic Byway

Contrasted to the easier trails around Chicago Lake, Mount Evans has a rugged beauty which is part of being in the Rocky Mountains. Drive all the way to the top for a great lookout and possibly some snow!

Denver City Park

Denver City Park includes the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science within its borders as well as ponds, walkways, and a boathouse.

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts

The Kirkland Museum offers a broad range of pieces demonstrating decorative art in all styles.

The fascinating thing about Denver is how short its history is. Legend says there was not a soul living in the Denver metro area before 1958, the year it was founded as a Gold Mining town. This industry provided Denver with the people and resources to grow drastically over the next 2 years, reaching a population of 100,000. Nowadays, Denver is the place to be for US skiing in the Rockies, river rafting, hiking, and other fun outdoor activities. The downtown core is one of the friendliest to pedestrians and its skyline is dappled with skyscrapers against scenic mountains.

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