All it takes is one trip to Denver and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of the best cities in America! The Mile High City offers something for everyone, from museums and top-notch cuisine to professional sports and a thriving craft beer scene, Denver is the ideal spot for any trip. Coming up with a short list of things to do in Denver isn’t easy, but we tried to narrow it down. Enjoy!
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The Top 10 Things To Do In Denver, CO
Denver Botanic Gardens
Located just minutes from downtown, the Denver Botanic Gardens are one of the city’s best attractions. Featuring North America’s largest collection of plants from cold temperature climates around the world, the Denver Botanic Gardens are a stunning display of plant-life perfection. There are seven distinct gardens which have plants from Colorado, as well as outdoor gardens along with sculptures and water features. The gardens span over 24 acres and feature great events and rotating exhibits!
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Denver with kids (ok, parents and grandparents, too). From the history of Native Americans and Egyptian Mummies to the interworkings of the human body and the far corners of the galaxy, the museum is loaded with excitement. Dinosaur fossils? They’ve got those. Planetarium shows? Check. An IMAX theater and hands-on learning? Check and check. This is a must-see Denver attraction. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science online to learn more!
When it comes to unforgettable Denver dining, Fruition Restaurant is the place to eat in Denver. For over 10 years, Fruition has been serving award-winning dishes to the people of the Mile High City. Make reservations and taste for yourself why it’s one of the best restaurants in Denver.
Located right next to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the Denver Zoo. This can’t-miss Denver attraction champions wildlife conservation and houses sea lions, African penguins, elephants, bears, and lions. Take a guided tour or stroll through the zoo on your own.
16th Street Mall
located in heart of Downtown Denver, 16th Street Mall is home to some finest dining and shopping in the Mile High City! There are over 300 stores and 50 restaurants. Walk the mall, grab a pedicab, or hop on a shuttle. Many of the restaurants feature outdoor patios, especially during the summer.
Cherry Creek Trail
Walk or bike your way through some of the best Denver scenery on the Cherry Creek Trail. Perfect for exploring the city, Cherry Creek Trail runs past multiple city parks, shopping, dining, and more. Read our blog to learn more!
Sports lovers will fit in here, as Denver is home to the Colorado Rockies (MLB), Denver Broncos (NFL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), and Colorado Rapids (MLS). No matter your sport of choice, there’s a great venue and gameday experience here.
Denver Craft Breweries
If you treat beer like sommeliers treat wine, Denver is the city for you. Among the dozens and dozens of Denver and Denver area breweries, you’re bound to find the perfect pint (or two, or three…). It’s hard to narrow the list down, but Great Divide Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewing, Black Shirt Brewing Company, and Station 26 Brewing Company are great choices. If all else fails, take a brewery tour!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
When it comes to iconic music venues, few are as recognizable as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Concerts here are unforgettable! This year’s concerts feature 311, Modest Mouse, Primus, The Decemberists, and many more. Needless to say, anyone with an appreciation for music and stunning scenery will agree that visiting Red Rocks is one of the coolest things to do in Denver.
Denver Art Museum
For the artist who’s looking for things to do in Denver, the Denver Art Museum is their answer. Located in downtown and home to tens of thousands of pieces artwork from around the world, the museum features everything from large collections of Asian and Native American art to fascinating exhibits that cover a wide range of topics. Check out the 3-D Studio, stop by for a lecture, or spend the afternoon soaking up art history.
Stay at Castle Marne, Denver’s Best B&B
What’s better than relaxing at a romantic castle after a day of city exploration? Not much, honestly. Complete your Denver experience and book a stay at Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast! Our historic bed and breakfast is loaded with charm and amazing accommodations. Check out our full list of rooms and book your next Denver weekend getaway with us. Don’t forget to download our free Denver Vacation Guide, too! Contact us today, online or at 1-800-92-MARNE.