There are so many great things to do and places to see in the Mile High City, but you can’t beat the attractions in downtown Denver. In addition to the long list of shops and restaurants that line the streets in our beautiful mountain city, you’ll find exciting sporting event venues, entertainment scenes, and much!
You can discover all of these attractions and more with our free Denver Vacation Guide! It’s full of tips, tricks, and insider information on how to explore the best of our city like a local!
The Top 10 Downtown Denver Attractions
16th Street Mall
The 16th Street Mall is one of the top shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions in downtown Denver. You’ll find some of the best restaurants and shops along this tree-lined, pedestrian promenade running through the heart of the city, where you can grab a bite to eat, sit down at one of the many plazas, and people watch.
Larimer Square is arguably the best district in downtown Denver for nightlife. It’s a mix of historic architecture with a modern feel and has everything from trendy bars to fine dining establishments. We recommend that you make a stop here at least once during your trip to the Mile High City.
Historic Union Station offers visitors a unique indoor shopping and dining experience. The 100-year-old building houses a newly-renovated space that is a welcome reprieve from the hot summer sun or rain.
Baseball fans will love checking Coors Field off their list of ballparks during their trip. This downtown Denver attraction is a fantastic place to take in a baseball game on a warm summer night. Cheer on the home team before reveling in the nightlife and entertainment scene in the LoDo District.
The Pepsi Center is one of the premier entertainment venues in all of Denver. It serves as the main home for the city’s professional basketball and hockey teams in addition to hosting an extensive list of concerts every year!
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Another one of the top sporting and entertainment attractions in downtown Denver, Broncos Stadium at Mile High is the home of the Mile High City’s popular professional football franchise. It also hosts large concerts and events like the Denver BBQ Festival.
Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city just minutes from the heart of downtown. This 24-acre oasis features an array of exhibits that correlate with the seasons. You’ll see anything from ornamental gardens with sculptures to international gardens highlighting various countries and cultures.
Molly Brown House Museum
The Molly Brown House Museum showcases the home of one of the most prominent women in Denver’s history. You can take tours through the historic home that’s full of unique architectures, designs, and artifacts.
Thrill-seekers and families with kids will love spending a day at Elitch Gardens. This attraction is just outside of downtown Denver, and has plenty of rides, events, entertainment, and a water park!
Denver’s Downtown Aquarium has over 10 unique exhibits highlighting various marine ecosystems from around the world! You’ll discover aquatic creatures ranging from sharks to piranhas in this kid-friendly attraction.
Castle Marne is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore all that downtown Denver has to offer! You can take a nice 35-minute walk to the heart of the city or take the convenient public transportation for a quick ride. Our rooms provide a unique mix of luxury and history creating a memorable stay in one of the coolest cities in the country.
Start planning your trip to the Mile High City by booking one of our rooms today! We look forward to welcoming you to the wild and wonderful world of Denver!