Metro Denver offers a variety of attractions that appeal to everyone, from the young in years, to the young at heart. To find out all that Denver and Colorado has to offer, please visit our partner organizations VISITDenver, the official visitor bureau for Denver, and the Colorado Tourism Office.
Below is a sampling of metro Denver's offerings:
Bison and Elk Herds
Genesee Park and Daniels Park Denver
Visitors can view two herds of bison and elk in their natural habitat at two area parks. Genesee Park, Denver’s first and largest mountain park, spans 2,300 acres and includes a 160-acre wild elk and bison enclosure. Daniels Park covers more than 1,000 acres, of which 900 acres is a preserve and natural area for Denver’s second herd. The parks offer picnic areas and scenic mountain views.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
6252 West 104th Ave. Westminster, 80020
Spanning five acres, the Butterfly Pavilion is the first nonprofit, stand-alone insect zoo in the country. It features more than 1,200 free-flying butterflies, outdoor butterfly gardens, a nature trail, museum shop and deli. Visitors can watch adult butterflies emerge in a chrysalis viewing area or touch insects from around the world, including Chile’s rose-haired tarantula and Madagascar’s Hissing Cockroach. View peppermint shrimp, hermit crabs and other marine invertebrates in their natural habitat, or feel inches tall in a backyard with giant animatronic insects and interactive exhibits.
4600 Sleepytime Drive Boulder, 80301
Celestial Seasonings, the largest manufacturer and marketer of specialty hot teas in the country, offers tours through its art gallery, herb garden and factory. Enjoy samplings of more than 50 varieties of teas and experience The Mint Room where crates of peppermint and spearmint are stored. A café and gift shop are on-site.
Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Drive Denver, 80211
Since its inception in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institute dedicated to the education and growth of young children, newborn through age 8, and their caregivers.
Colorado State Capitol
Broadway and Colfax Avenue
Modeled after the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., the building was made almost entirely of Colorado materials, including granite, white marble, Fort Collins Sandstone and Colorado Onyx, a rare, rose-colored stone used on the wainscoting and pillar facings. A gold dome made from 200 ounces of pure gold leaf tops the Capitol.
Colorado State Parks
In addition to offering magnificent scenic views and a great outdoor experience, Colorado State Parks offers a host of activities for all ages, includingcamping, biking, bird watching, boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, ice skating, jet-skiing, sail boating, sledding, snowmobiling, swimming, and many other activities and attractions.
Coors Brewing Company
13th Street and Ford Street Golden, 80401
A 45-minute tour through Molson Coors’ brewery in Golden guides visitors through the beer-making process from malting and brewing to packaging. The tour of the largest single brewery in the world includes a stop at a sampling area where complimentary soft drinks and beer samples are served. Beer samples are served to visitors over 21 years of age with a valid ID.
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, 80204
The Denver Art Museum is a private, non-profit, educational resource for Colorado. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of art works in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by supporting these works with exemplary educational and scholarly programs.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York St. Denver, 80206
Recognized as one of the top five botanical gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens spans 23 acres and has more than 32,000 plants from around the world. Other sites are located in Chatfield, Littleton and Mt. Goliath.
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place Denver, CO 80204
Housed in Historic Station No. 1, the Museum tells the story of the Denver Fire Department. The self-guided tour weaves the city's past with the history of firefighting in creative displays and hands-on activities that are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard Denver, 80205
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
2300 Steele St. Denver, 80205
Started in 1896, the Denver Zoo has grown to be one of the most visited zoos in the country and Colorado’s most popular cultural attraction. Located on 80 acres, just minutes from downtown Denver in City Park, the zoo is recognized internationally as a leader in exhibitry and continues to grow as a leader in conservation and education programs. Home to nearly 4,000 animals representing over 750 species, the zoo is open every day. In 2004, the zoo unveiled Predator Ridge, a 3-acre exhibit that features Africa’s greatest predators. The series of five exhibits recreates a portion of the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Visitors can wind through rock outcroppings and brush to discover amazing views of lions, African wild dog and hyena. The zoo continues to create innovative wildlife habitats such as Tropical Discovery, Northern Shores and Primate Panorama. Gates Wildlife Conservation Education Center, a regional hub for activities, introduces Coloradans of all ages to the principles of conservation and natural resource.
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy. Morrison, 80465
Located just 15 miles west of downtown Denver in the Morrison Fossil Beds National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Ridge is an outdoor museum that features Jurassic dinosaur bones and more than 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A visitor’s center and gift shop are located on-site.
700 Water St. Denver, 80211
The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.
Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St. Denver, 80246
Four Mile Historic Park seeks to preserve Colorado’s western rural heritage. It is home to Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest house, which once served as a stagecoach stop, wayside inn and tavern for travelers on the Cherokee Trail. The 12-acre park offers school/youth programs, senior field trips, special events, guided museum and grounds tours, a summer day camp and site rental opportunities.
Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion
400 E. 8th Ave.
The Colorado Governor’s residence includes museum-quality artwork and furnishings, including the President Grant chandelier, which previously hung in the White House.The Colorado Historical Society offers tours of the mansion.
18301 W. Colfax Ave. Golden, 80401
This “Western Victorian”shopping and entertainment complex has unique shops and restaurants open year-round, with special rides, games and merchants open seasonally or on weekends. Heritage Square’s lodge and Victorian house are available for special events.
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
The History Colorado Center, one of Denver’s newest cultural attractions, is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history. Experience Colorado’s stories through high-tech and hands-on exhibits, programs and special events. Highlights include soaring off a virtual ski jump, taking a virtual ride across the plains in a Model T, and pushing an interactive “time machine” on a 60-foot floor map of Colorado. Grand opening is Saturday, April 28, 2012, and is sure to be on the “must see” list for Denver visitors, families, history buffs—anyone who is attracted to the allure that is Colorado.
The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive Littleton, 80120
The Hudson Gardens and Event Center offers a multitude of concerts,educational programs and holiday events throughout the year. Visitors will enjoy the facility’s 21 gardens, which vary from flower, herb and water gardens to wetlands and the cascades.The gardens span 30 acres and are arranged around a garden railroad, ponds, wildlife, sculptures and other natural displays and hideaways.
Lakeside Amusement Park
I-70 and Sheridan Denver, 80212
This amusement park offers countless rides, games and roller coasters for adults, as well as 15 rides for children.The park offers free parking and welcomes picnics.
Mile High Flea Market
7007 E. 88th Ave. Henderson, 80640
Open on Wednesdays and on the weekends, this indoor-outdoor market caters to 20 to 40,000 customers regularly.
Mother Cabrini Shrine
20189 Cabrini Blvd. Golden, 80401
Owned by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this shrine is a place of prayer, pilgrimage and devotion to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.The area includes a chapel, grotto, statue, artifacts, barn and a stone house available for meetings.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
1850 Table Mesa Drive Boulder, 80305
Discover how scientists study weather and climate at NCAR’s Mesa Lab. Enjoy science exhibits, an educational research center,gift shop,weather trail, art galleries and special public events. The site also is a natural preserve for wildlife that roam the area and in nearby mountain parks.
Six Flags Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Circle
More than 45 rides, shows and attractions are featured at this amusement and water park. The theme park’s newest ride is HALFPIPE—the only ride of its kind in the country that simulates the excitement of extreme winter sports. A giant snowboard that fits 16 people in two cars spins 360 degrees around a 230-foot long, 100-foot tall halfpipe.
Tiny Town, Colorado
6249 S.Turkey Creek Road Tiny Town, 80465
Touted as the oldest village and railroad in the country,Tiny Town was created at the site of the Denver-Leadville stagecoach stop southwest of Denver in 1915. Today, the one-sixth-sized town has more than 100 colorful buildings and offers a train ride that is powered by authentic steam locomotive.
United States Mint
320 W. Colfax Ave.
The United States Mint at Denver produces more than 50 million coins daily. Group tours are conducted on weekdays, and individuals, families and groups with 15 or fewer people should contact a member of Congress for sponsorship before a tour can be conducted. Contact the Mint for more information.
Venice on the Creek
Speer Blvd. and 14th St.
Venice on the Creek boasts the only punts—similar to Italian gondolas—in the country and offers you the opportunity to glide down Cherry Creek. Learn about Denver’s history on your ride or enjoy the scenery along Cherry Creek and lower downtown Denver. It also features landscaped pedestrian trails as well as ramps that lead to the bank of Cherry Creek.
W. 88th Avenue and Pecos Street Denver, 80260
Located on 64 acres, the park features 42 water attractions, including Speed Slides, Lazy River and Thunder Bay. Picnics are welcome and parking is free. Other amenities include a gift shop, tube rentals and lockers.
The Wildlife Experience
10035 S. Peoria Parker, 80134
This wildlife conservation museum features an extensive collection of natural history, paintings, sculptures, photography and film exhibits throughout the year.The 101,000-square-foot center also houses a restaurant, gift shop, and educational programs and classes.