700 Water St.
Sunday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
The Downtown Aquarium allows visitors to plunge into two journeys. Travel from the Continental Divide in Colorado to Mexico's Sea of Cortez, or voyage from an Indonesian rain forest into the Pacific Ocean. From Colorado's state fish, the Greenback Cutthroat trout, to swimming with sharks (scuba license required), visitors experience a variety of 15,000 fish, mammals and birds that all rely upon water.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
2351 Busch Dr., Fort Collins
October-May: Thursday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; June-August: Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; September: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Savor a sample of the famous Budweiser beer after learning how it's brewed in Fort Collins, the Colorado home of Anheuser-Busch. Gallop through the tour and meet the renowned Clydesdales. Please call for hours and to schedule groups of 15 or more.
4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder
Main: (303) 530-5300
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Just five miles east of Boulder is Celestial Seasonings, the largest herb tea manufacturer in the United States, which serves 1.6 billions cups of tea each year. Guided tours end in the Tea Shop and open tea bar where visitors can sample more than 100 different tea blends. Tea and gift items are available and the Celestial Cafe is open to the public. Children under 5 are not admitted in the factory portion. Groups of eight or more require reservations. The Tea Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Café is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave.
September-May: 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday); June-August: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m (Monday - Friday)
Standing tall at 5,280 feet, the Colorado State Capitol (topped off with a 24 karat gold plated dome) is an integral piece of the Denver skyline. Become a part of history and experience where Colorado legislation takes place. Visit the three Mile High Markers, Allen True water murals, Women's Gold Tapestry, Colorado General Assembly Chambers and the rose onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available Monday through Friday.
Miller Coors Brewery
13th and Ford Sts., Golden
Thursday-Monday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Except on Sunday, tours start at noon)
Come see and taste traditional brewing in the majestic Rocky Mountains! The newly upgraded Coors Brewery Tour includes a self-guided tour through our malting, brewing and packaging processes. Visitors can sample several thirst quenching Coors products and shop in the Coors & Co. gift shop. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For large groups (20+) or special accommodations, please call 303-277-2337.
Denver Public Library
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Bibliophiles may never leave the $64 million Denver Public Library. Designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves, is one of the largest libraries in the country. It features unique exterior and interior architecture and holds one of the largest collections of Western history manuscripts, art, maps, newspapers, magazines and photographs in the world. After viewing the extensive collections, rejuvenate yourself with some caffeine and a book at the library coffee shop.
Optional Trip: Don't miss visiting one of the Tattered Cover bookstores, called the "best bookstore in America" by the New York Times. Locations include: 2526 E. Colfax Ave. (303-322-7727), Historic LoDo: 1628 16th Street (303-436-1070); or Highlands Ranch: 9315 Dorchester St. (303-470-7050)
Mother Cabrini Shrine
20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden
Grounds: Summer: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Winter: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Gift Shop: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Located just beyond the foothills in Golden, the Mother Cabrini Shrine was established by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Daily mass begins at 7:30 a.m. Take I-70 west to the Morrison Exit 259, I-70 east to Exit 256. Follow signs to the shrine.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Rd.
Ten minutes from downtown Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is home for more than 330 species of wildlife including bison, bald eagles, deer, and burrowing owls. Visitor opportunities include nature programs, guided wildlife viewing tours, fishing, wildlife photography, and hiking on over 9 miles of nature trails. The Wildlife drive allows visitors to see the refuge at their own pace.
320 W. Colfax Ave.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
As one of only six locations in the United States and one of two offering tours, visiting the U.S. Mint is a priceless experience. See where over five billion coins are made each year and there are free 20-minute tours on weekdays. It is also the second largest storehouse of gold bullion in the U.S. after Fort Knox. The gift shop has many unique coins not available anywhere else, and there is a small museum on the history of money. Tours are available on a space available basis, Mon.-Fri. Must be at tour entrance 15 minutes before tour. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday - 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Monday - closed
With more than 60,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of world art between Kansas City and the West Coast. DAMs new Hamilton Wing, which opened in the fall of 2006, expanded gallery space by 40 percent. The museum contains a diverse collection of art from all over the world, including pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial pieces as well as Western American art. The museum also has a variety of special exhibits, events and lectures.
Leanin' Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art
6055 Longbow Dr., Boulder
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
There's always free admission at the contemporary Leanin' Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art featuring 400 fine art paintings and bronzes, sculptures of cowboys, Native Americans, wildlife and monumental landscapes. The new sculpture garden is home to some true heavyweight pieces of art, including a 1,300 pound cougar!
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany St.
Monday: closed; Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Denver's first and only contemporary art museum functions like a European kunsthalle, offering the ongoing presentation of innovative and challenging art of our time. MCA Denver opened its new David Adjaye designed 27,000 square foot building in October 2007. The museum features multi-disciplinary programs, daily tours and a museum shop. Penny admission is offered on the first Saturday of the month.
Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Pkwy., Ste. 2-230, Englewood
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Discover how art is a part of everyday life when fine art, architecture and landscape design are synthesized within the urban and natural environments. The Museum of Outdoor Art's indoor gallery is located in the Englewood Civic Center and the outdoor gallery is at the Greenwood Plaza.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts
1311 Pearl St.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Monday: by appointment only; Guided tours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
With an impressive collection of 20th century decorative arts, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts features 3,300 examples of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. A retrospective of Colorado's unique and distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland, and more than 700 works of more than 170 Colorado artists from the 20th century are also on display.
NOTE: The Kirkland Museum is building a new 38,500-square-foot facility and relocating to 12th Avenue and Bannock Street. It will be near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum within Denver's Golden Triangle Museum District. The existing Pearl Street location will be open through May 1, 2016. The new building is set to open in mid-2017.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
7711 E. Academy Blvd.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Cockpit Demo Day, 2nd Saturday of each month: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
At the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, see an extensive collection of aircraft and military exhibits preserving the history of those who served at Lowry AFB. The 44,000 square foot main event space is surrounded by a restored collection of historical aircraft and exhibit rooms. Thirty-one aircrafts are on display. In addition to conventional aircraft, a Star Wars X-wing Fighter is also on display. Group rates and tours are available. Parking is free.
Golden History Museums
923 10th St., Golden
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; June-August: Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Discovery place of Tyrannosaurus Rex, home to an American saint, location of the largest single-site brewery on Earth—Golden, Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind city. Explore the colorful past of this unique community through exhibits and programs at the Golden History Museums, including Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park and Golden History Center.
Black American West Museum & Heritage Center
3091 California St.
September 1-May 31: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; June 1-August 30: 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center preserves the history and culture of African American men and women who helped settle and develop the American West. Located in the former home of Dr. Justina Ford, the first Black woman doctor in Denver, it provides exhibits on African American cowboys including Bill Pickett.
Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum
987 ½ Lookout Mountain, Golden
May-October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open 7 days a week); November-April: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open 7 days a week)
Welcome to the Wild Wild West! The Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum's exhibits include memorabilia from Buffalo Bill's life and Wild West shows, Indian artifacts, antique firearms and other Old West artifacts. There is also a children's activity area. The historical complex on Lookout Mountain includes the museum, Buffalo Bill's grave and the Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop and snack bar.
Optional Trip: Denver maintains the Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve, with 40 head at a scenic spot on I-70 (Exit 250) about 14 miles west of the city. The buffalo are direct descendants of the last wild buffalo herd left in America. It is about 15 minutes from here to Buffalo Bill's Grave.
Byers-Evans House Museum
1310 Bannock St.
Tuesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Tours at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Byers-Evans House Museum was built in 1883 by Rocky Mountain News publisher Williams Byers and sold in 1889 to the family of William Gray Evans, an officer of the Denver Tramway Company. This Italianate house and Denver landmark reflects the character of two early and important Colorado pioneer families. Buses welcome with reservation.
History Colorado Center
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The new History Colorado Center's hands-on and high-tech exhibits take you back in time, connecting what was to what's next. They're unexpected, thought-provoking and relevant. And most of all, fun!
Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden
Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Choo! Choo! A train lover's heaven with fourteen acres of historic trains, the Colorado Railroad Museum offers more than 100 narrow and standard gauge cars and locomotives from Colorado's historic mountain railroads; artifacts; a model railroad; and even a railroad gift shop. I-70, Exit 265 Westbound, or, exit 266 Eastbound.
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Slide down a fire pole and jump into the Denver Firefighters Museum, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and documents dating from 1866 to the present all relating to the history of firefighting. Educational programs focus on fire safety and prevention And the museum provides hands-on activities for children and adults. Private parties and birthday parties welcome.
Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Blvd.
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 500 exhibits relating to historical transportation. Speed on over to these classic exhibits featuring antique automobiles from 1899 to 1976 including Amelia Earhart's Kissel Car and Prince Aly Kahn's Rolls Royce, carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, farm machinery and the world's largest locomotive called the Big Boy measuring over 134 feet long.
Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St.
April-September: Wednesday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; October-March: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Discover Four Mile Historic Park, a quiet, rustic 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver's oldest house. Tour the house, stroll the gardens and grounds, see antique farm equipment and visit the animals. Weekend horse-drawn rides are available. Shady Grove Picnic Series offered from June through August.
6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton
Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Featuring a permanent gallery with the Littleton Story from settlement to the present, the Littleton Museum is often identified as one of the top ten local museums in the nation. One gallery displays traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution and other museums, and there is also a fine arts gallery and interactive hands-on exhibits. The museum houses 1860s and 1890s living history farms with costumed interpreters, a summer concert series as well as lectures and events throughout the year.
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St.
January-May: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; June-August: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; September-December: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The home of the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, a Titanic heroine, has been restored to its original Victorian splendor. Molly Brown House Museum entry is by guided tour only. Tours last 45 minutes. Group tours are available by reservation only and walk-ins are welcome. Available for private events.
Museo de las Américas
861 Sante Fe Dr.
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Founded in 1991, the Museo de las Américas is the only museum in the Rocky Mountain Region focusing on the art, history and culture of Latinos in the Americas from ancient times to the present. See beautiful Spanish Colonial art from the 17th and 18th centuries. Pre-Columbian objects, contemporary works and much more! Free admission on First Fridays.
Natural History Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
At the amazing Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore fantastic fossils, stimulating space science activities, amazing gems and minerals, Egyptian mummies and much more. Watch exciting IMAX films and view one of the best planetariums in the country.
PARKS, GARDENS AND ZOOS
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
6252 W 104th Ave., Westminster
Daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; No admission after 4 p.m.
Science, fun and education come together at the Butterfly Pavilion, where we've got more adventures than you can imagine. Explore our tropical rainforest where over 1,200 butterflies flutter around you or hold a friendly tarantula in the palm of your hand. Discover what lurks in your very own backyard on a colossal scale.
1007 York St.
(720) 865 3500
September 16 - April 30: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily); May 1 - September 15: Saturday-Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for 50 years. Art and science unite in the gardens' spectacular 23-acre site, offering an unforgettable experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs. Enjoy and Birds and Bess Walk, picnic next to the lily pond in the Monet Garden, or absorb the fragrance of the Herb Garden!
2205 19th St.
Daily: dawn until dusk
Shredders and Tricksters alike will enjoy the 2-acre Denver SkatePark located within minutes of downtown Denver. The $2.9 million dollar park is the largest outdoor free public skate facility in the United States. Located in the South Platte River District, the park features an assortment of concrete bowls ranging from four feet to 12 feet deep. The park features ramps of various sizes to keep transition skaters happy and a "street plaza" section with handrails and ledges for grinding and sliding as well as pyramids, hips and plenty of gaps to ollie.
2300 Steele St.
April-September: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (daily); October-March: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily)
The Denver Zoo, located in City Park, spans more than 75 acres and is home to nearly 4,000 animals including rare Amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more. It is one of the most popular zoos in the U.S.
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
May-September: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; October-April: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Land Before Time is no comparison to this outdoor museum where significant dinosaur discoveries were made in the late 1800s. Dinosaur Ridge protects the natural resources of the Hogback west of Denver and informs visitors of the area's geologic, prehistoric and natural features. See Stegosaurus bones, Iguanodon tracks and prehistoric ripples preserved in this unique outdoor setting. Stop by the visitor center for a free trail map!
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitors Center
18300 W Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
May-September: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (daily); October-April: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (daily)
The naturally formed, world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitors Center is located just 15 miles west of Denver and hosts top musical events throughout the summer season. Red Rocks Park encompasses 818 acres and is open to hikers and sightseers year-round. The visitor center features state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a restaurant and lounge as well as an amazing display chronicling the amphitheatre's geologic evolution and entertainment history.
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Arvada Center, a multidisciplinary center offers a varied, year-round program of theater, dance, concerts, art, historical exhibitions and hands on art and humanities education for all. The indoor theater has 500 seats and the outdoor amphitheater seats 1,400. The center also features a museum, gallery, classrooms, studios, 7,000 square-foot banquet facility and meeting rooms.
Denver Performing Arts Complex
14th and Curtis Sts.
Featuring 10 performance spaces connected by an 80 foot tall glass roof, the Denver Performing Arts Complex is the largest arts complex in the world. The Arts Complex covers four city blocks, just two blocks from the 16th Street Mall. Venues include the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre (2,800 seats), Boettcher Concert Hall (2,700 seats), Garner Galleria Theatre and Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex -- which also houses the Seawell Grand Ballroom, presenting symphony, opera, theater and dance performances year-round. The complex is partially covered glass dome allowing for special events in the Galleria and Sculpture Park. DPAC is also home to the National Theatre Conservatory.
6715 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood
Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
With over 52,000 square feet and seating for 1,100 guests, Casa Bonita is one of the largest and most entertaining restaurants in the West. Live entertainment includes cliff divers plunging from a spectacular 30-foot waterfall, strolling mariachis, authentic Mexican dancers and gunfights. Children can explore Black Bart's secret hideout and watch as the Sheriff and Black Bart engage in a shoot-em-up Western gunfight. There are also puppet shows, magicians and a large game room.
Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Dr.
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
You'll never be bored at the Children's Museum of Denver where interactive Playscapes, programs and special events all make learning fun by engaging children, ages infant through eight, to play, learn and explore. It is a place that ignites and fosters a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout life. The Museum hosts over 250,000 children annually.
Tiny Town and Tiny Town Railroad
6249 S. Turkey Creek Rd., Tiny Town
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily); May and September: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weekends only)
A historic Colorado landmark since 1915, Tiny Town contains more than 100 hand-crafted miniature buildings in a rural and mountain setting with authentic steam train rides, snack bar and a gift shop. Just off US Hwy. 285 on South Turkey Creek Road, 30 minutes from downtown Denver.
AMUSEMENT CENTERS AND PARKS
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
2000 Elitch Cir.
Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open early May through November 2, 2014)
People of all ages can get the best of two worlds all in one place -- a family theme park and water park in downtown Denver. There's something for everyone at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, from thrilling coasters, family rides and fun-filled shows to beautiful gardens, and playful water attractions. September Music Festival and October Fright Fest included in admission price. Educational programs include: Physics Night and Outdoor Classroom.
Lakeside Amusement Park
4601 Sheridan Blvd.
Open weekends in May, daily in June through September
As the largest amusement park in the Rocky Mountain region, Lakeside Amusement Park offers fun for the entire family. With 15 kiddie rides, classic cyclone roller coaster, scenic miniature train, 39 rides, plus games and refreshments, it's a great place to spend a hot summer day. Open weekends in May and daily beginning in June.
1800 W 89th Ave.
Last Weekend in May through Labor Day: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Splash into Water World, America's largest family water park, featuring more than 40 aquatic attractions on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Attractions include two giant wave pools, white-water rapids, speed slides, Voyage to the Center of the Earth, Lost River of the Pharaohs, Wally World for tots and other exciting rides. Free parking, picnics welcome.