Free Family Friendly Activities In Denver
Looking for a family vacation that won't break the bank? Denver's free attractions and activities guarantee affordable family fun year-round.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. When there's no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum and Performers Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.
Denver U.S. Mint
320 W. Colfax Ave.
To see where your currency is conceived (sorry, no free handouts), follow the money trail to the Denver U.S. Mint, one of only two mints in the United States. Hour-long weekday tours led by knowledgeable guides provide a fascinating look into the history of coinage, and both kids and adults love getting up close and personal with the shiny pocket change that streams off the production lines. Admission is complimentary, but reservations must be booked in advance.
Hammond's Candy Factory
5735 N. Washington St.
Anyone with even the smallest sweet tooth will love this free tour, which gets you behind the scenes at Hammond's, a company that has been making candy in Denver since 1920. You'll come away with a newfound respect for the candy industry, plenty of free samples - and maybe a cavity or two.
The 165-acre park is one of Denver's largest and consistently voted by locals as their favorite. Washington Park's expansive lawns, manicured gardens and Smith Lake highlight the park with several trails, including one that goes around the perimeter of the park. This is an ideal setting for a family picnic, tossing the Frisbee around or just hanging out in the sunshine.
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison
Denver's history goes deep. Millions of years ago huge reptiles roamed the Front Range and today, you'll find Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison. Take a free, self-guided tour that includes 16 interpretive signs that describe the fossil remains and other fascinating features of the area. Kids will love putting their hands in the fossilized footprints of these giant prehistoric beasts.
Free Tuesdays at the Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Dr.
The first Tuesday of each month is free at the Children's Museum of Denver from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum offers interactive "Playscapes" where children can shoot baskets, climb on an authentic fire engine, build toy railroads and go shopping in a mini-supermarket. This hands-on learning experience is an ideal destination for children ages 3 to 8 years old.
Denver Skate Park
20th St. & Little Raven St.
Denver Skate Park - one of the largest and most renowned skate parks in the country - is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder
Learn about global warming, the 21st century's hottest topic, at the fascinating National Center For Atmospheric Research. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up close look at how lightning is created.