Here are three ways to blow your mind during spring break in Denver. Bring along the whole family for the adventure.

1. DENVER'S GOURMET MARKETS

In the past five years, Denver has welcomed an astonishing six market halls that offer dining, drinking and shopping bliss under one respective roof. Before the market hall craze commenced, several locally owned gourmet food markets set the stage as places to purchase top-notch meats, seafood, produce, baked goods, specialty foods and ingredients, and quick meals to eat there or take away. Take a look at our list and create your own market tour!

2. AMTRAK WINTER PARK EXPRESS SKI TRAIN

 

One of the most iconic Colorado travel experiences is riding the Amtrak Winter Park Express ski train from Denver Union Station to the base of Winter Park Resort, home to some of the state’s best skiing and riding, as well as tubing, ice skating and scenic snowcat tours. And then there’s the train ride itself through Colorado’s backcountry landscapes. No other ski resort in the United States has slopeside train service! For the 2020 season, the ski train will run Jan. 10–March 29, 2020, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

3. DENVER ZOO

 

Set aside several hours for exploration at the Denver Zoo, an eye-opening experience for all ages. The zoo's latest habitat, Harmony Hill, is home to a rescued resident, Tundra. The zoo designed the exhibit to bring the bear's compelling story to the forefront and help guests learn how they can live in harmony (hence the name) with bears in the wild and their own backyards. Also, check out The Edge, which brings guests closer than ever to magnificent Amur tigers. Catwalks and bridges spanning just over visitors’ heads demonstrate the cats’ playfulness and allow the animals to get exercise. The Toyota Elephant Passage, meanwhile, will give you an up-close-and-personal experience with massive Asian elephants. Predator Ridge has a pride of lions and you'll also love Primate Panorama, where fun-loving orangutans make their home.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out these family-friendly hotels. Or if you’re looking for more things to do, see our Kid-Friendly Denver page and Denver 365 event calendar.