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Take a break from the busy downtown scene in lovely Washington Park - dubbed "Wash Park" by locals. The area has a Rockwellian feel, with its lush landscaping, awning-covered storefronts and family-friendly atmosphere.
Washington Park itself has two lakes, two formal flower gardens, tree-lined paths and seemingly endless expanses of green grass. It's a fitness mecca for Denverites, and on any given day you're likely to spot people walking their dogs, running, biking, paddle boating or doing yoga.
It's no wonder that it's consistently chosen as Denver's favorite park. Nearby is South Pearl Street, once the site of the city's first trolley car route, now home to galleries, wine and cocktail bars, specialty shops, boutique and high-end clothing stores and some of Denver's best local dining. Visit Historic South Gaylord Street where you can experience local restaurants, galleries and shops.
Just south of Washington Park is the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus. The venue hosts more than 500 events per year. For a delicious bite to eat before or after a performance, try Little India Restaurant & Bar – DU/Washington Park.
The park offers walking, jogging, biking, flower gardens and pick-up volleyball and tennis games. Get some tips on how to explore Washington Park.
Visit one of the oldest shopping and dining districts in the city, just four blocks west of Washington Park, and you'll encounter shops, restaurants and bars, many of which have been converted from the late 19th-century houses that make up the neighborhood.
South Pearl Street was once home to the first trolley cars in Denver but is now a haven for shopping, dining and relaxing. One standout is the Denver Folklore Center, one of the oldest and most renowned acoustic music shops in all of Denver, with stringed instruments ranging from the common to the hard-to-find.
South Pearl is not far from downtown Denver. You can easily get there by hopping on a bike, grabbing a cab, or jumping on the light rail's E Line from Union Station down to the Louisiana and Pearl station.
Get in the swing of things at the Summer Music Festivals during the second Saturdays of June and August; BrewGrass in June; Blues and Brews and HarvestFest August; Oktoberfest in late September; or brave the cold for Winterfest at the beginning of December.
Over Memorial Day Weekend is one of Denver's premier block festivals, with live music, fine art, street painting and family-friendly attractions.
If you're visiting between June and October, make your way to South Pearl Street, which is transformed every Sunday morning into a vibrant farmers' market complete with local produce, baked goods, artisan coffee roasters and handicrafts.