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From native Colorado species to exotic creatures from the other side of the globe, from delicate butterflies to lumbering elephants, The Mile High City is filled with amazing animals in state-of-the-art habitats.
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have plenty of marine life for you and your family to gawk at. The Downtown Aquarium features fascinating sea creatures, sharks and more. All in all there are more than 15,000 fish, mammals and plants, including an exhibit of Sumatran tigers who love to swim. And if you're left with the urge to get a little wet yourself, you're in luck: the Swim with the Fish and Dive with the Sharks programs let you swim alongside giant groupers, Moray eels, guitarfish, sand tiger sharks, green sea turtles and 400 of their closest friends.
FAMILY TIP: This family-friendly attraction has a restaurant where you can dine next to sharks and schools of colorful tropical fish. Also stroll the grounds around the aquarium for kid-focused activities, like petting zoos and educational programs.
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Just south of the expansive City Park, you and your family will find the spectacular 24 acres that make up Denver Botanic Gardens. Trust us; you won't just be stopping to smell the roses. As you follow the winding paths through the grounds, you'll discover no less than 32,000 diverse and delightful plants from such faraway places as Australia, Africa and the Himalayas. There are dozens of gardens to enjoy, including the internationally recognized Japanese Garden.
FAMILY TIP: Explore the whimsical Mordecai Children's Garden, where kids can interact with plants and the natural world.
One of the best ways for young kids to learn about the world around them is with hands-on activities. The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is filled to the brim with myriad exhibits, playscapes and educational fun. Kids can shop in a makeshift grocery store and even play the part of the cashier, fiddle around with the computers that are stocked with challenging games, brush up on their science quotient in the laboratories, or practice their wedges on the KidSlope, a mini ski mountain that's open year-round.
FAMILY TIP: Explore faraway lands, hear wacky tales and share some giggles at the Children's Museum's daily StoryTime, featuring stories and fun activities. StoryTime is held Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m., Saturdays & Sundays at noon.