Denver Attractions

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Located between the Great Plains and the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, Denver is the state’s capital, as well as the biggest city.

Rooting for the home team at a Colordao Rockies game at Coors Field in Denver. (Colorado Tourism Office)

There are lots of things to do in Denver, from enjoying the great outdoors to attending cultural events or sports games. Lodging in Denver ranges from original boutique hotels to affordable chains, so you have no excuse. Start planning your trip to this great American city today!

Here is a list of a few of the inexhaustible things to do in Denver:

Denver has over 200 parks, ranging from mini-parks spread throughout the city to the huge, 314 acre City Park. Take a walk, run or bring a picnic or Frisbee to any or all of these parks to enjoy the temperate Colorado climate.

History buffs will be in hog heaven in Denver, which has too many museums to list. A few of them include The Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, The Children’s Museum, The Jewish History Museum and the recently expanded Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Many art galleries are worth a visit as well, as they help make Denver “The Arts Capital of the West.”

Try and catch a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre while you’re staying in Denver. The open-air concert space has a large, tilted disc-shaped rock behind its stage and other large rocks on either side of the stage. The result is acoustically awesome for the up to 9,450 people that the amphitheatre can hold. If you’d rather stay in Denver proper, check out the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Skiing Near Denver
While the City of Denver owns and operates Winter Park, the closest ski resort is actually Echo Mountain Park. A-Basin and Loveland aren’t too far either, and are Colorado local favorites. Almost every resort in the state references how many miles their ski resort is from Denver, making a stop over in this cosmopolitan capital city easy!

Denver has a professional team for almost every sport. Catch a Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse game and a Broncos football game, if not a Rapids Major League Soccer match, Avalanche hockey game, or a Rockies baseball game at Coors Field.

Amusement Parks
Elitch Gardens opened up way, way back in 1890, but don’t worry, their rides are as up to date and state-of-the-art as they come. Test your nerve on their unique half pipe roller coaster, or the Mind Eraser, a big suspension coaster.

Lakeside Amusement Park is another fun outing for families or friends visiting Denver. Real roller coaster lovers should make a bee-line to the Wild Chipmunk. You’ll be thrown up, down and all around, much like a spastic chipmunk.

Waterworld is a fun water park occupying 64 acres. Their “Zoomerang” ride is a half pipe water slide almost 4 stories high! Single, double, or triple-person inner tubes are another fun way to float around and beat the summer heat of Denver.

Rock Climbing
Climbers from around the world come to Colorado to test their physical and mental strength. They have natural formations and excellent climbing gyms. One of these gyms is the intense Rock’n Jam’n. It has locations in Thorton and Centennial, which are home to the state’s tallest and most spectacular indoor climbing walls. Think you’re too good for indoor climbing? Try to master the Lead Cave wall and get back to us…

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