There are many family-fun attractions Denver has to offer. Many of them are centered around Denver City Park, which provide a healthy and educational alternative for family time and bonding experiences. Here are just a few of Denver’s favorite places to visit with family and friends.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
The Denver Botanic Gardens is a wonderful place to see a large variety of plants that thrive in Western gardens. Using European horticulture with the variety of plants native to Colorado comes the best-designed manner of growing Colorado flora.
Visit the first publicly accessible green roof in Denver at the Gardens Bistro and see how beneficial green roofs are for people and the community.
700 Water St.
Denver, CO 80211
Downtown Aquarium, originally Ocean Journey Aquarium, was purchased by Landry’s Restaurants in 2003 and is Landry’s effort to encourage guests to appreciate ocean creatures in a natural-like habitat rather than just on their plates.
The aquarium has an excellent array of activities for people to learn about sea animals, especially for kids. Guests can have a sleep over with the sharks and manta rays, students can get behind the scenes on what marine biologists and zoologists do for a day and there are special programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. You can also swim with a 350lb Queensland Grouper, moray eels, red drums and hundreds of other fish in the “Under the Sea” exhibit.
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205-4899
The Denver Zoo is one of the most popular zoos and is currently adding an exciting Asian Tropics exhibit. It will have one of the most advanced and largest elephant breeding facility in North America as well as a beautiful new design with innovative design for Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs, Indian rhinos, clouded leopards, fishing cats, white-cheeked gibbons, flying fox, sarus cranes, Asian small clawed otters and more. All of this will be powered by the newest green technology called biomass gasification where 90% of the human trash and animal waste will be converted into clean, renewable energy.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science constantly rotates out its exhibits so there’s always something new to learn when you visit. Journey through the museum and learn about animals, cultural history, science, Colorado and current technology.
2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO 80204
Visit Denver’s own wild amusement park and waterpark at a 2 for 1 deal! Perfect for families who want to ride the Mind Eraser, scream along the Twister II and free fall on the Tower of Doom. When it gets too hot to stand in line, just walk on over to the waterpark for a dip and fun, wet rides.
Lakeside Amusement Park
4601 Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80212
You can’t beat an amusement park that has $2.50 admission. Lakeside has more of a carnival feel and great for young families. There are a total of 40 rides to explore.
Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
The Children’s Museum is, “A community where children and their grownups learn through play!” This is an excellent place to bring your child and learn about themselves and healthy habits in a fun way.
Learn the alphabet in the Alphabet Soup room, paint and dance in the puppet theatre, bring your little engineer to the assembly plant to build, design and construct with their imagination, blueprints and real tools, learn how to be a fireman and a veterinarian. Play in the bubble room, travel through a storybook world, shop for healthy foods in My Market then prepare meals in the restaurant and learn what it’s like to be the size of a bug crawling through an oversized ant hill and tree.