Around 31.7 million visitors came to Denver in 2021 and that number is only going to grow in the future. Why do people love visiting Denver so much?
Well, the weather in Denver cannot be beaten, and the hospitality is out of this world. But more than that, there are lots of fun things to do in Denver.
Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out more about what you need to do on your next visit to Denver.
1. Larimer Square
Do you like shopping? Do you also like celebrity watching? Well, why not do both in the same spot?
Larimer Square is one of those hip spots that you always feel like you are just too uncool for. Well, put on your best shoes and go walking down Larimer Street located between 14th and 15th.
It is the place where you will see all that glam and glitter that you imagined you could only see on the Oscars red carpet. You can also do some window shopping at high-end boutique stores and dine at fancy restaurants that will make you wonder why you ever got addicted to fast food restaurants in the first place.
There’s also Comedy Works, where you could catch a comedy show if you have enough time in your itinerary.
2. Colorado State Capitol
This is something fun that the whole family can participate in. Free tours are offered on weekdays, which means that you won’t have to pull too much out of your budget for this outing.
Located right next to downtown, the Golden Dome of the Capitol is an iconic image in Denver, Colorado.
Make sure to take lots of pictures of yourself next to this building’s famous golden dome.
Also, did you know why Denver is called the mile-high city? Well, it’s located at an altitude of 5,280 feet above sea level, and you can see this marker on the 13th Capitol step.
P.S. If you notice that you are getting headaches or nausea a few days into your trip to Denver, it might be due to altitude sickness.
Some people are more sensitive to it than others. It takes about 1 to 3 days to acclimatize yourself to the higher altitude, although since the altitude isn’t as severe as other parts of Colorado, the symptoms will be mild and easier to deal with than if you were in the Rockies.
Drink lots of water and cut down on the activity level to let your body adjust to the change in altitude gradually.
3. National Ballpark Museum
If you and your young ones are baseball fans, then you might want to visit this small but incredible museum in Denver. It’s not far from Coors Field, and you will be astonished at all the memorabilia that litter every surface of this museum.
It even has seats from all 14 original classic ballparks. Be sure to have a conversation with the volunteers and staff at the National Ballpark Museum, as they are a font of knowledge and are happy to share this knowledge with you.
Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, and children and active duty military are free. It’s a fun and cheap activity to include in your Denver itinerary. Check out this website for tickets to concerts, theaters, and sports events.
4. Tattered Cover Independent Bookstore
Any book lovers who are visiting Denver must visit this independent bookstore called Tatter Cover. It’s located in Lower Downtown (LoDo) in the newly opened McGregor Square.
Go in for a bit of quiet and chill among the books for a little while in between all your other harried activities.
It’s a great way to support an independent bookstore, something that’s quite a rarity in the world nowadays, especially with the profusion of Amazon and other big box stores.
5. Daniels & Fisher Clocktower
The clock tower is located at 16th and Arapahoe. It was once the tallest building in the Mountain West and is now a great location for wedding ceremonies.
At night, like a lot of towers in other cities, it lights up with different colors depending on the date and holiday. There’s also Skyline Park at the base of the clock tower, where you can witness seasonal events, like ice skating rinks or outdoor movies, depending on the month you are visiting.
Be sure to add this to your itinerary and do a bit of research on what events are taking place before you go to Denver, so you can partake in some of it.
6. 16th Street Mall
Who doesn’t love the idea of going shopping outdoors? You can visit the 16th Street Mall, which is an outdoor pedestrian mall in downtown Denver.
You can find all the major brand names here plus hundreds of other shops and restaurants. Spend some of your time strolling through the mall, while window shopping and people-watching, two of the best ways to spend your trip.
There are also free shuttle buses that can take you around the mall in case your feet hurt from all the walking you did all day long.
7. Denver Central Market
Another market, but this one is located in the hip RiNo Art District, which means you will find artisan vendors here that sell delicious chocolates, pizza, and ice cream all with quality ingredients.
Again, this is a great place to stroll around with your family, taking in the sights, the people, and the great weather. Don’t miss this area – come during the day and cruise around until nighttime so you can hit the area’s lively nightlife.
Things to Do in Denver – Ready to Have a Blast?
Now that you have an idea of what things to do in Denver, you are ready to fly there and get started. Check off all the things listed above first and then go on random adventures to discover your own fun excursions.
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