Denver is a fast growing city that is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from all over the United States and beyond.
Situated on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by beautiful nature and parks, it has become a technological and commercial centre and a popular holiday destination.
There’s a lot to do in and around Denver – we spent some time making a list of the top 30 things to do in Denver and categorising them.
The following list is not in any particular order – Denver’s most popular attraction, the Denver Zoo, is in 29th place, so take a good look and plan your trip to Mile High City.
Places of interest in Denver
1. Colorado State Capitol in Denver
The Capitol of Colorado overlooks the center of Denver with its golden dome, which is an important landmark in the city.
You can walk around the building yourself, but if you want to enjoy the view from the top of the dome, you have to follow the tour.
If you’re not part of a large organized group, it’s easy to join – guided tours of one hour (10pm to 3pm) are planned to explain the history of the building and introduce you to the history of Colorado and Denver.
The tour gives access to other parts of the building and explains interesting facts about the local legislative process and the work of the General Assembly.
The visit includes access to the dome by means of a 99-step ascent and descent. There’s no lift, so make sure you want to go there for a 360-degree view of the city and the Rocky Mountains beyond.
Operating hours: Open to the public from 7.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Price: Free of charge, including guided tours
2. United States of America Coin
The Denver branch of the American Mint is the largest coin producer in the world and is open to the public.
La Monnaie offers 6 guided tours a day, with 90-minute intervals, starting at 8:00 am.
It is not possible to buy tickets in advance and the ticket office opens at 7 am. If you want to be sure of a place and want to visit Denver in high season, it may be wise to drop by before breakfast.
Particularly enthusiastic visitors queued up well before 7 a.m.!
Reception rules are strict – you must be in front of the door 30 minutes before the viewing appointment. Bags and purses are forbidden (they cannot be checked), as well as food and drinks. You even have to turn off your phone and camera during your tour without permission to take a picture on the spot.
The guided tours last 45 minutes and you will probably see the coins produced during the journey and you will learn about the history of the coin built in 1897. There is a souvenir shop where you can also buy commemorative items and special coins.
Operating hours: The ticket office is open from 7 am. Fixed tours starting at 8 a.m.
Price: Free of charge.
3. Denver union station
Whether you’re planning a train trip or not, Denver Union Station is well worth a visit to see the city’s sights.
Renovated between 2012 and 2014, the station now has modern platforms with an excellent appearance and good outdoor facilities, but it is the historic main terminal building that has undergone the greatest modernisation.
The ground floor still functions as a station and during the reconstruction the historical features of this 1914 building have been preserved and improved.
It replaces the old terminal, which was built in 1881 but burned down in 1894, and the terminal site is still the same as 100 years ago.
Under the building there is a large bus station and on the upper floors there is a 112-room Crawford Hotel.
Operating hours: Access is possible all day. Restaurants, shops, trains and hotels are different.
Price: Admission is free, everything else depends on it!
4. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception was built in the French Gothic style, although it was not completed until 1911.
It is one of the largest churches in the United States. In 1993, Pope John Paul II’s Mass was celebrated there, and since 1979 the cathedral has had the status of a basilica.
The interior is very richly decorated with marble, which is used everywhere, and 75 beautiful stained glass windows, made in Munich, more than in any other church of any denomination in the country.
The fair takes place three times a day at 19.00 to 12.10 hrs and on Sundays at 17.30 hrs and more. So try to combine your visit with a visit to the cathedral outside exhibition hours to have the best opportunity to see the inside of the cathedral.
Operating hours: Open during the day – no fixed schedule.
Price: Admission is free, everything else depends on it!
Denver’s Best Museums
5. Aviation and space museum on the rocks
The Wings Over Rockies Aerospace Museum is located at the former Lowry Air Force Base, east of downtown Denver.
This fascinating museum features over 50 different aircraft and other artifacts, including a space station module, a large format copy of the X-Wing Star Wars fighter, and the Colorado Air Hall of Fame.
The aircraft collection includes a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber – they have been flying since 1955 and are still in service in all major military conflicts since the first flight.
In addition to various models of fighter aircraft that have been produced for decades, there are also private aircraft and small training aircraft that need to be explored.
Operating hours: Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday at the end of the day at 12:00.
Price: adults – $16.95, seniors (65+) and veterans – $12.95, children under 17 – $9.95, children under 4 – free of charge
6. Molly Brown House Museum
The Molly Brown House Museum was home to Margaret Brown, who lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I was a famous 19th century activist and philanthropist.
He is best known as one of the surviving passengers of the Titanic in 1912.
Margaret Brown moved to Denver in 1885 and married shortly after J.J. Brown. The couple built their wealth on the success of their mining business and within a decade bought a new mansion in Denver for $30,000.
After the Browns’ divorce in 1909, Molly Brown continued to live in the house and devoted herself to women’s rights, workers’ rights, and the upbringing of children.
During the Second World War and in the post-war period, her charitable activities expanded across the Atlantic and she was even awarded the French Legion of Honour. She helped rebuild France at the back of the front and helped wounded Allied soldiers in hospitals all over Europe.
After the famous Denver house had fallen into disrepair, a group of residents bought it in 1970. It has been restored to its former glory and serves as a museum for the life of Molly Brown and Denver in the early 20th century.
The excursions start every 30 minutes and last about 45 minutes – the departure time for the excursion is listed below.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., Sundays from 12 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., closed.
Price: Adults – $13, juniors (under 18) – $9, high school students (65+), military and students – $11, children under 6 years – free.
7. American Museum of Western Art
The American Museum of Western Art is a non-profit museum founded in 2010 that focuses on the art of the American West since the 19th century. Century has specialized.
This collection, called the Anschutz Collection, was the private property of the Anschutz family, who collected it for 50 years after making money in the oil and real estate sector.
The museum still runs in the family with the daughter of Philip Anschutz, Sarah Hunt, who runs the company.
The art varies from paintings of early expeditions and explorations, including paintings of various indigenous tribes, to paintings made in the early twentieth century. Popular styles in the 20th century are Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction.
Please note – Children under the age of 8 are not allowed.
Operating hours: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the offices are only open from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Price: Independent tours – $5, guided tours – $10 for adults, $7 for students, veterans and seniors, programs – $10.
8. Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Museum of Nature and Science is a large museum dedicated to the natural history of Colorado and, in general, the whole planet.
The museum boldly states that the collection contains more than a million pieces and that there is definitely something to see.
The permanent collection includes an exhibition on the evolution of life with large, one-piece dinosaur skeletons, including one of the largest – Diplodocus.
Other collections include Ancient Egypt, animal enclosures, space studies, gems and minerals, and Indian culture – as you can see, there’s something for everyone!
As if that wasn’t enough, the museum also houses the Denver Planetarium and IMAX Theatre, where 3D films are shown daily.
Operating hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $19.95, high school – $15.95, youth and children – $13.95, save $1 per ticket by buying tickets online.
9. Fornie Transportation Museum
The Fornie Museum of Transportation is named after its founder, J. Д. Fornie, who made money in various engineering firms called Forney Industries.
He was a car enthusiast and the motto of the museum collection was All on Wheels.
There are more than 500 strange and beautiful cars, including a steam tractor, a 6-wheel Hispano Suiza town car and a 1916 Detroit Electric that could travel 200 miles on a single charge 100 years before Tesla!
The Big Boy #4005 is one of the smartest – the biggest locomotive ever built (one in 25!) with 7000 hp.
There is also a large collection of vintage cars and engines, classic Airstreams, buses and everything in between! If you like cars, this will be a very rewarding stop on your way to Denver!
Operating hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sundays from noon.
Price: Adults – $12, seniors (65+) – $10, children under 13 – $6, children under 3 – free. Parking at the museum is free of charge.
10. Denver Children’s museum
The Denver Children’s Museum is a unique museum for children up to 8 years old.
The exhibition aims to stimulate the senses, interaction and involvement of young children through educational programmes and games.
In addition to a large outdoor area, there are exhibitions on physics, climbing and building.
The museum is located northwest of downtown Denver, near the North Valley Highway and along the South Platte River. The latest expansion, which will be completed by the end of 2015, has significantly increased exposure and offers more choices and options for older displays.
Operating hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Price: From 2 to 59 years old – $14, from 1 year old and over – $12, up to 12 months – free of charge
11. National Ballpark Museum
Denver’s National Ball Park Museum is located in the LoDo area of Lower Downtown, across from Coors Field.
Previously the museum was known as B’s Ballpark Museum. B is the short form of Bruce Hellerstein and his favourite name – he is the founder and curator of the Ballpark Museum.
Since the eighties B. has housed his collection in the basement of his house and opened it as a museum for guests, but in 2010 he was able to open the museum at its current location.
The museum houses one of the most impressive collections of baseball memorabilia in the country, including balls, t-shirts, postcards and much more. Among the items on display are the last surface used for the Colorado Rockies at Mile High Stadium and the tourniquet at Old Yankee Stadium, which still carries the New York Yankee Property brand.
The museum is perhaps best known for its large collection of courts from all the classic baseball fields in the country.
Operating hours: Closed Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and Mondays.
Price: Adults – $10, seniors (65+) – $5, children under 16 and veterans – free of charge
12. Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is a large collection housed in the Denver Civil Center, which is best known for its extensive collection of Indian art.
The museum is housed in different buildings on the same site – they have been added over time and by Friedrich C. The Hamilton building, with the adjacent Duncan pavilion, gave the museum its characteristic modern look when it opened in 2006.
The museum has art collections about regions, styles and periods.
For lovers of world-famous impressionists and contemporary art, there are works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and many others.
The Indigenous Art Collection of Africa, North America and Oceania presents indigenous art with nearly 20,000 exhibits from a wide variety of countries and cultures.
In addition, there is the New World Collection dedicated to America, exhibitions of printed publications and photographs, sculpture and architecture in which you can climb – you can spend most of the day strolling through the various rooms of the museum.
Operating hours: Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00 and late on Fridays until 20:00.
Price: Adults – $13, high school students (65+), military and students – $10, children under 18 years – free; residents of Colorado get a discount.
13. Colorado State Railway Museum in Denver
The Colorado Railway Museum is located on the outskirts of town and was built in the 1880s in the style of a train station/depot.
The main building houses an exhibition on railway history, railway art and a large collection of old photographs.
The main reason for your visit is the number of locomotives and conventional trains you can run.
From the end of 1800 till the beginning of 1900 there were a couple of locomotives and engines. The museum has its own 1/3 mile oval railway line, on which several trains run regularly – if you can plan your visit to coincide, it’s worth it!
The museum offers regular and one-off events – visit the official Colorado Railway Museum website in advance during your stay in Denver.
Operating hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $10, seniors (60+) – $8, children under $16 – $5, children under 2 years and military – free.
14. State Center for Women’s History in Colorado
The Colorado Women’s History Center is located at the Byers Evans House Museum in Denver.
The house was donated to the Colorado Historical Society in 1981 when it became a museum. The whole building was already restored in the 1920s, using some materials and furniture already present in the house and new elements.
A hundred years before it became a museum, it was a large family home, starting with William Byers, who built it in 1883 and gave his name to the museum.
The museum focuses on influential women and a shared history of women and families and their influence on Denver’s growth. Anna Evans, who lived and worked in the house before it became a museum, deserves a special mention.
Operating hours: Open daily from 10:00 to 16:00, late on Sundays at 13:00 (guided tours are possible every hour from 30 minutes after opening).
Price: Adults – $8, pupils and students – $6, children under 12 – $4.
15. Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts Kirkland
The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts is a new Denver museum that was opened in 2018 in a brand new building specially built for the Golden Triangle.
The museum dates back to the 1800s and was founded by the Denver Artists Club, which later became the Denver Art Association and later the Denver Art Museum (see above).
Kirkland was the founder and long-time director of the Denver University School of Art, and the museum was founded in 2003 to house art collections in a new style.
There are three main collections: one of Kirkland’s works with 1200 paintings, a collection on the art history of Denver and Colorado and a larger international collection.
The art is presented in a more fascinating way than in traditional galleries, where a mix of different objects are exhibited together, creating complete scenes with interesting antique furniture and objects.
Please note: the museum does not accept children under the age of 13 due to the large number of fragile objects. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays closed.
Price: Total admission – $10, pensioners, students and active soldiers – 8
16. Museum and Tomb of Buffalo Nut
The Buffalo Bill Museum focuses on Buffalo Bill’s life with his grave at its centre.
Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody) was a famous cowboy, scout and buffalo hunter who became famous after making a show about cowboys and the Wild West.
From 1887 he travelled successfully through the United States and Europe.
Buffalo Bill was given the pseudonym Buffalo Bill after he successfully signed a contract to supply buffalo meat to employees of the Kansas Pacific Railway. Cody alone produced 4,282 buffalo in 18 months, an average of 8 buffalo a day, which earned him his reputation and name.
The museum is located west of downtown Denver, in the suburb of Golden – you need a car to get there – about 30 minutes.
Operating hours: From May to October – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from November to April – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $5, seniors (65+) – $4, children under 16 – $1, children under 6 – free of charge
Denver Experience and other matters
17. Baseball on the field – Colorado Rocks house
The Colorado Rockies may not be one of the most famous or decorated baseball teams in a premier league, but a day at Coors Field can be a great way to spend the day.
The Rocky Mountains were only formed in 1993 by the expansion of the league, while before that, there was only a junior baseball league in Denver.
In 2007 the Rockies scored in the same World Series and eventually lost to the Boston Red Sox on their way to 7th place.
The playground, named after the famous local brewery, was built and has hosted the Rockies games since 1995.
During the construction of the stadium a number of dinosaur skeletons were discovered, so the Rocky Mountain mascot is a triceratops.
The baseball season runs from March to September and tickets for the Rockies start at $14, of which $6 can be spent at the stadium.
18. Watching the Broncos in the main stadiumMil
If American football is your sport for baseball, or if you visit Denver in the fall, the Mile High Stadium Broncos in Denver is the place to be.
The Broncos have been playing in Denver since 1960, when the American Football League was founded, and in the NFL since the merger in 1970.
The Mile High Stadium has replaced the former stadium of the same name and is a specialized venue for American football competitions (although the stadium also hosts lacrosse and other sports).
The name comes from the fact that the official height of the city of Denver is exactly one mile above sea level (1610 meters) – what you see is mentioned and used throughout the city.
The Broncos are one of the most successful NFL franchises of all time: 3 The Super Bowl wins after 8 participations – the last victory will take place in 2015.
The NFL season runs from September to February – check the match dates in advance. It should be noted that the Broncos have sold out all their home games since 2001 and tickets for these games are not only difficult to obtain, but also expensive. Be prepared to spend over $200 in the cheapest places, with the best areas north of $500 each.
19. Elitch Gardens – Theme and water park
The Elitch Gardens amusement park is unusual due to its central location and is perfect for a family weekend if you want to get away from the tourist attractions.
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The prominent location divides the residents, and the council has voted for a complete redevelopment of the site, although no dates or fixed plans have been announced.
The amusement park and the water park have the same ticket, so you can benefit from both when visiting the amusement park.
There are all kinds of roller coasters, from the Twister II, a traditional wooden grandstand, to the gigantic Mind Eraser, which hangs the riders under the ride.
You can save on expensive parking spaces and take class C, E or W trains instead – you can bet $20 that you can be used for other things in Denver!
Operating hours: From June to mid-August, the park is open from 10.30am to 9pm (Friday and Saturday at 10am), the other seasons are very variable, as the park is only open on weekends and has been completely closed since November – for more details, see https://www.elitchgardens.com.
Price: Tickets cost $59.99 in the park (children under 2 years travel for free) and parking – $20 per car. Buy tickets online and save $20 per ticket!
20. Denver Central Aquarium
Denver’s Downtown Aquarium is an unusual combination of a large aquarium and a restaurant with a separate bar and other snack bars.
The Aquarium has been part of a group of restaurants since 2003, which has led to the renovation and integration of the restaurant experience into the building.
The total volume of the aquarium is more than one million litres of fresh and salt water, with the exhibition focusing on the relationship between the rivers and the seas into which they flow.
Within the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Downtown Aquarium participates in programs for the conservation of fish, reptiles and endangered aquatic species.
The various tanks are divided by theme, including North America, desert and shipwrecks. The 4-D theatre is a small underwater cinema with 40 seats, where you can watch 15 minutes of video during the day.
Operating hours: Open every day from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Friday and Saturday 9:30 am), the restaurant is open from 11:00 am.
Price: Tickets for adults – $22.99, for pensioners (65+) – $21.99, for children under 12 – $16.99, for children under 3 – free; Add $5 for 4-D theatre experience.
21. Adams Mystery Playhouse
The Mystery Adams Playhouse is a dinner where you will be immersed in the atmosphere of a mysterious murder with live actors.
Everyone present is involved in the development of the story and it can be a very interesting experience for all ages – the content is child-friendly and the presence of the family is welcome.
The food may not be the best in town – there’s usually a barbecue with iced tea, but the show more than makes up for the actors’ enthusiasm, so it’s a very exciting and unusual way to spend an evening in Denver.
Tickets include dinner and entertainment – please note: evening shows are not suitable for children. There is also a bar at the cash register with a full selection of drinks that cost more, but don’t forget to bring cash because cards are not accepted.
Operating hours: Performances take place on Fridays, Saturdays and sometimes other days at 6pm – see the events calendar.
Price: Tickets cost between $44 and $52, depending on the show and the choice of ticket.
22. Discover Hammond’s Candy
Hammond’s Confectionery Factory is a world-renowned confectionery manufacturer that continues to make its products by hand, although machines will certainly help!
Hammond has been in the confectionery industry for 100 years since Carl T. Hammond founded his company in 1920. The company remained a family business until 1999, when it was sold by the third generation of the family as a 10-person business. Since then, the company has grown rapidly with regular sales in 2007. Today, the company employs 300 people who earn £4,000 worth of sweets a day.
The factory organises guided tours every half hour during working hours. These programs produce different types of candy, tell the production process, the ingredients and show live on the big screen how it’s done.
At the end of the visit you will have the opportunity to buy some fresh produce in the shop – note that production is limited on Saturdays, so it is best to choose the day of the week before your visit if you have a choice.
Operating hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday closed.
Price: Tours are free of charge (make sure to book online to guarantee time) – everything else depends on your taste for sweets!
23. Shop in theshopping centre on 16th street.
Denver’s 16th Street Mall is a 1.25 mile long open mall that runs along the city’s main shopping street.
This length of the street is pedestrian and has gradually increased since the introduction of the first shorter section in 1982. Electric buses run regularly along the road, and they are free if you want to go to the other side.
The street is well known for its large number of pubs and a wide range of shops – there are over 50 different restaurants and 300 outlets.
In good weather the area can be inhabited by street artists and musicians scattered in the streets. Because of the large number of tourists and locals walking around in the area, it is also popular with the homeless.
Don’t wait for the local shops and independent businesses – most shops and many restaurants are large national and international chains.
24. Brewery Tour Course
Another attraction in Denver’s golden suburbs is the Coors Brewery, located near the Colorado Railway Museum (see above).
Coors is the third largest brewery in the world and the Denver brewery is the headquarters of the company and the place where the story of the brewer started.
The brewery is huge – it’s actually the largest brewery in the world. You can visit the brewery and taste some beers if you are over 21 years old (you can always visit if you are under 21 years old).
The tours take about 30 minutes and show how the whole process works from start to finish, including malting, brewing and packaging. Because you’re going for a walk in a real plant, bags and large items such as prams are not allowed – leave them in the car if you take them with you.
Operating hours: Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open late Sunday at noon), Tuesday and Wednesday closed. Please note: in summer the factory is sometimes open for two months on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – please check before your visit.
Price: Excursions cost $10, active soldiers and veterans are free.
25. Exploring the Denver shipBeer scene
Denver is not only home to the largest brewery in the world, but is also known for some of the smallest breweries in the world.
The artisanal brewing industry, which is rapidly establishing itself in the United States, is well established in Colorado – in the Denver metro area of the 87 breweries of the Colorado Brewery Guild and some 150 breweries in total – you can enjoy beer from 20 different local breweries every day for a week and you’re not yet registered in the lottery!
From British beer to Bavarian wheat beer, you’ll find everything you need to try it in one of the city’s largest and fastest growing trendy bars and microbreweries.
There are also some strange examples – Liberati Osteria makes beer from grapes, creating a rather unusual mix of wine and beer. The Dos Luces Brewery in Platt Park offers a wide range of drinks prepared in Central and South America which, although they no longer resemble beer, have a unique taste if you want to tickle your taste buds.
26. Spend some time in Larimera Square
Larimera Square is the oldest part of Denver where the city has just begun. It houses some of the best architecture in the city and is located next to 16 Street Mall (see above).
This small neighbourhood is dominated by restaurants and bars, with several shops in the buildings.
Originally known as a shopping mall, Larimera Square fell into ruins at the beginning of the 20th century. For centuries. Since the 1960s, the district has been renovated and has become a popular meeting place for friends, continuing the tradition of commercial use.
In the region there are often several festivals and fairs that decorate the festive season. Large sidewalks attract street artists who draw with chalk or make political statements – Denver even holds his annual chalk festival in early June.
Research into the nature of Denver
27. Relax or go to a concert in the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Located on the edge of the Denver metro and in one of the many parks, Red Rocks Park is a popular place to walk, socialize with friends or attend a concert.
Red Rocks Park itself is known for its large red rocks – mostly sandstone. At the beginning of the 20th century. At the end of the 19th century the park was known as the Garden of the Titans, because the rocks protrude outwards and there are several paths and roads.
Access to the park is easy and there is ample parking – the park is open to the public and has existed for almost 100 years, since Denver bought it in 1928.
The amphitheatre is a 9,525-seat concert hall, styled in classic Roman style and is one of the largest and most famous red stones in the park.
If there is a concert taking place during your visit, you really should go and see, because there are several concert halls in the world that come close to the view of the Red Rock Amphitheatre to create atmosphere. Some say that the large rocks surrounding the stage and recreation area also create unique acoustics.
Price: Entrance to the park is free of charge, entrance fees to the shows vary.
Operating hours: Opening hours are not constant, but the park is generally open to visitors from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset, except on days when there is a concert in the amphitheatre.
28. Picnic in Denver Washington Park
Washington Park or Wash Park, as the locals call it, is one of the largest parks in Denver and the name of the area.
A park is a great way to relax, picnic or walk around one of the two lakes it crosses.
The whole park is only one kilometre away, but it is popular as a place for various sports and jogging, and as a place with two large flower gardens.
The district has a number of classical buildings from the 19th and early 20th century. Centuries and worth a walk. You’ll notice that as the city of Denver has grown, so has the neighborhood.
Some of the old buildings have been replaced by larger ones, giving the area a new dimension by preserving its history.
29. Day at the Denver Zoo.
The Denver Zoo is Denver’s most popular attraction, famous for its treatment of animals and its commitment to protecting the environment.
The Denver Zoo has existed in Denver since 1896 and today it is no longer known for its traditional checkerboard fences, but for creating a living environment as close to the natural environment as possible.
The main attraction is the Bärenberg. The first animal in the zoo was an imaginary American black bear, and since then it has had the reputation of his bear.
A large elephant aviary was added in 2012 and the museum is working hard to conserve and protect endangered species. On several occasions they have taken whole groups of animals with them and released them back into the wild. The two groups of condors that the museum released in Colombia in 2010 and 2012 are an example of this.
The Denver Zoo has a remarkable wild cat population, and lions live in the African savannah, while the Siberian style is the home of beautiful Amur tigers. Then cheetahs, cloud leopards and Asian fish cats. Finally we see both snow leopards and wild Amur leopards that are almost extinct.
Operating hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Adults – $20, seniors (65+) – $17, children under 12 – $14, children under 3 – free; train and carousel – $3.
30. Walking tour through the Denver Botanical Gardens
Due to the climate and altitude of Denver, the Denver Botanical Garden is best known for its large collection of plants from the cold temperate climate of the world.
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There are 7 landscaped gardens with plants from different parts of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, an amphitheatre for summer concerts and a conservatory.
The scientific pyramid includes an exhibition devoted to research in the Botanical Garden and the science of rare and adaptable plant species in the world. This exhibition is highly interactive and educational and is suitable for both children and adults.
There are guided tours that take place at a fixed time of the week on various topics related to the site – this is an additional cost and it is advisable to sign up for your visit.
The Botanical Garden has another location called Chatfield Farms in the South Jefferson District, about 40 minutes from York Street. It’s a plant room and a ranch, which are managed separately, and you have to buy different tickets to get in.
Operating hours: From May to September – from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., from October to April – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $12.50, seniors (65+) and military – $9.50, children under 16 and students – $9, children under 2 years – free.
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