Designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, the pedestrian promenade is red, white and gray granite in a repeating pattern that when seen from above, resembles the skin of a diamondback rattlesnake. Free MallRide shuttle buses travel up and down the 16th Street Mall stopping on every corner. Hop on and hop off as the shuttles come and go every few minutes and make everything downtown easy to reach. There are 42 outdoor cafés along the mall. Denver Pavilions near the south end of the mall, is a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theaters and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. At the north end of the mall, 16th Street continues as a pedestrian path over three bridges connecting downtown to Commons Park and LoHi, a hip neighborhood filled with restaurants and brewpubs. After dark, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs carry people up and down the mall, while nearly a million lights twinkle above in the more than 200 trees which line the promenade.
The American Museum of Western Art, located in the historic Navarre Building, is the permanent home of the Anschutz Collection. Over 300 paintings by more than 180 artists are displayed in a salon style, providing guests with a survey of Western art, as well as a better understanding and appreciation of the history and beauty of the American West over time.
15 min. from downtown Denver off Hwy 36 at 104th Avenue.
The Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. The Pavilion provides unique hands-on learning experiences, exhibits and educational programs, conducts new research which sets the standard for zoos across the country, and builds innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation around the world.
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. After the artist’s death in 1980, the Clyfford Still Estate was sealed off from public and scholarly view. Still’s will stipulated that his estate
Our History Colorado Center opened in 2012 in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. An award winning tourist destination and a hub of learning and entertainment, the center houses core exhibits along with traveling exhibitions through our Smithsonian Affiliation. It offers public programs, events, and educational programs that foster cultural understanding through authentic perspectives. The History Colorado Center is also home to the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, State Historical Fund, and Stephen H. Hart Research Center—the portal to our entire collection.
Colorado State Capitol Building
The Colorado State Capitol Building wasn't completed until the early 20th century, but it serves as a perfect cap to a tour of Denver's gold rush past, because of 24 kt. gold dome. You can tour the building and get all the way up to the top of the dome for an unparalleled view of The Mile High City and the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Two buildings, the second designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, highlighting Western and regional art. Treasures of British Art through July 2020- the Berger Collection showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the museum by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) in 2018. The BCET’s gift is the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s. The exhibition presents a chronological selection of works ranging from the 1400s through the late 1800s, telling the story of Britain’s rich cultural history.
The Light Show- through May 3, 2020- explores physical and symbolic representations of light in art through a thought-provoking narrative. The exhibition features about 250 objects drawn from the DAM’s nine curatorial departments. The Light Show focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual, and divine representations of light.
Botanical showcase for native and international plants, events and educational and research programs. Just south of City Park, 24 acres make up the Denver Botanic Gardens. No less than 32,000 diverse and delightful plants from such faraway places as Australia, Africa and the Himalayas are displayed. There are dozens of gardens to enjoy, including the internationally recognized Japanese Garden. Explore the whimsical Mordecai Children's Garden, where kids can interact with plants and the natural world.
The DCPA is the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization that brings Broadway tours, DCPA Theatre Company productions, statewide education programs, once-in-a-lifetime events to the Denver community and visitors.
Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals representing 615 species and has championed more than 600 conservation and research projects in 60 countries. Winter is a great time to visit the zoo. Animals are out and about enjoying the sun and cool temperatures. Hours are from 9am to 4pm.
Up-Close Animal Encounters- If you’ve ever dreamed of getting nose to beak with a penguin, smelling the fish on a sea lion’s breath or getting the insider's scoop on elephants, then Up-Close Animal Encounters at Denver Zoo are for you. Up-Close Animal Encounters provides guests with one of a kind experiences by combining exclusive animal encounters, intimate keeper interactions and guided tours. Program fees are required- admission tickets must be purchased separately. There are restrictions in place for each encounter.
The Toyota Elephant Passage (TEP) features two miles of interconnected trails on 10 acres of varied terrain and is one of the largest and most-complex elephant habitats in North America. Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos and Malayan tapirs can rotate among five unique, abundant habitats with a sixth yard exclusively for the tapirs. Mud wallows, scratching trees, shade structures and more than one million gallons of water for swimming and bathing have been developed to ensure active and healthy animals. Visitors can explore and discover the rich history of animals in Asian culture, their complicated relationship with humans and the efforts of Denver Zoo and colleagues to protect their future. TEP is separated into three distinct sections: the Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve; The Schoelzel Family Village; and DENVER the Village Outpost; each reflecting a different area in tropical Asia – an animal preserve, an urban center and a rural village.
A citywide building survey focused on identifying buildings that are historically, architecturally or culturally significant to Denver’s history.
The Downtown Aquarium features fascinating sea creatures, sharks and more. There are more than 15,000 fish, mammals and plants, including an exhibit of Sumatran tigers which love to swim. And if you're left with the urge to get a little wet yourself, you're in luck: 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. 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.
Explore the heart of Denver in a tuk-tuk. eTuks are 100% electric and made in Denver. What’s included awesome local guide, pick-up at your downtown Denver hotel (subject to location) or at Union Station (17th Street and Wynkoop). Tours depart in rain, snow, or shine (Denver-style!). eTuks have heated seats and covers to protect riders from the elements. The most fun you can have on three wheels!
Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder
The largest planetarium between Chicago and Los Angeles offers a diverse range of full dome films, star talks, live talks, laser and liquid sky shows, concerts, and special live events, as well as host large public gatherings during astronomical and NASA-related events. Serving CU faculty and students, local schools and teachers, our community, and out of town visitors.
The Brown Palace
Built in 1892 to accommodate the brave flocking west in search of precious metals, the Brown Palace is pure gold, from its distinctive triangular shape to its soaring eight-story-high atrium, and because almost every president since 1905 has paid a visit (it has three commander-in-chief-sized suites). The six on-site restaurants are made all the sweeter thanks to the honey supplied by the rooftop beehives, and the artesian water comes from the hotel’s own well. An afternoon tea is served from 12pm to 4p daily, space is limited, reservations required.
320 West Colfax Avenue. Learn the rich history of the United States Mint and how we produce billions of coins each year for the American public with a free, guided tour of the Denver facility. Tours are strictly for adults and children 7 years and older. Free tour tickets are available at the Tour Information window located at the Gift Shop entrance gate on Cherokee Street, between West Colfax Ave and West 14th Ave. The Tour Information window opens at 7 a.m., Monday- Thursday, and remains open until all tickets have been distributed. Tickets are for same-day tours only; no advance tickets are available. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 5 per person. There is an extensive list of prohibited items, including all purses and bags. The Mint does not provide lockers or storage for any items.
A Little Ride From Denver you can find
Boettcher Mansion - 900 Colorow Road, Golden
Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum - 987½ Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden
Bundle up and see the stars: winter is great for Colorado stargazing
Golden Gate Canyon Meadow in Golden
Lookout Mountain Road in Golden
Planetariums and observatories
Red Rocks Park in Morrison
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park
Central City and Black Hawk
Colorado Railroad Museum - 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden
Colorado Ski Country
Loveland Ski Area
Summit County, Vail And Beaver Creek
Coors Brewery- 13th & Ford, Golden
Dinosaur Ridge - 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Lariat Loop & Historic Byway
Morrison Historical District - 103 Bear Creek Ave., Morrison
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater - 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison