This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Tribes, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits such as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
This is a place where a child's natural urge to experience the world hands-on comes together with art and science projects, building materials and imagination. The museum includes nine interactive Playscapes including the CMD Fire Station #1, My Market, Center for the Young Child, Under My Feet and Over My Head, The Assembly Plant, Making the Team, Arts a la Carte, Around the Block, and Alphabet Soup. There are also several programs, activities and special events held throughout the year. Check the museum's website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
This library, a post-modern structure full of turrets and odd geometrical shapes, is a bastion of knowledge. Internally, the academic atmosphere of each study area is indicative of individual moods. Six of the ten floors of the library are open to the public. Keeping with the tradition set in 1894, the library still has a world-class children's facility. The library is a regional depository for government publications. It offers extensive genealogical resources as well as historical books, photographs, art, and memorabilia chronicling the American West. The library also offers fiction and non-fiction texts, periodicals and computers allowing free Internet access. Tours are available.
Experience the great outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens. Sprawling over three acres (nine hectares), this natural oasis is replete with several themed gardens. Stroll along bonsais at the Japanese Garden, or enjoy a fairytale-like experience with Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Storybook Gardens. Xeriscape Demo Garden is great to gather tips on home gardening and horticulture, while the Rock Alpine Garden showcases a unique topography. Take a guided tour and marvel at the verdant landscape dotted with exotic flora, lawns, waterfalls and ponds. In addition, these gardens offer several botanical exhibitions, illustrations and workshops that are both fun and interesting.
This 314-acre expanse of garden, greenery, fountains, ponds and fine sculpture, located just east of downtown, is home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Built in the early 1900s as part of the popular City Beautiful movement, the park served Denverites as a civic refuge and swimming retreat. The lake beach no longer exists, but the historic boathouse, seen on many area postcards, remains. Three playgrounds, picnic tables, tennis courts and a public golf course are all available.
This museum occupies Hangar Number One on Lowry Campus, formerly known as the Lowry Air Force Base. Here, visitors can view 31 aircraft, from a World War II Corsair to the B1A Bomber. The museum also houses extensive exhibits on the history of Lowry Air Force Base, World Wars I and II, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and even the Hubbell Telescope. A display on the science of flight includes a space station simulator.
Baseball is an essential part of the American culture and a vibrant component of Denver, all of which makes Coors Field a hub of activity during the summer. It seats more than 50,000 and is regarded as one of most fan-friendly parks in the country. For a few dollars you can take a guided walking tour and learn about the history of the field while taking in all the sights, including the Colorado Rockies dugout and the visiting team's clubhouse.
B's Ballpark, located opposite Coor's Field with its entrance near one of the seating gates, is more than just a tribute to Colorado baseball culture. Bruce Hellerstein began collecting baseball memorabilia in his youth and now his collection has become B's Ballpark Museum. Hellerstein's collection includes the usual memorabilia like cards, jerseys, autographed balls, and banners, but also unique artifacts like pieces of Babe Ruth's bat, a section of "The Green Monster," and the manhole cover that Mickey Mantle tripped over at the 1951 World Series that permanently injured his leg. For casual baseball fans, there is plenty here to entertain you before the game, as it is open during every game at Coors Field. For serious fans, B's Ballpark Museum is a treasure trove of baseball history.
Located just down the street from Coors Field, Wynkoop Brewing Company is the perfect pre-game destination during baseball season. But that doesn't mean it's unpopular during the rest of the year. This brew pub, one of Denver's first, offers an impressive variety of entertainment and dining options, boasting an upstairs pool hall and a delicious menu of food such as burgers, sandwiches and a buffalo meatloaf. Tours of the brewery are also organized, wherein visitors can witness the various stages and procedures of brewing a fine batch of beer.
Located just off Larimer Square, the Comedy Works is everything you might expect from a comedy club - tight seating space and a two-drink minimum. The club, which is rated as one of the top comedy clubs in the country, consistently hosts some of the best names in comedy, including Dave Attell, Bobcat Goldthwait and Arsenio Hall. A separate downstairs bar area offers a great place to wait during nights with multiple shows. Reservations are kept up to 30 minutes before show time. Prices vary depending on the show. Be advised that all shows at Comedy Works are non-smoking.
Elegantly decorated with silk tapestries, marble, and terracotta, this historic Paramount Theater is a haven for performing arts enthusiasts. Performances by the Colorado Ballet and other fine artists in dance, theater, music, and opera, can all be seen here on the Paramount Theater stage. To top it all, the modernized lighting and acoustics add a powerful impact to the scintillating performances. You can also book the theater and the venues within it for your own events. In the year 1980, it was listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places.
Nestled in historical lower downtown Denver, Larimer Square occupies a one-block strip of the city's oldest street, dating back to the 1860s. Lined with Victorian brownstones, the area is a thriving shopping and entertainment district, flowing with activity. Spend the morning combing the ever-changing boutiques and clothing stores; then head over to Tamayo for lunch. For the afternoon, take a self-guided walking tour of the historical district (brochures are located at the information gazebo). In the evening, dine at the Little Russian Café, Josephina's, or the Del Mar Crab House. Then, dance until the wee hours at Lucky Star.