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.
Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African Savannah, and a jungle all in one day? The spectacular Denver zoo offers state-of-the-art habitats featuring more than 3500 animals representing 600 species. Visit with sloths, tree frogs, and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit. Or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit. From cold climate penguins to tropical flamingos, Bird World will inspire your appreciation of winged things. It is open 365 days a year.
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 Indians, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts such traveling exhibits as Ramses II, and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
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 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.
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.
Red Shift is by trade a framing source, however, it also specializes in cutting edge art. It favors the works of national artists and those beginning to make ripples in the art scene. The gallery itself embodies the look and feel of a classic SoHo art house. Tall ceilings and primitive looking walls give it a funky, authentic look of "this-place-is-happening." The gallery's size makes it well suited for exhibits and special events.
Brian Dunn, a beer enthusiast, established the Great Divide Brewing Co. in 1994. Within months since its inception, this brewery won awards at two of the most popular competitions in the world of brewing: World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, and has continued to win accolades since then. A specialty of this brewery is their leanings towards creating strong beers, and a popular favorite is the Old Ruffian, which boasts of alcohol content that crosses 10 percent. Regular tours of the brewery are offered, and guests can taste some of these brews at the tap room.
Redline is a contemporary art space that supports the intersections of community, art experimentation and education. The gallery, which is housed in a building designed the architects Semple-Brown in the Northeast area of Denver, contains a roomy gallery showcasing the works of its artist-residents, as well as creations by community members. Indeed, in addition to monthly exhibits, Redline strives to reach out to homeless populations and local public school youth through its solid arts-education programs; their work is often featured on its walls. As a result, Redline has created a vibrant, engaging space that invites everyone--artist or public--to rethink the line between artist and community.