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.
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.
Modeled after the venerated United States Capitol, the Colorado State Capitol is a neoclassical beauty constructed using Colorado white granite. Standing exactly one mile above sea level, the building meticulously epitomizes Colorado's Gold Rush through the Gold Leaf on its striking dome. Quintessential illustrations on the stained glass windows further immortalize the capitol's respect for the state it calls home. The Colorado State Capitol hosted its first general assembly in 1894, and it was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Popularly known as Mile High City, Denver is the capital and largest city in the state of Colorado. On the threshold of the Rocky Mountains, Denver stands tall against the rugged landscape. First founded as a gold rush town in 1858, Denver has seen many changes through the centuries from a desolate mining town to a thriving urban center rich in art and culture. Architectural landmarks like Union Station and Colorado State Capitol tell of the city's rich legacy while contemporary hotspots like the brew pub-friendly 16th Street Mall and upscale-chic LoDo offer a different side to the city. From modern art in Santa Fe to outdoor adventures in the mountains, Denver promises something for every traveler.
Lucky Strike Lanes is located on the 3rd level of The Pavillions shopping center and near the 16th Street Mall. By day, Lucky Strike is a traditional, upscale bowling alley and pool hall. But by night, it's a blacklit, music filled club complete with drinks, snacks and "cosmic bowling." Until 9p, everyone is allowed in, but afterwards the lanes are 21 and up, and reserving lanes can be quite challenging without party reservations. Luckily, there is still plenty to do while waiting to bowl. Lucky Strike Lanes is one of the most unique nightlife experiences in Denver and all it takes is one night of cosmic bowling to see why.
This park surrounds the convergence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek. Here, the discovery of gold led to a wild influx of people, bringing about the formation the city of Denver. Besides its fame as a great kayaking run, the park boasts a nice beach for swimming. It also provides places for picnicking and games, as well as plenty of areas for skating and walking. The park is also where the Cherry Creek Bike Trail meets with the Platte River Bike Trail.