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.
If you are in search of a break from the normal kid diversions of arcades and such, bring your children here for a few hours of refreshingly different fun and amusement. Be sure to arrive at least a half-hour prior to show time to give your kids time to "play" with the puppets and roam freely around the puppet-making workshop. Owner Annie Zook has a wonderful talent for bringing dolls and puppets to life for children. Each show lasts about 45 minutes.
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.
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.
This preserved park features three barns complete with chicken coops and root cellars on 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land. Children can pan for gold or pick a pumpkin in during the spooky season. Carriage rides are available for the entire family on weekends. The park provides guided tours of the Four Mile House, the oldest standing home in the city.
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.
Zanzibar offers 12 full-size billiards tables, pinball, darts, air hockey, Jacuzzi (bring your swimsuit & towel), big screen TV's, juke box, full bar, full menu, patio, plush leather couches, & comfortable lounge areas for all its guests. Happy Hour is from 11am to 7pm, and they have nightly specials, including half-priced appetizers on Tuesday, Wednesday Karaoke night, Russian Night with cheap vodka shots, and much more! Playing billiards is free, and if you relax in the jacuzzi you can get a free drink!
Nestled in Denver's Ballpark neighborhood, River North Brewery is run by the husband-wife team of Matt and Jess Hess. The brews produced at River North Brewery aim at giving people a taste of the Belgian flavor. American beer with a Belgian flair or true Belgian ales are the brews available here. Matt was once an aerospace engineer, so some of the brews feature unique names inspired by physics. Guests can try out their ales at the taproom. They offer mild varieties like River North White and Hello, Darkness, and even strong ones like Hoppenberg Uncertainty Principle, Avarice and Unified Theory.
Born of the artistic vision and culinary finesse of renowned chef and restaurant owner, Justin Cucci, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox will leave you breathless with wonder and delight. Housed within a historic building with a past that many would consider unsavory, this restaurant is certainly not for the prudish or shy. Tasteful nudes, risque movie posters, amber lights and velvet clad couches make up the decor, creating a space that is distinctly contemporary, yet hints at the building's notorious past as a peep show parlor, brothel and adult store. There is something to capture your imagination around every corner at Ophelia's The food menu is as adventurous as the decor, with flavorful dishes that draw inspiration from Greek, Latin American and Japanese cuisines, to name a few. While the restaurant occupies the ground floor, the basement is more of a music venue, featuring varied live acts, with a stage, a second bar and a dance floor. With its eclectic offering of adventurous cuisine, stimulating decor and great music, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox promises a night of wonderment to all those who embrace adventure and crave a taste of something different.
The Soiled Dove is a cross between a bar and a concert hall, with a half-moon configuration that holds up to 400 people at a time - yet customers are never more than 45 feet (13.8 meters) from the stage, which plays host to some of today's most accomplished artists. It also features a state-of-the art live recording studio and in 2010, was voted the best Concert Live Experience in Denver. Feel the music!