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 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.
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 restored Victorian mansion, once the home of legendary Denver resident Maggie (Molly) Brown now serves as a popular museum that attracts more than 40,000 visitors a year. The museum explores the eccentric life of the 'Unsinkable Molly Brown,' a Titanic survivor and eminent figure in the city's Gold Rush heritage. After the tour, browse around the gift shop and check out the selection of t-shirts, books and other memorabilia. There are guided tours available and regular special events and performances also take place.
William F. Cody, known to the world as “Buffalo Bill,” was buried here on Lookout Mountain above Golden in 1917. He attained fame through his “Wild West” shows which he performed all over the world. The Memorial museum displays articles from the life and times of Buffalo Bill's adventurous life. Souvenirs and snacks are in abundance at the nearby Pahaska Tepee Gift Shop. Views of Golden and downtown Denver from Lookout Mountain are outstanding.
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.
Sakura Square is a small square at the edge of downtown Denver built around a handful of cherry blossom trees planted there by Japanese ambassadors in the 1950s. Though the trees rarely bloom due to the unpredictable Colorado weather, Sakura Square still maintains relevance as the center of Japanese culture in the Denver area. The square contains a small park with several relevant statues, a shopping center with Japanese market, restaurants, and small museums, and the local Buddhist temple. Sakura Square also hosts the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival every July, and offers classes in Taiko drumming, flower arranging, and more. For a peaceful sit in the park or a brief glimpse into Japanese culture, Sakura Square is a lovely place to visit. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
In the 1940s during World War II, many Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living in the United States were forced into internment camps for the supposed safety of the American people, a dark moment in history that few protested at the time. One of the few was Denver mayor Ralph L. Carr, who not only publicly stood against discrimination of the Japanese during the war but was the only American politician to publicly apologized for the internment, which he did in 1942. The apology cost him a potential Senate appointment, but the Japanese community in Denver never forgot his actions. When Sakura Square opened, one of the first statues put up in the garden was a bust of Mayor Carr. The inscription and care given to the statue to this day show how much the words of one man can be remembered by the entire community. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Sakura Square in downtown Denver has several statues erected due to the importance of the figures in the Japanese and Denver communities. Minoru Yasui was a Japanese-American lawyer who was one of the few to actively protest the Constitutionality of Japanese interment camps during World War II, as well as curfews for minorities. In 1942, Yasui deliberately broke curfew in Portland, Oregon, in protest of the laws, and was convicted and sent to prison for one year while his case was deliberated by the Supreme Court, which at the time upheld his conviction. In 1944, Yasui moved to Denver where he returned to practicing law and fighting for Japanese rights until his conviction was overturned in 1986. The bust in Sakura Square was erected in thanks for all that his protests did in pushing for minority rights during his life. - Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Sakura Square in downtown Denver might not exist if not for Buddhist Reverend Yoshitaka Tamai. A devout Buddhist, Tamai moved to Denver in 1930 and promptly set up and took over the Buddhist temple at 20th and Lawrence Street. Tamai welcomed all of the Japanese community in Denver to his temple and dedicated the rest of his life to the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of Buddhists and Asian Americans in the Midwest. The apartment complex at Sakura Square, Tamai Tower, was erected in his memory in 1977, and in 1996 this statue, featuring quotes from Tamai himself, was dedicated to him as well.
Established in 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Epic Brewing Company quickly rose to become one of the best breweries in the state. Following its success, three years later, founders Peter Erickson and David Cole established a Denver branch in 2013. This Colorado-outlet has lived up to the name of the original Epic Brewing Company by creating delicious brews. Tours of the brewery take visitors through the entire process of manufacturing beer. Offering more than 20 beers on tap at the tap room, guests can sample these after the tour. Seasonal specials are also on offer.