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.
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.
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.
What is now the United States Mint in Denver actually began as a humble company. In 1858, Clark, Gruber and Company started a private mint, making gold coins from the spoils of the Colorado gold rush in order to save on shipping the ore to the east coast. After minting over 500,000 dollars, the US Treasury officially bought the mint in 1863. Today, the mint is a popular tourist destination in Denver, lending insights into the stages and the entire process of currency-making. One of the oldest establishments in Colorado, the mint is touted to be one of the single largest producers of coins in the world. The mint is certainly an iconic repository of American currency, and all currency produced here has the denomination 'D' inscribed on it. Having been considerably mentioned in popular media, the Denver Mint is an indelible historic landmark of the country.
Ted Asti Park is a memorial park located near the huge Superior Shopping Center, in the oldest part of the town of Superior. The park was dedicated in 2010 in honor of Ted Asti, a Superior resident who contributed much to the city, including funds, land, and other forms of support during Superior's fledgling days. The park is small but makes for a lovely picnic spot. The centerpiece of the park is the first house ever built in Superior, a fun and informative visit. Ted Asti was also a multiple war veteran and the park is dedicated not only to him but in memory of other soldiers who have called Superior their home. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
Red Rocks Amphitheater is a stunning, naturally formed amphitheater located in the Rocky Mountains. The first ever natural amphitheater in the world, it is geologically formed, made up of two, three hundred foot (91.44 meters) monoliths. The Red Rocks area is known as the Garden of Angels and is world-famous for its perfect acoustic pitch. Red Rocks has been the venue for entertainers since the turn of the century and has a plethora of musicians and artists performing every month. Even if there isn't a concert playing, there's always the majestic splendor of the 640-acre (259 hectares) park that surrounds the venue.
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is a small refuge located in Colorado. Known for its excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, it attracts thousands of nature lovers every year. Sprawling across an area of 72 acres (29 hectares), it features a landscape of untouched wetlands and multiple ponds. Visitors can take self-guided walks to explore the trails and spot the vibrant wildlife that thrives in the region. Home to breathtakingly beautiful meadows and blooming shrubs, Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is a blissful little oasis that offers the best of nature's pristine beauty.
Chamberlin Observatory houses a historic 28-foot (8.5-meter) long, 20-inch (50 centimeter) aperture refracting telescope. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was constructed from red rustic sandstone blocks with Romanesque style. It organizes open houses and public nights featuring informative and fun presentations on astronomy. Presentations are beautifully illustrated with colorful computer graphics and audio visual methods, and are designed for visitors of all ages.