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.
This is a place where a child's natural urge to experience the world hands-on comes together with art and science projects, building materials and imagination. The museum includes nine interactive Playscapes including the CMD Fire Station #1, My Market, Center for the Young Child, Under My Feet and Over My Head, The Assembly Plant, Making the Team, Arts a la Carte, Around the Block, and Alphabet Soup. There are also several programs, activities and special events held throughout the year. Check the museum's website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
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 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.
The Denver Zine Library is a one a kind of a library in the region which boasts of a collection of about 20,000 books. The aim of the library is to preserve and promote the original works of authors from around the globe. You can rent any book on rent for a limited duration. You can also actively participate in the in the workshops and events hosted for keen individuals who want to explore more zines.
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.