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.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle is an exclusive events space that is open to the public for all kinds of occasions. On the site events based on culture, music, films and much more are organized. This establishment that took ground in the 19th Century is a perfect place if you want to celebrate your wedding due to its scenic beauty. The interiors of the castle have been restored to its former glory with historic furnishings as well as paintings.
Daniels Park has over 1,000 acres of land and the public can explore 200 acres which is only 20 miles south of Denver. Take route I-25 to the Castle Pines exit and drive three miles to the park. Once there, drive on the road that cuts through the park to experience the preservation area for a herd of buffalo. You might also see elk, deer, antelope and coyotes. The views of the mountains are magnificent. Park the car when the mood moves you, enjoy the views, and picnic at one of the designated locations. This is a perfect place for a quiet day trip.
The Grange is an integral part of the Meadows community of the Castle Rock city. This multi-purpose venue hosts variety of events and functions throughout the year. The local clubs like Bridge Club, Optimist Club and Second Fifty Women's Club hold their official meetings and events at the Grange. Apart from the community's residents, the venue can also be hired by non-residents. The kitchen facilities can be availed with prior request, and if your are planning to serve alcoholic drinks, you need to apply for permission in advance. For venue hire and other details, call ahead.
This park is one of the most visually stunning parks in Colorado, best known for its fabulous red rock formations, with fossils chronicling the life of animals and plants for more than one billion years. The ecological diversity here is a result of the "zone of transition" location, between the plains and the mountains. Micro-climates within the parkland have produced seven unique plant communities, all mixing species from both the mountain and plains zones. This is a great place to hike and view wildlife without dodging mountain bikes. But watch out for mountain lions.