Whether you’re a Colorado native or planning your next family vacation, here are UrbanSitter‘s Top 10 ideas for fun family-friendly activities.
In no particular order….
1. Cherry Creek District. There’s the Cherry Creek Center, of course, which is an enclosed mall that’s certain to please even the pickiest of shoppers. But there’s also the Cherry Creek North shopping district — a 16 city-block area with more than 320 galleries, boutiques, restaurants and salons/spas. In the summer, enjoy Films on Fillmore (an outdoor film fest) and in the winter, don’t miss the Cherry Creek North Ice Rink.
2. Clyfford Still Museum. Clyfford Still is considered one of the most significant abstract American painters of the twentieth century. The museum, which opened to grand fanfare in 2011, is a new way to discover this important artist whose works were completely sealed by his estate until the museum opened. Take the kids and watch them marvel in the world of abstract art.
3. Beer Triangle. Well, maybe this one isn’t so much for the kids. But hey, why not get a sitter and take a tour of the Coors brewery, the largest single brewery in the world, as well as six dozen other award-winning brewpubs and microbreweries in the area.
4. B-cycle program. Denver is home to one of the most innovative, green bike-sharing programs in the world. Once you pay B-cycle’s modest membership fee, you can hop on a red bike at any one of the dozens of bike stations around the city, and take an unlimited number of rides — to lunch, the library, anywhere! So get the family outside for the day, all while getting some exercise and helping the environment to boot.
5. The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. Actually in Colorado Springs (about a 45 min. drive from Denver), the Broadmoor sits on 3,000 acres of land in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain. It’s a majestic, five-star resort that hails back to the days of old. The children will no doubt enjoy the two swimming pools, tennis courts, and plenty of long hallways, elevators, and corners to explore. Make sure you also make time for golf and dinner at one of the esteemed restaurants on the property.
6. Four Mile Historic Park. Denver may be totally modern city, but it still maintains some of its Wild West roots! Four Mile Historic Park is a 12-acre oasis just a stone’s throw from the Cherry Creek district. Home to Denver’s oldest standing structure, pioneer exhibits and the Four Mile House which was once a wayside inn and stage stop, kids are sure to love the park. And you’ll love the bonus history lesson!
7. Elitch Gardens. This one’s for the kids. Downtown Denver’s theme park has everything you’d want and more — roller coasters, junk food, games and rides. There’s truly something for everyone — even you!
8. Larimer Square. Located in the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, Larimer Square is a sight to see. Many of the building and structures still reflect the history of the city, and there is much to do and see…not to mention, EAT. Why not stop into Oteria Marco after shopping and sightseeing and indulge in the housemaid burrata and egg-topped carbonara pizza?
9. Coors Field. You’ll find the Rockies’ baseball stadium in the lower downtown area of Denver and what a sight it is to behold. Newly built in 1999, the park offers many new and updated amenities, gourmet food aplenty, and a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. Try to catch a game during the season and treat the kids to a fantastic day at the ballpark.
10. REI Flagship Store. In the market for new outdoor gear or clothes? This is the place. But it’s also the place for adventure! With an indoor climbing pinnacle and bike track, your kids will be in heaven. There’s also a Starbucks so you can refuel when you need it — and you probably will!
Don’t overlook Denver, whether you’re a Colorado native or planning your next family vacation. It’s a great city for all ages!