Things to do in Denver

 

Downtown Denver Attractions

While staying in Denverl we hope you have time to explore and see all that the Mile High City has to offer. Our staff is here to assist you in planning an exciting trip and making sure you make the most of it. The neighborhoods surrounding the hotel near Elitch Gardens have it all, from museums to professional sports teams to extraordinary performing arts.

Museums

Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is not to be missed. The building, designed by Daniel Libeskind is a work of art itself and will change the way you experience art and architecture. Spend an afternoon exploring the Museum's many galleries, family programs, traveling special exhibitions, Museum Shop, on-site restaurants and spectacular event spaces.  Tues - Thurs 10am - 5pm; Fri 10am - 10pm; Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun Noon - 5pm; Mon Closed

Museum of Contemporary Art
MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm; Every Fri until 10pm

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Children's Museum of Denver
The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to discover, explore and enjoy. We offer innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events.
Mon - Tues & Thurs - Fri 9am - 4pm; Wed 9am - 7:30pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm


Family Fun

Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
A 70 acre amusement and water park located downtown, featuring rides, attractions, food, games and special events. Summer hours vary, 10am - 9pm

Denver Downtown Aquarium
The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium housing more then one million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world and house over 500 species of animals. Sun - Thurs 10am - 9pm; Fri & Sat 10am - 9:30pm

Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo, open every day of the year, is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species including the incredibly rare okapi, red-bellied lemur, Amur leopard, black rhino and Siberian tiger. Admissions Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grounds close at 6 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US, the Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays, special events and free admission days. Sept. 14 through May 2010, 9am - 5pm, daily


Sports

Colorado Rockies
The 2007 National League Champions play their home games in the 76-acre Coors Field in Denver's lower downtown/Ballpark Neighborhood.

Denver Outlaws
Since 2006, these Western Conference Champs have been delivering hard-hitting action to fans and Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High.

Colorado Rapids
This professional American soccer club is based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado and participates in Major League Soccer.


Performing Arts

Colorado Ballet
In 2010-2011, Colorado Ballet celebrates 50 years of bringing world-class quality dance to Colorado.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway shows, professional theatre, acting instruction and dazzling venues. 

Red Rocks Amphitheater
Outdoor concerts weekly throughout the summer months

Colorado Symphony
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra is a major professional American orchestra, established in 1989.


Government

Colorado State Capitol
Guided tours available Mon - Fri 9am - 3:30pm; please schedule in advance.

U.S. Mint
Guided tours available Mon - Fri 8am - 2pm; please schedule in advance.

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