Love the outdoors and the city?
Denver, Colorado, has the best of both worlds, offering solo travelers and families a slew of outdoor adventures within the city. Check out these five can’t-miss activities right in the heart of The Mile High City.
Bike to Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Rent a bicycle and pedal over to the Denver Zoo to view hundreds of animals from around the world. Just a short distance away is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, full of fascinating and educational exhibits, an IMAX theater and a planetarium.
Dinosaurs among the exhibits at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Kayaking in Confluence Park
A day of fun on the water awaits at Confluence Park in Lower Downtown (LoDo), where you can paddle the whitewater chutes while enjoying views of the Denver skyline. Take a lesson from a local outfitter if you’ve never tried kayaking – it’s fun and easy to learn. Other summer activities include tubing down the South Platte River, sunbathing on the shore and walking along the trails that line the park.
Wilderness kayaking adventure right in the city at Confluence Park
Pedal Boat in Washington Park
Rent a pedal boat or bicycle at Washington Park, which is known for its two lakes and beautiful gardens. Stop and smell the roses – and hundreds of other flower varieties – at a recreation of the gardens at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Walk or bike around lakefront trails, let the kids play at the playgrounds or catch a game of tennis or croquet. Washington Park is a full-day outing.
Beautiful scenery at Denver's Washington Park
Pedicab to RiNo
The River North Arts District (RiNo) is well-known as the city’s hub of creative activity, evidenced by the ever-changing street art you’ll see on the sides of buildings. Take a pedicab tour around Denver’s most popular attractions, then get out and explore the shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants in this unique district.
Pedicab tour around Denver’s River Arts North District (RiNO)
Don’t let anyone tell you that watching sports is a passive activity – Denver is home to seven professional sports teams, and when you’re jumping out of your seat and high-fiving your neighbor, you’ll feel the excitement for yourself. Check out Colorado Rockies baseball, American football with the Denver Broncos, hockey with the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids soccer, Colorado Mammoth lacrosse, Denver Nuggets basketball and more.
Watching a baseball game at Denver’s Coors Field
Denver International Airport (DEN) is one of the busiest airports in the USA, with nonstop and connecting flights from around the world. Direct rail service connects the airport to Denver Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver.
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