Downtown Denver Attractions
LoDo or lower downtown spans 23 blocks and hosts a myriad of shops, over 90 restaurants, entertainment venues, 30 art galleries, and Coors Field baseball park. Enjoy an afternoon stroll, browse the shops, or choose from a wide selection of world delights for dinner.
Larimer Square, named after Denver’s founder, is centered on Denver’s first city street. It once held the city’s post office, bank, bookstore and dry goods store. Rescued from the wrecking ball in the 1960s, Larimer Square is now a shopping, dining and entertainment center, lively day and night. Larimer Square also hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as Oktoberfest and Winterfest.
16th Street Mall is Denver’s hub of hotels, restaurants, shopping, dining and entertainment that stretches in an urban walkway for 16 blocks in the heart of downtown. Locals and visitors alike enjoy strolling down the Mall’s wide, pedestrian friendly sidewalks to people watch and visit with friends.
The Denver Mint is where our money has been made since 1863. At that time, gold miners brought their nuggets directly to the mint to sell. Today, our coins contain no gold or silver, and the Denver Mint produces 32 million of them per year. On the tour offered daily, you will learn how United States coins are made, and will see stamping presses which can turn out up to 530 coins per minute. The tour includes a display of six gold bars.
Imagine covered wagons, a rendezvous of fur trappers, Indian buffalo hunts, mining the Rocky Mountains, and life in early Denver. Discover the diversity of Colorado from its earliest inhabitants to its pioneer families. Explore Colorado’s own museum with fascinating collections, detailed dioramas, historic photographs, artifacts, and more. Special galleries also feature changing exhibitions on life and culture in the American West.
Elitch Gardens is full of world-class thrills and adventure—all at a Mile High!
The park features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Open from mid- May to Labor Day, admission includes entrance to the Island Kingdom Water Park. Also enjoy family events such as the Summer Music Festival and the Spooky Fright Fest in October. There’s something for everyone at Elitch Gardens: thrilling coasters for the daring adventurers, and rides like the Tea Cups and the Big Wheel for the whole family to enjoy.
Home of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Titanic heroine, restored to its original Victorian splendor. She was known for her philanthropic work and her many passions.
The Downtown Aquarium offers upscale, casual dining and spectacular sea creatures in underwater exhibits. This entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than one million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world and house over 500 species of animals; an interactive Sting Ray Reef touch tank; the Aquarium Restaurant; the Dive Lounge; the Nautilus Ballroom, and amusements for the entire family.
The Children’s Museum of Denver offers 11 innovative and interactive Playscapes, educational daily programming and special events all year long for children newborn through age eight. Annually serving nearly 250,000 children, the museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to explore and discover. The Children’s Museum of Denver’s mission is to create a community where children and their grown-ups learn through play.
Rooted at a mile high, Denver Botanic Gardens has been a favorite Denver destination for over 55 years. Art and science unite in the Gardens’ spectacular 23-acre urban oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience, as well as a living laboratory for education and acclaimed conservation and research programs.
It all began with a special gift to the mayor of Denver, a black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, Denver Zoo is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing over 700 species and is one of the most popular zoos in the United States. With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place, the 21st century will see Denver Zoo transformed into an exciting conservation center that will continue to further the evolution of superb zoo exhibitory. To provide environmental education which inspires public awareness of global conservation. To engage in scientific programs which make meaningful contributions to the conservation of animals and their ecosystems.
The Museum is the fourth largest museum of its kind with an IMAX theatre, planetarium and national treasures. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is 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. The museum inspires curiosity and excites minds of all ages through scientific discovery and the presentation and preservation of the world’s unique treasures.
Four Mile Historic Park is a 12 acre oasis featuring Denver’s oldest standing structure, pioneer exhibits, special events for all ages, and guided tours that transport visitors to Colorado’s frontier past. Four Mile offers many ways for visitors of all ages to experience the rich and varied history of Colorado’s past. In addition to museum and grounds tours, family activities include our annual special events, antique farm equipment and live animals.
A great variety of amusement park rides awaits you at Lakeside. There are rides for every level of excitement and adventure. There’s the World-Famous Cyclone Roller Coaster, the original Merry-Go-Round and much more. The Streamliner Diesel Train and the honest-to-goodness Coal Burning Miniature Steam Train will whisk you around a beautiful lake. There are even 15 children’s rides in Kiddie’s Playland.
Water World, one of America’s largest family waterparks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. The park features the biggest variety of attractions (42) in America, from Wally World for the tots, to Voyage to the Center of the Earth for the entire family. Water World has more family tube rides than any other park in America. Thrill rides are in abundance also, like the Red Line speed slide. Plenty of picnic areas are available, from covered pavilions to beautifully landscaped grass areas.