There is lots to see and do in Denver. Mountain-views abound and the panorama visible from Denver is 120 miles long and includes nearly 200 named peaks. Learn more about Denver.
Downtown is also home to three new sports stadiums, eight professional sports teams, 300 restaurants, a wonderfully restored historic district, several museums, great shopping, the second largest performing arts center in the nation, and three college campuses.
And, in the spirit of the wild west, each winter Denver hosts one of the one of the world’s largest rodeos: the National Western Rodeo and Stock Show.
Museums & Culture
Denver has a great love of the arts and culture, with many opportunities for kids and their families.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest in the nation with ten theatres for plays, symphony, opera and ballet.
The Denver Zoo is the fourth most popular zoo in the nation and is currently undergoing a $130 million renovation and expansion.
The Downtown Aquarium has 15,000 fish and plants, while the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has added a space museum and the world’s most advanced digital planetarium.
The Children’s Museum of Denver is not to be missed.
Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods offer an abundance of retail experiences, making Denver the shopping capital of the Rocky Mountain West. You won’t be able to make it to every mall, outlet center or independent boutique in a single day – but if you’re in the mood for a weekend-long spending spree, this itinerary will highlight some of the areas you should hit. Have your credit card at the ready – you’re going to need it!
For a more laid-back but equally enticing retail excursion, head to Highlands Square in historic northwest Denver. Here you’ll find funky gifts, handmade goods, hip clothing, unique jewelry, fine lingerie and more. More than 35 stores line the streets of this buzzing neighborhood on the verge.
As you reach the end of Larimer Square, you’ll encounter a sight sure to quicken the pulse of any dedicated shopper: the 16th Street Mall, the sprawling 16-block, I.M. Pei-designed pedestrian mall that stands as Metro Denver’s No. 1 tourist attraction. It’s easy to see why: 16th Street is packed with restaurants, cafes, public art.
In the market for something vintage? Head to the thriving Antique Row, where you can browse your way through the diverse offerings of a whopping 18 blocks of antique shops, art galleries, independently owned boutiques and much more.