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Top 10 Free Things to do in Denver, CO

The Mile High City of Denver is known for the Rocky Mountains and breathtaking views. If you are looking for outdoor things to do when traveling then Denver is your spot! With so many things to do in this city, you will definitely have a good time. To check out where to go, what to eat, how to get there – visit way.com.

1.Colorado State Capitol Building

The Colorado State Capitol building houses the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Governor’s Office, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, and the Department of Treasury. Together they work to make laws and administer state government. The building was designed by Elijah Myers and it took 15 years to build this $3 million dollar building. This building is absolutely stunning and is open for FREE public tours hourly Monday – Friday 10 AM to 3 PM. They recommend arriving 20 minutes before a tour to be sure the tour isn’t already filled. Groups of 10 or more must call ahead.

2.The Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum has nine galleries of art, photos, letters, books, videos, and much more to explore. Their mission is to “Preserve, exhibit, study, and foster engagement with its unique collections; Generate outstanding exhibitions, scholarly research, educational and other cross-disciplinary programs that broaden the definition of a “single-artist” museum; and be a gathering place for the exploration of innovation and individual artistic endeavor.” They offer public tours at select times every Friday – Sunday. To get a FREE tour, it is best to check their website to get the dates and times.

Located at 1250 Bannock St.

3.Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park has become the intense place to exercise, bike and hike at 6,400 feet. A good map of the park can be found HERE. I recommend spending a day out in the park hiking. These trails are located 6,280 feet above sea level so take your health into consideration. Take plenty of water and hiking shoes are highly recommended! Below you will find a list of good hiking trails to consider. You can also take a self-guided tour of the Amphitheatre anytime but if you get the chance to see a concert there-do it!

  • Trading Post Trail
    • 1.4 miles
  • Red Rocks Trail
    • 6 mile loop
  • Funicular Trail
    • short, steep trail
  • Mt. Vernon Creek Trail
    • 1 mile
  • Geologic Overlook Trail
    • short, moderate trail

4.Cherry Creek Trail / Park

The Cheery Creek Trail is an 8 foot wide concrete trail that is a 40 mile route that starts in downtown Denver. The highlight’s of this trail include the Cheery Creek Shipping District, Four Mile House, and Historic Park. The trail also goes through Cheery Creek Park which is a 4,000 acre park and campground. The park offers a variety of activities to do on the water and land. You can also relax here and view the birds and other wildlife while enjoying the view of the mountains. Here is the map of the trail.

5.Union Station Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday between May and October from 9 AM to 2 PM you can find the Union Station Farmers’ Market on the Denver Union Station Plaza. Here you will find a variety of local farmers, packaged foods, prepared foods, and other vendors selling there goods. They also provide FREE live music from 11 AM to 2 PM. Don’t forget to take your lawn chairs to enjoy the music!

6.City Park

Denver’s City Park is 330 acres and it contains the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and IMAX, horseshoes, tennis courts, baseball, football and soccer fields, two lakes, historical monuments, two playgrounds and picnic areas. So much is going on at the City Park. If you want to take a nice walk, relax in a hammock and watch geese, play a sport, let your kids play, or just have a nice picnic then this is the perfect spot to go.

7.Brewery Tours

Colorado has more than 200 breweries in the state and it is the center of craft beer. I personally love taking these kinds of tours because it is interesting to me how they brew their specialty drinks. Below is some good places to go for FREE brewery tours. All tours are free and most of the tours end with samples!

  • Great Divide Brewing Company
    • FREE tours Monday – Friday at 3 PM and 4 PM
    • “Great Divide, DPA” is a brew named after Denver
    • 2201 Arapahoe St.
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company
    • FREE tours Tuesdays – Saturdays at 3 PM and 4 PM
    • All beer is brewed on site and it includes a bar and restaurant
    • 1634 18th St.

8.Hammond’s Candies Tour

Hammond’s makes some of the best candies there is. They offer FREE tours of their factory to show you how they make candy. They have installed large video screens in the factory so you can see up close how everything is made. It’s really interesting and the kids LOVE it. The tours last about 30 minutes and are available Monday – Friday 9:15 AM to 2:45 PM and Saturday 9:15 AM to 2:15 PM. They do recommend that you call ahead of time to be sure you get a slot for the tour as some days can be busy. Located at 5735 Washington St.

9.Denver Story Trek

On the Denver Story Trek you will learn all about the history of the landscapes and landmarks on a interactive self-guided tour. You can choose what places you want to hear about and then when you go by the places, you listen to the audio file to hear all about the place. It’s a really cool tool to use while walking around and exploring Denver. Visit the website to learn more about how it works!

10.Grow and Facility Tour

If you are interested in cannabis and how the whole thing works then you need to take a tour. Not many places offer free tours but Terrapin Care Station in Denver is the first place to offer FREE tours to the public because they want to educate the public on cannabis. There tours have been open to the public since May 2015.

ENJOY DENVER!

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