Things to Do in Denver

Places of Interest | Areas of Interest | Sports | Nearby Places to Dine | Farther Afield—Beyond Denver |

Have fun in Denver and take measures to adjust to the altitude during your stay in the Mile High City.  Please drink plenty of water and watch your alcohol intake.  Prepare for sunshine and dress in layers.

Distances are approximate.  Use caution if walking and check routes prior to starting your trip.  Routes may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

 

Places of Interest: 

Some attractions may be included in or discounted through the purchase of the MILE HIGH CULTURE PASS, https://www.denver.org/articles/post/the-mile-high-culture-pass/.

CHERRY CREEK MALL
3000 East 1st Avenue (3.2 miles), http://www.shopcherrycreek.com/

Cherry Creek Shopping Center offers Denver and the Rocky Mountain region over 160 retailers on the forefront of men’s and women’s fashion, technology, accessories, home furnishings and more.

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM

1250 Bannock Street (.5 mile), https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/

Clyfford Still, considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists.  The Museum, which opened at the end of 2011, was founded to promote the late artist’s work and legacy.  Still’s estate―2,400 artworks―had been sealed off from the public since 1980.  Closed Mondays.

COLORADO STATE CAPITOL

200 E. Colfax Avenue (.4 mile), http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1024591/

The Capitol building was designed by Elijah E. Myers, and its construction lasted from 1886 through 1901.  The Colorado Capitol was designed on an axis in the form of a Greek cross and resembles the basic design of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Closed weekends.

DENVER ART MUSEUM

100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway (.4 mile), http://denverartmuseum.org/

The Denver Art Museum is made up of two architecturally stunning buildings―one a fortress-like structure from Italian architect Gio Ponti, the other, a structure that resembles a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind.  Inside, find the world’s greatest collection of Native American art and 68,000 other art objects, including works from European masters, Old West classics and phenomenal traveling exhibits.  Closed Mondays.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS

1007 York Street (2.4 miles), https://www.botanicgardens.org/

Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while its conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations.

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

2001 Colorado Blvd. (2.9 miles), http://www.dmns.org/

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.

DENVER PAVILIONS

500 16th Street (.2 mile), http://www.denverpavilions.com/

40 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues minutes from the conference hotel.

DENVER ZOO

2300 Steele Street (2.6 miles), http://www.denverzoo.org/

With the opening of Bear Mountain in 1918, Denver Zoo became the first American institution to benefit from Carl Hagenbeck’s revolutionary zoo concept, that people should see animals at eye level in natural habitats without bars or fences.

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF KANSAS CITY―DENVER MONEY MUSEUM

1020 16th Street (.5 mile), https://www.kansascityfed.org/moneymuseum?location=1

Learn about the economy through hands-on exhibits for all ages.  Closed weekends.

HISTORY COLORADO CENTER

1200 Broadway (.6 mile), http://historycoloradocenter.org/

History Colorado is a historical society established in 1879 that offers public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado, including collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures and services related to preservation, archaeology, and history.

MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM

1340 Pennsylvania Street (.8 mile), http://www.mollybrown.org/

Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum is committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity by telling the story of Margaret “Molly” Brown’s activism, philanthropy and passion.  Closed Mondays.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER

1485 Delgany Street (1.2 miles), http://mcadenver.org/

MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time.  Accessible via 16th Street Free MallRide Bus and short walk.  Closed Mondays.

U.S. MINT

320 W. Colfax Avenue (.2 mile), https://competition.usmint.gov/visiting-the-united-states-mint-in-denver-colorado/?_ga=1.134087310.1002246814.1491931754

Learn how to make money!  The U.S. Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver.  Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.  Reservations required; advance reservations recommended.  Open Mondays through Thursdays.

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Areas of Interest:

16TH STREET MALL―PEDESTRIAN MALL

Adjacent to Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, http://16thstreetmalldenver.com/

Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long mall has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver’s best people-watching.  Renowned architect I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake.  Hop on the bus―they’re free and stop on every corner.  After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.

ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE

Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street between Alameda and 12th Avenues (.9 mile), http://www.artdistrictonsantafe.com/

One of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts, with more than 60 art galleries, studios and innovative businesses.  The district features some of the most authentic Mexican culture in the city.  It’s also home to craft breweries and the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest dining establishment.  During First Friday Art Walks, galleries, studios and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun.

CIVIC CENTER PARK

101 W. 14th Avenue (.4 mile), http://www.denver.org/listing/civic-center-park/6823/

Bordered by the State Capitol, the City and County Building, and the Denver Art Museum, Civic Center Park is the centerpiece of Denver’s green space.  The park blooms with 25,000 square feet of flower beds each summer.  The Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival will take place May 6 and 7 in the park: http://www.cincodemayodenver.com/.

LARIMER SQUARE

Larimer Street, between 14th and 15th Streets (.8 mile), http://www.larimersquare.com/

Larimer Square is a trendy block of Victorian buildings and is home to chic shopping, dance clubs, a comedy club, outdoor cafes and a dozen of Denver’s best restaurants.  For 40 years in downtown Denver, it’s hip to be at the “Square.”  Accessible via 16th Street Free MallRide Bus and short walk.

LODO HISTORIC DISTRICT

(1.1 miles), http://www.lodo.org/

Denver’s happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes.  While you’re in LoDo, browse from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one of Esquire Magazine’s 50 best bars; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver’s first brewpub opened by former Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor), John Hickenlooper.  Accessible via 16th Street Free MallRide Bus.

UNION STATION

1701 Wynkoop Street (1.2 miles), http://unionstationindenver.com/

Denver’s Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub and hotel.  The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, with a dozen restaurants and bars, from farm-to-table favorite Mercantile to the Terminal Bar, situated in the station’s old ticket windows.  Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub, serving as an AMTRAK, light rail and shuttle bus station with direct rail service to Denver International Airport.  Accessible via 16th Street Free MallRide Bus.

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Sports:

BASEBALL

Coors Field (1.3 miles), https://www.mlb.com/rockies/?c_id=col

The Colorado Rockies will be home for baseball games over the Clinical Conference.  Coors Field is conveniently located downtown.  From the Sheraton, take the mall bus, or simply stretch your legs along the 16th Street Mall and before you know it, you’re just blocks away from Coors Field.

May 5: vs. Diamondbacks

May 6: vs. Diamondbacks

May 7: vs. Diamondbacks (day game)

May 8: vs. Cubs

May 9: vs. Cubs

BICYCLE RENTAL

https://denver.bcycle.com/

Short-term rentals; BYO Helmet.

SOCCER

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO (10.3 miles)

http://www.coloradorapids.com/

May 5: Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Nearby Places to Dine:

5280 BURGER BAR AND CREAMERY, 500 16th Street at Denver Pavilions (.2 mile), http://www.5280burgerbar.com/

AVELINA (Contemporary American), 1550 17th Street, (1.2 miles), http://www.avelinadenver.com/

BEAST + BOTTLE (Rustic American), 719 E. 17th Avenue (.6 mile), http://beastandbottle.com/

BISTRO VENDOME (Parisian), 1420 Larimer Street, Larimer Square (.8 mile), http://bistrovendome.com/

CHOLON BISTRO (Modern Asian), 1555 Blake Street (1 mile), https://www.cholon.com/denver/

THE COOPER LOUNGE (Cocktails), 1701 Wynkoop Street, at Union Station (1.2 miles), http://cooperlounge.com/

CRAVE REAL BURGER, 1550 Blake Street (1 mile), http://craverealburgers.com/

DENVER CENTRAL MARKET (Gourmet Food Hall), 2669 Larimer Street (1.5 miles), http://denvercentralmarket.com/

DUCK SOUP (Sandwich, Soup, Salad; Closes Early and Closed Sundays), 303 16th Street (.1 mile), http://www.ducksoupdenver.com/

ELLYNGTON’S at the Brown Palace Hotel (Contemporary American), 321 17th Street (.2 mile), https://www.brownpalace.com/dining/restaurants/ellyngtons

GUARD AND GRACE (Steakhouse), 1801 California Street (.5 mile), https://guardandgrace.com/

HARD ROCK CAFE DENVER, 500 16th Street Mall, in Denver Pavilions (.2 mile),

http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/denver/

HEARTH & DRAM (American), 1801 Wewatta Street (1.2 miles), https://www.hearthanddram.com/

THE KITCHEN (Farm to Table), 1530 16th Street (.9 mile), http://thekitchenbistros.com/denver/

LA LOMA (Mexican), 1801 Broadway (.3 mile), http://lalomamexican.com/

MARLOWE’S (Steakhouse), 501 16th Street (.2 mile), http://www.marlowesdenver.com/

MERCANTILE (Farm to Table), 1701 Wynkoop Street, at Union Station (1.2 miles), http://mercantiledenver.com/

OCEAN PRIME (Seafood), 1465 Larimer Street, Larimer Square (.8 mile), https://www.ocean-prime.com/locations-menus/denver

OSTERIA MARCO (Italian), 1453 Larimer Street, Larimer Square (.8 mile), http://www.osteriamarco.com/

PANZANO (Italian), 909 17th Street (.6 mile), http://www.panzano-denver.com/

POTAGER (Farm to Table), 1109 Ogden Street (1.3 miles), http://www.potagerrestaurant.com/

RACCA’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA–BALLPARK, 2129 Larimer Street (1.2 miles), http://www.raccaspizzeria.com/

RIOJA (Mediterranean), 1431 Larimer Street, Larimer Square (.8 mile), http://www.riojadenver.com/

SHISH KABOB GRILL (Casual Middle Eastern), 1503 Grant Street (.4 mile), http://www.shishkabobgrill.com/

STEUBEN’S UPTOWN (Classic Regional American), 523 E 17th Avenue (.5 mile), http://www.steubens.com/

STOIC & GENUINE (Seafood) 1701 Wynkoop Street, at Union Station (1.2 miles), http://stoicandgenuine.com/

TAG (Continental), 1441 Larimer Street, Larimer Square (.8 mile), https://tag-restaurant.com/

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Farther Afield—Beyond Denver:

Denver serves as an excellent gateway to the wonders of the nearby Rocky Mountains.  Here are just a handful of must-see attractions, gorgeous scenic drives and mountain town adventures, all within two hours of The Mile-High City.

BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM AND GRAVE

987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden (19 miles), http://www.buffalobill.org/

One of the most famous cowboys to ever ride the range, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody epitomized the Old West.  Upon his request he was buried atop Lookout Mountain, a site boasting one of the best views in all of Colorado.  The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, which opened in 1921, offers a look into life in the Old West, with exhibits on Buffalo Bill’s life, the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts including Sitting Bull’s bows and arrows, Western art, and firearms.

CHATFIELD STATE PARK

11500 N. Roxborough Park Road, Littleton (22 miles), http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield

Float your boat in the lake, bicycle or hike on a trail that provides scenic views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River valley, camp, ride a horse and even fly a model airplane―all at Chatfield State Park, nestled next to the foothills southwest of Denver.  Boaters of all types―from water skiers to fishing enthusiasts to canoeists and sailors―will love Chatfield Reservoir’s waters.  Boat rentals, a floating restaurant and a marina are also part of the fun at Chatfield.

CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK

4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora (17 miles), http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/CherryCreek

Just minutes from downtown Denver, you’ll encounter this magnificent outdoor recreation paradise.  Anchored around an 880-surface-acre reservoir, Cherry Creek State Park’s natural prairie environment of gentle, rolling hills complements the complete outdoor recreation facilities, including camping, picnicking and facilities for group events.  Close and convenient, Cherry Creek is Denver’s spectacular backyard.  Bike, hike or jog on 12 miles of paved trails―35 total miles of multi-use trails.  Boating on the lake is also a popular pastime out here.  The park offers boat launches on both the east and west sides of the reservoir for park visitor use.  The Cherry Creek Marina offers full concessions including boating lessons and bait.  If you want to make a weekend of it, Cherry Creek Campground has 125 newly renovated sites for fun overnight stays.

DINOSAUR RIDGE

16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison (15 miles), http://www.dinoridge.org/

Dinosaur Ridge is a famous natural landmark, located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, near Morrison, Colorado.  It features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints.  A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours and guided tours can be arranged through the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

ELDORADO CANYON STATE PARK

9 Kneale Road, Eldorado Springs (30 miles), http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/EldoradoCanyon

Tucked away just minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon is a true hidden treasure.  You can hike amidst the towering sandstone cliffs, picnic along scenic South Boulder Creek or climb Eldo’s sheer golden walls.  It’s just a half-hour’s drive from downtown Denver.  Rock Climbers take note: Eldorado Canyon offers over 500 technical rock climbing routes luring climbers from around the world to challenge their skills on Eldo’s golden cliffs.  Hike or mountain bike the picturesque trails that vary from easy to difficult and connect with Boulder’s legendary trail systems.  Enjoy a picnic by scenic South Boulder Creek.  In the winter, Eldorado offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison (16 miles), http://redrocksonline.com/the-park/recreation

A picture perfect setting with flawless all-natural acoustics 70 million years in the making, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a true Colorado original.  In addition to its blockbuster summer concert series (everyone from the Beatles to U2 have played here), Red Rocks is open year-round, featuring the Red Rocks Performers Hall of Fame and the Trading Post Loop Hiking Trail, a 1.4-mile adventure through spectacular rock formations, valleys and a natural meadow.

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