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Things to Do in Denver, Colorado
Got kids? Then, try out some of these fun family attractions!
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of Denver-area family attractions. Are you planning a vacation or an outing...and need some ideas about fun things to do with kids in Denver, Colorado Springs, or other areas of the state? On this page, you'll see a list of fun family activities that Denver residents and visitors may enjoy; and for other areas of the state, you can check out the Colorado Family Fun page of this site.
Fun things to do in Denver, CO
Family attractions in Colorado's biggest metro area
Greater Denver has a good variety of activities for families with children. Whether you're looking for an educational activity or just plain old-fashioned FUN, you'll face a gamut of options in the Mile High City.
A list of Denver's top activities for families includes the following---
1.) Elitch Gardens theme park: Colorado's biggest amusement park is Elitch Gardens (open seasonally.) A family-favorite for generations (in its older location, that is,) Elitch's continues to thrill modern fun-seekers with its rides and attractions for every age group. You can see plenty of Elitch Gardens pictures on this site (and get info, too.) Choose from the following pages: Elitch Gardens roller coasters and thrill rides; or Elitch Gardens Family Rides; or Elitch Gardens Hours; or, lastly, Elitch Gardens Discounts and Contact Information. Also, during the fall, don't forget that the Elitch Gardens Fright Fest is a fun way to celebrate the Halloween season, with both tame, cute activities for kids...as well as scary attractions for older members of the family.
OTHER AMUSEMENT PARKS: You may also wish to visit the charming Heritage Square family park in Golden. It's attractions include not only "amusement park" rides, but features usually found in family fun centers (eg bumper boats, go karts and mini golf.) PLUS, it has attractions which fall in the "hard to find" category, such as its alpine slide and passenger railroad. Here's the Heritage Square website for complete details.
Lakeside Amusement Park is an old-school style of funland with both kiddie rides as well as thrill rides for the older crowd. Open May thru mid-September each year, this park features a low $3 entry fee. Rides can be purchased one-by-one or with an all-day pass. Here's the Lakeside Amusement Park website, where you can find the info you need to plan your family's outing.
2.) Water World water park: Another "can't miss" Colorado family attraction is WaterWorld, one of the USA's largest and most versatile water parks. With an entire range of activities
which will keep everyone in the family happy---from mere babies to thrill-seekers, and everyone in between---you'll surely enjoy Water World's extremely varied list of attractions. Here's the Water World website, for your convenience. (Open seasonally.)
OTHER WATER PARKS: Water park-lovers won't want to miss the Island Kingdom water park that's part of Elitch Gardens. Entry to Island Kingdom comes included with your theme park ticket...so when it's open (Memorial Day to Labor Day) it's like getting two attractions for the price of one. It's got a much more limited selection of water attractions than Water World...but, it's fun being able to enjoy the other Elitch Gardens attractions when you get tired of swimming. Here's the Island Kingdom page of Elitch's website.
Pirate's Cove is another smaller water park that's associated with Englewood Parks & Rec. For more info about this cute park, please see the Pirate's Cove website.
3.) The Denver Zoo: This large and attraction-filled zoo covers all the bases. Continually adding and updating exhibits, this year-round family attraction is worth visiting again and again. See pictures and read about the fun you'll have at this top-notch attraction on the Denver Zoo page of our site.
OTHER ZOOS: Though it's not a full-service zoo, the Butterfly Pavilion is a specialty animal exhibit focusing on insects. Like its name suggests, you'll see butterflies...but there's more. You'll view a variety other insects...and even get to hold a tarantula spider (IF you want to, that is.) Here's the Butterfly Pavilion's website, so you can make plans.
Or, try heading south to Colorado Springs, where you'll find a wonderful full-service zoo which has one of the best giraffe observation and feeding areas in the entire USA! You can see pics and get info on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Giraffe Feeding Station pages of our website.
4.) Family Fun Centers: Featuring arcade games, miniature golf, play areas, and other attractions (depending on where you choose to visit,) spending an afternoon at one of Denver's good family fun parks will leave your entire group smiling.
Boondock's Fun Center, an attractive outdoor park, is a great place to enjoy Denver's good-weather days. Attractions here include miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, several go kart tracks, a snack bar and an indoor game arcade. You can see pictures of the Colorado Boondock's location in the horizontal slide show just below. To get further details for planning a family outing at Boondocks, please visit the Boondock's Fun Center page of our site.
Monkey Bizness and Little Monkey Bizness, are multi-location indoor playlands. Featuring an assortment of play structures and inflatables, your kids will be begging to go again as soon as they leave. Colorado locations include Centennial, Parker, Westminster, and Colorado Sprikngs. Here is the Monkey Bizness website, where you can discover all the details for planning your fun outing or children's birthday party.
Fun City in Littleton has closed.
5.) Denver's Downtown Aquarium: Enjoy fish...and fun...at this top, year-round family attraction. The aquarium's exhibits are very attractively designed. Even better, adults will find them very informative, while kids will notice all the "fun touches" that the aquarium's architects built-in for children. The entire family will enjoy the aquarium's fine restaurant (featuring floor-to-ceiling viewing tanks.) To see pictures & get details, please visit the Denver Aquarium page of our site.
6.) Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Another top year-round Denver family activity is visiting the city's large science and natural history museum. With exhibits which will appeal to many different age ranges, you'll find a mixture of both permanent exhibits, along with rotating presentations. Here's a link to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science website.
OTHER MUSEUMS THAT PARENTS WILL LIKE include the fantastic Littleton Historical Museum. Because it's free, many may underestimate what a very good museum it is. With both indoor exhibits and interactive children's areas, and a large outdoor component, as well, you'll come away with a greater appreciation for life along the Front Range 100 to 150 years ago. And your kids? They'll just remember the fun!
Parents will also enjoy taking their kids to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. Exhibits will interest the adults, while kids will love their hands-on time playing engineer on real trains! And all ages will enjoy the short train ride around the grounds. Here's the Colorado Railroad Museum's website to find out hours, fees and special events.
7.) Denver Children's Museum: For families with young children, the year-round kid's museum makes for an interesting, fun outing. Designed to keep busy youngsters moving and actively engaged as they learn, kids from toddlers to elementary school-aged will enjoy it here. Link: Denver Children's Museum website.
8.) Take a factory tour! The popular Celestial Seasonings herbal tea-making tour offers free family fun...and a chance to taste-test Celestial Seasonings teas! These free tours begin regularly throughout the day. For details, here's the Celestial Seasonings "tours" page of the company's website.
Another fun Denver factory tour will take you through the Hammond Candy plant--yum! These tours are free, and all ages will enjoy them. Here's the "tours" page of the Hammond Candies website.