The Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum opened in 1921 and 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. While you’re in the area, check out the City of Denver’s Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve (20 miles west of Denver at I-70, Exit 250), with 40 buffalo in a natural setting — the only city-maintained herd in the country. Afterwards, enjoy downtown Golden, with shops, restaurants and plenty of Old West ambiances. Click here for more information or call (303) 526-0744.
Located in a 150,000-square-foot, 1930s-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies is heaven for the aerospace enthusiast. The museum is home to more than three-dozen historic airplanes and space vehicles, including a massive B-52 Stratofortress (pictured above), a 1926 Eaglerock “longwing,” and – Star Wars fans take note – an X-Wing fighter.
MUST-SEE: The Avionics and Radio Exhibit is a wonderful collection of beautifully restored examples of period radio, telephone and avionics technology.
Click here for more information or call (303) 360-5360 x104.
Housed in a replica of a 1880s-style depot, The Colorado Railroad Museum is a delight for train-lovers of all ages. Enjoy thousands of rare photographs, artifacts and documents illustrating the colorful histories of the railroads that have served the state for more than 125 years. Then head outside to explore 15 acres of sprawling grounds with more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cars and other rolling stock.
MUST-SEE: On the museum’s lower level, check out the Denver HO Society’s “Denver and Western” large operating model train layout. Open to the public until 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, it features HO, HOn3 and electrics that represent Colorado rail history in miniature.
In the 1980s, the discovery of a large population of wintering bald eagles at RMA kick started the environmental recovery of the site that continues today.
Soon, people realized that despite the contamination of the site, there were extensive and healthy wildlife populations throughout the Arsenal. Deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, and many species of hawks, owls and other birds thrived in the abandoned fields, grasslands and wood lots that had been protected from forty years of urban sprawl and development. In 1992, Congress passed the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Act, designating the site as a future refuge. Since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has managed the site “as if it were a refuge,” monitoring wildlife health, restoring native prairie habitats, and providing opportunities for spectacular wildlife viewing and recreation.
In the past two decades, the RMA has quickly become one of the premier urban national wildlife refuges in the United States. Since 1990, more than 383,000 visitors have explored this unique and beautiful area.
Ten minutes from downtown Denver, the Refuge is home to more than 330 species of wildlife including bison, bald eagles, deer, songbirds, waterfowl, and burrowing owls. The Visitor Center exhibits focus on Refuge wildlife and history. Visitor opportunities include nature programs, guided wildlife viewing tours, fishing, wildlife photography, and hiking on over 9 miles of nature trails. The Wildlife Drive allows visitors to see the refuge at their own pace.
For more information, click here or call (303) 289-0930.
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have plenty of marine life for you and your family to gawk at. The Downtown Aquarium features fascinating sea creatures, sharks and more. All in all, there are more than 15,000 fish, mammals and plants, including an exhibit of Sumatran tigers who love to swim.
The Downtown Aquarium mixes family fun, upscale casual dining and spectacular marine life in Denver. Explore the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit with more than one million gallons of extraordinary exhibits. Dine in the Aquarium Restaurant seated around a 150,000-gallon aquarium while you feast on a variety of delicious selections.
FAMILY TIP: Stroll the grounds around the aquarium for kid-focused activities, like petting zoos and educational programs.
For more information, click here or please call (303) 561-4450.
Escape the elements and enjoy an hour in a tropical paradise at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The lush Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory at the York Street location is one of the most compelling tropical plant displays in the country, including banyan tree roots and cloud forest orchids. The largest single structure tropical conservatory in the U.S., this captivating attraction also features various food plants, including bananas, chocolate, and coffee. Head for the tree-tops! The conservatory’s two-story model of a banyan tree gives visitors an aerial view of the tropical forest.
For more information, click here or call (720) 865-3501.
Approaching 40 years of recreation fun, come experience the splendor of the western country side. Guides are dedicated tourism professionals, and are sure to show you a good time.
Adventures Out West offers hot air balloon flights, mountain 4×4 tours, Segway tours, zip line tours, guided hikes, and more!
Their Segway tours at Garden of the Gods are a one of a kind blast, “Just, don’t hit the curb!” Call and play today! For more information click here or call (800) 755-0935.
A delightful sleigh ride through a majestic Rocky Mountain landscape. Warm cocoa. Plates loaded with hearty home-made fare. Followed by a show featuring live musical entertainment that will get the whole family laughing and engaged.
It is a beautiful 80-minute drive from Downtown Denver and 30 minutes east of Vail.
2 Below Zero is eager to give you a taste of the best that Colorado has to offer. Come enjoy the ultimate themed dinner experience in Colorado. Many families put this on their Colorado travel itinerary year after year. Take a step back in time and experience an unforgettable evening of wholesome fun amidst the grandeur of towering pines and mountain vistas. For more information, click here or call (970) 453-1520.
Part of Denver’s Theatres & Arenas Division, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue just 15 miles west of Denver. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe inspiring hiking and biking trails. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history, a Performer’s Hall of Fame and delicious food at Ship Rock Grille. Daily Tours: by appointment (303-697-6047) $6.00 per person. For more information, click here.
As 5280’s Top of the Town Editor’s Choice, Culinary Connectors provides exclusive, behind the scenes culinary tours to Denver’s top restaurants* as well as walking neighborhood culinary tours. Go into the kitchen with the chefs as they offer expertly prepared tastings paired with a beer, wine or cocktail. Explore & experience Denver’s amazing culinary world. All tours are chef led.
For more information, click here or call (303) 495-5487.
Rent a scooter to explore Denver in a fun new way! See Denver’s local sights on a Vespa-style scooter, or scoot to the foothills and visit places like Red Rocks Amphitheater. We include individual moped riding training, helmet, goggles, insurance and fuel. You need to be 18+, have a driver’s license, and be comfortable riding a bicycle. Guided tours available. Find us between the Colorado Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Denver, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, and the Embassy Suites downtown. You’re cuter on a scooter! For more information click here or call (720) 523-3240.
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