My family recently spent a few days in Denver, and I was pleasantly surprised by what a fine city this would be for a family getaway. The city itself is not large, so it’s really easy to get around on bikes, walking, using public transportation or your car. The museums are fabulous: Denver Art Museum, Museum of Science and Nature, Colorado Railroad Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, the Botanical Garden and Conservatory and more! The numerous public parks are beautiful and feature paved off-road bike paths throughout. My boys loved the skateboard park!
The city has three major sports stadiums right in downtown, and you can enjoy biking, scooter, Segway and kayaking tours. On our excellent Bikalope Bike Tour we learned a great science lesson on why there were so many home runs in the first season at Coors Field (and it’s not the altitude, because they adjusted the field for the lack of air resistance.) You’ll have to go and find out.
The state capital is very appealing with its gold dome, and there are very interesting public art installations all around the city.
The kids will love the giant blue bear at the Convention Center, and the escalator inside has laughing stairs! There is a centralized performing arts complex with several venues, great restaurants and shops, and the former rail station has been revitalized to include a bar, cafe, coffee shop, high-end restaurants, games and a hotel. In 2016, they’ll be a high-speed rail line between downtown and the airport.
Day trips options are numerous: catch a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater or visit Dinosaur Ridge in the same area; take in the views at Lookout Mountain and visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and gravesite; spend the afternoon wandering the pedestrian mall in Boulder and be entertained by the street performers; go hiking in the Rocky Mountains; drive the incredibly gorgeous I-70 to Vail; explore an old mining town; go rafting in Fort Collins; take the highest paved road in North America to Mount Evans at 14,260 feet. The list is pretty long, and we haven’t even discussed all the breweries for Dad to try.
We had a great time in Denver, and I’ll be recommending it to my clients looking for a fun city to explore with the kids!