In this High-Mile city, there is no need to put a little stress on your bank balance or on the pocket. Thinking how can this be possible? Well, it is a bit hard to believe; but there are many free Denver attractions that offer the same amount of fun and entertainment as with the chargeable highlights. So, expect plenty of things to see and do at no cost right from historical sites to the picturesque Denver parks.
Nestled on the Broadway is one of the historic Denver attractions called the Colorado History Museum that is offering a free entry since March 2010 because of its shift to the new location nearby. You might not get to see a few of the permanent collections, but it is sure worth a visit between 10 am and 5 pm, except Sunday. If you are coming with children, take them to the Children’s Museum of Denver that provides free entry on first Tuesday (Target Tuesdays) of every month between 4 pm and 8 pm. For kids, this is one of the perfect Denver attractions. Located in downtown, this is a hands-on museum featuring a priceless learning playtime. Right from the lobby’s full-size fire truck to rooms of crafts and music, your kids are sure to love this treat!
Colorado History Museum
At the 17th Avenue, the City Park is the free hub of many highlights: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, public golf course, and Denver Zoo on the grounds; City Park Jazz in summer; Denver Black Arts Festival in July; and several walking or running trails. For those who do not want be amidst countless people, this is the best park to be at, as it is not packed like the Washington Park.
One more free park worth visiting is the Four Mile Historic Park, but the museum within will charge some fee. A walk within on its grounds is quite refreshing, as the park is alongside the Cherry Creek. Timings of the park are 12 noon to 4 pm, except for Mondays and Tuesdays.
Imagine a mall offering a free attraction and that is what my next Denver highlight is. In the Cherry Creek Mall on the 1st Ave, there is something called as the giant breakfast. No, this is not to say that you have a big breakfast party for free. In fact, it is a free indoor site of entertainment for families in a super shape of a giant breakfast featuring the sub-shape of a bowl filled with baffles, bacon, eggs, and cereal. You can come here on any day of the year and timings are the same as that of the mall.
Dinosaur Ridge on the W. Alameda Pkwy accessible within half an hour from the downtown is meant for families as well as paleontologists. This is where you explore the Dinosaur Ridge education center by self or with a guide, which houses the famous dinosaur fossils, dinosaur footprints in stone, and other interesting finds between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Want to sit in some best healthy teas for free? Well, then join the Celestial Seasonings Tour on the Sleepytime Dr to see the preparations and manufacturing of many delicious herbal teas along with a short video presentation, mint storage rooms, as well as strolls in the factory. Explore all functions: making, mixing, and packaging of teas. And guess what, you can take away free samples too. Hourly tours are offered on all the days. Know the schedule by dialing (303)581-1202.
Explore the Pearl Street Mall on the Broadway nestled at half an hour from Denver in Boulder that is at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains’ Flat Irons. This is where you can enjoy the trails as well as parks besides this mall.
If you are coming in late May, be a part of the Downtown Denver Arts Festival or plan to come in July when you can enjoy the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at the Sloan’s Lake Park where the wooden dragon boats race in the honor of the Asian culture. And yes, you also get to savor Asian food and live music in the honor of a Chinese poet.
Lastly, do not forget to tour the 16th Street Trolley that runs along the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall whose 15 blocks offer several restaurants as well as shops. In addition, during the warm days, street side entertainment will catch your mind featuring lay musicians, jugglers, and guitar players. For free, the trolley can make you enjoy all this!