There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Denver with kids. The Mile High City is laid-back and family-friendly. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year and generally mild weather, it’s a great place to take a family vacation. You’ll especially want to check out these destinations on your next trip.
1. Denver Zoo
Visit this award winning zoo that’s been a party of the community since 1918! The institution is committed to animal care, conservation, and education, so your family will not only be wildly entertained by more than 40 species of animals that call the zoo home, but will also leave knowing more than when you arrived. Watch demonstrations, feedings, and listen to zookeeper talks throughout the day. You can even get up close to your favorite animal!
2. Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours
This one stands out as one of the most fun things in Denver to do with kids! Board an old school bus tricked out to look like a traveling hillbilly shack, and take an unforgettable tour of the city. You’ll hear ghost tales, crime stories, and history lessons while sitting on a couch, recliner or saddle as the bus rolls along.
3. Red Rocks
This geologically-formed, open-air amphitheater is the most beautiful place to catch a live show. It’s also more than 700 acres of nature to explore. It’s where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, and it’s also where some pretty incredible musicians have performed (everyone from The Beatles and U2 to some of the world’s most famous opera singers). Even if you don’t catch a concert, take the family out to explore, and stay for lunch at the Ship Rock Grille.
4. Union Station
This 100-year-old, centrally-located landmark is home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars, shops and even a hotel. There are always fun events happening there, like a visit from Santa during the holidays. Union Station isn’t just for show; it’s a bonafide transportation hub for locals and tourists alike. Hop on a bus, light rail or even an Amtrak train from this location.
5. Downtown Aquarium
This entertainment and dining complex has an aquarium with more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits highlighting ecosystems around the world. It’s home to more than 500 species of animals, has an interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, the Aquarium Restaurant, the Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom, a 4D theater, a carousel and a train!
6. Children’s Museum of Denver
Your family will have a blast in this hands-on museum that’s full of exhibits best for kids up to 8 years of age. There’s fun and learning to be had inside and out, all year long. Children can learn about altitude and bubble science, ride a zip line, build a fort, “shop” in a market, create art, and prepare real food in a test kitchen alongside Colorado chefs! Guests usually spend up to three hours exploring.
7. Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Make a field trip out of your vacation with a trip to this incredible museum! The exhibitions are always changing, but kids can expect to learn about things like dinosaurs, outer space, gems and minerals, and other cultures. Check out the list of current and upcoming exhibits ahead of your trip. Be sure to visit the IMAX Theater and planetarium while you’re there.
Whether your family loves animals, the great outdoors, or the arts, there are tons of fun things to do in Denver with kids! In fact, we’re already planning our next trip back. What’s the first thing you want to explore on your vacation?
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Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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