Get out and explore the greater Aurora-Denver metro area on your day off!
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The unique marketplace offers a variety of events throughout the year, including Farmers Markets, live music, pop-up art experiences, yoga, and everything in between. There are more than a dozen independently owned shops, a beer hall, and nearly a dozen bars and restaurants at the Marketplace.
From traveling down passageways lined with the bones of old, terrifying creatures to peering into caves where vibrant minerals are produced deep within the earth, there's something for everyone. Discover brilliant gems, experience an IMAX film and a planetarium presentation, and get as near to a T-Rex as you dare.
What's going on within those tanks? Everything from Colorado's state fish, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, to stingrays (which you can pet), to sharks (that you can actually swim with). The Downtown Aquarium combines family entertainment, elegant casual cuisine, and breathtaking marine life. With over one million gallons of incredible exhibits, the aquarium adventure exhibit is a must-see. Dine in the Aquarium restaurant, which is centered around a 150,000-gallon aquarium, and enjoy a variety of succulent dishes.
Looking for a piece of interactive art that will pique the interest of curious minds—and grabby hands? Then head to the Children's Museum of Denver. Through art, storytelling, and education, this children's museum honors imagination. The little ones get to build a one-of-a-kind planter, learn how to roll their own sushi, or visit an imaginary zoo for some animal yoga. Check out their events calendar here!
Discover Denver's largest assortment of locally owned and operated businesses. Featuring a unique mix of high-end designer stores and mid to low-end shops that appeal to every type of shopper. If you get hungry during a long day of shopping in Cherry Creek North, we recommend stopping at the North Italia and grabbing a delicious pizza.
With almost 70,000 works of art in 12 collections, including African art, architecture, art of the ancient Americas, Asian art, European and American art. The Denver Art Museum is one of the most important art institutions. The museum's worldwide art collections represent civilizations from all over the world. Dine-in at the Ponti, which combines art with dining, presenting a locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired menu with high standards of sustainability.
When it comes to deciding how to spend a day in Denver, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is a fantastic option. The park hosts interesting events and concerts in addition to exhilarating rides. The whitewater raft ride, the Boomerang, and the Brain Drain, which is sure to make you lose your mind, are all popular attractions. Thrill rides, family rides, children's rides, water rides – whatever your preference, Elitch Gardens has it all.
The amphitheater is a popular site for both locals and visitors from all over the world. Hiking in Red Rocks Park will reward you with magnificent views that stretch for miles and landscapes bursting with bright natural colors. Over 700 acres of geological treasures, stunning panoramas, and diverse flora and wildlife make up the park. You'll encounter plants, birds, and creatures. Make plans to attend a concert, see a movie, hike, eat, or learn about history all in one place! Take a look at the Red Rocks Trail Map beforehand so you can plan your visit! There’s also a map that shows the different parking lots.