Summer is officially here! That means it’s time to start lining up all of your summer plans and trips to kick things into high gear. However, if you’re lucky enough to call Denver home like some of our amazing assistants, then you know there’s no lack of entertainment or activity to choose from right in your own backyard. That being said, it was hard to choose, but we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorite attractions in Denver. So whether you live in the Mile High City or you’re planning to make your first trek there, we’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite things it has to offer this Summer!
Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens have multiple locations, all with plenty to explore. Spend the afternoon enjoying a walk through York Street’s “Urban Oasis” or Chatfield Farms’ “Historical Homestead.” And be sure to check out their current exhibitions: One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty, Seeing the Invisible (an exhibition of contemporary art that can only be experienced in augmented reality), or Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling.
Probably one of the more famous visual landmarks in Denver is the Red Rocks amphitheater—it’s located within 300-million year old red sandstone formations with breathtaking views of Colorado. Maybe you’ve seen concert clips from the venue or pictures of “Yoga on the Rocks”, but nothing beats visiting and experiencing it for yourself.
Some Upcoming Concerts to check out: Halsey, The Avett Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Josh Groban, and so many other acts will all be coming to Red Rocks this Summer
Dine, Drink, Shop, and Stay
Two of Denver’s coolest Hotels/Food Halls/Market Places are The Source Hotel and Market Hall or Union Station and The Crawford Hotel. There’s enough to do at either location to fill your afternoon, evening, or whole day!
“Two market halls totaling 45,000 square feet make up the foundation of The Source Hotel’s culinary complex, with a collection of 25 artisans including a bakery, pizzeria, modern wood-fired restaurant, barber, retail goods store, apparel shop, florist, brewery, and barbecue.”— The Source Hotel and Market Hall
Another Great place for eating, drinking, shopping, and just about anything else you can imagine to fill your time, is South Broadway. One of the most charming and entertaining areas to spend a day exploring—start with brunch and fill your day with thrifting, viewing art galleries, live music, craft breweries, or a movie.
So get out there and start exploring! Denver is a lively town full of culture, things to learn, and no lack of things to do—use this list as a guide or a jumping-off point for your own adventure this Summer. And if you’re traveling to CO, check out our Travel Planning Tips and Tricks to make your journey a breeze!