See the best tourist attractions in Denver and experience the city like no other! Featured photo by Larry Johnson under creative commons.
Denver, the beautiful capital of Colorado, is the perfect place to go to get in touch with nature and enjoy the highlights of one amazing city. Sure, we love how close it is to so many ski resorts, but have you checked out the amazing art and incredible museums here?
Denver is full of so many things that no tourist should miss, but 10 particular experiences are a must if you’re pressed for time. Keep reading to find out which 10 places you just have to visit in Denver!
TRAVEL GUIDE CONTENTS
- 1 Downtown Aquarium
- 2 Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- 3 Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
- 4 Denver Botanic Gardens
- 5 Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
- 6 Denver Art Museum
- 7 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
- 8 Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
- 9 Denver Zoo
- 10 Denver Union Station
This sprawling state-of-the-art complex boasts a 50000-gallon centerpiece aquarium and houses over 500 species – the perfect place to go for ocean lovers! One of the more recent and exciting attractions is the thrilling Shark Cage Experience, and you definitely can’t miss the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit, which will give you a look at different animal habitats! Pay less and see more, get a Denver CityPass!
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Take yourself on a space odyssey or learn more about indigenous cultures when you visit this incredible museum! Their planetarium will take you through a cosmic journey and give you a closer look at awe-inspiring black holes, while their gems and minerals exhibit reveals the shining wonders of Colorado’s mines. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements, as they regularly feature temporary exhibits! See reviews on TripAdvisor
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
This museum’s mission is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood, and it has many educational programs and exhibits meant for open play. Kids and kids-at-heart alike will enjoy playing with different mediums in The Art Studio, or they can check out Altitude’s retired mountain gondola and swaying monkey bridge. There’s never a dull moment in this interactive museum! Check reviews and see more photos
Denver Botanic Gardens
This public garden is home to a conservatory and several themed gardens holding thousands of species. Curious about cacti? Bowled over by exotic orchids? You’ll go crazy over the sheer variety of flora here! It’s considered one of America’s top five botanic gardens, and it’s famous for its signature event, Blossoms of Light, which illuminates the entire garden for the holidays! Check reviews on TripAdvisor
Check their events schedule from time to time, as the Botanic Gardens often hold concerts and host traveling exhibitions.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Located in the former Lowry Air Base, this air and space museum is a tribute to Lowry’s AFB operations from 1938 to 1994, housing over 50 aircraft! Get an adrenaline rush through their realistic flight simulators, or check out the permanent Amelia Exhibit to learn about Amelia Earhart’s incredible journeys through the skies. Check review and see more photos
Denver Art Museum
Famous for its collection of Native and Western American art, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is home to over 70,000 artworks from around the world. Contemplate the beauty of Matisse, Monet, Duchamp, and Degas, or be awestruck by DAM’s extensive photography collection – with some works dating back to the 19th century! Take a guided audio tour or try some hands-on art learning experiences – there’s something for every kind of art lover at this vast museum!
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Owned by the City and County of Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is probably the most gorgeous amphitheater in America. It is a top destination for Colorado residents and tourists from around the world. Here, you can attend concerts, yoga classes, see a film, and more!
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is one of the premier museums in Denver, Colorado. This museum allows visitors to time travel through about 150 years of art. It features over 30,000 works by more than 1,500 artists and designers.
Dubbed as the wildest outdoor attraction in Colorado’s capital city, Denver Zoo features 3,000 animals spanning 400-plus species. It is an 80-acre non-profit zoological garden founded in 1896 located at 2900 E 23rd Avenue Denver, Colorado.
Denver Union Station
Visit Denver Union Station and Experience a 100-year-old historic landmark in the heart of downtown Denver. It features an array of the city’s bars, shops, and must-try restaurants.