Denver is a great place to live and visit – I should know I’ve lived here for more than 25 years! Families with kids that visit Denver won’t have to break the bank to enjoy the Mile High City. Check out this 5 *free* kid-friendly things to do in Denver – and 2 bonus *free* activities close to Denver.
U.S. Mint Tour
My grandson loves putting quarters in his pocket, and he’ll pull the coins out with his grubby hands and say, “Gramma, look at my monies.” Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to the U.S. Mint to learn how to make money. The Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum
Housed in INVESCO Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum is free and honors the legacies of the Mile High City’s greatest sports heroes. It features the Gallery of Legends, a “Great Moments in Colorado Sports” exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.
Red Rocks Hall of Fame/Trails
Take a hike! Carved from towering red rock monuments, this 9,000-seat arena is one of the world’s most renowned concert venues. When there’s no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.
Colorado State Capitol Tour
Tour Colorado’s magnificent gold-domed Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True’s beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available Mondays through Fridays.
Denver Story Trek
Take the kids on a walking lesson and learn about Denver’s amazing history. On Denver Story Trek you’ll explore the stories behind Denver’s historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. You can bike, walk, or drive. From “Settling the Frontier” to “Women of the West,” it’s simple to use and best of all, free of charge.
Make it a road trip…
What kid doesn’t like trekking dinosaurs? Make it a road trip to Dinosaur Ridge, south of downtown Denver on the C-470 exchange. See some dinos – or what’s left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. The Dinosaur Ridge Trailway is 1.5-mile trail along Alameda Parkway, between Rooney Road North and County Road 93 with hundreds of dinosaur tracks, a quarry of dinosaur bones, and interesting geologic features. To hike the Ridge will take between 1-2 hours and is about 2 miles round trip. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours.
Located 60 miles from Denver in Colorado Springs, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak.
Thanks to VISIT DENVER, the marketing arm of the city, for their contribution to this blog.
Pictured Above: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
CREDIT: Ron Ruhoff for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau