The mornings are growing cooler and the kids have packed up their backpacks and headed to school. However, that doesn't mean that summer is completely gone! There is still time to nab a few fun weekends in the sun before the snow begins to fall, and we're here to help. Read on for some favorite Denver activities that will keep your family smiling and your wallet happy.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Sure, the concert tickets may be pricey but visiting the renowned venue is free! Red Rocks is located west of Denver in the small town of Morrison. Dozens of trails cover the surrounding area, so it's a great place to explore on the cheap. If you're feeling extra sprightly, tackle the amphitheater stairs for your workout; it's a killer! There is also a visitors' center that features the decades of concerts, so be sure to check it out.
For more information, check out the Red Rocks website.
Washington Park—or Wash Park, as locals refer to it—is the ultimate park in the Metro area. Located on the corner of Downing and Louisiana, sunny Saturdays find the park filled with runners, cyclists, volleyball games and picnics. Visitors can also fish in the lakes for free, but we still think that people watching is the best activity offered. Local tip: be aware of the geese as they tend to leave behind tons of droppings in the grass!
What is more Coloradoan than beer?! Coors Brewery, the largest single brewery facility in the world, is located in Golden, just west of Denver. The brewery offers free tours from 10am-4pm on Thursday-Monday, and noon-4pm on Sundays. Anyone is welcome, but they do request that minors under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult. Photos are welcome and adults over the age of 21 will be able to sample a few beers.
Free Days At The Museums
Because Denver is such a hub for the outdoors, it's easy to forget that there is plenty to do inside too! Thanks to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District tax, free days are offered monthly at all museums. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is free on the first Saturday of every month, and the Four Mile Historic Park Museum is free on the first Friday of every month. Free days at other museums—like the Museum of Nature and Science—vary monthly, so it's best to check out their websites for current information.
The US Mint- Denver
Did you know that there are only four mints producing coins in the United States and Denver houses one of them?! Located on Colfax near the City & County Building, the Denver Mint produces pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Free 90-minute tours of the production facility are offered from 8am-3:30pm on Monday-Thursday. However, you need to be prepared as reservations are required for a tour, so schedule yours at the Denver Mint website. Note: security accompanies the tour at all times and cameras, food, weapons, and backpacks are prohibited.
** Heather is a regular contributor to the Sierra Social Hub as part of #TeamSierra. Learn more for Heather on her blog: A Colorado Gal.
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5 Best Free Activities in Denver
By Heather Balogh
September 16, 2014
Blogger at Just a Colorado Gal
Heather is a Colorado gal who believes adventure is part of her soul. She seeks adrenaline whenever possible, and can be found peak bagging high altitude summits, backpacking into off-the-grid locales with her pup, skiing powder stashes so deep the snow stings her face, or exploring new cultures in developing countries. (Team Sierra bloggers receive promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post.) Will Rochfort is a Colorado-based writer and photographer who just happens to be married to A Colorado Gal, Heather Balogh. He is a contributing editor for Backpacker Magazine. See more of his work on Instagram.
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