View Full Version : Interesting, unique things to do in the Denver area

09-13-2010, 07:06 PM
My wife and I moved here in 1997, and we're still discovering cool things to do in the Denver area (mostly with our kids). Here are a few that we have enjoyed. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions of things that are unique to Denver that shouldn't be missed!

White Fence Farm (http://whitefencefarm-co.com/) -- good food + fun stuff for kids to see and do.

The Buck Snort Saloon (http://thebucksnortsaloon.com/), Sphinx Park -- I think most of the enchantment with this place is the drive in from the south.

Water World (http://www.waterworldcolorado.com/) -- Not exactly a hidden treasure, but it's tons of fun and unique to Colorado.

Lakeside Amusement Park (http://www.lakesideamusementpark.com/) -- it's like an amusement park from the 50s and 60s trapped in time. I love all the old neon signs.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (http://www.redrocksonline.com/) -- it's so cool that we try to make it to a show there every summer.

Funtastic Fun (http://www.funtasticfun.com/) -- our kids still love this place, but are finally out-growing it.

Tiny Town Railroad (http://www.tinytownrailroad.com/) -- it's kind of strange that such a thing even exists.

What else do you all recommend? I'd love the hear some of the undiscovered, unique-to-Denver places to visit.

09-13-2010, 09:42 PM
I am biased but try the Denver Fire Department Museum.

09-13-2010, 09:49 PM
The train museum in Golden is a fun afternoon.

09-13-2010, 09:59 PM
been to the bucksnort many times with an old biker boyfriend. along the same lines is the buckhorn exchange. while waiting for dinner, you can wander around and look at the taxidermy everywhere, including a two headed sheep or goat (been a decade or so, so don't remember which for sure).

other than that, i haven't been to any of the above:(

09-13-2010, 10:46 PM
The train museum in Golden is a fun afternoon.

I agree, the Colorado Railroad Museum is really cool.. they've got several sweet engines outside, and inside in the basement is an HO setup that just rules. go any time other than the "Day Out with Thomas" day... Charlie's probably over that anyway, but it's mayhem, and expensive.

I've been to Tiny Town more times than I can remember, grew up about 1.5 miles from it we used to ride our bikes down there... then heck moved back to within 5 miles of it a couple years ago, Gavin and I were regulars.. :D

And I know it's touristy but you can't beat Telluride.. take the family up on the free gondola and hike around for a while.. :cool:

09-14-2010, 08:52 AM
colorado rail road museum in golden is fun with the kids

I'd echo lakeside ... earlier in the day before all the thugs come out its awesome.
night time is fun despite the thugs because of the aforementioned neon ...
the cyclone is one of the great wooden relics left and the best part is most days you can continuously ride w/o waiting.

11-21-2010, 11:57 AM
I just discovered the Buck Snort Saloon today while looking at some trails on Google Earth. That looks totally cool...I have GOT to get over there for a beer and a burger some time.

11-21-2010, 12:11 PM
Castlewood (Thanks Matt) Canyon near Franktown is a nice family hike. I was amazed to see something like that in what we think of as the planes

Casa Bonita has poor food, but is fun for the little ones. The Fajitas are always safe and not too bad

The Butterfly Museum was a favorite for my kids when they were smaller

A Tour of the Denver Mint is interesting

The Museum of Natural History is actually a pretty good Museum

They have spent a lot of money on the Denver Art Museum. Havent been there since the 70's, my wife says its really nice.

Seeing the Buffalo in Daniels Park

Bud's in Sadilla has the best greasy little burgers, but no Fries!

Arrowhead Golf Course is pretty cool if you play Golf. Their restaraunt is actually pretty good and you can sit above the 10th Tee and have Lunch in the summer on their patio

Cave of the winds in Colorado Springs is neat. Of Course Carlsbad Caverns in NM and Mammoth caves in ? is cooler.

11-21-2010, 12:26 PM
Miller Farms (http://www.millerfarms.net/festivals-tours-events)

Denver Mint (http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/?flash=yes&action=startreservation)

Not Denver, but close by:
Georgetown Loop Railroad (http://www.georgetownlooprr.com/)

Phoenix Mine Tour (http://www.phoenixmine.com/)

Cog Railroad (http://www.cograilway.com/)

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (http://www.cmzoo.org/) - feed the giraffes!

Mt. Evans Road (http://www.mountevans.com/)

North Pole Santa's Workshop (http://www.santas-colo.com/)

Winter Park Alpine Slide (http://www.winterparkresort.com/todo/resortactivities/summer_activities/alpineslide.htm)

Cave of the Winds (http://www.caveofthewinds.com/)

Frasier Tubing Hill (http://www.vacationsinc.com/guide-to-winter-park/winter-activities/snow-tubing/)

Ice Skating on Evergreen Lake (http://www.evergreenrecreation.com/facilities.php?id=10)

Something a little different: Frozen Dead Guy Days (http://www.frozendeadguy.com/)

EDIT: Dang Romer beat me to a couple. It's actually Castlewood Canyon by Franktown; it's a state park. For that matter, Roxborough, Golden Gate Canyon, and Eldorado Canyon State Parks are great to visit as well. And a hike up to the Flatirons in Chautauqua Park in Boulder is always a good time in the summer. Or a hike down by Boulder Creek at Walker Ranch Park outside of Boulder is good too.