Denver is a sprawling metropolis of almost 3 million people, that stretches across the eastern part of the Rocky Mountains. The area is an absolute haven for outdoor sports and nature enthusiasts, with the city also providing plenty of art museums, botanical gardens, city parks and more. The following are some of the best places to visit in Denver.
1. Downtown Aquarium
Denver’s Downtown Aquarium features more than 1 million gallons worth of underwater exhibits that focus on the oceanic and freshwater ecosystems for over 500 different species of ocean life. There is an interactive touch tank that allows you to pet stingrays. Other favorites include a shipwreck and coral lagoon. The aquarium also has a restaurant where you can eat lunch with a 50,000 gallon tank surrounding you full of brightly colored tropical fish hailing from the Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Hawaii and Caribbean.
2. Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens have three different locations in the city. It has a large amphitheater that is used in the summer for concerts, along with rotating exhibits, themed gardens and a conservatory. Whether you love nature or just won’t to escape from the concrete jungle without needing to leave the city limits, you just have to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens.
3. Denver Museums
Denver is full of art galleries and museums. Take the kids to Morrison National History Museum to learn more about dinosaurs. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science you can view an astronomy demonstration from the planetarium or watch an IMAX move. Another highlight is the 3D Great White Shark exhibit. The Denver Art Museum features an extensive 19th-century photography collection that showcases the American West along with plenty of international work as well.
4. Water World
One of the largest water parks in the U.S. is only 10 miles north of the city of Denver. It is a great place to visit during the hot summer months. Water World is a 67-acre park with dozens of rides and slides for all ages and at various thrill levels.