With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all the sights and activities that Denver has to offer. There’s no better time to start planning than right now! We at 8z, have decided to help you out with the decision process. Here are five fun things to do in Denver on the weekend:
1) Denver Botanic Gardens: Denver has one of the top rated Botanic Gardens in the nation. It’s located just ten miles east of downtown and one mile north of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and displays a wide variety of plants and trees from all over the world. They hold a variety of exhibits, concerts, art displays, and plant sales throughout the year. Admission is decently priced, and it provides hours of entertainment as you walk around the 23 acre landscape. Recently Denver volunteers assisted world renowned Japanese artist, Tetsunori Kawana assemble a dramatic new installation at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
2) Denver Art Museum: Located in the City Civic Center, this museum is easy to access and full of interesting exhibits. It’s currently hosting an exclusive U.S. exhibition called “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.” This exhibit shows designer Yves Saint Laurent’s work over the past 40 years. It will be here through July 8, 2012, and is a must see for all fashionistas. Another traveling exhibit is “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” featuring pins worn by Madeline Albright, viewed at the museum from 15 April – 17 June. Every few weeks this museum has a new highly respected exhibit that draws in thousands of viewers, and that’s not even counting the number of people who go to see the museum itself!
3) Washington Park: If you’re more keen on being outdoors on the weekends, consider checking out this spacious park. It covers 165 acres, and is always buzzing with activity. Fitness enthusiasts can often be found here, as it has numerous running trails, tennis courts, a lawn bowling/croquet field, and a recreation center that has an indoor pool and free weights. If you’re not an exercise buff, have no fear. This park also has beautiful flower gardens, two lakes (one of which is boat friendly), and two different playgrounds for the kids. The Wash Park neighborhood surrounding the area are some of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods and are filled with cute little houses.
4) Cherry Creek Bike Path: Grab a bike and head off down this 15 mile scenic bike trail that follows Cherry Creek through Denver. This is one of the most popular bike/hike/jogging trails in Denver, and is used by many of the locals. It starts at Confluence Park, passes by the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and ends at the Cherry Creek Reservoir, making it very accessible from many Denver neighborhoods. The trail is below street level allowing some of the traffic noise to be blocked, but it still follows along Speer Boulevard. If you don’t have a bike, have no fear! You can easily rent one from one of Denver’s many B-Cycle stations.
5) Coors Field: This MLB field opened in 1995, and is home to the Denver Rockies. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll be happy to know that there isn’t a bad seat in the house and the wide selection of food and drinks are a favorite amenity among guests. It also has one of the largest outfields in baseball today. Because of the high elevation, many balls end up traveling farther than in other parks, so it was decided to place the outfield fences unusually far from the home plate. If you happen to visit on a non-game day or in the off season, you can still get a tour of the stadium for an incredibly reasonable price. It’s easy to make a day when visiting the ball park. Take public transportation to Coors Field then enjoy the food and drink in the LoDo and Ballpark neighborhoods.