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So you’re wondering what to do in Denver? You might be visiting or just looking for something new to do around the city– well I’ve got you covered! Here are my favorite things to do in and around Denver!

Things to do in Denver

Visit the Denver Botanical Gardens

The Denver Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places in Denver. It is absolutely beautiful all year round and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without going far. I absolutely love the variation of the gardens based on the seasons, winter is one of my favorite times to visit!

Favorite things to do in Denver, visit the Denver botanical gardens
Favorite things to do in Denver, visit the Denver botanical gardens

Have a beer flight a local brewery

Denver is known for their beer scene, in fact, Colorado ranked 3rd in the number of craft breweries. One of my favorite weekend things to do is relax at a brewery and play some board games. It’s fun and social while still being chill and laid back!

Looking for the best breweries? Take a look at my list of favorite Denver breweries.

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Explore some of Denver’s best restaurants

Denver has some killer restaurants. From Italian to Latin American to Israeli, whatever you’re craving Denver likely has something delicious to offer!

Check out my list of favorite Denver restaurants.

Treat yourself to some ice cream

Two of my favorite ice cream places are in Denver– Little Man Ice Cream and Sweet Cow Ice Cream. If you go to Sweet Cow, splurge a little and get an ice cream cake. Life’s too short to only have cake once a year.

Go explore a new neighborhood

Denver has so many unique and different neighborhoods, each with their own character and charisma. Go find one that you haven’t been to often and explore around. If you’re new to the city, take a look at my neighborhood guide to see which place neighborhood seems up your alley!

Have afternoon tea at the Brown Palace

The Brown Palace is one of Denver’s oldest hotels. If you’re looking for something swanky to do, try an afternoon tea. The price is a little steep but what else would you expect from a tea time in an 128 hotel with Palace in its name??

Things to do right outside Denver

Go on a hike

There are so many gorgeous hikes to do around Denver. Some of my favorite hikes are just 30 minutes outside of the city! It’s amazing that you can experience such gorgeous scenery so close to the city. Here are some of my favorite hikes close by!

Coors Brewery Tour

I know that visiting a brewery is already on the list. But this one is just a little different. Visit the legendary Coors brewery and partake on a free 30 minute tour of the facility. It’s both fun and informative!

Day trips near Denver

Explore Boulder

Boulder is so close by but is frequently forgotten! But it’s only a 30-45 minute drive! There are so many awesome thing to do in Boulder, my favorite? Explore Chautauqua nature preserve. It’s a must see!

Visit Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods

There are lots of things to do in Colorado Springs, but my favorite thing is to visit the Garden of the Gods. It can get quite busy on the weekends, but there are so many trails you can find a peaceful spot.

Garden of the Gods Colorado springs, things to do outside Denver

Become one with nature at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a must see. It’s about an hour and half drive but so, so worth it. There is more than 400 square miles of majestic mountains, rolling plains, and crystal clear lakes.

Try your luck at a casino

Black Hawk and Central City are about 45 minutes outside of Denver and a real step back in time. The small casino towns look like they’ve been taken right out of an old western movie. Try your luck at the slots or just wander the small towns reading about their interesting history. And a bonus, the drive there is gorgeous!

Weekend trips near Denver

Hit the slopes

If you’re in Colorado during the winter months you should definitely hit up a ski town for some winter sports! There are tons of mountains with varying levels of difficulty so no matter if you are a beginning or expert, Colorado has something for you!

Relax in a log cabin

If you need a little relaxation away from the city, find a nice cabin to rent for the weekend. Here are some incredible cabins around Denver that you can rent.

Try something adventurous

There are tons of activities outside Denver for those seeking a thrill. Some of my favorites? Snowmobiling and white water rafting! Check out this post for more adventurous activities.

I hope you enjoyed this post of my favorite things to do in Denver! While you’re here, why don’t you check out some other helpful posts?

My favorite restaurants around the city

How to plan a Colorado wedding

The best coffee shops in Denver

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