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Belleview Park - A Favorite Summer Outing for Families


 One of Denver's best places to visit with kids is Belleview Park.

Actually located in the southern suburb of Englewood, Belleview Park offers families a train ride, a petting zoo, a quiet stream for wading, and lovely shade trees.









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It was too late to turn back. We had no choice but to go on. Soon the dark surrounded us, and we could see almost nothing. My son clutched my arm and my friend’s daughter climbed into her lap. A few of the children around us screamed. Then it was over and the sun again warmed our heads as the train-ride left the tunnel and chugged past shade trees and flowerbeds back to the station.


The next stop was a petting farm, with a fine selection of rabbits, goats, sheep, ducks, and a cow for the kids to meet. Small hoses overhead sprayed a cooling mist over people and beasts, and a convenient utility sink offered a good place to wash hands when the kids were done manhandling the animals.


After a picnic on the green lawns, a wade at the sandy ford of a meandering stream, and a swing through the playground, Belleview Park hit the top of our list of favorite summer outings.



When You Go:

Phone Number: 
303/ 762-2680 or 303/ 798-6927


Website: 
http://www.englewoodgov.org/Index.aspx?page=964 


Address: 
5001 S. Inca, Englewood.


Directions: 
From I-25, go west on Belleview about 5 miles to Inca Drive. Turn right (north) on Inca and look for the parking lot on the left.  Another parking lot is located on the west side of the park right off of Belleview. 


Season: 
The park is open year round, and the train and petting farm are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Hours: 
Park hours are sunrise to sunset. The train runs Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and on Sunday, 11am to 4pm. The petting farm is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 


Cost: 
$1 per ticket for the train and the petting farm.

Facilities: 
Bathrooms without diaper decks are available, as well as picnic tables, and a playground.

Special Considerations and Notes: 
Bring extra water for washing grubby hands after visiting the animals. Also, a bathing suit and water shoes are nice if the kids want to play in the stream. If you are planning on bringing a day-care or preschool group, you must secure a permit at least 2 days ahead of your visit. The permit is free, but certain restrictions apply. Call 303/ 762-2680 for information. 



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