Colorado Vacations 
Family Travel Colorado 
Your Guide to Visiting Colorado with the Kids
Taking the Kids to Tiny Town, Colorado
Tiny Town, Colorado, in the foothills just outside Denver, is a toddler's paradise. Miniature houses, schools, saloons, and candy shops, all on a 1/6 scale, enchant the children. 

For once, the munchkins get to feel mighty, as they walk around at eye-level with roof-lines. 

Other amenities, including a snack bar and a miniature train ride make Tiny Town heaven for the preschool crowd. 



Photo: Kids meet a polar bear cub up close and personal at the Denver Zoo.
Photo Credit: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
 

From diaper decks in the bathrooms to helpful docents at many of the exhibits, the zoo makes learning about the animals of the world easy and entertaining for kids of all ages

Learn more in our article about visiting the Denver Zoo with kids










 
The Prettiest Places in Colorado



From Mesa Verde's Far View Lodge to Vail Mountain's Eagle's Nest, Colorado is full of great scenic spots to show the kids.

Check out our article about the
Prettiest Places
in Colorado.



Custom Search


 
Photo: Dinosaur bones at
the Denver Museum
of Nature and Science
Photo Credit: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Denver Museum
of Nature and Science
 

is the fourth biggest museum in the country. 
     
        
The place is
one giant adventure
for curious kids.
   
          
Learn more
on our page about the
Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
 











Did You Know?


Colorado is famous for its quaking aspen trees. It is said that local American Indians called them spirit trees because their leaves seem to always move.



A member of the poplar family, the aspen's leaf is attached in a way that allows the leaves to flutter in the slightest breeze.


The Latin name for this tree is Populus tremuloides. It is this tremulous quality that causes aspen-covered hillsides to shine with such an unusual, glimmering light.

Learn more -
follow the link:
Best Places to See the Aspen Change in Colorado





Add a touch of nineteenth century elegance when you travel in Colorado with the kids.

Read our article:Colorado's Historic Luxury Hotels



Photo: Tiny Town, Colorado is one
of the Denver area's best summertime treats.

G
ot a preschooler who is sick of being small? Hidden in the pine-covered hills just west of Denver is a little place guaranteed to give your tot a big lift.

 

Tiny Town is diminutive.  It’s a place where two-year-olds can crouch down to peer through post office windows, and risk bumping their heads on the firehouse doors.  A church can boast of a standing-room-only crowd when six toddler buddies celebrate inside by laughing and jumping up and down.




 

Begun in 1915, Tiny Town was originally on the Denver to Leadville stagecoach line.  A Denver businessman started it by erecting buildings on a 1/6 scale to delight his young daughter.  A series of floods and a fire later brought Tiny Town to ruin, and in 1987 any buildings that remained were put on the auction block. 


Coloradoans responded by volunteering to fix the old buildings and make new ones.  A not-for-profit foundation was formed and through its efforts the site has been completely renovated.  Any excess revenues are now donated to local charities.



Today, meticulously swept paths meander past gingerbread houses and miniature schools.  Adults will appreciate the careful research and craftsmanship in the replicas of famous Colorado landmarks.  Many buildings house doll-sized furnishings and implements.


Photo: Tiny Town gives tots a chance to feel tall. 

 

Tiny Town’s biggest hit is the train pulled by a peewee steam driven locomotive.  The train’s small scale makes it a bit of a crunch for big folks, but perfect for kids.  Coal smoke wafts around the depot and the unmistakable hoot of a steam whistle echoes down the canyon when the train crosses its small trestle.  The clanging brass bell fits the turn-of-the-century scene perfectly.


Photo: Tiny Town's steam-driven locomotive
boasts a first-rate steam whistle. 

Tiny Town has a shady picnic area and a playground in addition to its dwarf buildings and streets.  The snack bar offers a limited menu, but is dressed up with hanging flower baskets and big band music playing in the background.  Its gift shop has an array of souvenirs and train toys to help the shortest members of the family remember their lofty day. Toddlers’ parents will appreciate the spotless men’s and women’s restrooms, both sporting diaper decks.

 

When You Go: 

Phone Number: 303/ 697-6829

Address: 6249 South Turkey Creek Road, Tiny Town.

Directions: From I-25, take U.S. Route 285 (Hampden Avenue) west into the mountains. 5 miles past the C-470 junction, turn left onto South Turkey Creek Road.  Drive through the canyon ½ mile and look for Tiny Town on the north side of the road. 

Season: Weekends only in May and September.  Daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Hours: 10am to 5pm.

Cost: Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 2 to 12 years old, and free for anyone under 2. Train rides are $2 per ride, no matter how old you are.  Parking is free.