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Best Denver Area Attractions for Families

Wondering what to do in Denver with the kids?

From historical sites to dinosaur bones (some of 'em still in the ground) to Wild West shows, here is a list of ideas for fun activities for families.

 Shhhh... if your careful, you might even trick the children into learning something.

Photo: Boys enjoy Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens in the wintertime.

Photo: Denver's Larimer Square
Photo Credit: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

Larimer Street was one of the first streets in Denver and later became the city's skid row.

When many of its cool old buildings were slated to be razed, architecture lovers rallied to save the area.

Larimer Square
 was born. Its boutiques and restaurants make it once again a popular shopping district. 

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Green Plants and Flowers All Year Long

Photo: Even babies love the Denver Botanic Gardens

Looking for a warm outing for a cold winter day? The Denver Botanic Gardens Tropical Conservatory is a mini vacation for the kids - and their parents.
Article: The Denver Botanic Gardens

Did You Know?

Denver has 5 major sports teams: 

- Broncos football
- Rockies baseball
- Avalanche hockey
- Nuggets basketball
- Rapids Soccer

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

Find the Best Colorado Hotel for your Family

Check out our pages describing all kinds of lodging for family vacations in Colorado.

From rustic 
cabins in the woods to luxury 5-star resorts, you can explore before you book and make the right decisions for you and your kids.

Denver is full of great places to visit with children.

This is just a partial list of all the great ways to entertain and educate the kids.

From its awe-inspiring architecture to its famous paintings and sculptures, to its interactive activities, the Denver Art Museum thoroughly entertains children while they learn about and come to deeply appreciate art and artistic endeavor.

Over 1,200 butterflies flit through the air at the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Broomfield. Kids and their families can walk around in the misty, plant filled habitat while the colorful creatures flutter about their heads. 

From arctic beasts living in the cold waters of the Northern Shores exhibit, to the colorful creatures of the Tropical Discovery building, families can visit animals from around the world at the Denver Zoo

See prize-winning animals and learn about Colorado farming and ranching at the National Western Stock Show

Kids can roam 23 acres containing more than 30 gardens at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Must see spots: the Children’s Garden, and the Tropical Conservatory. 

Hudson Gardens in Littleton, with its 16 distinct artistically designed and cultivated areas, is a beautiful show gardens. Sculptures, waterfalls, a miniature railroad, and mountain views make this a wonderful spot for a family outing. 

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater may look like a giant rock concert venue to parents, but to kids, it is a fantastic way to learn about acoustics and geology. Red Rocks is also the perfect place to give the children a bunch of exercise so they’ll sleep well that night.

From giant dinosaur skeletons to dust storms on mars to ancient Egyptian mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has a universe of interesting ideas for kids to explore. Most of the exhibits have hands-on activities, so children can get really involved in the subjects. It is so fun kids don’t even realize they are learning great science lessons while they play. 

Visit a museum devoted to the grand master of Wild West showmanship, Buffalo Bill Cody, at Buffalo Bills Grave and Museum. On the top of Lookout Mountain, it offers one of the most spectacular views of Denver around. Turn the other way and behold the soaring Rocky Mountains.

At the top of our list for great summer outings, especially for younger kids, toddlers, and babies are Tiny Town and Belleview Park. Tiny Town is a miniature village in the foothills where kids can climb through small-scale buildings, and Belleveiw Park has a train ride, a petting zoo, and a lovely gentle creek to play in. 

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