Attractions and Places to Visit in Denver
Denver may be landlocked, but it's still home to more than 500 species of ocean-dwellers, thanks to the Downtown Aquarium, the largest aquarium between Chicago and California. Have close encounters with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, rainbow fish and sea otters as they swim in more than a million gallons of water. Just down the street from the aquarium, you'll discover the Children's Museum of Denver, a whimsical, imagination-stimulating adventure for kids 10 and under.
Go to where the wild things are in Denver, the Denver Zoo. One of the nation's most popular zoos, this one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure in City Park takes visitors on a globetrotting safari. Another option is a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, also located in City Park. You'll see enormous dinosaur skeletons, including T-Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus in the Prehistoric Journey exhibit, where you can also get a glimpse of real paleontologists preparing fossils for display. The IMAX Theater provides giant-screen thrills, and the state-of-the-art Gates Planetarium sends you through the cosmos. Don't miss the new, interactive Expedition Health exhibit, where you'll learn all about how your own body functions.
Or head west to the city of Golden’s Colorado Railroad Museum, where more than 100 locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and HO model railroad attractions make the state’s rail history seem larger than life. Dinner calls for a trip to Casa Bonita, which is not your average Mexican restaurant. This longtime Denver favorite is a great place for kids, and a great place to end your Denver adventure. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Water World, Butterfly Pavilion, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Dinosaur Ridge, Skyventure Indoor Skydiving etc are other attractions in Denver.
Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the Gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. Their conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations.