Denver is an impressive city. You might think that Denver was nicknamed the Mile-High City because of the impressive views offered from the surrounding Rocky Mountains, but the real reason is simple. Denver is literally one mile above sea level. The Mile High City has a nearly infinite number of exciting attractions, ranging from historical avenues to top-tier dining options. If you’re the founder of Amazon, Microsoft, or another tech giant, you will be able to afford to attend every attraction in Denver. Billionaires need read no further, this article really isn’t for you. For most of us, however, the reality is that traveling can be pretty expensive. Once you’ve decided where to stay in Denver and purchased plane tickets to get there, there’s not always going to be enough cash left over to do everything everyone in your group wants to do. In recognition of that fact, this article provides you with some cool places you can go in the Mile-High City that don’t require a mile-high wad of money.
Larimer Square is a lot more exciting than the name implies. It’s not so much a square as a historic couple blocks nestled into the heart of Downtown Denver. History and architecture buffs will appreciate that Larimer Square hosts the oldest buildings in all of Denver. Don’t worry, though, you young hip folks, because Larimer Square is also one of the most bustling locations in the city. Shops, dance clubs, restaurants, and assorted types of live entertainment are all readily available. The great part about Larimer Square is that it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want – there’s tons to look at, but also a boutique for every type of interest known to humanity.
At $20 per adult, the Denver Zoo is the second-most-expensive place you’ll find on this list. However, it is also so very worth the price of admission. For the price of a movie ticket and popcorn, you can spend a full day exploring the incredible 84-acre zoological garden that is the Denver Zoo. This zoo is the single most popular paid attraction in the Denver area, and for good reason. This zoo has been in existence since the 1800s, and it’s only gotten better with time. In addition to viewing thousands of animals making up hundreds of species, you can sign up for one or more of the zoo’s special offerings. We’re talking up-close and personal animal encounters, live feedings, and shows hosted by professional animal handlers. This is a great place for any youngsters in your group to learn about the importance of conservation in nature as well.
Explore the Rocky Mountains
You’ve probably heard of the Rocky Mountains already, given that they’re a huge geological feature in America. What you maybe haven’t heard is just how amazing these mountains are. If you don’t know where to start, don’t sweat it. You’ve got options. One option is to sign up for one of the many guided tours of the Rockies that leave from Denver. However, since all these tours cost varying amounts of money, you might prefer hitting up the Rocky Mountain National Park. Walk in solitude among the aspens and pines. Push yourself to the top of a mountain. Take in the serenity of a clear lake as the sun sets. If you like natural beauty in any form, there’s no wrong way to explore the Rocky Mountains. Although camping tends to come with its own complications, it’s a great way to have fun without breaking the bank. Opportunities to be struck breathless by the splendor of the views from the Rockies abound, so get on out and up there. Bonus: this totally counts as your daily cardio workout!
Get a Cheeseburger
Okay, this sort of seems like a joke. I’m not suggesting that you eat cheeseburgers just because they’re cheap. Honestly, I think “get a cheeseburger” is just good advice in general. Feeling down? Cheeseburger time. Feeling hungry? Cheeseburger time. But why are we giving you this advice in relation to the Mile-High City specifically? Because it was in Denver, one fateful night, that Louis Ballast invented the cheeseburger. Delicious burger-based restaurants in Denver are plentiful – I leave the final decision about where you purchase your sandwich up to you.
Bad Axe Throwing
This is the spendiest option on this list, and perhaps the least family friendly. After all, kids and axes aren’t generally a great combination. Then again, neither are adults, axes, and alcohol, but don’t let that stop you from ordering a beer while you huck axes at Bad Axe Throwing. This specialized entertainment venue has been visited by the likes of Hugh Jackman and Charles Barkley, so you know it’s good. Anyway, for around $27, you can spend an hour learning to hurl an axe at a series of wooden targets. It’s surprisingly fun, especially if you have friends with you who you can make fun of for being as terrible at axe throwing as you are. Have a load of (safe) fun at Bad Axe Throwing!
That’s it, folks! There’s plenty of other entertainment options in Denver, both expensive and inexpensive, but we don’t want to tell you about everything before you even get there. Make sure to explore you might well find a hidden gem in the Mile-High City!