There are so many things to do with kids in Denver that it’s hard to pick only five family-favorite. Denver or as many called ‘Mile High city’ is an active metropolitan city with endless of fun family-friendly things to do year round. Our first visit in winter of 2011 left us with a great impression that so far is one of our favorite destination for our winter break.
When I researched for our ski trip to Colorado, I knew we want to spend a few days in Denver after the trip so I have compiled a short list of fun things to do with kids in Denver for winter vacation that we couldn’t miss. Don’t forget to check out Visit Denver (the official Denver travel and visitor bureau) for ideas and family-friendly itineraries. These are top 5 family-friendly things to do with kids in Denver that we planned for our Denver trip.
5 Family Fun Things to Do with Kids in Denver
Outdoor Ice Skating Fun
During winter, there are several outdoor ice skating rinks in Denver area that kids can enjoy throughout winter season. We chose to visit the Southwest Rink at Skyline park. With the cost of only $2 skate rental fee or FREE if you bring your own skate, you can’t beat this low-cost fun in downtown Denver.
There are several kid-friendly attractions in Denver that are highly recommended by locals. Denver Zoo is a big hit for my family travel blogger friend, Jennifer Close author of Two Kids and A map site, who just recently relocated to Denver. She loved how close in proximity she felt to the animals. The downtown Denver Aquarium is another great option especially the option to dine at the Aquarium restaurant while surrounds by a variety of marine life. Kara Williams, author of The Vacation Gals, recommended Downtown Aquarium as one of the activities for kids in Denver among other family-friendly attractions.
Not exactly in Denver but within the driving distance, Dinosaur Ridge caught our eyes as one of the unique place to visit that we don’t normally have a chance in our own city. And what kid doesn’t like to put on the explorer hat and pretend to be Indiana Jones for a day. You can hike the trail, take the tour which is highly recommended and visit the visitor center. Kids will have a chance to touch the real dinosaur bones. This is a great gem just right outside Denver.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
The Red Rocks amphitheater is a popular spot especially during summer when there are outdoor concerts and movies for visitors to enjoy. Red Rocks open year round so during the winter months, you can still visit the visitor center and take in the majestic views.
The Rocky Mountain National Park
A side trip from Denver to the Rocky Mountains national park is definitely worth a drive. During winter months, there will be less outdoor activities but it’s still enough to entertain the whole family. Driving to the mountains can be challenging so make sure that you check the weather forecast and road conditions before taking the trip. We enjoyed a small hike at the Bear Lake trail head. Even for a non-hiker, you can do a short walk to the lake and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.
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