Things to Do in Denver
Looking for something to do in Denver? Here are some of the city's greatest spots to explore, as recommended by Visit Denver.
This is Denver’s one-stop adventure shop and operator of Colorado’s longest and fastest zip lines! Located just 30 minutes west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains, Denver Adventures is the city’s premier adventure outfitter, offering a huge variety of guided activities.
Denver Adventures was set up to provide hassle-free, tailor-made, adrenaline-fueled adventures. The company is run by extreme sports enthusiasts specializing in zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and whitewater kayaking.
Art and Culture in Downtown Denver
Find the pulse of Denver’s vibrant creative community year-round in the Mile High City’s neighborhood art districts. Galleries, studios, and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink, and fun during First Fridays in most districts.
Lower Downtown (LoDo)
Much of LoDo has a historical feel (it was the city’s first settlement in the 19th century), but the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is nothing but modern. From its sleek exterior to the avant-garde works showcased inside, the museum packs a 21st-century punch.
As one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, the Golden Triangle boasts the city's best museums, art galleries, and civic institutions. Start your adventure with a historic walking tour of the area: for $10 you’ll receive a guided excursion, a drink, and appetizers. History buffs won’t want to miss a visit to History Colorado—where high-tech exhibits take you through the state’s rich past. Or visit the Byers-Evans House, an 1883 home turned museum and gallery (and the original Denver Art Museum).
With more than a dozen galleries, along with the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the Golden Triangle has become the place to appreciate art as well as to buy it. The Golden Triangle’s many art galleries contain an array of pieces (mostly canvases, but sculptures and photography, too) to suit any taste and most budgets. The staff at Walker Fine Art offers expert advice without pretension, while the William Havu Gallery, on the same block, offers more than 40 years of experience showcasing established artists. The space at 1261 Gallery alone is worth a visit, but really, the beauty of having so many galleries in one area is how easy it is to wander among them. Lovers of the Southwest and American art should check out Native American Trading Company to peruse beaded jewelry, turquoise bolo ties, Pueblo pottery, and Navajo textiles.
If you’re looking for artistic entertainment, head to the Curious Theater Company to take in one of the playhouse’s rotating productions. Founded 16 years ago, Curious has 28 professional actors, designers, and directors. Single ticket prices range from $25 to $44.
The intimate Leon Gallery in Uptown hosts monthly solo shows that feature up-and-coming contemporary Denver artists. Located at the corner of 17th and Downing, the gallery also hosts musical guests and poetry readings. Check out the Leon Gallery’s exhibition webpage for a preview of the current month’s exhibition.
Denver is a metropolis of ever-evolving tastes, its forward-thinking dining landscape spangled with restaurants from gifted chefs whose culinary magnetism, passion, and fortitude fulfill the city’s lust for great food. Wondering where you should eat right now? Check out these highly recommended restaurants.
On weekends, this neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best brunches. Bistro Vendôme is perfect for a fancier, French-inspired morning—the croque monsieur will put you right in a Parisian plaza. For a classic brunch, head over to the Nickel in Hotel Teatro, where $20 will get you a two-hour bottomless bar car with White Russians, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.
LoDo has many places to nosh—with more opening faster than we can keep track. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen is ideal if you are in the mood for German-style sausages or pretzel buns with hand-ground and house-cured mustards. Another local favorite in this neighborhood is Bubu, an Asian-fusion, build-your-own bowl concept in Larimer Square. Create a bowl from scratch, or try out one of the expert combos, like the Thai bowl, with green papaya slaw and toasted rice. In Larimer Square, you can’t go wrong when choosing between TAG, Rioja, and Osteria Marco—all of which were created by some of the city’s most well-known chefs.
Golden Triangle/Civic Center
Located in a pair of aqua-blue houses, Cuba Cuba is known for its mojitos and authentic cuisine. Soak up a taste of Havana and Miami with various plantain preparations or vaca frita—a mojo-marinated flank steak seared crispy and served with rice and black beans. Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen, a 14,000-square-foot brewpub, has a beer lineup that ranges from hoppy IPAs to Belgian white ale to milk stout, with 16 taps total. The kitchen offerings are also diverse; you can find salads, sandwiches, pizza, and more, with almost everything made in-house.Visit Zep’s Epiq Sandwiches and enjoy hand-crafted sauces, house-roasted meats, and killer flavor combinations. Top it all off with a cold Colorado craft beer. The folks at Zep’s boldly advise first-time visitors to prepare themselves for an elevated sandwich experience.
Who doesn’t appreciate a handcrafted cocktail, fresh Maine lobster roll, hand-cut French fries, and ice cream churned in house? All this and more can be found at Steuben's, a classic café … a modern diner … a place to be comfortable and relax. This restaurant proudly serves regional American fare at its “finest and truest self.” If you find yourself wanting to dine on fresh, locally farmed produce, beast + bottle may be the place for you. B+B is a rustic American restaurant, serving hand-crafted cocktails, eclectic wines, and responsibly sourced cuisine for dinner and weekend brunch. Its drink menus are inspired by seasonal progression and feature ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors.