As most visitors will attest, it’s difficult to run out of things to do in Denver, Colorado. Denver offers so many attractions, visitors often have a hard time deciding where to go and what to do during their limited stay. Although everyone has their favorites, here are three attractions that really shouldn’t be missed.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Nature lovers are sure to appreciate the beauty and charm of the Denver Botanic Gardens. The park’s 23 acres is divided into 7 different gardens featuring cold weather flora and fauna from the North American continent and other parts of the world. Two of the most popular garden attractions are Dryland Mesa, the first Xeriscape garden in the world, and Shofu-en, a Japanese Garden known as the “Garden of Wind and Pines.” Ranked as one of the best botanic gardens in the country, this oasis is a tribute to the beauty and splendor of Colorado’s natural resources.
Zoos are always a favorite of families and the Denver Zoo is no exception. The 80 acre compound houses over 4,000 animals representing about 613 species from countries all over the world. Here visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most unique animals on earth to include carnivorous and hoofed mammals, primates, birds, reptiles, fish and pachyderms. Some of the zoo’s most popular exhibits are Bear Mountain, Primate Panorama, Predator Ridge, Pachyderm Habitat and Elephant Passage, just to name a few. In addition, the zoo offers educational programs and demonstrations to showcase the care of rare animals raised in captivity under their personal care.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex
No visit to Denver would be complete without witnessing a live presentation at Denver's Performing Arts Complex. Visitors can take pleasure in watching talented musicians, artists and actors perform live on stage via musical performances, live plays and popular Broadway shows. Hundreds of performances are scheduled throughout the year, to include holiday presentations that feature classical, jazz, pop or rock music suitable for the whole family.
By infusing a little culture into their holiday vacation, parents give their kids an opportunity to experience something new. Watching a live orchestra perform or witnessing a theatrical play can open up a brand new world for children, giving them something to talk about for months to come.
A visit to Denver is not only entertaining and fun, but can be a learning experience for young and old alike.