Denver has many well-known and well-loved attractions that are fun to visit. However, there are also plenty of places that are not quite as frequented but are still fascinating, strange, or just plain fun. Visitors should think about heading off the beaten path and discovering what Denver has to offer other than the standard, popular fare. 5 Things to Do in Denver Off the Beaten Path 1. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys Founded in 1981 by a coalition of toy and miniature collectors, the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys is a shrine to the tiny-sized. The collection spans all the way back to the 16th century and includes elaborate antique dollhouses; miniature cars, trucks, trains, and planes; and a lot more that will awaken a childlike sense of wonder in even the oldest adults.
2. Dikeou Collection Free and open to the public, the Dikeou Collection features modern and contemporary art from all over the world. The gallery was once the private collection of the Dikeou siblings, the bulk of which was garnered over a span of 30 years. Strange and unique installations combine with photography, sculpture, and paintings. For example, a huge pair of pink, inflated rabbits greet guests when they enter the gallery. Visit Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on California Street in Denver. 3. The Source Marketplace The Source is an indoor artisan marketplace located inside a historic, 19the century warehouse. Guests can eat food (grab-and-go or a sit-down meal), purchase freshly baked goods and specialty foods, or order a craft cocktail or a Belgian sour beer. Art, photography, fresh flower arrangements, gourmet coffee, artisan cheeses, and fresh cuts of meat are some of the other offerings at this modern market.
4. Morrison Natural History Museum Morrison Natural History Museum is a paleontology museum and discovery center that lets visitors explore the dinosaur age as it was in Colorado. There are opportunities to examine modern and historic fossils, see how they are prepared for research in the lab, and learn about these specimens from an expert guide. Exhibits include getting up close to real “onsite fieldwork” and seeing a professional fossil dig, discovering plants that would have been around in the Jurassic era, and discovering the immediate area’s geologic history.
5. The Stanley Hotel Visitors should consider driving about an hour outside of Denver in order to see Stephen King’s real-life inspiration for his famous novel The Shining, which inspired the movie. It is continually voted as one of the most haunted hotels in America, according to The Stanley’s website, and visitors constantly come away from their visit to the grand hotel with spooky stories and eerie encounters. It was originally built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley. He and his wife, Flora Stanley, are said to still haunt the halls. Denver is a city with unique, beautiful surroundings and a thriving cultural scene. Guests to the area can experience the less-traveled paths of the city when they head to any of the above things to do in Denver and its surrounding area.