Now that spring has officially sprung, locals have started looking for things to do in downtown Denver. Look no further than LoDo! Located in the heart of downtown, the historic LoDo neighborhood is comprised of more than 23 square blocks of nationally renowned restaurants, trendy shops, and local art galleries. Whether you’re hoping to catch a sports game and enjoy the Denver weather, or are eager to discover great food and fine art, here are 5 things you need to do in LoDo!
1. Visit Union Station
Union Station is a can’t miss attraction for locals and tourists alike. This 100-year-old renovated transportation hub features restaurants, shops, and live entertainment. From May through October, Union Station hosts a farmer’s market stocked with fresh, local produce. You can also learn from Denver’s culinary leaders during cooking demos.
2. Catch a Rockies Game at Coors Field
When it’s baseball season, there’s no place like LoDo. At the intersection of Blake and 20th is Denver’s own Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. Perfect for an outing with friends and family (or even a date night) so you can cheer on your favorite team. Before or after the game, swing by the National Ballpark Museum just across the street. Featuring one-of-a-kind treasures, the museum is hailed as one of the top private baseball collections in the world. Check out memorabilia from ballparks of yesteryear and learn about players, teams, and stadiums alike.
3. Shop in Larimer Square
Find everything you need and then some at Larimer Square. Set amongst picturesque Victorian buildings, this LoDo shopping district boasts an eclectic mix of boutiques and stores that offer a wide range of goods, from western wear to antique jewelry. Uncover handcrafted hats at Goorin Brothers, unique shoes at John Fluevog, and contemporary furniture at Element. Adding to your wardrobe? Decorating a new home? Searching for the perfect gift? Larimer Square has all that covered.
4. Dine at LoDo’s Best Restaurants
Denver’s food scene is already pretty legendary and the LoDo neighborhood is no exception. From local, traditional dishes to international recipes that are sure to spark your taste buds, dining in LoDo is always a great choice. Savor the taste of the expertly dry-aged steaks from The Capital Grille. Experience Southeast Asian fusion cuisine at ChoLon. Put some spice on your plate at D’Corazon Mexican Restaurant or sample delicious seafood from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Whatever your favorite foodie fare is, you’ll find it in LoDo.
5. Explore the Museum Of Contemporary Art
Established in 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) was Denver’s first dedicated home for contemporary art. It showcases the work of regional, national, and international artists while promoting the creative experimentation of art and ideas. Browse their current exhibits and spend a day wandering the labyrinth-like showrooms filled with stunning art. Afterward, head up to the rooftop Café & Bar for delicious food paired with breathtaking views of the Denver skyline.
We hope this list inspires you to get out and enjoy all that our amazing city has to offer. Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in Downtown Denver? If so, let us know in the comments below!