With the holidays behind us and warm weather nowhere in sight, you might be searching for a few things to do in Denver to keep you occupied. Some are old, and some are new, but we’ve put together a list of the very best things to do in Denver right now. From unique museums and art exhibits to top-notch restaurants and outdoor adventures, Denver offers a little something for everyone.
Meow Wolf: Convergence Station
Address: 1338 1st St | $45/adult (discounts for seniors, military, CO residents)
If you’re wondering what exactly Meow Wolf is, you’re not alone. The easiest description lies somewhere near a hybrid between an interactive museum and a surreal art exhibit. Truthfully, you’ll just have to see it for yourself to comprehend it. Visitors are portaled into this interdimensional experience via the indoor “station,” which utilizes a timed entry system. You’ll need to book tickets in advance, but once inside, you can stay as long as you like. Plan for at least 2-3 hours inside. It’s definitely a mind-bending experience, and one of our new favorite things to do in Denver.
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Denver’s largest park, City Park is home to both the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where there is always something new to experience. It is also home to several lakes where you can rent swan-like paddle boats. In warmer months, check out City Park Jazz, a community event where thousands gather to hear local bands and enjoy fare from dozens of food trucks.
Drinks at The Cruise Room
Address: 1600 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
While perhaps not “new,” the idea of getting dressed up and grabbing a drink at Denver’s original Prohibition-era speakeasy has a certain novel quality to it. The Cruise Room is located inside the historic Oxford hotel. Stepping inside will transport you back in time to the roaring ’20s, when this bar was illegally serving up gimlets and martinis to Denver’s elite.
River North Art District (“RiNo”)
Google Map of RiNo | Website
Denver has changed dramatically over the past decade. One of the best examples of the city’s constant evolution is the River North Art District, known locally as “RiNo.” What was once a strip of industrial warehouses and factories has been reinvented into a happening arts district sporting funky local breweries, trendy eateries, hip bars, boutique shops, and a colorful display of street art courtesy of local artists.
Enjoy RiNo as a self-guided walking tour, especially along the stretch of Larimer between 25th and 32nd streets. Be sure not to miss the vibrant alley behind the Denver Central Market.
We still have a ways to go before the weather warms up and our social calendars start to fill up again. But there are still plenty of things to do around Denver in the meantime! We hope this little list of Mile High activities has inspired you to experience something new. Or at the very least, to explore parts of the city you haven’t ventured into for a while.