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Parks, Museums, Gardens, and Games: Things to do in Denver

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Get up early, eat a big breakfast, and rent a bike for your tour of Denver's many museums, green spaces, and sports stadiums. Visit the State Capitol, Civic Center, Denver Art Museum, and the public library. Stop for a Japanese lunch at Domo. Get some gaming in at the 1up. And if you can, don't miss the hidden gem that is Riverside Cemetery. If your timing is right, you'll catch a Colorado Rockies or Denver Broncos game as well.
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100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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With over 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum can't be fully taken in during just one visit. Its permanent collection has a number of focuses, including art of the region, but it also contains works from farther afield. The museum...
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1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206, USA
There’s more to the Botanical Gardens in Denver than just the pretty face of its landscaped grounds and beautiful flowers. It’s also a world-class research center with a mission to connect people with plants...
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800 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Visiting new and emerging art galleries is always a lot of fun. Combine it with a once-a-month art walk, and you'll find yourself with an eclectic group of people enjoying everything from antiques and art, to food trucks and people watching. First...
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1430 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It's been said that Larimer Square is where Denver started—it's definitely at the center of Denver's modern life, too. The area's Victorian buildings contain shops, boutiques, and some of Denver's most...
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144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Over 100 years ago what is now the McNichols Building was a Carnegie Library, complete with shushing librarians. Today, quite the opposite is true, with staff encouraging interactive and boisterous reactions to art and music on display. This...
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200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Before you go through the West entrance of Colorado State Capitol Building for their free historical tours, the 15th step bears the inscription "One Mile Above Sea Level." Don't be fooled, it isn't the actual one-mile marker. After two inaccurate...
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City Park, Denver, CO, USA
On October 6, the Cultivate Festival—hosted by Chipotle, founded in Denver—combines beer and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations by such celebrity chefs as Michael Chiarello, and musical performances by Okkervil River and others.
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1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Did you know it’s rude to put soy sauce on food in Japan? They’ll teach you the finer ways of Japanese cooking at Domo, a hidden treasure in downtown Denver. And while the restaurant’s exterior looks like an industrial warehouse, the interior...
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1001 16th St, Denver, CO 80265, USA
Architect I.M. Pei's firm designed the 16th Street Mall so that, when seen from the air, the repeating pattern of red, white, and gray stone that makes up the pavement would resemble the markings on a diamondback rattlesnake. At ground level,...
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1727 Tremont Pl, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It’s one of those buildings that you walk by all the time, yet have no idea what goes on inside. What does go on inside? Well, plenty. The Navarre Building was a bordello, fancy dining club, and jazz hot spot, and is now an art museum housing one...
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5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
The historic Riverside Cemetery sits just outside the downtown area and although it is now surrounded by railroad tracks and refineries, it is one of the most beautiful, and hidden, places in the entire city. Many of the state's most prominent...
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2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205, USA
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10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, USA
"The Yearling" is my second favorite sculpture in Denver (after Big Blue Bear). I admire how the pinto pony stands, unafraid, surveying the world before it—on this massive red chair of nearly two stories. All of us should be this brave!
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700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Ever been to a convention with decent food? The answer is clearly no and the Colorado Convention Center is trying to change that with the Blue Bear Farm. Named after the towering blue mascot out front, the back of the building along Speer...
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North Capitol Hill, Denver, CO, USA
An adventure in American culture and history could easily be had by walking the 28.6 miles of Colfax Avenue in Denver. Even walking about five miles past urban blight, every imaginable ethnic restaurant, antique stores, bookshops, and abandoned...
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1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Inspired by Brooklyn's Barcade and Portland's Ground Kontrol, The 1up is Denver's take on an arcade bar. Stocked with 15 pinball machines, 3 skeeball lanes, giant Jenga sets and 45 classic arcade games including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac Man, NBA...
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2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
There's more to watch at a game than baseball. It didn't precipitate, but the Rockies "rained on the Giants parade," 4-1.
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1200-1298 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
B-Cycle stations are scattered around Denver, which makes it easy and affordable to bike the city. For 24 hours, it is only $8 to rent a bike and bounce between stations. There are incremental fees if the bike stays out longer than 30 minutes so...