Denver has some fun cultural things to do for people of all ages. Whether you’re visiting or live nearby, taking a trip to Denver to see the sights and have fun is a great idea.
The Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium, which used to be called Colorado’s Ocean Journey, is a public aquarium with 107,000 feet The of freshwater and marine aquaria exhibiting a variety of fish and other animals. The aquarium focuses on the relationship between inland freshwater ecosystems and the ocean. One exhibit follows the Colorado River in its journey to the Sea of Cortez and the endangered fish, like the Desert Pupfish and bass and the northern river otters, that populate it. It’s owned and operated by Landry’s Restaurants, so there is a great restaurant on premises too. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is an amusement park
It is owned by Stanley Kroenke and operated by Premier Parks, LLC. Elitch Gardens is unique from other parks in that it is located in a downtown area, instead of being outside of an urban area. The park includes a water park called The Island Kingdom which is a 20-acre water park located next to the entrance of Elitch Gardens. Between the thrill rides of Elitch Gardens, the water park includes a large tube slide tower, a body slide tower, a family water playground, a large family raft ride, a half pipe water attraction, and a lazy river. The water park usually opens around Memorial Day (depending on the weather), and closes at Labor Day.
The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre zoo located in City Park
The Denver Zoo was founded in 1896 and is actually owned by the City and County of Denver. It was started with a donation of an orphaned American black bear and opened as the first zoo in the US to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars. Over the years it grew and today it is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
The Denver Art Museum is located in the Civic Center of Denver
It is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. The Denver Art Museum is well known for its collection of American Indian art. It also has collections of more than 68,000 diverse works from across the centuries and from around the world.