6 Free Things To Do In Denver
Stretching along the eastern side of the mighty Rocky Mountains, the city of Denver embraces its old Western charm of yesteryear and beckons adventure travellers and beer enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
With more than 300-days of sunshine per year, Denver combines the outdoors and arts in attractions and museums that line the leafy city streets and outer regions. And the best part? Many of these are completely free.
As the gateway to some of the world’s most renowned ski fields, frequented by tourists, celebrities and royals alike, winter in Colorado combines world renowned ski fields with après ski activities in the mountainside villages.
But as the nation’s number one beer city, with more than 200 kinds produced daily in countless tap houses, breweries and gastropubs, visitors flock to what may well be the most popular attraction of all – the Denver Beer Trail. Download you free Denver Beer Trail Map and Guide 2015-2016.
With so many sites and attractions to experience, we’ve put together a list of six free tours and activities to experience when in Denver.
1. Colorado State Capitol
Completed in 1908, the State Capitol tour takes visitors behind-the-scenes of the Colorado House and Senate Chambers. The tour also weaves through the magnificent rotunda, with its sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains.
With self-guided tours available daily throughout the building, groups of up to 30 on a guided tour are able to explore additional rooms with expert commentary along the way.
When: Daily on the hour between 10am to 3pm
More Information: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cga-legislativecouncil/tours-0
2. Coors Brewery
Taking place in the world’s largest, single-site brewery, this 30-minute self-guided tour takes you through the continuous malting, brewing and packing stages of the brewery.
The tour finishes in the ‘fresh beer room’, where visitors are invited to sit on ice-cube stools in a refrigerated room to sample selected brews to complete the tour.
Post tour and beer sampling, an historical display features old photographs and other historic memorabilia such as beer cans and bottles, before exiting via the brewery’s gift-shop.
When: Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
More Information: www.millercoors.com/breweries/coors-brewing-company/tours
3. U.S. Mint
Did you know the Denver Mint produces more than 5-billion coins each year? This 45-minute tour takes you through the coin process where workers and machines create the coins that end up in circulation and at the bottom of your penny jar.
As one would expect, security is tight within the facility. Bags, backpacks and strollers are not permitted on this tour, with each person subject to screening and x-ray. Wallets and cell phones (mobile phone) are permitted, with the later required to be turned off.
When: Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays
More Information: www.usmint.gov/mint_tours
4. Celestial Seasonings
As a tea loving Australian, unfortunately America pulls a short brew when it comes to tea making. So to find the largest speciality tea company in the United States, offering 105 varieties of tea, is a real treat for any visiting tea tottlers.
See how tea is picked, prepared, blended and packaged in this behind-the-scenes 45-minute tour. Located in Boulder, Colorado, approximately a 30-minute drive from Denver, the factory also has a direct-to-the-public tea shop and, of course, a tea cafe serving freshly brewed pots of tea and home-made cakes.
When: Daily on the hour between 10am to 4pm most days
More Information: www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us
5. Dinosaur Ridge
Unearthed in 1937 during roadway construction, the Dinosaur Ridge Trail is a 1.5-mile stretch of land that is home to hundreds of dinosaur tracks, a quarry of dinosaur bones, and interesting geologic features over 100-million years old. Visitors can hike the ridge and discover tracks, bones and skeletons of these prehistoric creatures that once roamed the land.
Triceratops Trail can also be hiked and explored where naturally occurring casts and mould s of dinosaur footprints were permanently etched into the earth. Produced from the dinosaurs track marks, in once deep muddy areas, they were filled with sand over time producing these naturally made fossils waiting to be discovered.
See footprints up-close of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Edmontosaurus and a Triceratops plus birds, mammals and beetles along the sandstone track.
When: Open daily for free self-guided tours. A paid tour option is also available
More Information: www.dinoridge.org
6. Downtown Walking Tours
The best way to explore a destination is by foot. By pounding the streets, you will discover shops, cafes and hidden alleyways’ normally reserved for locals.
Daily two-hour walking tours begin in Civic Centre Park, winding through downtown passing many of Denver’s tourist attractions. The tour ends at Coors Field and covers Denver’s architecture and history.
When: Daily at 10am