Denver, contrary to popular belief, is not in — or near — the mountains. Yet the snow-capped Rockies are close enough to form a magnificent backdrop to the city, which, by the way, is the 10th largest metropolitan area in the country! You may also be under the mistaken impression that Denver is really cold. Not so. Winter in Denver is actually on the mild side. Therefore, there’s plenty of things to do in Denver, even outdoors. Here’s just one example. In late January (the 26th and 27th), you can enjoy Denver’s Winter Brew Fest. Not only will you have the chance to sample local and imported craft brews, but you’ll also be treated to live music, great food, and the opportunity to check out all kinds of wares from local vendors! Not into beer and ale? That’s okay. You’ll find a plethora of other activities to keep you amused and entertained. Here are a few ideas …
Have a Family Ice Skating Party
Looking for something to do with the whole family that won’t cost an arm-and-a-leg? How does an ice skating outing at the Downtown Rink at Skyline Park strike you? (You’ll only have to shell out between $6 and $8 for rental skates. Of course, if you bring your own: keep your wallet in your pocket!) There are even fun activities like Saturday morning lessons, Sunday afternoon family entertainment, and a Friday night DJ to keep things lively.
Experience an Early Burst of Color
A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens lets you escape the winter doldrums and soothe your soul with color and fragrance. At the Gardens’ York Street location, you can spend a little time in a tropical paradise — without ever setting foot on an airplane!
Spend the Day Lunching and Shopping in Larimer Square
Make it a girls’ day out with lunch at one of the great restaurants in Larimer Square in Denver’s Lower Downtown district. Afterwards, hit the shops and boutiques for special items that you won’t find in a typical chain store at the mall. Shopping for a special new piece of clothing for yourself? Check out the unique offerings at Hailee Grace, Frinje, or Blue Ruby. Just visiting the area and looking for a great reminder of your visit? For a quintessentially Western article, stop in at the Cry Baby Ranch. Pick a pair of cowboy boots to serve as a long-lasting and totally wearable memory of your adventures in Denver.
Or why not stay all day and meet a friend or two for dinner at Rioja, TAG, or the Capital Grille for some truly delectable bites and great atmosphere, too!
Looking for a Little Nightlife?
If you’re looking for things to do in Denver on a January or February weekend night, Denver will not disappoint! There are lots of great clubs throughout the metro area where you’ll find music, dancing, and a pulsating night vibe. Check out local hot spots in Larimer Square or dance the night away at one of the many clubs in the South of Colfax Nightlife District. Furthermore, you could see a concert, share a local brew or a glass of wine with a buddy, or make the rounds of the comedy clubs!
Explore the City’s Culture
From museums like the American Museum of Western Art to nationally-known galleries in the Art District on Santa Fe, Denver has culture covered. You’ll have no trouble indulging your appreciation of the arts with things to do in Denver!
Although the winter chill puts a damper on activities in some cities around the U.S., you won’t have that problem in Denver. It’s a city filled with life, excitement, and inspiration in winter, spring, summer, and fall!
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