in Denver, CO
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bikalope Tours Denver
15th St at Platte St
Denver, CO 80202 Directions
Cycling enthusiasts, trust the professionals at Bikalope Tours Denver to show you the best sights of the city to view from a bike. The outdoor route runs about 9.3 miles and on the ride you'll see Cherry Creek, INVESCO Field at Mile High, Civic Center Park, the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Art Museum and more. Be sure to set aside about three hours for the tour, there's lots to see in such a short time!
Bluff Lake Nature Center
3400 Havana Way
Denver, CO 80238 Directions
If you're looking for some peace and quiet in the city, Bluff Lake Nature Center is the place to find it. The nature center and outdoor area is comprised of 123 acres that encompass a seasonal lake, wetlands, short-grass prairie, a riparian zone and wetland woodland. A true oasis within the city of Denver, Bluff Lake is home to waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, deer, foxes, beavers and other local wildlife.
1599 8th Ave
Denver, CO 80218 Directions
Explore one of Denver's favorite urban getaways at Cheesman Park. Whether you want to take a walk, go jogging, throw frisbees, fly a kite, or just take in another of the city's many natural gems, the park is a local outdoor favorite and a must see for visitors. According to folklore, the park sits upon an old cemetery where some of Denver's early inhabitants were laid to rest. If you're feeling brave, read up on some of the park's ghost stories before you visit - we dare you.
26267 Conifer Rd
Conifer, CO 80433 Directions
If mountain biking, trail running, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, rock climbing, rafting, and hiking are some of your favorite outdoor activities, then Denver Adventures is the place for you. Whether you want to take a calming hike or get your blood flowing with some fast-paced skiing, Denver Adventures is ready to take you on the ride of your life.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206 Directions
Stroll among orchids, irises, begonias, ferns, violets, lilies, lotuses, lilacs, roses, cacti and more at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The 23-acre park is home to various garden attractions, and living and preserved collections showcasing over 250 plan families. After walking through the gardens, catch a lecture or eat at the on-site restaurant, Offshoots.
2300 Steele St
Denver, CO 80205 Directions
Hang out with the animals at the Denver Zoo. You'll see over 3,500 animals like pandas, flamingos, monkeys, lions, gorillas, tigers, hippopotamuses, snakes, fish, hyenas, and turtles. The 80-acre zoo houses its animals in habitats that best replicate the animal's natural environment.
16831 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465 Directions
Travel more than one hundred million years back in time at Dinosaur Ridge. The outdoor exhibits showcase the archeological findings of prehistoric Colorado, with real dinosaur bones encased in sandstone and over 300 dinosaur footprints resting in the top layers of sand and mudstone. Be sure to explore the Dinosaur Ridge Exhibit Hall for an even closer look at the beasts of the past.
700 Water St
Denver, CO 80211 Directions
Discover the wonders of the ocean at Denver's Downtown Aquarium. The aquarium houses about 500 creatures like stingrays, sharks, turtles, eels, piranhas, bass, and rainbow fish, presented in exhibits that mimic the animal's natural habitat. Other attractions include a stingray touch tank, a restaurant, lounge and ballroom.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, CO 80517 Directions
Make the trek to Rocky Mountain National Park and experience the marvel of a true natural treasure. The park offers 416 square miles of rocky outdoor wilderness, with 60 mountains towering over 12,000 feet in the air. The great peaks and beautiful surroundings of the Rockies are truly a must-see natural wonder of the Colorado landscape.
Royal Gorge Bridge
4218 Co Rd 3A
Cañon City, CO 81212 Directions
You won't find a view of Colorado quite like the one you'll get at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The highest suspension bridge in the nation crosses the 1,250-foot gorge that has been called Colorado's Natural Wonder. Visitors at Royal Gorge don't only enjoy the view, the attraction is popular for whitewater rafting, and rides on the sightseeing Royal Gorge Railroad.
701 S Franklin St
Denver, CO 80209 Directions
Have some outdoor fun at Washington Park, one of the largest parks in Denver. Some of the park's features include a 2.6 mile jogging trail, two beautiful flower gardens, soccer fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, roller blading areas, a horseshoe court, tennis courts, two lakes, one pond and the busiest recreation center in the city. The 165-acre park is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
Wild Animal Sanctuary
1946 CO Rd 53
Keenesburg, CO 80643 Directions
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Those aren't the only animals you'll see at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The refuge houses animals like leopards, cougars, wolves, bobcats, and foxes, most of them having been saved from dangerous or abusive situations. The animals roam their species-specific habitats, situated on 320 acres of open grassland. As the largest and oldest nonprofit sanctuary in the nation, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is surely a sight to see for all outdoors and animal lovers.
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