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Budget-Friendly Things to do in Denver

We’re always looking for fun and engaging activities for everyone to enjoy that won’t break the bank. Denver, Colorado is a perfect blend of art, culture, and outdoor adventure. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or you’re new to the area, here is a list of budget-friendly activities sure to add something special to your staycations.

Bull ElkRocky Mountain National Park

Connect with your adventurous side and get outdoors to explore all that the Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. With 415 square miles of spectacular landscapes and scenery to take in, you will leave this park with a new-found appreciation for mother nature. You’ll experience wildlife sightings, hiking (with lots of options depending on your skill level), jaw-dropping views, and camping opportunities. To learn more about everything you can do in this beautiful park, entrance fees, and free days, visit:

Childrens Museum of Denver

Who said learning can’t be fun? At the Children’s Museum of Denver, learning is just that and so much more. Let your kids explore and expand their minds with interactive exhibits about science, art, food, and the outdoors. Let their imaginations run wild in this one-of-a-kind learning environment. And who knows, you might learn something too! For more information and ticket pricing, visit:

Scenic DriveMt. Evans Scenic Byway

This phenomenal byway is the highest paved road in North America and gives you views you can’t get anywhere else in the country. You’ll gain almost 9,000 feet in elevation and travel through five different climate zones all the way to the top of Mt. Evans. An incredible 14,264-ft summit. Get your camera ready to capture the jaw-dropping views you’ll encounter. Learn more at:

Denver Museum of Nature and Science 

Science and nature are all around us, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science strives to make you a part of it. You’ll explore various cultures, dive inside the human body, and roam alongside prehistoric creatures. This museum is a great way to spend the day with the whole family. There’s even a virtual reality arcade exhibit at an additional cost. Learn about all exhibits and ticket pricing at:

Smiling woman with daughter smelling white rosesDenver Botanic Gardens: York Street

Enjoy 24 acres of beautiful and unique plant life from around the globe at the Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street location. In addition to the general gardens, be sure to also explore the Mordecai Children’s Garden, where you and your family can get hands-on-experience and play while learning about the plants you’ll find in the gardens. The Science Pyramid lets you understand the science behind everything you see through interactive exhibits and technology. Learn more about pricing and hours of operation at:


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