Kid-Friendly Denver: Top Spots for Family Vacations

With an abundance of sunshine, panoramic mountain views, and a wide assortment of restaurants and activities, Denver has a lot to offer families.

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With an abundance of sunshine, panoramic mountain views, and a wide assortment of restaurants and activities, Denver has a lot to offer families. The Mile High City sits approximately 5,280 feet above sea level. In honor of the city’s nickname, visit the 13th step of the Capitol building to enjoy the view at exactly one mile high. As you explore the city, keep these spots in mind for the entire family to enjoy.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum houses an impressive collection of exhibits in a unique angular building with an oversized broom sculpture that greets visitors at the door. Always family friendly, the museum has dedicated kids’ areas for young visitors to try on costumes and create their own art. You can also check out the museum’s family backpacks that are full of hands-on activities, games, and puzzles to help kids explore the exhibits.

Downtown Aquarium

You don’t need to be near the ocean to get up close with marine animals in Denver. The Downtown Aquarium has more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits stocked with sharks, stingrays, and a variety of different fish. Watch sea creatures swim overhead as you stroll through an underwater tunnel, or gaze in awe at the mermaid performance in the Under the Sea exhibit.

A toddler watches sea creatures swim underwater at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, Colorado

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The Children’s Museum of Denver

The Children’s Museum of Denver features activities to delight the kid in everyone. The museum completed an extensive expansion in 2015 that doubled its exhibit space for both indoor and outdoor attractions. Inside, you can play with giant bubbles or watch the artist-in-residence in action while creating your own masterpieces. In the outdoor Joy Park, kids can ride on zip lines and splash in the water and build dams along a rocky stream.

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Mile High Culture Pass

Does your family have a lot of stops on your Denver to-do list? Get the most for your money by purchasing a Mile High Culture Pass that grants access to seven popular attractions for one admission fee. (Price is subject to change. Check the website for current pricing.)

A close-up view of the elephant statue in Denver Park with the downtown Denver skyline in the background

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The attractions include the Denver Zoo, where you can feed giraffes and view more than 4,000 animals that call the zoo home. You can also explore Western plants and the dedicated children’s garden at Denver Botanic Gardens and the space and dinosaur exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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