Downtown Denver Attractions


Downtown Denver attractions include museums, sports stadiums, and historic buildings. Highlights include the Downtown Aquarium, Union Station and Coors Field.

Read on for more tips on the best things to do downtown in the Mile High City.

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1. Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium is one of the best family-friendly downtown Denver attractions. It sits just to the north of the main downtown area and is open almost every day of the year.

Inside, you will get to see their top exhibits including North America, In the Desert, and Under the Sea. You can also visit their Coral Lagoon, Sunken Temple and Shipwreck. 

If you have time, make sure to catch a movie in their 40-seat 4-D Theater.

2. Children's Museum

The Children's Museum is also one of the top downtown Denver attractions. It's a great place for kids to learn, explore, and create. 

Top exhibits at the museum are Altitude, Fire Station No. 1, and Bubbles. Other highlights include Art Studio, Box Canyon, and Ready Vet Go!

>> More kids museums in Denver

3. Coors Field

Rockies vs Dodgers

Coors Field is another must see attraction in downtown Denver. It's a fun place to see a game, but you can also see behind the scenes on one of their tours.

The Colorado Rockies baseball team call Coors Field home. Their season runs from April to October each year. 

>> More about attending a Rockies game and the Coors Field tours

4. 16th Street Mall

The 16th Street Mall is the Mile High City's famous pedestrian mall. This one-mile long attraction offers shopping, restaurants, and public events.

You can also catch a movie, see a concert, and jump on their free shuttle to get from one end to the other.

>> More free Denver attractions

5. LoDo (Lower Downtown)

The Denver Lower Downtown District (often referred to as LoDo) is another fun place to spend some time during a visit to The Mile High City. Here you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, and breweries. 

I also love this district's historic buildings and lively vibe. Make sure to check it out during your stay.

Denver Events Each Month

In addition to these downtown Denver attractions, you will also find a variety of fun events both downtown and all around the Mile High City. Click the links below for the best upcoming events each month.

January | February | March | April | May | June

July | August | September | October | November | December

6. Union Station

Union Station is one of the newly popular downtown Denver attractions. This old train station was fully remodeled to take it back to its original beauty. 

Today, you can enjoy a cocktail, have lunch, or just relax on one of the couches in their open seating area. They also added a hotel called the Crawford, where you can spend your time here in one of their luxurious rooms. 

7. Elitch Gardens

Elitch Gardens is another one of the family-friendly downtown Denver attractions. It's just to the north of the Pepsi Center and features both an theme and water park.

The theme park side of Elitch includes roller coasters, carnival games, and plenty of yummy treats. The water park includes water slides, a wave pool, and plenty of space to relax as you catch some sun.

The park opens in May and is open until late October. It's open every day from June through late August. It's opened just on the weekend with limited hours in May and from late August through the end of October.

8. Larimer Square

Larimer Square is a one block long area with shops, restaurants, and other fun things to do. It is named for General Larimer, who founded the city of Denver in 1858. This was the first official block of the new city of Denver.

This high-end area is also gorgeous at night with lights and Colorado flags that cross over the street. It's a treat to spend time exploring this downtown Denver attraction.

9. Breweries

Denver Breweries

Downtown Denver is home to more than a dozen breweries. Here you will find two of the largest in the US and most well known in the metro area: Wynkoop Brewing Company and Rock Bottom Brewery. 

In addition, you will find some newer breweries on the scene including The Great Divide, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, and the Denver Chop House and Brewery.

>> Find a list of my favorite brewery tours

10. Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol is one of my favorite downtown Denver attractions. This beautiful, historic building is open to the public during the week. You can either explore it on your own or join one of their free guided tours.

Inside this gorgeous building, you will see murals, paintings, and the only supply of Colorado Rose Onyx. 

>> More tips on visiting this downtown gem

More Downtown Denver Attractions

In addition to these 10 top downtown Denver attractions, you will find a few other fun things to see and do. Here are a few other places to check out during your visit.

  • Colorado Convention Center: Make sure to walk over to the Colorado Convention Center at 700 14th Street to visit our famous blue bear. This large art installation is officially called "I See What You Mean" and leans up against the convention center. It will only take a few minutes, but it's an amazing site to see!
  • Performing Arts Center: Just a block away from the Colorado Convention Center is the Performing Arts Center. This beautiful building is home to dozens of theater performances throughout the year. Make sure to walk through the building to the other side to see the the 6-story white dancers. Find a full schedule of upcoming theater performances here.
  • Downtown Denver Street Art: In addition to these two pieces, keep an eye out for other pieces of art all around downtown Denver. They include statues, sculptures, and street murals. 

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