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Denver, the capital of Colorado, is a city with so much to see and do. Known for being exactly a mile above sea level, the city has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.
The only trouble with travel is that it can sometimes be expensive. National Parks fees, car rentals, flights, and restaurants can often drain the budget. It’s easy to find a great hotel in Denver, but what will you have left over for exploring?
That’s why finding free things to do is so important when visiting a new place. It often gives you a much more local experience as well – an added bonus!
Go on a Brewery Tour
There are literally hundreds of breweries in the Denver area, and many of them offer free tours. If you want to learn a bit about the art of craft beer and perhaps have a few samples afterwards, head to the Great Divide. It’s a small-batch brewery with incredibly passionate brewers who want to share their love of beer with the world. Advance bookings are required.
Take in a Movie at Red Rocks
One of the most beautiful outdoor amphitheaters in the country, Red Rocks is free to explore when there aren’t shows going on, and during the summer there are free movies in the amphitheater. It’s also surrounded by some stunning trails for hiking the area. If you do want to splurge, yoga at Red Rocks is an incredible experience.
Explore the Rocky Mountain Arsenal
What was once chemical manufacturing facilities is now an oasis for wildlife and a wonderful place to explore nature. Rocky Mountain Arsenal is a refuge for animals like buffalo and bald eagles. It’s open all year for wildlife viewing, and there are often opportunities to learn about what the center is doing for animal conservation. It’s worth contacting them before arriving and seeing what’s on.
Go Ice Skating at Skyline Park
Between late November and late February, you can ice skate for free in the center of the city. Skyline Park is a green space taking up three city blocks, plopped right in the middle of towering skyscrapers. If you need to rent skates, it’s about $2. A great way to enjoy winter in the city and get amongst it with the locals. For the rest of the year, you can come for concerts, festivals, and food stalls. There always seems to be something going on at Skyline.
Explore the Art Scene
Head down to the Art District on Santa Fe on the first Friday of every month to immerse yourself in the Denver art scene. Galleries open their doors to the public and artists come out to peddle their wares. Free guided shuttles pick you up from the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street and take you around to more than 60 galleries, museums, and restaurants from 5:30-10p.m.
There are so many wonderful way to get out and enjoy Denver without breaking the bank. Always do research on events that are happening in the city before you arrive, and you’re bound to find tons of free activities!