16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, 80465
This outdoor museum features Jurassic
dinosaur bones and more than 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. It is conveniently
located just 15 miles west of downtown
Denver in the Morrison Fossil Beds National
Natural Landmark. Stop by the visitor’s
center and gift shop on your way out.
Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St., Denver, 80246
Four Mile Historic Park preserves Colorado’s western rural heritage. The Four Mile
House, Denver’s oldest house, once served
as a stagecoach stop, wayside inn and tavern
for travelers on the Cherokee Trail. The
facility provides school/youth programs,
senior field trips, special events, guided
museum and grounds tours, a summer day
camp and site rental opportunities.
18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden, 80401
This “Western Victorian” shopping and
entertainment complex provides a variety
of shops, restaurants, and entertainment
opportunities. It is open year-round and has
special seasonal and weekend events.
The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 80120
Visitors to the Hudson Gardens and Event
Center will enjoy the facility’s 21 gardens,
which vary from flower, herb and water
gardens to wetlands and the cascades. A
multitude of concerts, educational programs
and holiday events throughout the year
entertain visitors of all ages. The 30 acres
of gardens include a garden railroad,
ponds, wildlife, sculptures and other natural
displays and hideaways.
Lakeside Amusement Park
I- 70 and Sheridan,
Denver, 80212; 303-477-1621
This historic amusement park located in
Northwest Denver provides countless rides,
games and roller coasters for adults, as well
as 15 rides for children. The charming atmosphere pleases visitors of all ages.
Mile High Flea Market
7007 E. 88th Ave., Henderson, 80640
Colorado’s largest outdoor shopping
and entertainment place caters to 40,000
customers regularly. The market is open on
Wednesdays and on the weekend.
Mother Cabrini Shrine
20189 Cabrini Blvd.,
Golden, 80401 ; 303-526-0758
This shrine is a place of prayer, pilgrimage
and devotion to Saint Frances Xavier
Cabrini, and includes a chapel, grotto,
statue, artifacts, barn and a stone house
available for meetings.
National Center for Atmospheric
1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 80305
Learn about the science of weather and
climate at NCAR’s Mesa Lab. Experience
science exhibits, an educational research
center, gift shop, weather trail, art galleries
and special public events. The site also is a
natural preserve for wildlife that roam the
area and in nearby mountain parks.
Tiny Town, Colorado
6249 S. Turkey Creek Road, Morrison, 80465
Tiny Town is the oldest village and railroad in the country. It was created at the
site of the Denver-Leadville stagecoach
stop southwest of Denver in 1915. Today,
the one-sixth-sized town has more than 100
colorful buildings and offers a steam locomotive train ride.
Photos by Scott Dressel-Martin, courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens