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rare, rose-colored stone used on the
wainscoting and pillar facings.
Downtown Aquarium – Denver
700 Water St.
An aquarium in Denver? Yes, it’s true! The
public aquarium houses more than one
million gallons of underwater exhibits,
featuring ecosystems from around the
globe. Highlights include more than 500
species of animals and an interactive
Sting Ray Reef touch tank. Stop for a bite
to eat at the Aquarium Restaurant, relax in
the Dive Lounge, and dance the night
away at the Nautilus Ballroom.
Governor’s Residence at the
400 E. 8th Ave.
Tour the magnificent home of the
Colorado governor! The mansion
includes museum-quality artwork and
furnishings, including the President Grant
chandelier, which previously hung in the
2000 Elitch Circle
Elitch Gardens has entertained families
for more than 120 years. It is America’s
only downtown area theme and water
park, sitting on 63 acres. The park is
open May through October and provides
dozens of rides, live entertainment and a
variety of shopping and dining options.
Don’t miss the break taking vides of the
United States Mint
320 W. Colfax Ave.
See where your money is made! Denver’s
Mint produces more than 50 million coins
each day. Contact the Mint for tour
Venice on the Creek
Speer Boulevard and 14th Street
Enjoy a float down Cherry Creek at the
only business using punts—similar to
Italian gondolas—in the country. On the
ride through the lower downtown area,
learn Denver’s history and take in the
Bison and Elk Herds
Genesee Park and Daniels Park
View two herds of bison and elk in their
natural habitat at two parks in the metro
Denver area. Denver’s first and largest
mountain park, Genesee Park, spans
2,300 acres and includes a 160-acre
wild elk and bison enclosure. Daniels
Park is more than 1,000 acres, of which
900 acres are a preserve and natural
area for Denver’s second herd. Enjoy a
picnic and the scenic views.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
6252 W. 104th Ave.
Founded in July 1995, as the first stand-alone non-profit invertebrate zoo in the
nation, Butterfly Pavilion is a 30,000
square foot facility situated on an 11-acre
campus provided by the City of
Westminster, Colorado. It houses more
than 5,000 animals, including a famous
tarantula named Rosie and 1,600
butterflies in a tropical rainforest. The
pavilion teaches the young and old alike
about the need for conservation.
4600 Sleepytime Drive
The largest manufacturer and marketer of
specialty hot teas in the country, Celestial
Seasonings offers tours through its art
gallery, herb garden and factory. Sample
more than 50 varieties of teas and
experience The Mint Room, where crates
of peppermint and spearmint are stored.
End the visit with a stop by the café and
gift shop, where you can stock up on tea
for the year!
Colorado State Parks
State parks around the state offer
magnificent scenic views and a great
outdoor experience. Activities for all
ages, include camping, biking, bird
watching, boating, cross-country skiing,
fishing, horseback riding, hunting, ice
Elitch Gardens. Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER