63 Days of Summer in and around Denver, Colorado with Kids

Sixty three days.  That is how many days my children have off of school this summer.  We are all itching for summertime.  We are ready to sleep in.  I am ready to be finished with lunch packing, homework time and more.

This is a year of firsts for us.  We are so excited to be spending our first summer in Denver.  We have lots of people coming to visit us and we can’t wait to spend the summer exploring Denver and the surrounding areas.  We have put together a list of things to do for each day of our summer.  We probably won’t get to all of it (probably won’t even get to half of it!), but we are certainly going to try.  As we explore, I will try to find time to write about some of our adventures and I will come back and link to them here.

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If you know of something we should add to our list, leave us a comment.

1.  Ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster and see what Breckenridge looks like without all the snow.

2.  Visit The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

3.  Hike around Rocky Mountain National Park and drive the famous Trail Ridge Road.

4.  Learn how money is made at the Denver Mint.

5.  Drive to the top of the highest paved road in North America – Mount Evans.

6.  Ride the train in Georgetown and pick up some caramel corn at Georgetown Valley Candy Company.

7.  Study science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

8.  Try to catch a fly ball at Coors Field while the Rockies play.

9.  Have afternoon tea at the Brown Palace.

10.  Visit a haunted hotel in Estes Park.

11.  Tour the Molly Brown House Museum.

12.  Dig for dinosaur bones at Dinosaur Ridge.

13.  See a movie at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

14.  Learn more about homesteads at Plains Conservation Center.

15.  Visit Colorado’s newest state park, Staunton State Park.

16.  See the flowers bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

17.  See the fish at the Downtown Aquarium.

18.  Learn fly fishing.

19.  Ride the rides at Elitch Gardens.

20.  Hike at least ten hikes in our Hikes with Kids Colorado book.

21.  Ride the cog railroad to Pike’s Peak.

22.  Try indoor skydiving at Skyventure Colorado.

23.  Tour the Stanley and see if it is really haunted.

24.  Look for elk in Estes Park.

25.  Tour the Celestial Seasonings factory and learn about how tea is made.

26.  See the flowers at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

27.  Hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park.

28.  Check out some backpacks and explore the exhibits at the Denver Art Museum.

29.  Do the scavenger hunt at The Wildlife Experience.

30.  Pick strawberries at Berry Patch Farms.

31.  Hike Lair o the Bear with the kids.

32.  Taste some fancy fudge at Seasonally Yours.

33.  Learn more about trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

34.  Hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park.

35.  Hike up to Castle Rock.

36.  Drive to Colorado Springs and visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

37.  Explore a ghost town.

38.  Go on a zipline tour.

39.  Visit Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

40.  See Seven Falls.

41.  Visit South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center.

42.  Visit Littleton Historical Museum and and have lunch in downtown Littleton.

43.  Tour a mine.

44.  Go horseback riding.

45.  Hike Chautauqua Park.

46.  Visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

47.  Ride the light rail to somewhere new.

48.  Take a lesson.

49.  Go to a water park.

50.  Ride the Platte Valley Trolley.

51.  See the butterflies at the Butterfly Pavillion.

52.  Tour Sports Authority Field.

53.  Learn about firefighters at the Denver Firefighters Museum.

54.  Take a weekend getaway to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

55.  Explore Cave of the Winds

56.  Find a waterfall.

57.  Learn about farming at the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum.

58.  Wander around Larimer Square and buy a treat at Rocket Fizz.

59.  Try a restaurant that is new to us.

60.  Buy the ingredients for dinner at the farmer’s market.  Make dinner together.

61.  Paint some pottery or canvas at a local art studio.

62.  See a play.

63.  Go to an outdoor concert.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Wow! Ambitious. I lived here 5 years now and done maybe a third of those things.

    • 2

      Realistically? We will probably only get to a third of them but it was fun to put together the list!

  2. 3

    I’ve lived here for almost 42 years and have done maybe a third of those things! 😉

    Actually, I’ve done quite a few. I appreciate this list because it sparks ideas and helps me plan our summer, too!

    • 4

      We probably won’t get anywhere near finishing the list but it was fun to make. Maybe it should be 63 days in a year…or four! Moving from a small town has made us overly excited about all the Denver has to offer!

  3. 5

    Love the list!! Also look at, outdoor movies in Parker and Stapleton. Kidtopia on Thursdays at South lands as well as outdoor music every Friday at Southlands. Oh, and the Parker Farmers Market. We LOVE that one.

    • 6

      We love outdoor movies and farmer’s markets. I will be sure to check them out. The best part? They aren’t expensive!

  4. 7

    Wow – what a great list – I’m exhausted after reading it! Very impressed that you have something planned for each day of your summer vacation. I had better get started on our plans – we have 76 days of summer to fill but we don’t get started until June 20th!

    • 8

      We are pretty lazy too so we probably won’t spend every day doing something. I like being able to pick and choose and have something to work through rather than just turn to each other and ask what are we going to do today! 😉

  5. 9

    FANTASTIC LIST! Did I see a visit to Confluence Park downtown? You’ve gotta check it out and get your feet wet. Closer to home, check out Belleview Park if you haven’t already. Kids can wade in the stream, and they have a petting zoo and a train ride that only cost about a buck admission.

    • 10

      Thanks Laura! We will add both of those to our list. I looked up Belleview Park and I know my kids would love it.

  6. 11
    Jane fortune says:

    Tour the Air Force Academy
    Tour the Olympic training center

    Both in the Colorado Springs area.

    • 12

      Hi Jane. Thanks for the comment! We have actually been to both of those and thoroughly enjoyed them!

  7. 13
    Shelley says:

    Sounds like a fun, but extremely expensive summer.

    • 14

      Hi Shelley! Thanks for stopping by. All of these activities will definitely add up and the cost will drive which of these activities we actually do. We probably won’t get through even half of the list, but it will sure be fun trying. Moving from a small town to the city of Denver has us excited to get out and explore. We will be able to use the list to guide what we plan and now that I know what my kids really want to do, I am on the lookout for groupon type deals, coupons, etc!

  8. 15

    visit tiny town!

  9. 16

    GREAT list! We just went to Celestial Seasonings in Boulder and I would highly recommend it.

  10. 17

    Awesome list!! I’ve lived here for 4 years and hasn’t heard of many of these places. Great inspiration. Ok fine, now I’m pumped for summer. Need to keep the 2 kiddos happy. Oh! Garden of the Gods! So cool!

  11. 18

    Jen! Your enthusiasm makes it clear you haven’t lost the kid inside of you! You’ll love Breckenridge in the summer! They have amazing flowers and the stream is so pretty. That’s when we go! I hope to enjoy some of your list with you and your family. Call me, maybe? 🙂

  12. 19

    I’ve been here 10 years and have done almost all of them…but Colorado literally has a lifetime of explorations!

  13. 20

    What a fun and comprehensive list!! Maybe I should go to Denver this summer.

  14. 21

    Nice list! You might add the Greeley Freight Station Museum. It is an astonishing model train museum that you can spend hours exploring and still not see all it has to offer. Also has railroad artifacts throughout. And in Denver, Hammond’s Candy offers kid friendly tours most days.

  15. 22
    Naomi Donaldson says:

    I’m so glad you reposted this!! I just added Cave of the Winds to our “mini-vacation”!!