Denver Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Denver, Colorado - CO, USA)

Denver has evolved from being a Wild West town of cowboys, gunslingers, gamblers and saloons into a modern, progressive city and Denver now contains a wide range of historical and cultural tourist attractions to suit all tastes. Some of Denver's top tourist attractions include world-class museums and galleries, historical monuments and buildings of interest, several amusement parks and other attractions for the kids, cultural centers and performing arts venues, as well as over 200 scenic parks.

The city of Denver also makes a convenient base for exploration of the Rocky Mountains and other features of Colorado's famed natural environment, while at the same time boasting enough attractions to keep tourists and visitors entertained for at least a week or more.

Denver Zoo

Address: 2300 Steele Street, City Park, Denver, Colorado CO, 80205-4899, USA
Tel: +1 303 331 4100
Denver Zoo is an impressive and innovative facility that is home to some 4,000 animals, many of them endangered, and a range of spacious habitats that give visitors the chance to see animals in their natural environment as much as possible. Popular attractions at these zoological gardens include Predator Ridge, an area that recreates the African Savannah, and a painted rhino; while the zoo is also well-known for its conservation efforts.
Open hours: April to September, daily - 09:00 to 17:00, October to March, daily - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children under three free

Downtown Aquarium

Address: 700 Water Street, Denver, Colorado CO, 80211, USA
Tel: +1 303 561 4450
Downtown Aquarium, formerly known as Colorado's Ocean Journey, offers the visitor a range of aquatic exhibits and ecosystems from around the world including an interactive sting ray reef touch tank. Exhibits are housed in over one million gallons of water that is home to over 500 species of animals.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday - 10:00 to 22:00, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 23:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, children and everyone after 18:00, children under three free

Six Flags Elitch Gardens Theme Park

Address: 2000 Elitch Circle Denver, Colorado CO, 80204-1887, USA
Tel: +1 303 595 4386
This theme park has been around since 1889 and even though the rides may have changed over the years, as well as the location, the same atmosphere of family fun and entertainment persists. Among the 45 rides and attractions on offer at Denver's Six Flags Elitch Gardens Theme Park are the popular Flying Coaster, the daunting Twister II, the Halfpipe and the stomach churning Tower of Doom. The fully restored carousel dating back to 1925 will appeal to older generations, while Looney Tunes MovieTown was designed with the kids in mind. Also on offer are stunt shows, concerts, arcade games and landscaped gardens.
Open hours: April to October, daily - 10:00 to 22:00
Admission: charge, discounts for those under four feet in height and seniors, children under three and seniors over 70 free

US Mint

Address: 320 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado CO, 80204-2693, USA
Tel: +1 303 405 4761
The US Mint, in downtown Denver, was opened in 1863 and is one of only two in the country where visitors can actually watch coins being produced. There is a self-guided tour with informative signs and great views of the minting process; while scheduled tours need to be booked in advance through congressional representatives, as security measures have increased over the last few years. Uncertainty remains as to whether walk-in visitors will be allowed in the future.
Open hours: Monday - 09:00 to 15:00, Tuesday to Friday - 08:00 to 15:00
Admission: free