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Washington Park free

701 South Franklin Street | Denver, CO 80209 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Located south of central Denver, Washington Park is consistently praised by Denverites and visitors alike for its ample facilities and enjoyable atmosphere. Occupying 165 acres, this immense park boasts miles of jogging paths, swaths of gardens and, most notably, two massive lakes — Smith Lake in the north part of the park and Grasmere Lake in the southern portion. Washington Park is a popular weekend hangout spot thanks to the variety of things to do here. You can spend your time simply relaxing on the grass, or you can take advantage of the park's 10 tennis courts, boat rentals and Recreation Center, which houses a pool and offers scheduled fitness classes and swim lessons.

Denverites don't hesitate to praise their beloved Washington Park, comparing it to Boston Common or New York City's Central Park. And although some recent visitors say the addition of a few more bathrooms wouldn't hurt, most travelers highly recommend spending some time here. According to one TripAdvisor user, "[O]n a clear day, the mountains are in perfect view. Oh, and the park is a short walk from some great boutiques and restaurants."

You can get to Washington Park from the downtown area by hopping on the D, F or H light rail lines and hopping off at Louisiana Station. You are welcome to visit Washington Park at any time of day or night, and there's no entry fee; however, different facilities within the park adhere to their own hours of operation and may charge admission. For more information, visit the Washington Park website.

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