Denver Museum of Nature & Science#7 in Best Things To Do in Denver
With exhibits featuring everything from dinosaur bones to Egyptian mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires learning in the young and young at heart. This impressive facility houses artifacts pertaining to a variety of scientific areas, including anthropology, zoology, geology, health sciences, paleontology and space science. Some of the more popular displays include the wildlife exhibit, which includes more than 90 habitat scenes containing information on animals from around the world, from Alaska to Australia. Meanwhile, the hands-on Space Odyssey area introduces travelers to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond.
Recent travelers raved about the museum, saying that visitors will likely want to devote several hours to half a day to explore the engaging exhibits. They also praise the museum's cafe and gift shop.
Located in City Park, just south of the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is easily accessible via the Nos. 20, 32 and 40 buses. The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission costs $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors and $11.95 for kids ages 3 to 18. The museum also offers daily shows and screenings in its planetarium and IMAX theater; you will have to pay extra to attend. To learn more about what to see and do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, visit the museum's website.
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#1 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
With its excellent views of the Rocky Mountains, miles of hiking trails and cinnamon-hued sandstone cliffs, Red Rocks Park is a big draw for outdoors enthusiasts. Occupying 700-some acres, this impressive park offers visitors the opportunity to experience the fascinating geographic transition between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. If you only have a short amount of time here, stretch your legs along the Trading Post Trail; this nearly 1 ½-mile-long path weaves through the rust-colored buttes, making for some spectacular scenery. Before you head out, travelers recommend stopping by the visitor center, which features information on the parks history and trails.
Another big draw is the expansive amphitheater, which has hosted such headliners as the Beatles, Tom Petty and John Denver. You'll soon find (and hear) that the theater – geologically formed by the red rocks – boasts amazing acoustics and an enjoyable atmosphere. But many recent visitors said that no matter the show, the majestic atmosphere makes it a good time. Even if you can't fit a concert into your schedule, many travelers agreed that the theater is worth a stop for the photos alone, while the park's visitor center features displays dedicated to past acts.
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