Denver! So busy, full of life and hundreds of things to do every weekend! The Denver Metro Area is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and people cannot wait to move here.
Being a Native, I often take the wonderment of this state for granted! Recently, I was with a group of friends at Dry Dock Brewing Co (15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014) and we were talking about all of the things that someone MUST do in our region! Here are some things we came up with.
1. Red Rocks Amphitheater (918300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465)
This area is not only the place to be for any concert you could possibly catch, but they also host tons of other events. Anything from Yoga, Easter Sunrise Service, a summertime favorite for Film on the Rocks (when the sun sets, they feature fun classic movies like the Goonies, Beetlejuice, The Big Lebowski and Deadpool).
2. Casa Bonita (Lamar Station Plaza, 6715 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214)
Known for their cliff divers, giant gorilla on the loose and Black Bart's Cave, this is a great place to go with friends or family. If you were a kid in the 80's or 90's, you likely had your birthday party here. Just raise that little red flag for more sopapillas, please!
3. Have a Sunday Funday at Lakeside Amusement Park. (4601 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80212)
This historical amusement park has been open since 1908. Originally named White City, it was opened and spearheaded by prominent Denver brewer Adolph Zang.
My Uncle Mark worked here when I was a kid and I remember going on dozens on rides and coming home with my arms full of stuffed animals. Check out the Wild Chipmunk ride!
4) Profess your love for Green Chile!
Just about every restaurant has a signature Green Chile that they will smother your favorite dish with! Hip RiNo restaurants, staple hole-in-the-walls scattered throughout Denver and specialty small batch businesses!
Our favorite is Ele's Sooo Good Green Chile based in Centennial, CO. It is quite possibly the best Green Chile sauce around and everyone in Colorado thinks so. The owner, Eleen, won 2 first place awards at the Colorado Chile Festival. Try it for yourself - www.ElesSoooGood.com
5) First Friday Art Walk (Santa Fe Dr and 10th Ave - ish)
On the First Friday evening, every month, the dozens of eclectic galleries open their doors for all to visit. From fine art to large artist co-ops, you can meet and greet with local artists and purchase one of their pieces to hang and call your own. This is a definite must-do for me every year. The block parties are so fun on a warm summer evening with food trucks, music and street buskers galore. The people watching is sometimes just as entertaining!
6) Take a stroll around Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202)
Union Station is sort of like Denver's living room. Recently renovated, this is a 100 year old historical landmark that visitors and locals all adore. You can walk around in the train station, eat at any of the surrounding amazing restaurants or grab an ice cream treat at MilkBox Ice Creamery. With tons of patios, a lit up fountain and the busy energy of the area... this is a super fun area to check out.
What are some of your favorite places to see/visit in the Denver area?
What does your Denver Bucket List look like?
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Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah