Guidebook for Littleton/Jefferson County, Colorado

Rodney & Sharon
Rodney & Sharon
Guidebook for Littleton/Jefferson County, Colorado

Food Scene

Although we have the familiar chain fast food and dine-in choices, here are a few of our local favorites.
Great Street Tacos-we like the shrimp and the chicken fajita Also, great hours. Located on the south side of Southwest Plaza Mall- but they have an outside entrance for after mall hours
Rusty Taco
8501 W Bowles Ave
Great Street Tacos-we like the shrimp and the chicken fajita Also, great hours. Located on the south side of Southwest Plaza Mall- but they have an outside entrance for after mall hours
Great Breakfast near our B&B. Coffees, pancakes, skillets etc. Good Service. Serves lunch, also.
Le Peep® Bowles Crossing
8055 W Bowles Ave
Great Breakfast near our B&B. Coffees, pancakes, skillets etc. Good Service. Serves lunch, also.
Our favorite for pizza- the Wood Fired Oven serves a steady supply of various pizza's ( you can even ask for the kind you love)- by the slice or all you can eat. Sandwiches are winners, too. A good place to eat after touring the Coors Brewery in Golden.
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Woody's Wood Fired Pizza
1305 Washington Avenue
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Our favorite for pizza- the Wood Fired Oven serves a steady supply of various pizza's ( you can even ask for the kind you love)- by the slice or all you can eat. Sandwiches are winners, too. A good place to eat after touring the Coors Brewery in Golden.
Trustworthy sushi -eat in or take out.
Okinawa Sushi
12652 W Ken Caryl Ave
Trustworthy sushi -eat in or take out.
Great Thai Food for Dine-In or Delivery!
Pho 9
8936 W Bowles Ave
Great Thai Food for Dine-In or Delivery!
Actually a tea shop featuring a wall of tea choices to sample in or buy for later. Great danish pastries to go with! Shelves of tea paraphernalia and gifts!
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iN-TEA
2440 W Main St
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Actually a tea shop featuring a wall of tea choices to sample in or buy for later. Great danish pastries to go with! Shelves of tea paraphernalia and gifts!
A food hall and self pour local beer wall ! Entertainment and pop up markets, too! Right next to Clear Creek!
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The Golden Mill
1012 Ford Street
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A food hall and self pour local beer wall ! Entertainment and pop up markets, too! Right next to Clear Creek!
Local -Not a chain! New York style pizza.
M.C.'s Brooklyn Pizzeria
8086 W Bowles Ave
Local -Not a chain! New York style pizza.
Saucy's Pizza
5055 S Kipling St
Colorado and Alaskan fare in a local venue!
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The 49th Food & Spirits
4550 South Kipling Street
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Colorado and Alaskan fare in a local venue!
They have great tater tots and good service and the rest of the food is fantastic
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
8501 W Bowles Ave
They have great tater tots and good service and the rest of the food is fantastic
Great place to stop on the way home from skiing or a day in the mountains.Local flavor, not a chain business, with “Mountain Pies”. Other locations in the Metro area, too!
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Beau Jo's Idaho Springs
1517 Miner Street
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Great place to stop on the way home from skiing or a day in the mountains.Local flavor, not a chain business, with “Mountain Pies”. Other locations in the Metro area, too!
Upscale Italian. Be sure to consider the specials! Gratuity free establishment.
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Abrusci's Fire & Vine
2200 Youngfield St
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Upscale Italian. Be sure to consider the specials! Gratuity free establishment.
Great patio and good food with lake view nearby
The Lake House Kitchen & Tavern
8026 West Bowles Avenue
Great patio and good food with lake view nearby
Nice covered patio in back-be sure to walk along the river behind it!
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The Cow An Eatery
316 Bear Creek Avenue
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Nice covered patio in back-be sure to walk along the river behind it!
Local coffee shop if you need a caffeine boost while walking Downtown Littleton.
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Dirt Coffee Bar
5767 S Rapp St
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Local coffee shop if you need a caffeine boost while walking Downtown Littleton.
Grab one of their generous subs and head out (it’s right next to the entrance to HwyC470). Amazing, homemade jalapeño relish can be added to any sandwich.
Tommy's Subs
14011 W Quincy Ave
Grab one of their generous subs and head out (it’s right next to the entrance to HwyC470). Amazing, homemade jalapeño relish can be added to any sandwich.

Parks & Nature

Our neighborhood park-a short 3 block walk away- has a beautiful view of the foothills. The 1/2 mile paved path around the lake is stroller and bike friendly and the playground is brand new!
Blue Heron Park
5518 S Quail St
Our neighborhood park-a short 3 block walk away- has a beautiful view of the foothills. The 1/2 mile paved path around the lake is stroller and bike friendly and the playground is brand new!
Close and you can rent paddle boats, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks! Hiking, bike trails, and picnic spots in this 2,624 acre park.
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Bear Creek Lake Park
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Close and you can rent paddle boats, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks! Hiking, bike trails, and picnic spots in this 2,624 acre park.
Walkways throughout or around the lake, playgrounds, skate park, tennis courts, horseshoes, shelters, summer evening programs
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Robert F. Clement Park
7306 W Bowles Ave
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Walkways throughout or around the lake, playgrounds, skate park, tennis courts, horseshoes, shelters, summer evening programs
Concert venue (cost); free hiking trails, red rock formations, music museum, great view of downtown Denver are free!!
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Concert venue (cost); free hiking trails, red rock formations, music museum, great view of downtown Denver are free!!
Mountain lake with paddle boat rental in summer and ice skating in winter!
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Evergreen Lake House
29612 Upper Bear Creek Road
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Mountain lake with paddle boat rental in summer and ice skating in winter!
Nearby, wonderful nature center at the top!
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Lookout Mountain Park
987 Lookout Mountain Road
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Nearby, wonderful nature center at the top!
Water sports, hikes, horseback rides.
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Chatfield State Park
11500 N Roxborough Park Rd
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Water sports, hikes, horseback rides.
Wide road to walk, run or bike along the Platt River with the canyon walls on both sides. Very gentle uphill going in, downhill coming out. Big Horn Sheep often seen. 6 miles in to the dam and Colorado Trail trailhead but one can turn around anytime.
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Waterton Canyon Trailhead
12437-12489 Waterton Canyon
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Wide road to walk, run or bike along the Platt River with the canyon walls on both sides. Very gentle uphill going in, downhill coming out. Big Horn Sheep often seen. 6 miles in to the dam and Colorado Trail trailhead but one can turn around anytime.

Shopping

Outdoor shopping with stores like Eddie Bauer and Pottery Barn and restaurants
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Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive
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Outdoor shopping with stores like Eddie Bauer and Pottery Barn and restaurants
Nearby for shopping and food.
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Southwest Plaza
8501 W Bowles Ave
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Nearby for shopping and food.
A bit more upscale indoor shopping with a great selection of stores.
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Park Meadows Mall
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A bit more upscale indoor shopping with a great selection of stores.
Good quality outdoor gear available nearby.
REI
5375 S Wadsworth Blvd
Good quality outdoor gear available nearby.
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Downtown Golden
Washington Avenue
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Essentials

Best selection nearby
King Soopers
9820 West Belleview Avenue
Best selection nearby
All produce is organic and groceries are screened for quality and healthier ingredients. A large selection of Gluten-Free including baked goods.
Natural Grocers
6475 South Kipling Parkway
All produce is organic and groceries are screened for quality and healthier ingredients. A large selection of Gluten-Free including baked goods.
Trader Joe's
8055 W Bowles Ave
Whole Foods Market is a fantastic fresh food market with a lot of variety high quality food. There is a deli area inside as well where you can order custom sandwiches, soup, salads, and pre-made dinner items.
Whole Foods Market
5155 South Wadsworth Boulevard
Whole Foods Market is a fantastic fresh food market with a lot of variety high quality food. There is a deli area inside as well where you can order custom sandwiches, soup, salads, and pre-made dinner items.
Walmart Supercenter
13420 West Coal Mine Avenue

Sightseeing

A fun, local environment in historic Morrison, Colorado where you can see fossils and footprints from the local area! They have an informative and interactive visitors center, with a mountain side viewing area.
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Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center
16831 W Alameda Pkwy
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A fun, local environment in historic Morrison, Colorado where you can see fossils and footprints from the local area! They have an informative and interactive visitors center, with a mountain side viewing area.
A free tour with a 360* view from the golden dome at the top. Don’t miss taking your picture by the “mile high” marker on the steps!
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Colorado State Capitol
200 East Colfax Avenue
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A free tour with a 360* view from the golden dome at the top. Don’t miss taking your picture by the “mile high” marker on the steps!
Walkable shops and eateries in historic buildings on our Main Street. Our cute downtown even has a theater!
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Littleton
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Walkable shops and eateries in historic buildings on our Main Street. Our cute downtown even has a theater!
Love this ride. Historic, informative, and just plain fun- especially for train lovers. Open air and covered cars! Gold mine tour add on is worth the $. A 45 mile drive from The Copper Door.
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Georgetown Loop Railroad
646 Loop Drive
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Love this ride. Historic, informative, and just plain fun- especially for train lovers. Open air and covered cars! Gold mine tour add on is worth the $. A 45 mile drive from The Copper Door.
The new visitor center has marvelous views and multiple stations to learn about Colorado geography and wildlife! You can drive your car thru the park to see the formations close up. Roadside parking spots let you stop to climb them, hike or picnic!
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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N 30th St
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The new visitor center has marvelous views and multiple stations to learn about Colorado geography and wildlife! You can drive your car thru the park to see the formations close up. Roadside parking spots let you stop to climb them, hike or picnic!
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Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 West 44th Avenue
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Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Boulevard
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Great view of Denver from the lookout and interesting displays about Buffalo Bill and Colorado in the adjoining museum.
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Buffalo Bill's Grave
987 Lookout Mountain Road
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Great view of Denver from the lookout and interesting displays about Buffalo Bill and Colorado in the adjoining museum.
Nearby, wonderful center with great views driving up!
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Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve
910 Colorow Road
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Nearby, wonderful center with great views driving up!
Red rock formations and multilevel hiking trails. Informative staff at the visitor center/gift shop.
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Roxborough State Park
4751 Roxborough Drive
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Red rock formations and multilevel hiking trails. Informative staff at the visitor center/gift shop.
Multiple beautiful gardens!
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Denver Botanic Gardens: Helen Fowler Library
1007 York Street
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Multiple beautiful gardens!
Amazing site near Colorado Springs!
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
10 Cliff Road
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Amazing site near Colorado Springs!

Entertainment & Activities

Close ski rental place with personal service
Happy Sport Ski Rental
Close ski rental place with personal service
Outdoor and indoor displays, a Zoo Train and Merry-Go-Round make this a fun stop for all! Less crowded early and later in the day. Adjacent to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Free parking.
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Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street
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Outdoor and indoor displays, a Zoo Train and Merry-Go-Round make this a fun stop for all! Less crowded early and later in the day. Adjacent to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Free parking.
Great indoor activity for children AND adults. Displays and interactive activities, tigers and sharks! A 4D movie upgrade is available, too. One wall in the restaurant is an aquarium so fish are floating by as you eat and the food is good.
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Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
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Great indoor activity for children AND adults. Displays and interactive activities, tigers and sharks! A 4D movie upgrade is available, too. One wall in the restaurant is an aquarium so fish are floating by as you eat and the food is good.
Interactive exhibits tailored for ages 1-8. Free parking.
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Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children's Museum Drive
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Interactive exhibits tailored for ages 1-8. Free parking.
In close-by Morrison the drag racing enthusiast will enjoy this attraction. Sometimes local drivers and sometimes national racers. If you go on a night when the nitro cars a racing you will get quite a thrill!
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Bandimere Speedway
3051 South Rooney Road
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In close-by Morrison the drag racing enthusiast will enjoy this attraction. Sometimes local drivers and sometimes national racers. If you go on a night when the nitro cars a racing you will get quite a thrill!
K1 Speed is a fast paced, indoor fun racing experience where you can race against your friends or strangers. You also can play in a mini arcade, and take your picture next to a F1 race car.
K1 Speed
8034 Midway Dr
K1 Speed is a fast paced, indoor fun racing experience where you can race against your friends or strangers. You also can play in a mini arcade, and take your picture next to a F1 race car.
A very fun interactive museum full of all sorts of air craft, space ships, and even an X-Wing! There is a wide variety of historical context, along with knowledgable guides that are always willing to answer a question!
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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
7711 East Academy Boulevard
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A very fun interactive museum full of all sorts of air craft, space ships, and even an X-Wing! There is a wide variety of historical context, along with knowledgable guides that are always willing to answer a question!
A small town with fantastic local food, stores, antique shops, and hikes at Red Rocks park!
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Morrison
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A small town with fantastic local food, stores, antique shops, and hikes at Red Rocks park!
Close by indoor pools and recreation center
Ridge Recreation Center
6613 S Ward St
Close by indoor pools and recreation center
Nearby outdoor pool with water slide!
Weaver Hollow Outdoor Pool
12750 W Stanford Ave
Nearby outdoor pool with water slide!
Rainy day activity for the family!
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Earth Treks Golden
700 Golden Ridge Road
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Rainy day activity for the family!
An indoor experience that children and adults alike can enjoy. Not just butterflies!
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Butterfly Pavilion
6252 West 104th Avenue
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An indoor experience that children and adults alike can enjoy. Not just butterflies!
Theme and Water Park!
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Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Circle
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Theme and Water Park!
Hugh water park!
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Water World
8801 N. Pecos Street
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Hugh water park!
Smaller and closer than Water World and Elitch Gardens but geared for younger children.
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Pirates Cove Water Park
1225 West Belleview Avenue
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Smaller and closer than Water World and Elitch Gardens but geared for younger children.
Indoor activity option only 2 miles away ( at the mall).
Escape the Room Denver (Littleton)
8501 West Bowles Avenue
Indoor activity option only 2 miles away ( at the mall).
Nearby by hiking and seeing a receding glacier up close.
St Mary's Glacier Trail
Nearby by hiking and seeing a receding glacier up close.
Near by sledding hill. We have sleds in the basement for you to borrow!
Ken Caryl Sledding Hill
Near by sledding hill. We have sleds in the basement for you to borrow!
Try indoor putt-putt golf! Food and drink available! Over 21 after 8pm. You can take your beer along the course!
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Urban Putt
1201 18th Street
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Try indoor putt-putt golf! Food and drink available! Over 21 after 8pm. You can take your beer along the course!

Arts & Culture

A living history museum with buildings from different eras of Littleton history, farm animals, and a museum. Young and old can enjoy.
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Littleton Museum
6028 South Gallup Street
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A living history museum with buildings from different eras of Littleton history, farm animals, and a museum. Young and old can enjoy.
A wide variety of art displays for adults and children alike! Includes Western art/artists which you may not see in other venues. A good stop if you are Downtown or in need of an indoor activity during your stay. Convenient parking garage next to it. Check out their website for more details.
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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
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A wide variety of art displays for adults and children alike! Includes Western art/artists which you may not see in other venues. A good stop if you are Downtown or in need of an indoor activity during your stay. Convenient parking garage next to it. Check out their website for more details.
Adults and children in your group would find displays of interest. From skeletons of dinosaurs to dioramas of western animal habitats to Egyptian history to space exploration, this is a great indoor activity. Don't miss a showing of the current IMAX movie which you can see even if you don't go through the museum. On-site parking is free. It is adjacent to the Denver Zoo if you would like another close by stop.
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
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Adults and children in your group would find displays of interest. From skeletons of dinosaurs to dioramas of western animal habitats to Egyptian history to space exploration, this is a great indoor activity. Don't miss a showing of the current IMAX movie which you can see even if you don't go through the museum. On-site parking is free. It is adjacent to the Denver Zoo if you would like another close by stop.
A living history museum in Denver. The house on the property was a stop on the pony express and some days you can ride in a stagecoach and see a blacksmith work. Check their web site for events/tours on the day your want to go.
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Four Mile Historic Park
715 South Forest Street
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A living history museum in Denver. The house on the property was a stop on the pony express and some days you can ride in a stagecoach and see a blacksmith work. Check their web site for events/tours on the day your want to go.
Fun for the young-informative for the older, this museum is in an original firehouse! Lots of history, dressed outfits and a cute gift shop- be sure to take your camera!
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl
Fun for the young-informative for the older, this museum is in an original firehouse! Lots of history, dressed outfits and a cute gift shop- be sure to take your camera!
Colorado themed, indoor, family activity.
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History Colorado Center
1200 North Broadway
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Colorado themed, indoor, family activity.
Small but interesting. Has a large dinosaur bone!
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Morrison Natural History Museum
501 Colorado 8
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Small but interesting. Has a large dinosaur bone!