Red Rocks (credit: Colleen Bement)
Summer is finally here and Denver has some great ways to soak it all in. America’s favorite pastime of baseball returns to Coors Field and there is nothing better than a day at the ballpark with a dog and a beer. There is also the combination of thrills and cooling off at the must-visit Elitch Gardens and Water World. Finally, visitors have to squeeze in the breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a hike up Lookout Mountain. Enjoy your summer in Denver with these activities.
2001 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
It is hard to fathom that the gorgeous Coors Field is the fifth oldest stadium in baseball. There is nothing better than a day at the ballpark with family or friends. Colorado Rockies have a home in one of the most beautiful ballparks in all of baseball with its fields and seats of green, with even a row of purple seats at exactly a “mile high.” Soak up the beauty of the view of the Rocky Mountains, grab a dog and a beer and enjoy America’s pastime that will bring childhood memories back with a warm smile. Before or after the game, the lower downtown area of Denver known as LoDo is the ideal place to hang out and make an entire day of it.
Elitch Gardens Theme Park
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
Summer in the city is best spent packing up the kids, picnic lunch, sunscreen and the swim attire for a day at Elitch Gardens. An historic staple in the Mile High City, this amusement park offers something for most everyone. Located in the very heart of the downtown area, parking and transportation is a snap. It’s not the biggest theme park in the nation, but Elitch Gardens will not disappoint with plenty of rides to get the heart pumping. A bonus is the wonderful water park which makes a day at Elitch’s a full day of fun.
1800 W. 89th Ave.
Denver, CO 80260
Set aside an entire day of energy for an amazing summer adventure at Water World. A nice value for the entire family, tickets can be purchased at a discount online and visitors can actually bring in their own cooler with food and drinks. Not only are there a wide variety of slides and tubes for all levels of adventurers, but there are actually theme rides that float through an amazing dinosaur journey, a thrilling lightening storm and a swim through a lost river of Egyptian pharaohs. Live the life of luxury and rent a cabana to live it up with all of the perks including a private lounge area, WiFi, tube rental, served lunch, tube valet and even ceiling fans.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is not only Colorado’s favorite concert venue, it is also known as one of the world’s top concert venues. It is surrounded by a spectacular setting of natural red rocks, blue sky and a view behind the stage of downtown Denver. Open to the public when there is not a concert taking place, this is the ideal spot for evening stargazing or gorgeous hiking. Not only famous for its concerts, Red Rocks also offers the annual Film on the Rocks where for a unique and affordable evening, attendees will be treated at dusk to live music followed by the showing of classic cult movies.
999 Lookout Mt. Road
Lakewood, CO 80401
Break out of the city life with a short drive to Golden. A spectacular hike and some cool Colorado history awaits at Lookout Mountain. Get out the hiking books and some water to take on the Lariat Loop road that takes the hiker up a bit of a challenging, narrow “single track” hike to the east side of Lookout Mountain. Once hikers reach the top, there are two sites to take in some historic Colorado culture. First there is the historic Boettcher Mansion that overlooks Golden and the Denver skyline. Then the other absolute must visit is The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave where visitors will learn about the fascinating life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.