In a city as large as Denver, there are lots of great places to learn, explore and be entertained. However, did you know that many of these great spots also offer discounts for seniors? This is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore some of Denver’s best spots while also spending time and bonding with your grandparents. Bring the kids and make it a multi-generational outing, then be sure to grab some coffee or a bite to eat afterwards as you are sure to have lots to discuss.
50 S. Peoria St.
Aurora, CO 80012
Price: $10.50 for nine holes for seniors 62 and over
How about taking Grandma or Grandpa for a round of golf? It’s a favorite pastime for many people, and it can be a wonderful way to spend some quality time together outdoors while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in Colorado. You don’t have to be a professional player to enjoy nine holes, and you can rent a cart to make it a bit easier than walking the course, plus you’ll have plenty of great conversation and time with your favorite grandparents. At Aurora Hills Golf Course, you can enjoy a leisurely game and then cap it off with a nice lunch in the clubhouse. You can even start the day off with a few buckets of balls at the driving range to get your swing ready for the course.
Landmark Mayan Theatre
Denver, CO 80203
Price: Tickets are $7.50 for seniors 62 and over
Skip the big-budget films and head to the Mayan for a little culture. Bring your grandparents and enjoy the latest independent cinema at one of the most historic theaters in town. It’s a great chance to explore some lesser-known films and spark great conversation after the show. If you’ve never been to this theatre, it’s a great place to see the latest in foreign language or independent film, plus the downstairs theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. And perhaps one of the best features of The Mayan are the fantastic concessions, which have won several awards from local magazines and newspapers, including the Westword 2012 Readers Choice award for Best Movie Theatre Food and Drink. So now you have several reasons to check this theatre out.
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203
Price: $8 for seniors 65 and older
Looking for a great place to browse and even learn a little bit while you’re at it? The History Colorado Center is the perfect spot to bring Grandma or Grandpa and enjoy a little education. Browse the exhibitions and learn all about the founding of the state of Colorado, and spark some fascinating conversation about your grandparent’s own history. They may even be able to add some firsthand experiences and elaborate on the already fascinating exhibits. If you haven’t ever taken the opportunity to get your grandparents talking about their own stories, this is the perfect way to start that conversation. You’ll get to know more about them and yourself while you are at it.
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
Price: $7 for seniors 60 and over
If you’ve got younger children, then why not set up some quality time for them and your parents to bond? Send Grandma and Grandpa off with your kids to the Children’s Museum of Denver and give them ample opportunities to make lots of great memories together. The kids will delight in the child friendly museum and exhibits, while your parents will love the time bonding with your kids and exploring all the exhibits right along with them. There are plenty of hands-on places where the grandparents can help your kids create art projects and dive right into the educational experiences. What a wonderful way to make sure that the whole family is able to bond.
700 Water St.
Denver, CO 80211
Price: Admission is $16.99 for seniors 65 and older
Learn all about underwater and aquatic life at the truly exciting downtown Denver Aquarium. Grandparents will delight in taking the kids through the underwater adventure, watching them marvel at the huge fish and other giant tanks. The whole location is wheelchair accessible as well, so this is a great activity for just about anyone. Once the family is done wandering the tanks, be sure to grab a delicious meal at the attached restaurant. Request a seat near the tank to catch the mermaids!
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.