Boulder ReservoirBoulder Reservoir (credit: City of Boulder)
The kids are out of school and the days are long but soon we’ll say goodbye to yet another summer. Let’s make some summertime memories by enjoying these amazing family activities in Denver before the summer ends and another school year begins. Remember to take lots of pictures. Have a safe, adventure-filled summer!
Boulder Reservoir
1776 6th St;
Boulder, CO
(303) 441-3461
www.bouldercolorado.govThere’s so much to do for the whole family at the Boulder Reservoir including boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. Pack water and a few healthy snacks and take the kids on a short hike before cooling off in the reservoir for a swim. Beach hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservoir gates open early at 5:30 a.m.
Chatfield State Park Campground
11500 Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-7275 is absolutely a must-do before summer ends. Chatfield Sate Park experienced severe flooding last spring but fortunately the campground was able to remain open. It’s just a 30 minute drive from Denver and offers full site hook-ups, showers and laundry facilities. Activities include wildlife observation, hiking, swimming, fishing and more.
Denver Mart Drive-In
458 E 58th Ave
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 833- 5717
www.denvermartdrivein.comThe drive-in is summertime nostalgia for most Americans who grew up up before Y2K. Denver Mart Drive-in opened June of 2015 and is the perfect opportunity for the kiddos to experience trying to watch a movie from the back seat a car. There’s also a patio area for lawn chairs and blankets. It’s $9 per person and children 6 and under are free. Currently, pets are not allowed. No alcoholic beverages.
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400
www.denverzoo.orgThe zoo never gets boring. You never know what kind of shenanigans the animals will be up to when you come to see them. Animal behavior is fascinating fun for the kids and parents alike. Get there early before the animals get hot and lethargy sets in. Zoo hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Denver Zoo is open year-round. Bring the kids back for Boo at the Zoo. Children ages 3 – 11 years, $12. Adults $17.Related: Denver’s Top Attractions For Kids

Downtown Aquarium
700 Water St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 561-4450
www.aquariumrestaurants.comThe Downtown Aquarium is a respite from the summer heat. The family can cool off while they learn a few lessons from some of the most amazing sea life creatures on the planet. There’s also a Mystic Mermaid Show and Stingray petting pool for the kids to enjoy. Adults 12 and up $18.99. Children 3 – 11 years are $12.99 and under 2 is free.
Eldorado Canyon State Park And Swimming Pool
294 Artesian D
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 499-9640
www.eldoradosprings.comTake the family on an easy 20 minute hike up Eldorado Canyon’s Rattlesnake Gulch Trail and take in the view from the top. This trail is one even the little ones can do. Spend the rest of the day at the historic Eldorado Springs Pool filled with artesian spring water. The pool gets its water from the same source as the Eldorado Springs bottled water.
Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4386
www.elitchgardens.comFunnel cake and roller coasters are the highlights of summertime fun and adventure. At Elitch Gardens, your ticket also includes entry to the water park with new dive-in movies. New this season, watch a family movie feature while you stay cool in the pool or lounge deckside. The park is celebrating 125 years of fun.
Water World
8801 Pecos St.
Federal Heights, CO 80260
(303) 427-7873
www.waterworldcolorado.comWith more than 45 water attractions, Water World is the nation’s largest family water park. It was featured on the Travel Channel as one of the best water parks in the world for kids. They’ve got plenty to do for the little ones. Famous attractions include the Lost River of the Pharaohs, The Mile High Flyer and Voyage to the Center of the Earth.Related: Top Summer Vacation Activities In Denver

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