Ten things to do on a Denver stay-cation
There's a reason why tourists crowd Denver's city streets each summer: It's a happening town and sports valhalla, with pro teams, adventurous and ethnic eateries, a downtown mall, urban neighborhoods, a gallery scene, great museums, miles of greenway trails and all the promise of that blue mountainscape on the horizon. And that's just a taste. But how many of Denver's charms have you truly experienced, living right here in their midst?
See Chihuly this summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Our Summer Guide, which hits the streets today inside the regular issue of Westword has information on hundreds of events, as well as this list of ten things to do on a Denver stay-cation. Keep reading for our picks.
OhHeckYeah, one of this summer's most exciting attractions, opens June 7 in the Denver Theatre District. Through a combination of social-media cues and interactive commands, the street-arcade gaming experience uses the district's giant LED screens to offer original video games on a grand scale, thanks to an all-Colorado tech team. Additional cultural programming will accompany the spectacle nightly, and it's all free.
Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Public Art Tours
Beyond knowledge of a few famous pieces, like the Colorado Convention Center's big blue bear and DIA's raging blue Mustang -- how many of Denver's myriad public-art works can you name? Because public art flourishes here, Denver Arts & Venues offers a variety of tailored, guided tours throughout the summer, including a couple of bike tours and even one for tourists on scooters. They're free, and they're a great introduction to Denver's public art in all its sizes, shapes and mediums. Reservations required.
You can visit the Denver Botanic Gardens any time of year for a few hours' natural respite that's easy on the eyes and good for the soul. But in the summertime, the gates are open longer and the gardens are at their lush best, bursting with blooms, intimate concerts, evening Unwind parties, early-morning and -evening yoga sessions, summer camps and other activities for kids. The high point of the season, though, is this year's blockbuster show, Chihuly, featuring stunning outdoor installations by the renowned glass artist, placed right among the flower beds and lily ponds. The not-to-miss exhibit opens June 14; for an added shot of Chihuly, head to the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center for Chihuly Rediscovered, on view through September 28. Buy a full-priced ticket at either show and get a $5 discount at the other venue.
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