Ten things to do on a Denver stay-cation

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See Chihuly this summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
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?

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.

See also: Laserium returns to the Gates Planetarium, and I'd definitely recommend seeing it on weed

OhHeckYeah
Denver Theatre District
7 to 11 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday, June 12-July 26

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.


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Denver Arts & Venues

Denver Public Art Tours
720-865-4307

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.


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Chihuly
Denver Botanic Gardens
June 14-September 28
720-865-3500

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.

Location Info

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Denver Theatre District

14th and Champa streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Infinite Monkey Theorem

3200 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: General

National Western Complex

4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Rockmount Ranch Wear

1626 Wazee St., Denver, CO

Category: General


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27 comments
Heidi Medina
Heidi Medina

Might want to update the list since it includes at least one thing long over!

Joe Reed
Joe Reed

Sho nuff... Jennifer thanks for looking out!

Renee Newey
Renee Newey

Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens is amazing! A gorgeous oasis in the middle of the city where the temperature is at least 10 degrees cooler!

Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia

Joe Reed - didn't you post about what to do on a staycation?

Diana Skuza
Diana Skuza

Grace Sisti Ashley Warner Kacy Adams Heather Fladmark Cassie Block Sam Dabasi Darian Ryan Riley Eric TheHomie Weber Jessica Quaintrelle

Maggie Hendricks
Maggie Hendricks

Lucky you. I LOVE Chihully. Shook his hand a few years ago. A talented, down to earth dude........ Try to see the Botanical installation.

Ann Haggard
Ann Haggard

Definitely. Be prepared to be amazed!

Megan Vitetta
Megan Vitetta

It's already on our to do! Philip J Fry. I'm excited!

Philip J Fry
Philip J Fry

Chihuly Megan Vitetta! I saw his stuff at the Chicago Botanical Gardens years ago!

Signe Linart
Signe Linart

I was there Sunday morning and much of it was installed. Gorgeous!

Kristy Bassuener
Kristy Bassuener

whoa - this photo is amazing... can't wait to check it out!!

Jan R. Bramer
Jan R. Bramer

What can we say. Denver is the best city in the best state in the country!

Kim Ammon
Kim Ammon

I saw this, and there's a groupon for it! But isn't it when we go on our camping trip??

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