Downtown Denver Attractions
The best way to discover the best downtown Denver attractions is to stay where you are close to everything. Our concierge desk is here to help you day and night to uncover this incredible city, one attraction at a time. Whether you're a thrill seeker, an arts junkie or a sports fan, there is something for everyone in the city of Denver. The Sheraton Denver Downtown's location is the perfect place to begin an adventure.
Denver Art Museum
Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the one of a kind building will change the way you experience art and architecture, and that's just looking at the museum itself. Once inside the incredible Hamilton Building, explore the Museum's galleries showcasing a world famous American Indian art collection, as well as pieces from all over the world. Family programs, traveling special exhibits, Museum Shop, on-site restaurants and spectacular event spaces are just some of what this inside work of art can do for you.
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 5pm; Friday 10am - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday Noon - 5pm; Monday Closed
Museum of Contemporary Art
Revolving displays and community education programs keep the art of our time fresh and continuously spilling out of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Presenting regional, national and international artists, MCA's education of modern art with forever be timeless for adults and children alike.
- Tuesday - Thursday: NOON-7pm
- Friday: NOON-8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 10am-7pm
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
Museum Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
History Colorado Center
The History Colorado Center, one of Denver’s newest cultural attractions, is designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history through high-tech and hands-on exhibits, programs for children and adults, and special events. Exhibits share the stories and the spirit of Colorado’s people over the past 10,000 years.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday Noon - 5pm
The Children's Museum of Denver
The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to discover, explore and enjoy. We offer innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm (Wednesday open 7:30am); Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
For more than 120 years, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is a must-see destination for all locals, visitors and families, creating memories worth repeating. Operating on 63 acres, it is America’s only downtown area theme and water park. The park is open May through October with 53 rides and live entertainment!
Theme Park Season May 4-October 27
Hours: 10am-8pm daily (please check website for changes)
Water Park Season Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day
Hours: 10am-6pm daily
Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado's Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry's reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.
- Exhibit Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday & Saturday 10am-9:30pm
- Restaurant Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
A short story about a long history and a promising future...
It all began with a special gift to the mayor of Denver, a black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, Denver Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the United States.
With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place, the 21st century will see Denver Zoo transformed into an exciting conservation center that will continue to further the evolution of superb zoo exhibitory.
Winter Hours (November 1-February 28): 10am-4pm
Summer Hours (March 1-October 31): 9am-5pm
Denver Botanic Gardens and its two satellite locations offer an experience that visitors find exciting, inspirational and educational throughout the year. One of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US, the Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays, special events and free admission days.
Hours: 9am-5pm Daily
The history of the Denver Broncos American football club began when the team was chartered a member of the American Football League in 1960. The Broncos have played in the city of Denver, Colorado throughout their nearly 50 year history. The Broncos did not win any titles as members of the AFL. Since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, the Broncos have won 11 division titles, and played in six Super Bowls, following the 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997 and 1998 seasons. They won Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. Their most famous player is former quarterback John Elway, starting quarterback in five Super Bowls and holder of many NFL records. The Broncos currently play in the National Football League's AFC West division. Their current leadership includes owner Pat Bowlen, head coach John Fox, and quarterback Peyton Manning.
Season Tackles: Preseason Mid-August, regular season runs through mid-January
The History of the Colorado Rockies began in 1991 when a Major League Baseball expansion franchise for Denver was granted to an ownership group headed by John Antonucci. In 1993 the Colorado Rockies started play in the western division of the National League. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the MLB postseason three times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007 the Rockies advanced all the way to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.
Season Stretch: Spring Training Late February - Regular Season Late September
The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado that plays in the National Basketball Association. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA) but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in anticipation of a ABA-NBA merger in 1974, and played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA-NBA merger and have some periods of success, making the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and doing the same for the previous nine seasons. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA.
Season Dunks: Early October Preseason - Mid April Regular Season
The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. Their home arena is the Pepsi Center. Their head coach is Joe Sacco and their general manager is Greg Sherman.
The Avalanche were founded in 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques as a member of the rival World Hockey Association. The Nordiques became members of the NHL in 1979 with the NHL–WHA merger. Following the 1994-95 season, the Nordiques were sold to the COMSAT Entertainment Group of Denver and relocated there, where they were renamed the Avalanche. In their first year in Denver, the Avs won the Pacific Division and went on to sweep the Florida Panthers in the Finals, becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in the season following a relocation. Among teams in the four major American professional sports leagues, only the National Football League's Washington Redskins have accomplished the feat. This was the first major professional sports championship a Denver based team would bring to the city. In the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, the Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 to win their second and most recent championship. Coincidentally, the Devils had preceded the Avalanche in Denver; they were called the Colorado Rockies.
The Avalanche have won eight division titles and they qualified for the playoffs in each of their first ten seasons in Denver; the streak ended in 2007.
Season: Late September Preseason - Early April Regular Season
The Denver Outlaws are a Major League Lacrosse professional men's field lacrosse team based in Denver, Colorado. They began playing in the MLL in 2006 as an expansion team. From 2006–08, they were in the Western Conference. With the MLL contraction in the 2009 season from 10 to 6 teams (due to the state of the U.S. economy), there is currently now only one conference.Since 2006, these Western Conference Champs have been delivering hard-hitting action to fans and Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Season Throws: Late April - Early August
The Colorado Mammoth are a member of the National Lacrosse League. They have played at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, United States, since the 2003 season.
In 2004 they became the league's attendance leader, closely beating the Toronto Rock. In 2006, they again came away with the league attendance record, again beating out the Toronto Rock. 2006 was the first year in the 20-year history of the NLL that the league had an attendance of more than one million fans in one season. The Colorado Mammoth had the honor of hosting fan number one million, an honor that commissioner Jim Jennings believed to be rightfully theirs, given the impact they had on the league's attendance that year. In 2008, the Mammoth average attendance per game was highest among Pepsi Center's residents, including the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), and the Denver Nuggets (NBA).
They are owned by E. Stanley Kroenke who is also the owner of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA) and the Colorado Rapids (MLS).
Season Throws: Mid January - Late April
The Colorado Rapids is an American professional football soccer club based in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. Colorado won the MLS Cup for the first time in 2010. The Rapids reached the final once before, in 1997, which it lost to D.C. United; they also reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1999. Colorado played its home games at the Mile High Stadium in Denver from 1996–2001, and then at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2002, before moving to their current home – Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City – prior to the beginning of the 2007 season.
Season Kicks: Early March - Late October
Colorado Ballet consists of 30 professional dancers with a diverse background. The dancers come from all over the world, including Japan, Russia, Estonia, Cuba, Canada, France and the United States. Additionally, the Company has between 15 and 20 members of the Studio Company, which provides young dancers with training and performance opportunities as a start into a professional career in ballet.
Each season, the Company performs a varied season of classical and contemporary ballets in Denver. In 2009, Colorado Ballet received the Colorado Masterpieces program to tour Colorado's Front Range. The program was funded by the Colorado Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through their American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius initiative.
DCPA Mission: present exceptional theatre, embrace classics, create new work, and be a center for learning and civic engagement. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ history intertwines with that of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Both were ideas that blossomed from an original dream shared by philanthropist, Denver Post owner and occasional-actress Helen G. Bonfils and Wall Street lawyer and Broadway producer Donald R. Seawell.
If you think of Red Rocks Park as just a beautiful place to see a concert, think again! Around you are 868 acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas. At 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park is a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The diverse environment allows visitors to see plants, birds and animals of both regions. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. From Sting and The Beatles, to opera stars and U2, every artist aspires to play on this magical, spiritual and emotional stage.
Red Rocks offers a variety of recreation options from guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping, dining and a summer concert series. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy discovering Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre!
The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. The building is intentionally reminiscent of the United States Capitol. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed in the 1890s from Colorado white granite, and opened for use in November 1894. The distinctive gold dome consists of real gold plate, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush. The building is part of Denver's Civic Center area.
Guided tours available Monday - Friday 10am - 3:00pm; please schedule in advance @ 303-866-2604
In February 1895, Congress provided funding for the establishment of a new Mint in Denver. This new Mint would have the capacity to make gold and silver coins. The site chosen was on West Colfax Avenue, between Cherokee and Delaware Streets. From September 1904 until February 1906, the "new" Denver Mint functioned only as an assay office. After coining operations began,the Denver facility advanced to the status of Branch Mint. In the first year of operation, the Denver Mint produced 167,371,035 gold and silver coins, valued at $27 million dollars. The bulk of the first year’s coinage was made up of gold coins valued at $23.8 million, and silver coins valued at $3.2 million. In 1906 the DenverMint started its first production of foreign coins –4.8 million 5peso gold coins for the government of Mexico.
Guided tours available Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm; please schedule in advance @ 303-405-4761
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