The Most Fun Things to Do in Denver, Colorado

Downtown Denver and Capitol Building
Downtown Denver and Capitol Building | © Andrew Coop / Unsplash
Siobhan Grogan

Boredom is never an option in a city that offers white-water rafting, mountain biking and nearly 100 breweries. Check out the most fun things to do in Denver, Colorado.

Fun is not an afterthought in Denver; this is, after all, a city with the country’s only downtown amusement park. Throw in street-art filled neighborhoods, a thriving craft cocktail scene and 250 city parks, plus the scenic splendor of the Rocky Mountains beyond the city, and Colorado’s capital seems to have leisure time down to an art.

1. Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour


Spook yourself silly by joining a pub crawl where you’ll hear scary tales of Denver’s paranormal past. Taking in some of Lower Downtown’s oldest bars and 19th-century buildings, the tour is led by a costumed guide and will reveal the city’s creepy haunted history complete with ghosts, mysterious footsteps and unexplained mysteries. Will you be brave enough to make it to the end?

2. Rocky Mountain zipline


Channel your inner Tarzan and take to the skies on a zipline tour of the Rocky Mountains for birds-eye views of this dazzling craggy landscape. With cables totaling more than 6,000ft (1,829m), there’s time to take in the views as you soar through the air high above the trees, before hiking to the next wire for another thrilling ride.

3. 25mi Colorado Canyon supercar driving experience


Experience the mountain roads in a way you will never forget from the driver’s seat of a glossy supercar. Led by a professional driving instructor who will stay in touch over walkie-talkie, this 25m (40km) test drive in your very own car takes in curving canyon roads, foot-down straightaways and 200 hair-pin turns overlooking panoramic mountain vistas. The bad news is you do need to give the car back afterwards.

4. Guided mountain-biking tour of Colorado's Front Range


Take your fitness to the limit by tackling Colorado’s towering Front Range on two wheels. With a guide leading the way, the half-day tour on a sleek mountain bike will take you on some of the mountain’s most picture-perfect trails, zipping around corners and gliding down inclines to look out over the Rocky Mountains beyond. Don’t panic if you’re not Tour de France material, the guides can tailor the day for all levels to enjoy.

5. Half-Day River-Rafting Trip from Denver


Hold on tight for the ride of your life at Denver’s beautiful Clear Creek. Thrill-seekers will love the chance to join a small group on a white water raft and journey through this idyllic valley, home of the 1859 Colorado gold rush. Watch out for abandoned gold mines, local wildlife and jagged peaks on the way but don’t expect a serene sightseeing tour.

6. Lower downtown Denver craft beer tour


Discerning drinkers consider Denver one of the craft beer capitals in America, so a walking tour of historic Lower Downtown, otherwise known as LoDo, offers the chance to sample some of the city’s favorite brews. Pop into four local breweries to sip more than 10 samples of Colorado craft beer with an expert guide on hand to explain the brewing process, different types of microbrews and just how Denver became so dedicated to craft beer.

7. Virtual reality experience


Escape the real world with this mind-bending trip to the land of virtual reality. Gamers, families and anyone who yearns to be the other side of the screen will love this fun interactive activity that puts you in the game itself. Strap on a headset and you’re immediately transported far from Denver to climb mountains, battle Darth Vader or leap from the top of buildings as Spider-Man. It’s the easiest adventure you’ll ever have.

8. Denver cooking classes – local, seasonal and hands on menus


If Denver’s booming food scene has given you a taste for more, this is a great chance to learn how to enjoy the city’s seasonal tastes at home. Pick a menu and Denver’s foodie experts will lead a hands-on cooking class to show you just how to recreate the flavors. Sample dishes include local hydroponic greens served with mason-jar vinaigrette and hand-made gnocchi. Best of all, you’ll eat everything you make at the end.

9. Front Range snowshoeing adventure


Bored of skiing? Head off the slopes and into the woods to explore a snowy wilderness you’d never be hard-pressed to see from alpine skis. By using snowshoes and poles, it’s possible to trek across open meadows and through fairytale forests heavy with fresh snowfall in Colorado’s Front Range, just a 30-minute drive from Denver and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

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