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101 Family Day Trips from Denver

 

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Denver. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

 

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Pine Valley Ranch Park
Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Evergreen Lake Trail
Coyote Trail at Rifle Falls State Park
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Jean Lunning Trail in Roosevelt National Forest
Chatauqua Trailhead

 

Time Travel Today

  Clear Creek History Park
History Colorado Center
Denver History Tours
Four Mile Historic Park 
Hidee Gold Mine Tours and Panning
Centennial Village
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Pioneer Village Museum
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

 

Make Life a Beach

  Chatfield State Park
Grand Lake
Jackson Lake State Park
Boulder Reservoir 
Confluence Park
Bow Mar Beach

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

  Water World
Brighton Oasis Family Aquatics Park
Glenwood Hot Springs
Great Wolf Lodge
Pirates Cove Water Park
Discovery Bay Water Park
The Splash At Fossil Trace
Walsenburg Water Park

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

  Denver Museum of Nature and Science
History Colorado Center
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Fiske Planetarium 
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Museo de las Americas
John Jay Museum of Natural History
Money Museum

 

Explore These Cities

  Boulder
Colorado Springs
Glenwood Springs
Estes Park  
Manitou Springs

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  US Airforce Academy
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Forney Transportation Museum
Georgetown Loop Railroad
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
Unser Karting and Events

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Cottonwood Farm
Anderson Farms
Miller Farms and Corn Maze
The Urban Farm
Sunflower Farm

 

Play Ball!

  Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Family Sports Center - Centennial
Lil' All Stars Athletics
Colorado Avalanche 
Denver Nuggets
Denver Broncos
Colorado Rockies

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Glacier Home Made Ice Cream and Gelato
Little Man Ice Cream
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Sweet Action Ice Cream 
Liks Ice Cream
Ice Cream Riot

 

Connect with Nature

  Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds
Morrison Nature Center
Dinosaur Ridge Nature Center
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Cleer Creek Colorado Rafting
Swim With Fish at the Downtown Aquarium

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Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Heritage Square
Lakeside Amusement Park
North Pole; Santa's Workshop
Elitch Gardens

 

Talk to the Animals

  Denver Zoo
Butterfly Pavilion
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pueblo Zoo
Wishing Star Farm
Bellevue Children's Farm
Vist a Denver area Dog Park

 

 

Take A Spin On A Carousel 

Carousel of Happiness
  Denver Zoo Endangered Specied Carousel
Pueblo's City Park Carousel
Kit Carson County Carousel
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Carousel 
Carousel at Lakeside
Elitch Gardens Carousel
Heritage Square Carousel
Carousel at the North Pole

 

Get Active Indoors

  iFly Denver
Shredder Ski and Play Gym
Boondocks Food and Fun
Xtreme Challenge Arena
Big Time Trampoline Fun Center
  Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park 
Thrillseekers Indoor Rock Climbing
Waterworks Aquatics

 

Challenge Yourself

  Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Valmont Bike Park
Museum of Outdoor Art
Swim With the Sharks at the Downtown Aquarium
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  Timbuk Toys
The Wizards Chest
Talulah Jones
 Second Star To the Right Bookshop
Jakes Toy Box
Into the Wind
Mile High Comics
Wax Trax Records

 

 

 

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Denver. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away 

 


 

 

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