Family Entertainment Tour of Denver, Denver (Self Guided)

In addition to Denver's numerous historic attractions, the city is also a great place to spend time with your family. Denver has a great variety of attractions to entertain both kids and adults. Take this tour to explore the best family-friendly spots in the Mile High City.
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Family Entertainment Tour of Denver Map

Guide Name: Family Entertainment Tour of Denver
Guide Location: USA » Denver (See other walking tours in Denver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: ChristineCu
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Invesco Field

1) Invesco Field

Invesco Field at Mile High (commonly known as Invesco Field or Mile High) is a stadium in Denver that replaced the identically sized, but commercially obsolete Mile High Stadium (named for the fact that Denver is exactly one mile above sea level) in 2001. Invesco paid $120 million dollars for the naming rights. Invesco Field at Mile High is used primarily for football games. It is the home field for Denver's National Football League team, the Denver Broncos. The stadium also hosts the city's Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws. In college football it has hosted the rivalry game between the Colorado State University Rams and the University of Colorado at Boulder Buffaloes. It is also used for the CHSAA class 4A and 5A Colorado high school football state championship games, and has been used for the CBMA Marching Band Finals.

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Children's Museum

2) Children's Museum (must see)

The Children's Museum of Denver is located in the Central Platte Valley. The Museum's mission is to create a community where children, newborn through age eight, and their grownups learn through play. Through interactive exhibits, daily educational programming and special year-round events, children are encouraged to explore, discover, create and learn.

A distinguishing aspect of the Children’s Museum of Denver is the commitment to developing and fabricating exhibits with an in-house team. To assure well-rounded and educationally sound exhibits, a full-time exhibit team works in conjunction with the education department to create and design new experiences. Exhibits are tested in WillitWorks, a prototyping area within the Museum where children and their grown ups can be directly involved in their creation.

The Children’s Museum of Denver offers educational opportunities for groups within the Museum and in the community at schools, organizations, festivals and more. School groups attend field trips to the Museum for facilitated educational programs, which can also be brought to the school classroom and taught by Museum staff. Programs are designed to support Colorado Model Content Standards in life science, earth science, reading and writing, math and music, in addition to Colorado's 21st Century Skills of self-direction, critical thinking, invention, collaboration and information literacy.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Wednesday: 9 am - 7 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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Downtown Aquarium

3) Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium (formerly Colorado's Ocean Journey) is a public aquarium and restaurant located at the intersection of I-25 and 23rd Ave. The 107,000 square foot (9940 m²) main building sits on a 17-acre (69,000 m²) piece of land adjacent to the South Platte River. Its freshwater and marine aquaria total approximately 1,200,000 gallons (4,500,000 liters) and exhibit a variety of fish and other animals. It is the largest aquarium between Chicago and California. A major theme for this landlocked aquarium is the relationship between inland freshwater ecosystems and the ocean. The original design of the aquarium was zoogeographic. It focused on the path to the ocean taken by two rivers, the Colorado River in North America and the Kampar River in Indonesia. The Colorado River Journey included exhibits of endangered fish, including Desert Pupfish; gamefish such as bass; and northern river otters, among other species.

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Confluence Park

4) Confluence Park (must see)

Confluence Park is an urban park encompassing the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River in Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo), a bustling neighborhood of 19th-century brick warehouses and storefronts that has been redeveloped since the late 1980s. The park includes cement trails often filled with walkers, runners, and bikers. Some grassy areas, river overlooks, and park benches are also available. Two pedestrian bridges cross the South Platte River and Cherry Creek at Confluence Park. The eastern edge of the South Platte in Confluence Park has been transformed into a kayak run, immediately across from R.E.I.'s (Recreational Equipment Inc.) Colorado flagship store. The park is adjacent to a number of new up-scale townhouses, apartments, and loft developments, another park bordering the South Platte downstream, train tracks, and Denver's skatepark.

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Denver Millennium Bridge

5) Denver Millennium Bridge

The Denver Millennium Bridge is the world’s first cable-stayed bridge using post-tensioned structural construction. Its 200-foot (61m) white tapered steel mast rises above Denver’s northwestern skyline and is connected to the bridge deck and foundation anchors by steel cables. This unique footbridge crosses railroad tracks and the regional light rail system, climbing no higher than 25 feet (8m) above street level, thereby minimizing the height pedestrians must climb. Located near LoDo (Denver’s lower downtown), the Millennium Bridge connects the popular 16th Street Mall with the Commons Park in the Central Platte Valley District of the Union Station neighborhood. The bridge is the first of three pedestrian bridges between Downtown Denver and the Highland neighborhood. The name, Denver Millennium Bridge, honors a milestone in time and in Denver’s architectural development.

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Elitch Gardens

6) Elitch Gardens (must see)

Elitch Gardens was a family-owned seasonal amusement park, theater, and botanic garden in the West Highland neighborhood of Denver at 38th and Tennyson streets. For more than a century Elitch's was one of the most popular entertainment destinations in Colorado. It was nationally known for its lush gardens, the Trocadero Ballroom, the Theatre at the Gardens and the premier wooden roller coaster, Mister Twister. The park moved to downtown Denver in 1994 and later became Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Elitch's Zoological Gardens opened May 1, 1890, on 16 acres (6.5 ha) of former farmland bought by John Elitch and Mary Elitch. It was the first zoo west of Chicago, and it offered the Denver community a unique cultural experience.

In 1916, the park was sold to John Mulvihill, with a provision stating the name could never be changed. New attractions appeared, including the fabulous Trocadero Ballroom in 1917, and two Philadelphia Toboggan Company creations: the Wildcat roller coaster — designed by Herbert Paul Schmeck — in 1922 and a new carousel in 1928. This carousel is still operational at Elitch Gardens. It was during this time the park's enduring slogan was first popularized: "Not to See Elitch's is Not to See Denver."

The 28-acre (11 ha) site of the former amusement park has undergone redevelopment as Highlands' Garden Village. The site won the Environmental Protection Agency's 2005 Overall Excellence in Smart Growth award for its new urbanism development of 308 housing units and a variety of office and retail spaces.

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Pepsi Center

7) Pepsi Center

The Pepsi Center (aka The Can) is a multi-purpose arena. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association, and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. When not in use by one of Denver's sports teams, the building frequently serves as a concert venue. The Pepsi Center was constructed as part of a large six-year sporting venue upgrade in Denver along with Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos. The complex was constructed to be readily accessible. The arena is situated at Speer Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in downtown Denver, and is served by a nearby exit off Interstate 25. A light rail station is on the western side of the complex. Ground was broken for the arena on November 20, 1997, on the 4.6-acre site. Its completion in October 1999 was marked by a Celine Dion concert.

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The Market Restaurant

8) The Market Restaurant

The Market Restaurant was opened in 1983 in what was once a grocery store. Located in the historic Larimer Square, it is known as a great family restaurant. Here you can find everything from sandwiches and pasta to muffins and cakes. You will pleasantly surprised by The Market Restaurant's extensive menu and delicious food.

Walking Tours in Denver, Colorado

Create Your Own Walk in Denver

Create Your Own Walk in Denver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Denver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Denver's Art Museums and Galleries

Tour of Denver's Art Museums and Galleries

Denver, situated near the Rocky Mountains, is a beautiful city that has a vibrant art scene. Art connoisseurs will enjoy visiting Denver's many museums and galleries. Take this tour to view some of the most memorable and noteworthy art in the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

The capital of Colorado is a bustling metropolis that has been in place since the Old West period. Today's Denver appeals to guests in many different ways. Downtown Denver is replete with both contemporary and historic sights, such as Denver Art Museum and Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, featuring landmark 19th-century buildings. To explore these and other attractions of Denver,...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Tour of Denver's City Parks

Tour of Denver's City Parks

Denver is a city that embraces nature like nowhere else in the U.S. On this tour you will walk through some of the most popular gardens and parks in the city. Also, be sure to notice the beautiful buildings you will pass along the way.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Tour of Denver's Religious Buildings

Tour of Denver's Religious Buildings

Denver has a wide variety of religious buildings, including churches, temples and cathedrals, each of which is interesting in its own way. Many of Denver's churches date back to the 18th century. Take this tour to admire Denver's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Tour of Denver's Skyscrapers

Tour of Denver's Skyscrapers

Denver has some of the most elegant and beautiful skyscrapers and high-rises in the U.S. Take this tour to view Denver's inspiring towers, from the elegant 1920s era buildings to today's architectural giants made of glass and concrete.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Denver for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Denver has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Denver, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.