Tour of Denver's City Parks (Self Guided), Denver

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.
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Tour of Denver's City Parks Map

Guide Name: Tour of Denver's City Parks
Guide Location: USA » Denver (See other walking tours in Denver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Author: ChristineCu
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St. Ignatius Loyola Church

1) St. Ignatius Loyola Church

St. Ignatius Loyola Church is a Catholic church inaugurated on April 25, 1880. This beautiful structure, with its two twin towers, was built in the Neo-Gothic style. The combination of warm brown and beige creates an artistically harmonic effect both on the exterior and interior of the church.
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Denver Zoo

2) Denver Zoo (must see)

The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre facility located in City Park. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). It was the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area in 2005. The Denver zoo was started with the donation of an orphaned American black bear. With the construction of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages with bars. It expanded on this concept with Primate Panorama with its huge mesh tents and open areas for apes and monkeys, and Predator Ridge, which has three separate areas through which animals are rotated so that their overlapping scents provide environmental enrichment. The latest Asian Tropics exhibit (now under construction) will be divided into five areas for rotating the various species.

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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3) The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (must see)

Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located in City Park and has views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The museum traces its origins back to the efforts of one man, a pioneer naturalist named Edwin Carter who devoted his life to his true love: the scientific study of Colorado birds, mammals and fauna. Since 1900, the museum collection has grown from Carter’s collection, housed in a log cabin, to the largest natural history museum in the western United States, housing more than a million objects in its collections. Today at the museum, visitors are invited to participate in learning more about science and to become more engaged with what they see, feel and hear. They also learn about current science topics in the news, such as the latest discovery in space or significant fossil finds.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm

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City Park Pavilion

4) City Park Pavilion (must see)

City Park Pavilion is the most famous, beautiful and photogenic spot inside Denver's City Park. It is a perfect place for events, gatherings and even big celebrations, such as weddings. The Pavilion at City Park is the center attraction amidst marvelous gardens, a huge green area and a clear blue lake.
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Children's Playground

5) Children's Playground

Children's Playground is located in City Park. It's a great place for small children to play with one another and to have fun in an area especially designed for them-- an area with bright colors, entertaining equipment and a sandy portion of playground.
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East High School

6) East High School

East High School opened in 1875 at 1731 Arapahoe Street with a total enrollment of 108 students and was the first high school in Denver. The first class graduated in 1877. In 1889, the school moved to 19th and Stout Streets because of the need for more room. This location is now referred to as "Old East," and it could accommodate 700 students. The school featured a gracious flight of stairs leading to the entrance, which was notable for its sculpture of the face of a young girl depicted as an angel. School architect Robert S. Roeschlaub and the school board decided to use a local child beauty instead of a Greek face to symbolize the school's "dedication to youth." The sculptor was Preston Powers, famous for his statue of the Indian on the grounds of the Colorado state capitol.

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Chef Zorba's Restaurant

7) Chef Zorba's Restaurant

Chef Zorba's Restaurant is an excellent Greek restaurant where you will be sure to enjoy delicious food and have a great time. The traditional Greek food will make you feel as if you are in Greece. In addition to Greek, the restaurant also serves Mexican and American food.
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Denver Botanic Gardens

8) Denver Botanic Gardens (must see)

The Denver Botanic Gardens is a public botanical garden located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer. Woody Allen's 1973 movie Sleeper includes some scenes filmed at the gardens. The Japanese Garden at the Denver Botanic Garden is called Shofu-en - the Garden of Wind and Pines. It was designed by Koichi Kawana. The Denver Botanic Gardens, along with nearby Cheesman Park and Congress Park, sit atop what used to be Mount Prospect Cemetery. Although the majority of bodies were removed in 1893, the interred continued to be removed up until the 1950s. It is estimated that as many as 2,000 bodies may still be buried in the park. As recently as 2008, graves were uncovered during the construction of an underground parking structure.

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Cheesman Park

9) Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is an urban park and neighborhood. In the late nineteenth century, the land that is now Cheesman Park was Prospect Hill Cemetery, which also included the land that is now the Denver Botanical Gardens and Congress Park further east. The long-disused cemetery was converted to a park which opened in 1907 after city planners felt it would provide an amenity to new residents as land development moved east of the central city. The park was originally named for the U.S. Congress who gave permission to change the cemetery to a park and was renamed Cheesman Park in honor of Denver pioneer Walter Cheesman whose family donated the Neoclassical pavilion on the eastern side of the park in his honor shortly after his death.

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