Denver is an amazing place all year around, but there's something about the season of spring that really brings the city back to life. Everything is in bloom, the rocks look redder, the sky is more clear, the people are happier; the list goes on and on.
Now that a new month is upon us, what do you plan to do?! We know that it's easy to MAKE plans to get out and explore the city, but how often do you actually follow through on that? You can come up with excuses like "it's too expensive" or "I don't have time" all you want, but there's so much to see in the gorgeous city of Denver that you'll definitely regret not looking!
Because money is tight, we've made a list of some seriously cool things we highly recommend you check out this month in the city. From digging for dinosaur bones to making new friends at the Farmer's Market, there's plenty to do that proves that you don't need to spend money to have fun.
Denver is known all over the place as a diverse city. It's one of the only places where you can go to the mountains and the beach in the same day. Take advantage of all the diversity your city has to offer, and embark on an adventure or two this April! You don't have to cross off everything from the list, but do as much as you can, and see what sorts of memories you make this month.
30. Take a tour of the Colorado State Capitol
This super beautiful building, modelled after the Capitol Building in D.C. is a great place to learn more about Colorado government. Free tours are always available, or you can go exploring yourself!
29. Find a new favourite book at Tattered Cover Bookstore
People sometimes seriously underestimate the power of a good book. Tattered Cover is extremely well known around Denver, and has a reputation for being the best. You could probably spend hours in this shop, picking out a new favourite book.
28. Take a tour of the Denver U.S. Mint
It's no secret that we all love money, but how many of us know a lot about where money comes from? Take a tour of the Denver Mint, and learn everything you've ever wanted to know about the history of money!
27. Go for a hike through Red Rocks Park
Hiking is a popular activity in Denver, and it's no wonder why, with all those gorgeous mountains! Red Rocks Park is an ideal location for a quick hike, and they also happen to usually have free entertainment going on for you to enjoy!
26. Take a tour of the Coors Brewery
Another thing most adults love: Beer! If you enjoy drinking it, why not take advantage of a free tour to see what happens behind the scenes of a brewery? Free samples are even included at the end for those over 21!
25. Get some free tea at a Celestial Seasonings tour
Winter may be over, but that doesn't mean you need to give up tea! Celestial Seasonings is known for their particularly delicious drinks, and this tour will give you a sneak peek at how they're created along with a free tasting!
24. Check out the Dikeou Collection
This is one of the cities' most interesting art galleries, featuring pieces like two 16-foot-tall rubber bunnies. The collection is open to the public Wednesday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
23. Take your dog for a walk in Washington Park
Washington Park is a great place for you and your pup to go exploring! There are plenty of bike and walking trails, perfect for getting some exercise or simply hanging out and people watching.
22. Pick up a new skill at the Denver Skate Park
Skateboarding is a great workout, but it's also a great way to make friends, and it's actually pretty fun once you get the hang of it. Denver has a great skate park, perfect for skaters of all levels to learn on!
21. Go exploring in Larimer Square
Larimer Square is Denver's most historic block, and also one of the cities' most beautiful. This is the perfect spot to snap some pictures, go exploring, or go on a date!
20. Go window shopping at the 16th Street Mall
You don't need money to have a fun shopping experience, sometimes all of the fun can come from trying on the clothes that you wish you could afford. The 16th Street Mall is full of cool street art and shops, all super unique and worth checking out!
19. Go on an adventure in the Garden of the Gods
The name of this spot definitely does it justice. The Garden of the Gods is indescribably beautiful, with its red rocks, mountains, and clear blue skies! Spending a few hours here will get you in touch with nature for sure.
18. Learn more about your state at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Every state has a story, and while this may not be interesting at all to some people, others want to know all about it! Make a trip to the Pioneers Museum and learn more about the people who helped make Colorado what it is today.
17. Take yourself of a tour of Dinosaur Ridge
The dinosaurs may be long gone, but we're still totally in awe of their existence. Dinosaur Ridge is where the world's first stegosaurus was discovered way back in 1877, and you can still explore this place today, free of charge!
16. Take a hike in the Rocky Mountains
Something about spending time in the mountains leaves you feeling so in touch with nature. Colorado is known for its beautiful Rockies, and if you have yet to take a hike through them, there's no time like the present to go!
15. Explore the ghost town of St. Elmo
St. Elmo is considered one of the best preserved ghost towns in the U.S. On top of that, the drive to the abandoned town is considered to be one of the most scenic! If you're not easily frightened, this could be the perfect day trip for you to make.
14. Enjoy Free First Friday at a variety of museums
The first Friday of every month is when you'll want to mark your calendars. You can visit a ton of Denver's amazing museums, totally free of charge! There's always a shuttle bus that runs from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m., which will take you back and forth!
13. Take a tour of the Denver Beer Trail
Denver is home to over 60 craft breweries, so it's pretty easy to say that their beer trail is worth touring. The tour is self-guided, and a map can be found online! Many of the breweries along the way offer free tours of themselves for you to check out.
12. Get some exercise on Cherry Creek Trail
It doesn't matter if you're walking, running, biking, or rollerblading, Cherry Creek Trail is a great spot to get active! Spanning over 42-miles, this path shows off some of the cities' most gorgeous public art and historic districts.
11. Take a tour of Hammond's Candy Factory
Got a sweet tooth? This tour may be just the cure that you need! Hammond's is world famous around Denver for its sweet treats, and has been making candy since 1920. This free tour will tell you everything you want to know about the process, and hook you up with some free samples.
10. Be at peace with the animals at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Something about hanging out with animals in nature is so peaceful. This refuge is dedicated to protecting the lives of animals and gives people an opportunity to observe creatures that they would never otherwise see under normal circumstances.
9. Volunteer at the Colorado Humane Society
If you've been wanting to give back to the community, but can't think of a good way to do it, why not spend a few hours volunteering at the Humane Society? There are plenty of animals who need some love, and would enjoy a walk or snuggle sesh with you!
8. Browse the Farmer's Market
If you've got nothing to do, the Farmer's Market is a great way to spend a morning! You don't have to spend any money, a lot of vendors are always happy to meet and mingle with people, and it's a great spot to make friends!
7. Go people-watching at Union Station
Union Station recently underwent an extensive renovation, and it's now even more beautiful than before. Cool off by the fountain, watch trains go by, or keep an eye out for any interesting characters you come across while relaxing.
6. Admire the Denver Art Museum
If you didn't already know, the Denver Art Museum offers free admission for all on the first Saturday of every month. This is a great spot to take a date, your family, or some friends, and get inspired by the super cool art you'll see!
5. Keep an eye out for free admission days at the Denver Zoo
The Denver Zoo has been known to offer free admission from time to time, and who in their right mind would pass that up? A trip to the zoo gives you a chance to interact with so many exotic and beautiful animals!
4. See how many cool photos you can take of the Santa Fe Art District
If wall murals are your thing, you won't want to forget your camera when you head to the art district in Santa Fe. This spot is full of amazing murals for you to pose in front of, or simply snap some photos of!
3. Spend a day reading at the Denver Public Library
If you can't afford to constantly buy books, the Denver Public Library may be a good spot to help your reading obsession! You can just drop by and check out a few books, or spend hours hanging out and getting lost in words.
2. Celebrate spring in the Denver Botanic Gardens
Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, and where better to celebrate it in some Botanic Gardens? Admire whatever flowers happen to be in bloom during your visit, and be sure to take some pictures so you never forget the beauty!
1. Have a photoshoot on the Millenium Bridge
I'm not sure why, but bridges always seem to make for the perfect photo ops. This gorgeous piece of architecture will stand out on your IG feed, and your memory. While crossing over, you get a seriously amazing view of Downtown!