From wild to mild, there are plenty of options for Denver activities and attractions near the Holiday Inn Lakewood! Explore the Denver Zoo's Primate Panorama, take in a major league sports game, or travel through space and time at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Elitch Gardens (previously Six Flags) offers family fun and entertainment with coasters, rides, the Island Kingdom Water Park, Bugs Bunny and Friends, the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE, and more live entertainment then ever before including a daily parade and all-new shows, "The Amazing Acrobats of China" and "Carnaval de Fuego."
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204-1887
Location: Downtown Denver
Colorado Welcome Center at Red Rocks
The welcome center is located near the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and offers access to Red Rocks Park, free Colorado information, a gift shop, a pet area and more.
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am - 6pm; Labor Day to Memorial Day: 9am-4pm
17900 Trading Post
Morrison, CO 80465
Official Visitor Information Center - Downtown
Discover Denver - where to play and dine. Get insider tips for the best performing/visual arts, shopping, and outdoor recreation the city has to offer. Our award-winning center offers free regional maps, AAA tour books and maps, Ticketmaster services, Six Flags tickets and RTD day passes. Free guided walking tours offered at 9:30 am Thursdays and Saturdays, June-August.
1600 California St
Denver, CO 80202
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Rock Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers a 9,000-seat arena carved out of 70-million-year-old red sandstone rock formations. Located 12 miles west of Denver, it is a city-owned mountain park venue that has hosted a vast range of entertainers (from the Beatles and John Tesh, to every major symphony orchestra) who vie to play there. Visit for concert and park information.
Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Park, along the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, is named for the towering 300-foot sandstone rock formations within its 868 acres. The red rocks near the amphitheatre are called “Creation,” “Ship Rock (formerly called “Titanic”),” and “Stage Rock,” and attract visitors from around the world. The giant rocks form the stage and seating area of a unique outdoor theater. There is not another amphitheatre in the world like the naturally formed one in Red Rocks Park.
The park also boasts a 200-mile panoramic view of Denver and the plains. On a clear day, the tent-like domes of the terminal of Denver International Airport 45 miles east of Denver are visible. Extensive hiking trails and natural areas surround the geological formations. Picnic sites are available, and additional picnic sites may be found in Denver’s Morrison Park.
Ft Logan National Cemetery
Fort Logan is located in Denver County near the southwest boundary of the City of Denver in the Lakewood, Colorado area. Fort Logan features a memorial pathway lined with a variety of memorials that honor America's veterans from various organizations. There are 17 memorials at Fort Logal National Cemetery - most commemorating soldiers of various 20th-century wars.
Dave & Buster's of Denver
Dave & Buster's is a 56,000 square foot dining and entertainment facility featuring world-class pocket billiards, shuffleboard and the latest video games and interactive simulators. Great food, great fun--The perfect place to host your next special event!
2000 S. Colorado Blvd.
Suite D Denver, CO 80222
Location: Cherry Creek
Lucky Strike Lanes
With custom décor and Hollywood flare, Lucky Strike Lanes is Denver's first bowling lounge. Featuring 12 state of the art bowling lanes, 4 pool tables and a 40 foot bar, it's the place to go for a group, a party and a hip American menu with a twist.
415 S. Teller St
Lakewood, CO 80226
Location: Belmar Center
Mon-Fri 4:00pm - close
Sat-Sun 11am- close
Earth Treks features 28,500 ft. sq ft of climbing walls up to 48 feet high, including tons of bouldering and roped climbing for all ages and abilities. Earth Treks boasa huge fitness center, dedicated strength training area, yoga room, outdoor patio and locker room facilities. Nestled in the mountains, Golden is just 15 minutes west of Denver.
700 Golden Ridge Rd
Golden, CO 80401
Downtown Denver/Convention Center
Downtown Denver/Convention Center
The Colorado Convention Center is known for it's state-of-the-art technology infrastructure providing planners, exhibitors and attendees an efficient information flow, easier access to the web, simultaneous distance learning, virtual trade shows, and on-line selling of products and services. The Center offers you complete connectivity to all your clients and potential clients and much more.
Chatfield's unique opportunities for resource education, diverse ecosystems, an expansive trail system coupled with boating in a beautiful setting make the park special for all recreational users.
When visitors see Chatfield's beautiful rolling foothills, expansive reservoir and abundant wildlife, they can't believe the park is just outside the Denver metro area. Yet, Chatfield is one of the most complete parks in Colorado. The park includes camping, a full-service livery, miles of hiking and biking trails, a popular lake, the Chatfield marina and one of the most popular hot-air balloon launch areas on the Front Range. With nearly 1.5 million visitors annually, Chatfield has a lot of admirers. The park is popular for its relaxed environment and beautiful views of the nearby foothills. Great blue herons nest at Chatfield from March through September in the heronry on the south side of the park. Come out to this delightful retreat for great camping, boating and fishing.
City Park is a 314-acre site east of downtown. The park has a public golf course, tennis courts, flower gardens, and paddle boat rentals on the lake. Park visitors enjoy summer concerts and the Black Arts Festival. Located here are the Denver Zoo, Thatcher and Electric-colored Lake fountains, Martin Luther King, Jr. statue, and the Denver Museum of Natural History. City Park is located just east of downtown on 17th Ave. and York St.
Thousands of wild Canada geese migrate to Denver and the state of Colorado during the winter. They usually begin arriving in November, and often stay through their breeding season in spring. The flocks can be seen on open spaces and parks, the Platte River, lakes, golf courses and other favorable locations throughout the city.
Major League baseball at its best
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
This short, educational hike, which meanders through meadow and ponderosa forest atop Lookout Mountain, offers wonderful views of the high plains and Denver, as well as comprehensive interpretation of the area’s natural and cultural features. The new Lookout Mountain Nature Center connect with nature at this 110 acre park. Inside experience exhibits that depict migrating birds and reveal secrets of the ponderosa pine forest. Visit the Discovery Corner and Observation Room. Outside stroll trails winding through forest and meadow, picnic beneath towering pine trees or join a naturalist-guided program.
A steep hike into and up Chimney Gulch, located a mile from downtown Golden. Excellent views of Denver, the plains, and up Clear Creek Canyon from Wind Saddle. The trail climbs through Chimney Gulch and along steep hillsides covered with wildflowers, cacti, yuccas, and mixed pine forests. This is a year-round trail that is especially beautiful during the early summer months
Bear Creek Canyon
The seasons paint the Bear Creek Canyon in vivid and spectacular shades. In autumn, the cottonwoods, willows, and box elders that line Bear Creek erupt in yellow and orange, a veritable leafy volcano. In winter, the landscape is silver and brown above its blanket of snow, the creek an inky swath. In spring and summer, nourished by snowmelt and thunderstorms, an expansive array of wildflowers bloom, streaking streamside grasses with the vibrant hues of a Monet painting. This trail follows lively Bear Creek from the meadows of the eastern part of the park to the narrowing canyon on its western edge, where you can look across the creek at a waterwheel and “castle,” on private property.
Lair O’ the Bear, a Jefferson County Open Space Park, nestles in an east-west canyon through which fair-sized Bear Creek flows. The Bruin Bluff Loop covers a variety of habitats from riparian to rocky outcrop and from conifer forest to dry shrub land in its two-mile length. The loop begins evenly along the creek and rises after a bridge crossing. Leaving the open, the route enters a conifer-dominated segment, followed by rocky outcrops, before dropping back down to creek level. A bounty of at least six dozen kinds of wildflowers may be blooming, including a splendid display of pasque flowers in April. In mid-June, the banks of Bear Creek near Dipper Bridge turn bright yellow with Macoun buttercup. Wildflower alert: Thousands of purple pasque flowers in April; June features buttercups.
Beaver Brook Trail
Because of its scenic qualities and lengthy history at the forefront of Front Range hiking trails, the venerable Beaver Brook Trail is one of the most popular trails in the area. The relatively level trail—except for some dramatic elevation gains and losses on the westernmost end—winds near the summit of the southern flank of Clear Creek Canyon for about 8.5 miles to Genesee Park. Depending on time and commitment, you can do as much of it as you like.
The easternmost 1.5 miles, described here, offer a taste of what you will see along the route. Look to the sky—it is not uncommon to see hawks and eagles riding the thermals. Look to the west, where the white-capped Continental Divide thrusts skyward. Look below, at the silver thread of Clear Creek as it winds through the steep canyon it has carved. This is not a trail for the faint-hearted. In places, the drop from the narrow path into the canyon is precipitous; in other places, hands-on scrambling over rock outcrops is necessary.
Belmar Park - Lakewood
This walk loops through Belmar Park, a 127-acre natural parkland administered by the Lakewood Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is a “passive system” with only native grasses, trees, and wildflowers which are left un-groomed and uncut. Its borders contain riparian, prairie grassland, and swamp ecosystems. A long concrete trail follows the park's perimeter, and the area is divided by intersecting gravel paths and horse trails. Special attractions: Lakewood Heritage Center, Kountze Lake, Weir Gulch, waterfowl, nature study, and historic buildings and artifacts
Sloan Lake Park (Denver, CO)
Sloan Lake is the glassy centerpiece of Sloan Lake Park, a large preserve on the western edge of Denver. This land was once arid prairie, traversed only by a stagecoach and wagon track that connected Denver with the mountain gold fields. In 1861, however, farmer Thomas Sloan excavated a well and the next morning found a growing lake filling his property. It seems Sloan's well had penetrated a large underground aquifer that slowly drained onto the surface.
Located at Sheridan Blvd. & W. 17th Ave., this park features a basketball court, bicycle/pedestrian pathway, boating, football field, softball field, soccer field, tennis court, lighted tennis court, shelter, picnic area, flower gardens, two playgrounds, water skiing, and fishing.
Crown Hill Park - Lakewood
Crown Hill Park spreads across a low rise that offers splendid views of the Front Range, stretching from 14,264-foot Mount Evans to flat-topped, 14,256-foot Longs Peak on the northwest horizon. Covering more than 200 acres, the park is a wild enclave of open space. Expansive Crown Hill Lake, the surrounding grasslands, and the park's wildlife sanctuary are refuges for birds and animals in the midst of relatively dense suburban development. This lovely 1.9-mile walk follows a paved trail around the lake before venturing into the wildlife area on a boardwalk and gravel path. It finishes by rejoining the paved lake trail. The walk yields great views of the snowy Rockies and allows you to experience nature in the city.
Old Auraria (Denver, CO)
The western bank of Cherry Creek, a placid stream that flows from the Palmer Divide south of Denver, is the site of Auraria, one of the area's first settlements. Most of old Auraria was razed to make way for the Auraria Higher Education Center, a 171-acre campus that is now part of the University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State College, and the Community College of Denver. Local preservationists, including Historic Denver, Inc. and the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, were able to save some of the area's notable buildings and houses. This walk explores the remaining historic buildings on the Auraria Campus as well as the nearby Denver Performing Arts Complex. Special attractions: Denver Performing Arts Complex, St. Elizabeth's Church, Ninth Street Historic District, St. Cajetan's Church, old Tivoli Brewery, and Cherry Creek
Genesee Park was protected by Denver businessmen who purchased it from a timber company in 1911. After Denver voters approved creating a mountain park system in 1912, Genesee was the first acquisition. The initial Genesee Bison Herd was transported from Yellowstone National Park in 1914. The herd can be seen north of I-70 at exit 254. Genesee Park’s 2,403 acres was divided in 1936 for Hwy 40 and again in 1972 for I-70. South of I-70 (Genesee Drive) facilities include trails, a stone shelter and house, toilets, ball fields, summit flag pole, Chief Hosa Lodge & Campground and extraordinary views. Facilities north of I-70 (Stapleton Drive) include experiential recreation area, Braille Trail and connection with the historic Beaver Brook Trail.
Fillius Park is 108 acres (preserved in 1915-18) west of the traffic signal at Bergen Parkway with historic stone shelters, grills, toilets, and picnic tables. The summit on the south side of the park offers picnic tables with extraordinary views of the Continental Divide.
Bergen Park is 25 acres, south of shopping area, that was preserved in 1915. It offers historic stone picnic shelters, toilets and a trail that connects with JeffCo Open Space Pioneer Trail, which ends at Evergreen Lake.
Dedisse Park is 420 acres preserved in 1919 with historic stone shelters and bridge, a golf course (acquired in 1926) and Evergreen Lake and Dam for fishing and boat recreation in 1928. After the 1976 Big Thompson flood, Denver’s liability was released with agreements with Evergreen Metro District, Evergreen Parks & Rec District, and JeffCo Open Space.
Pence/O’Fallen/Corwina Parks are 1480 acres at Hwy 74 in Bear Creek Canyon, east of Kittredge, preserved 1914-38. It was known as Denver’s Municipal Trout Stream during the 1920s. Outstanding stone shelters and bridges remain in these beautiful parks.
Little Park is 400 acres south of Idledale, preserved in 1914 as part of Denver acquisition of four miles of Bear Creek Canyon Frontage to protect it from development by 1920.