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70+ of Denver’s best field trips!

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While the kids might be at home learning online, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out for a stimulating field trip. Denver takes education to a higher level with endless outdoor adventures, interactive games and world-class cultural attractions. Where else can you track dinosaurs, check out Egyptian mummies, see vivid street art, hike around sandstone monoliths and take a treetop zip-line tour? The city also has plenty of  Visit Denver has compiled this amazing resource!

NATURE AND SCIENCE

Denver is surrounded by natural wonders and diverse ecosystems, providing the perfect classroom for budding scientists.  

Run wild at the  and find everything from dinosaurs to Egyptian mummies, now featuring two new exhibitions:  famous artworks made out of LEGO® bricks, and  an interactive look into what dogs are thinking; go on a safari at  featuring the latest exhibition,  with giant plant and animal sculptures; swim with sharks and pet stingrays at the  learn about Colorado’s ecosystems at  go on an inspiring  including the  see rescued lions, tigers, bears and wolves roaming freely at the  look for rare  at  track dinosaurs at  see if you can spot bison at  explore the vast world of invertebrates in a rain forest setting at  and don’t forget the dog thanks to these  hotels and parks. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE 

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Denver’s year-round outdoor playground needs no introduction. But here’s a cheat sheet on how to get some fresh air and pick up valuable skills. 

Go for an easy bike ride along the beautiful  that runs through downtown by renting a bike through  or take a tour with  (ages 11 and up and accompanied by an adult); check out the  in the city that are exactly 5,280 feet above sea level; hang out in the  like  with its two lakes, gardens and mountain views; go for a hike among the stunning sandstone monoliths at  learn to climb (all ages) on real Rocky Mountain cliffs only minutes from town with  and take an inspiring  to check out  and historical sites. If adrenaline-fueled activities are your thing,  lets you soar on 1.5 miles of zip line at speeds of up to 50 mph, take a treetop zip-line tour 65 feet above Clear Creek with  or do it all at  where you can zip line, traverse granite cliffs (thanks to Colorado’s only private via ferrata), roll down the mountain inside a giant ball and finish your adventures by rafting on Clear Creek. You can also spend a night in either cabins or yurts and do it again the following day. Note: The adventure parks have minimum age and weight requirements.

HANDS-ON HISTORY

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The city has a colorful past. These museums and cultural attractions provide exciting ways to get your hands on history. 

See what it’s like to be a firefighter at the  go back in time at Denver’s oldest house at  learn about the  of Titanic survivor Margaret Tobin Brown at the  take an inspiring  watch history come alive at  with cutting-edge activities like a virtual ski jump; hear the stories behind some of the state’s most prominent women at the  see classic and unique cars, airplanes and trains at the  take an unforgettable  or check out the  go on a self-guided history adventure via the  and take a train ride at the 

FINE ART & STREET ART

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Seeing famous artwork up close and creating your own through workshops is essential for developing the right side of the brain. Here’s how to bring out your best. 

Get free admission to  known for its Indigenous art collection, every day for those under 18 and enjoy various activities and programs for kids; check out the  the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region; see large-scale works of one of the most important American artists of the 20th century at the  (free admission for children under 17; the museum is temporarily closed until Sept. 18); see inspiring and challenging contemporary art at  (free admission for children under 18) with special programs for teens; take on all kinds of DIY projects from leatherworking to jewelry making at  (recommended for ages 9 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult); express yourself through various arts-based classes and workshops for all ages at  and see why Denver is becoming a mecca for  with mind-blowing murals all over town. For more about the “Love This City” mural above, read the  about local artist Pat Milbery of So-Gnar Creative Division.

MUSIC, FILM & LITERATURE

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Take a break from textbooks by diving into literature from locally owned shops or seeing a movie on the big screen. Here’s how to expand your world.  

Enjoy a  in the great outdoors; buy books at  or  take stunning images at these popular  take a comedy class for kids and teens at  and get a glimpse of many of the big stars who’ve performed at  via the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (temporarily closed) located not far from the stage. 

FUN & GAMES

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Now it’s time for recess. You deserve some playtime! 

Choose from five themed escape rooms for an unforgettable experience at  go bowling and play arcade games at  play various golf games and try the delicious food at  or play a round of mini-golf at  release some energy (and rage) by breaking various things at  (must be at least 13); play board games at the  go on a scavenger hunt with  spot  at the  shoot at each other with foam-tipped arrows at  (recommended for ages 10 and up; youth hours on weekend for those 7-12); throw axes, yes axes, at  (recommended for ages 10 and up); assemble a team and choose a mission in live-action escape rooms at  and create, discover and explore with unique exhibits and activities on nine acres at the  (newborns through age 8). 

Download this PDF for your kids to record where they went and what they learned. Send a picture of your completed form to social@visitdenver.com so they can see where you went and tag your social posts with #fieldtripDenver.

Please check with local businesses and attractions individually before you venture out for the latest COVID-19-related policy updates and hours of operation.

Mile High Mamas
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