From Brew Tours to Bookstores: 10 Free Things to Do in Denver

There is much to see and do for free in Denver if you know where to look. As a very outdoor oriented city, many of the activities in the Mile High City are free if you have the right equipment: hit up the Cherry Creek Trail and ride down to watch the kayakers play at Confluence Park. Or if you have a kayak, take it down the river on a hot summer day. And the Denver Skate Park is considered one of the best in the country, offering a variety of concrete terrain to challenge all levels of skaters, bladers and bikers, it also stays open late, and has stunning sunset skyline views.  

But beyond active activities, other Denver experiences can also be had for free. It won't cost a penny, for instance, to climb to the 15th step of the Colorado State Capitol building and snap an Instagram worthy selfie standing exactly 5,280-feet (or a mile high) above the sea. Inside, tours of the capitol are also free and reveal some historically intriguing conversation starters.

It's also free to walk the city's many neighborhoods, where you'll find some intriguing stores, like Rockmount Ranch Wear, that are almost mini museums inside. While garments here, which are favoritied by celebrities, aren't free, browsing is. Rockmount is located in LoDo, the hip downtown shopping and dining district, where you'll also uncover the city's most revered bookstore, the Tattered Cover, where whole afternoons can be lost reading in the shop's comfortable chairs.





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Great Divide Brewing Co
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Among Great Divide's stellar brews is famously delicious Denver Pale Ale, which won four of the brewery's Great American Beer Festival medals and two of its World Beer Cup Awards. But Great Divide is always creating. The taproom is the only...  Read More

The Children's Museum of Denver
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The Children's Museum of Denver is all about kid-powered learning, aka interactive fun and exploration. Among the most popular exhibits is Kinetics!, a space dedicated to physical science where kids build ramps and tracks to send bright orange...  Read More

Commons Park
Denver Skatepark

Crank the pop-punk or emo tunes and watch the city's best boarders tackle Denver's largest and most celebrated skate park. At 6,000-square-feet, it is a concrete nirvana of bowls, snake runs, and ledges that challenges riders of all levels and...  Read More

Tattered Cover Book Store
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From its humble beginnings in a tiny space back in the 1970s, Tattered Cover evolved into one of the largest independent bookstores in the nation. It has weathered a retail climate that has not been friendly to booksellers, but thanks to the...  Read More

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Rockmount Ranch Wear

A legend in western wear, Rockmount claims to have premiered the Western shirt with snaps and popularized the bolo tie. These days, the line has expanded into apparel, accessories, and hats for men, women, and children, but the company still...  Read More

Colorado State Capitol Building

Even if you're not politically minded, you'll enjoy visiting Colorado's capitol building, which was designed by Elijah E Meyers to resemble Washington, DC'. Constructed with white granite that was mined in the state, notable architectural...  Read More

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Truly unique to the area, Red Rocks combines natural geological wonders with a stellar concert and event schedule. Come during the day for the best view of the red sandstone formations, over 250 million years old and 300 feet high. A moderate...  Read More

Denver Art Museum
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Denver Art Museum is highly regarded for its collection of Native American art, which includes over 16,000 pieces from more than 100 tribes across the US. The seven-story contemporary building also houses impressive displays of Pre-Columbian and...  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca