When your vacation or staycation is in Denver, you can enjoy the family-friendly destination without breaking the bank. The Mile High City offers a selection of adventures throughout the area that are free or nearly free.
Denver's U.S. Mint is one of only two in the United States — Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER/Stan Obert
Instead of spending money, start by learning how it is made during a tour of the U.S. Mint. The Denver U.S. Mint is one of only two in the country. You won't be able to take any of those shiny coins home, but kids of all ages will be able to get up-close and personal with the pocket change that streams off the production lines. Admission is free, but reservations must be booked in advance for the 60-minute, weekday tours.
Feed your sweet tooth for free with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hammond’s Candies factory. From lollipops to candy canes, Hammond’s has produced handmade candy since 1920 in Denver. Tours are Monday-Saturday, and no reservations are required.
To enjoy the great outdoors at no cost, picnic at the 165-acre Washington Park, one of Denver's largest city parks. Sink your toes into the expansive lawns and explore the gardens, trails and lakes. Kick back, catch some rays or people watch, all while creating new memories with your family.
You can also take a hike at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park. Trails weave in and around the towering red rocks, and the spot is also one of the world’s most famous concert venues, with a 9,000-seat arena. Step into the free Visitor Center for a look at the museum and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park is one of the world's most famous concert venues — Photo courtesy of VISIT Denver/Bob Ash
Dig into millions of years of history at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison. Put your hands in the fossilized footprints of giant prehistoric dinosaurs, and then take a free, self-guided tour to learn about the fossil remains of the Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus.
Families walk to Coors Field to cheer on the Colorado Rockies — Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER/Stan Obert
Return to downtown Denver and take the family out to the ball game to cheer the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. A baseball game can be surprisingly affordable. Rockpile seats above the batter's backdrop cost $4 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under. Denver’s other professional teams often offer special family packages, too.
Keep the fun rolling by exploring the 16th Street Mall, Denver's mile-long pedestrian walkway spanning several city blocks. It's free to browse, and there are dozens of shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues to distract you. There's even a free shuttle with stops on each block to help you navigate from one end to the other.