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

There is much to see and do for free in Denver, some of it historic in nature, some of it related to defining city industries and places and, not surprising, some of it outdoors. What's your pleasure? There's something for everyone. Are you a reader? Settle into an overstuffed chair at the city's revered independent bookstore, the Tattered Cover, where you and your whole family can indulge in a love of reading. Does art entice you? Consider free first Saturdays at the stellar Denver Art Museum or free First Friday Art Walks exploring multiple art districts in various areas of the city. At the Colorado State Capitol building you can take a free tour and learn about the state's history, and if you want to take on the challenge offered by one of the top skate parks in the country, you can do that for free in Denver, too. If beer is your thing, you're in the right city. Among Denver's multitude of seriously good craft brewers is Great Divide, which offers free brewery tours and gives thousands of dollars to local nonprofits. Of course, it's also free to walk the city's many neighborhoods, so stroll around LoDo, Capitol Hill, RiNo, Wash Park or along the South Platte River. And if you get tired downtown, just hop on the Free MallRide or relax in a comfy chair and check out your favorite social media sites, compliments of free Wi-Fi in Union Station. 






Denver Union Station has it all. It's a transportation hub for the city's light rail and bus systems, an Amtrak station, home to multiple food and beverage options and to a hotel. At any time of day or night you'll find people sitting at wooden...  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 for children from newborn to eight years. Among the most popular exhibits is Kinetics!, a space dedicated to physical science where kids build...  Read More

Great Divide Brewing Co
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Founded in 1994, Great Divide was at the forefront of Denver's explosive craft brewing movement. It has won an impressive 18 Great American Beer Festival medals and five World Beer Cup Awards. Perhaps more impressive, as of 2017 Great Divide had...  Read More

Commons Park
Denver Skatepark


Even if you don't ride yourself, this is the place to see how it's done by some of the best boarders in the city tackling Denver's largest and most celebrated skate park. At 60,000-square-feet it's massive, a concrete paradise of ledges, rails,...  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, yet the Tattered...  Read More



First Friday Artwork in the Santa Fe Arts District features more than 100 art galleries, studios and creative spaces. South of downtown, the district is bordered by 13th Street on the north, Alameda on the south, Kalamath to the wet and Inca to...  Read More



Since 1982 when the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall opened in downtown Denver, RTD has been running the Free MallRide. Today, fully electric busses travel the one-mile route from Union Station to Civic Center Station and back again, seven days a...  Read More

Colorado State Capitol Building


Colorado's State Capitol Building is well worth visiting for one of the free weekday tours. The building, finished in 1901, was designed by Elijah E Meyers to evoke the layout of the capitol in Washington, DC. The white granite, rose onyx and...  Read More

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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You can experience the dramatic formations of Denver's highly celebrated Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, part of Denver's Mountain Parks collection, for free. Red Rocks combines 640 acres of natural geological wonders with a concert and event...  Read More

Denver Art Museum
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Denver Art Museum (DAM) is highly regarded for its American Indian art collection, which represents pieces from nearly every tribe across the United States. But the museum, which is comprised of two buildings, also has impressive displays of...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine