If you live in or will be visiting Denver, you might be looking for something fun to do outside of the city. Colorado is a nature lover and outdoor enthusiasts dream. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, there is always something amazing to do. Here are just a few of our favorite Denver day trips!
Spend The Day In Colorado Springs
Only an hour outside of Denver, Colorado Springs is home to the Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Cañon and Creek, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the breathtaking Seven Falls—a series of seven awe-inspiring waterfalls. There are also plenty of historic museums to choose from. You could even take a Segway tour through Cheyenne Cañon!
Rocky Mountain National Park
It’ doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, there is something for everyone at Rocky Mountain National Park. During the winter you can ski, snowshoe, and sled. During the spring, summer, and fall you can hike, camp, cycle, or climb the Longs Peak Keyhole. Or just plan a low-key day in nature enjoying the majestic views of the park. So much to do and just an hour and a half outside of Denver.
Head To The Georgetown Loop Railroad And Mining Park
Georgetown is a quaint little town 1 hour outside of the city. The historic architecture has a Victorian charm and dates back as early as the 1870s. Stroll the town and hit up the antique shops. The highlight of your day will be the train ride at the Georgetown Loop Railroad and Mining Park. View the mountain ranges in ways you simply can’t achieve by car or foot. You can even pan for gold!
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Head To The Hot Springs In Glenwood Springs
If rest and relaxation are more your vibe, Glenwood Springs is home to the World’s Largest Hot Spring Pool. These healing mineral waters have been a local attraction since 1888. The drive is about 2.5 hours, so you may want to spend the night in one of the nearby hotels or lodges. The city rests between Vail and Aspen, so you can wander through a few nearby towns if you have time. If the kids come with, head to Glenwood Cavern’s Adventure Park—America’s only mountain-top theme park.
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Drive To Boulder
About a 30-minute drive from downtown, there are lots of fun things to do in Boulder, Colorado. A perfect solo outing, family trip, or daytime date. Some of the top things to do include heading to the Fiske Planetarium, viewing the unique geologic formations at Settler’s Park or Flatirons, hiking to the waterfall in Eldorado Canyon, heading to any of the nearby parks, shopping at Pearl Street Mall, or taking a tour at Avery Brewing.
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The holidays are just around the corner, and that means that offices across the Mile High City are gearing up for their annual parties and outings. Rather than the standard cocktail hour with bad wine and awkward conversations, what about trying something new this year? Here are our top picks for fun and unique office holiday party ideas in Denver.
Put Your Heads Together in this Escape Room
Nothing brings coworkers together like solving a puzzle together. This escape room offers groups the chance to work out clues and unlock codes to free themselves. Teams of up to 12 people have 60 minutes to decipher the clues to their freedom. Each room is themed from a casino-style escape room to an Egyptian tomb. Their location is right downtown making this a convenient office outing idea for downtown Denver businesses.
Have a Laugh at a Stand Up Comedy Show
This underground comedy club is a great place to see a stand-up show. Acts are offered every night and feature comics from across the country. The comedy club also offers a great food and drink menu, so coworkers can sit, eat and laugh at the same time! Located right off Larimer Square downtown, this is a great location for a drink or a full meal before or after the show.
Face Off on the Race Track
This indoor race track is the perfect place for coworkers to blow off some steam while competing against each other in a high-adrenaline activity. The course is professionally designed, and lap timing and safety gear are included. As a bonus, this location has a full bar and game room, so it’s the perfect place for a post-race hangout. As far as unique office holiday party ideas go, this is pretty highly ranked.
Taste Your Way Across the City in this Walking Food Tour
This three-hour walking history and food tour offers guests the chance to taste their way across Denver’s downtown. With six stops and a bit of history and architecture along the way, this is a great interactive activity for foodies and a unique way for coworkers to spend time together outside of the office. Private tours are available, and they can all be customized depending on your group.
Cosmic Bowl Downtown
More than just your average outdated bowling alley, Lucky Strike right off the 16th street mall offer 20,000 square feet of fun. From cosmic bowling to a full game room, craft cocktails and live DJs, this is a one-stop shop for bowling and gaming fun. They also have billiards, ping pong tables, shuffleboard and corn hole for the non-bowlers in your group.
Create DIY Crafts While Sipping Cocktails
Guests can create, drink and be merry at this unique concept located in the heart of Lodo and at the Denver Tech Center. Upstairs Circus offers guests the chance to choose from 25 different craft projects, and all of the supplies and instructions are included. Your group can sip cocktails while making everything from artisan jewelry to distressed-wood wall designs.
See if You’re Up to the Challenge in this Urban Scavenger Hunt
This is a creative and interactive option for groups wanting to get out and really explore the city. Groups are given a number of clues and challenges to perform along the way, promoting both fun and team building. It’s also a great way to learn about Denver’s downtown.
Compete in a Corporate Cook-Off
Get cooking in this hands-on corporate outing perfect for foodies and cooks. Groups will have the option to create dishes from scratch and compete against each other. After, sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve created with cocktail and beer pairings to match.
Taste the City’s Best Cocktails on this Boozy Tour
This 2.5 hours walking tour through Denver’s LoDo and Larimer Square neighborhoods will give your group a delicious taste of the best cocktails in the city. The drinks vary at each stop and are accompanied by food as you bar hop your way across downtown. Experienced guides tell fun stories and give a little Denver history along the way.
Located in Arvada, Sky Zone is an adult playground complete with indoor trampolines, foam play zones and dodgeball games. Guests can simply play or engage in one of the many physical challenges offered. They also offer private event and party packages for groups. This is a high-energy option for groups looking for playful office holiday party ideas.
Sip And Paint in the Highlands
This is perfect for the artistic group looking for more creative office holiday party ideas. Each guest gets to create their own painted masterpiece with the help of a professional artist’s instruction at this painting studio. Classes are two hours long and hands-on, and wine and beer are available for purchase throughout the class. All canvasses, paint, brushes and easels are included in the price.
Tee It Up at this Driving Range
More than just your average driving range, Top Golf in Centennial offers players the chance to score points by hitting balls (assigned using our microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn. This is a fun option for golfers and non-golfers alike, and the chef-driven menu offers guests lots of options for great food and drinks.
Learn to Laugh in this Improv Comedy Workshop
These private comedy improv workshops aren’t just fun, they’re a great way to promote team bonding and connection. Instructors are trained improvisers, and they’ll teach your group to communicate better in a fun, creative way. All workshops are private and custom built to match the group, making this one of our more creative office holiday party ideas. Sessions can last 2-3 hours and are held at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.
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While the mountains are always a go to for hiking, camping and skiing, Denver’s growing downtown is starting to offer a host of fun and unique Denver date ideas. From cocktail tours to aerialist classes, here are our favorite Denver date ideas for couples in the Mile High City.
Create A Work of Art at Upstairs Circus
Located in the heart of LoDo, this Upstairs Circus offers couples the chance to sip a cocktail while creating original, DIY crafts. Choose from over 25 projects from jewelry making to distressed art for your home.
Host Your Own Private Cooking Class
Have a Gourmet Spoon chef come to you! A chef will come to your home and bring everything you’ll need for a hands-on cooking class in your kitchen. All classes are BYOB and end with guests enjoying a full home-cooked meal.
Take a Boozy Tour through Downtown
This three-hour cocktails tour highlights the best bars in Denver’s LoDo and Larimer Square. A seasoned guide will take you to five different stops to sip the best cocktails and beers Denver has to offer. You’ll get some great history along the way as well. This one of our more unique (and boozy) Denver date ideas!
Cozy Up at a Rockies Game
Take in a ball game at the iconic Coors Field. Snuggle up together with a beer and a hot dog and cheer on Denver’s home team.
Enjoy Tea for Two at the Brown Palace
This historic hotel offers daily high tea each afternoon in its beautifully ornate lobby. Make a reservation and enjoy a full tea selection as well as pastries and sandwiches. Add champagne for a romantic twist on this refined Denver date idea.
Eat Your Way Across Downtown on this Food Tour
Offered daily from 12 – 3 p.m., the downtown Denver food tour is a great way to get a delicious peek into the Denver food scene while learning about the city’s history and architecture. You’ll enjoy six food stops across downtown and get an insider’s look into some of Denver’s top restaurants. Go for the drink add on, and you’ll get paired drinks with your tour!
Pair a Delicious French Meal with a Film
Bistro Vendome in Larimer Square is a romantic, upscale French restaurant headed up by one of Denver’s top chefs, Jennifer Jasinski. Sip a glass of wine on their garden patio while enjoying some of the best French cuisine in Denver. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events. This charming spot shows French films in the summertime and serves dishes to match the movies.
Catch a Cabaret Show
This little cabaret theater is tucked into the basement of the historic Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower built in 1911. Their nightly shows are lively and fun, and you can enjoy drinks and food from their bar.
Grab a Drink in an Old Bank Vault
Head down to the Broker downtown for a cocktail inside an old bank vault. They’ve kept the original bars and vault doors, giving this cozy place a unique look. The decor has a vintage feel as the bar has been in business for over 30 years. You can even tour the wine cellar, which is located 35 feet below ground in the original cash vault.
Hear Ghost Stories on this Pub Crawl
The Nightly Spirits Tour is a fun way to spend an evening. Couples can join this 2.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl through Downtown to hear all sorts of scary ghost stories from Denver’s past.
Take a Line Dancing Class
Country fans should check out the Grizzly Rose, one of the last great honky tonks in the world. This fun bar offers live Country music in addition to weekly line dancing classes. Bonus: the classes are free!
Grab a Pint at Denver’s First Craft Brewery
Beer lovers should make a stop at Wynkoop located in Denver’s LoDo. This was Denver’s first craft brewery, opening up in 1988. And it’s original owner is now the governor of Colorado! Adventurous drinkers should try the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout.
Book a Couples Massage
The Oxford is a historic hotel in downtown Denver, opening its doors in 1891. Their spa also offers an array of relaxing spa treatments including a couple’s massage. Finish the date off with a cocktail in their historic bar, the Cruise Room, which is modeled after the bar on the RMS Queen Mary.
Enjoy a Shakespeare-Themed Improv Show
This Denver-based improv group performs every Friday at the VooDoo Comedy Theater on Larimer Street. Done in the style of the Bard, each improvised performance is based loosely on Shakespearean themes packed with lots of laughs. Grab a drink at their bar and enjoy!
Visit the Train Station for a Craft Cocktail and Ice Cream
Located on Union Station’s second floor, the Cooper Lounge is a high-end cocktail bar paying homage to the elegance of train travel. Modeled after an old rail car, this spot serves up craft cocktails with a beautiful view over Union Station’s Great Hall. Afterwards, head down to Milk Box for a scoop of Denver’s famous Little Man ice cream.
Take an Aerialists Class Together
Get one step closer to Cirque de Solei with these aerialist and acrobatics classes at the Circus Collective. Classes feel like a cross between the circus and Crossfit and are a fun way to get moving with your partner while learning a new skill.
Bike and Brewery Hop through RiNo
RiNo, or River North, is Denver’s hottest neighborhood for breweries. Now considered the Napa Valley of Beer, Colorado boasts the second most breweries in the country after California. Beer lovers can enjoy an afternoon date biking from brewery to brewery and tasting a pint of some of Denver’s best craft beers.
For more fun Denver date ideas, check out our calendar for upcoming food and cocktail tours through downtown.