If you don’t live in Colorado, your first thought when you hear about the Centennial State is usually snow. While Colorado is known for its majestic Rocky Mountains, if you live in Colorado or have ever visited, you know snow is not the norm. In fact, Colorado averages nearly 250 sunny days each year; that’s a lot of sunshine! That means more opportunity to explore the endless variety of Denver summer activities.
As an organization founded in Denver in 1995, we know the top spots you need to check out for the best Denver summer activities. Whether you’re adventuring with the family or exploring the city on your own, Denver has a perfect activity for everyone. So, just what does the perfect summer day in Denver look like? Here are some of the top Denver summer activities we recommend checking out!
The Perfect Summer Date Day in Denver
If love is in the air, head outside to enjoy the warm summer sun that’s sure to welcome you in the Mile High City.
1. Stroll the Streets of a Farmers Market
Start your day by meandering through the South Pearl Street Farmers Market, where you can sample goodies and stock up on items you’ll use for your picnic (more on that in a minute). The South Pearl Street Farmers Market is a great place to stroll from vendor to vendor as you hold hands with your special person and say hello to your neighbors. As Denverites, we love to support small local businesses, and you’ll find plenty of great companies you’ll love along the street on South Pearl all summer long.
2. Where to Picnic
Once you’ve found the food you can’t live without, it’s time to head home and pack up a picnic basket. Denver’s known for its beautiful outdoor spaces, so you’ve got plenty of parks to choose from. If you want to stick close to the center of the city, head to Wash Park or Cheeseman Park where you’ll find lots of furry friends and friendly faces enjoying the green spaces, too. If you’re up for a short drive, Chatfield State Park offers swimming, hiking, bike trails and stunning scenery. Not sure how to plan the perfect picnic? Check out this great guide for planning the perfect picnic!
Perfect Denver Summer Activities for Friends and Families
What should you do if you’re getting a group of your favorite people together? Here are a few ideas:
3. Head to a Rockies’ Game
LoDo is a place that’s filled with activity all summer long. Don’t forget to wear your favorite purple shirt or Colorado Rockies gear and head out to Coors Field to n show support for the hometown team!
4. Take in a Brewery Tasting
Good luck with choosing your favorite brewery. Denver is filled to the brim with awesome breweries that offer outstanding service and great hops. Need a little help? You might want to consider Denver Beer Company or Station 26 Brewery. If you’re feeling really adventurous, reserve your perch atop a seat of the Pedal Hopper. This bike bar literally offers an experience you won’t quite get anywhere else.
5. Check Out Film on the Rocks
No Denver summer is complete without a visit to Red Rocks. There are tons of activities on this famous rock pile all summer long, but if you’re not into hiking, yoga or concerts, you’ve got another option. Film on the Rocks is a great way to spend a Monday evening with friends or family. Pack up the car with some snacks and drinks and head to Morrison to see one of your favorite flicks in one of the most unique venues in the world. Check out the summer movie schedule!
Perfect Denver Summer Activities for Newbies
Maybe you just moved here and don’t know too many people just yet. That’s okay! There are plenty of people waiting to befriend you; you just have to get out and explore the city so they can find you!
6. See What’s in Store at the Zoo
The Denver Zoo is an exceptional organization. Obviously, you’ll find ample animals who will say hello to you, but the zoo also hosts tons of events, too. Keep tabs on the events page so you can cash in on some fun experiences that’ll help you meet new people.
7. Head Up the Hill
Black Hawk is our miniature gambling town that’s about 40 minutes outside of Denver up I-70. The town is tiny, the history is really cool, and the people are super friendly. What more could you want when you’re looking for a way to unwind?
8. Soak in Some Hot Springs
While there aren’t any hot springs in Denver city limits, there are dozens within a short drive into the mountains. Give yourself the gift of a weekend away by taking a ride to Strawberry Hot Springs or Mount Princeton. These places are far more accessible in the summer since you’re not battling the snow when you’re high up in the Rocky Mountains.
What are some of your favorite Denver summer activities? Share with us by finding Perfect Teeth on social! And don’t forget, summer is also the perfect time to visit the dentist! When the kids are out of school, make an appointment for the entire family to get scheduled for a routine checkup and cleaning. We have over 40 convenient dental practices located in Colorado, so visit our website to find one of our friendly and caring teams near you.
Now get out there and enjoy some of these great Denver summer activities!