How to plan an active vacation in Denver — even if you don’t ski
Colorado is an outdoor playground … and not just for skiers and snowboarders. Denver and Boulder have bike-sharing programs — known as “B-Cycle” — that you can rent bikes from and use to explore the downtown areas. You can get a heck of a good leg workout by pedaling around the City Park lake in a paddle boat. And, go “old school” and roller skate around the large loop in Washington Park — a gorgeous Denver park always bustling with activity.
Here are a few more great ways to experience Denver in the fall:
- Buy a “Mile High Culture Pass.” This new deal is perfect for vacationers and staycationers alike. Here’s how it works: For $52.80 — a nod to the city’s Mile High elevation — you will get admission to some of the city’s best attractions. The pass is good for seven attractions over the course of five days. It will get you into: the Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Art Museum; Denver Botanic Gardens; Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Denver Zoo; History Colorado Center and Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. When you buy the culture pass, you’ll also get 50 percent off Denver B-cycle, the city’s bike sharing program and discounted admission to the Molly Brown House Museum, which is the Victorian home of the famed Titanic survivor known as the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. (Find more information about the Culture Pass here).
- Exercise at City Park: City Park is perfectly situated next to the zoo and museums. On summer nights, it hosts live and free jazz concerts. At Wheel of Fun, you can rent stand-up paddleboards, “chopper bikes,” kayaks, canoes and bikes fit for the whole family.
- Work for your beer: You’ve probably heard of a party bus. But how about a party bike? Colorado is known for its delish craft brews and its active outdoor lifestyle. They combine with Denver Pedal Hopper — which holds up to 16 people (plus a driver) and cruises around town at about 5 to 8 miles per hour. The giant bike has a disco ball and LED lighting for night and the on-board driver works out all of the details like steering and braking while you just pedal between bars.
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