Spend your Summer in Denver, CO

Summer is here and Denver is the perfect place to visit as the months warm up. Denver offers an abundance of events and activities, culinary experiences, and an incredible art scene. With so many outdoor activities and 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver serves as the ultimate summer destination. Below are five of Denver’s summer must-dos to add to your bucket list.

Beautiful red rocks create a natural amphitheater

Red Rocks
There is a reason why Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater is at the top of the Denver Bucket List. It’s got something for everyone. During the day you can spend time exploring the park and hiking around natural beauty. Looking for a place to work out? Try running up the stairs of this beautiful landmark or sign up for one of the yoga on the rocks events.  If you are a concert-goer, you do not want to miss a show at red rocks. The acoustics here are impeccable, the crowds are lively, and the music is always good. A concert at Red Rocks is an unforgettable experience.

Colorado Rockies Baseball Park at night

Attend a Rockies Game
Summertime and baseball go together like mustard and a hot dog. America’s favorite pastime comes alive under the lights at Coors Field. If you are a baseball fan this stadium will not disappoint. Coors offers a variety of food and beverage items, family-friendly amenities, and baseball. Head up to the rooftop bar to grab a crafted cocktail or locally brewed beer and watch the sunset behind the scoreboard all while cheering on the home team.

Image of an elephant at the Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo
If you like animals, Denver has one of the best zoos in the country. The Denver Zoo provides up close and personal experiences with all of the animals and focuses on the importance of continued education. No matter how old you are the zoo offers fun for the entire family. You can spend several hours exploring the different exhibits. My favorite exhibit is The Toyota Elephant Passage which is home to five Asian elephants and daily demonstrations where the elephants can show off a few tricks. During the summer months, the Zoo has evening events which give attendees access to the zoo after hours. Be sure to check out their calendar while in town.

The River North Art District, RiNo as the locals call it, is a unique pocket of Denver just northeast of lower downtown. The neighborhood features contemporary art galleries, restaurants, and lots of street art for anyone looking for an immersive experience. As you walk the streets of this neighborhood you’ll enjoy plenty of different murals that will serve as the perfect background for Instagram posts. Every first Friday of the month the district celebrates by opening the doors of each art gallery to the public until 9:00 pm. It is the perfect event to start your weekend off in Denver.

Upclose image of a chocolate ice cream cone with sprinkles

Local Ice Cream
Denver is home to many local ice creameries and in the hot summer months, nothing beats a cool ice cream cone. Each local ice cream shop is unique and many of the locations have been around for years. My personal favorite is Liks Ice Cream located in Denver’s Capitol Hill district. Liks flavors are always rotating so there is usually something new to try every time you visit. If you plan on getting ice cream in the evening hours, chances are, you will have to wait in a line. Good news is, the lines move fast and you are in and out in no time. Visit a few of the local shops including  Little Man’s Ice Cream in the Highlands neighborhood and the iconic Bonnie Brae.

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, visiting Denver in the summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy everything the Mile High city has to offer. Grab your outdoor gear and walking shoes and plan your next trip to Denver.

Know Before You Go

  • The Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a must-visit attraction that features hiking, yoga, and concerts.
  • On the first Friday of the month, all of the contemporary art galleries in the RiNo (River North Art District) are open until 9 PM.
  • The Denver Zoo is home to over 4,300 animals and is home to five rare Asian elephants.
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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jessie S. Are you interested in traveling to Denver? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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