Searching for fun things to do with kids but don’t want to bust your travel budget? Riding the open-air Denver Trolley along the South Platte River is not only exciting for little ones, but a fascinating journey into a bygone era for the whole family and costs just $5 a person. The short 25-minute trip out and back does double duty as a sightseeing excursion (you’ll have excellent views of downtown and Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park) and as a method of transportation—it stops to let passengers on and off at the Downtown Aquarium, The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
1445 Larimer St.
The Market has been a Denver landmark since 1983, when it opened in an ornate 1870s Victorian commercial building in historic Larimer Square. Once a down-and-out neighborhood of dilapidated storefronts threatened with urban renewal, Larimer Square is now the epicenter of a thriving district of places to eat, drink, shop and listen to live music. The Market played a part in the transformation, attracting locals with its freshly prepared food, generous portions and affordable prices. If you’re looking for an East Coast-style deli or crave a decadent dessert, this is the place.iStockphoto.com / powerofforever
320 W. Colfax Ave.
Although breaking into the AAA GEM
U.S. Mint might be easier than scoring a coveted tour ticket and dealing with the procedural hassles (armed escort, metal detector, no bags or purses allowed, no place on site to store bags or purses, etc.), getting a peek inside the place where all those quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies are made is still among Denver’s most impressive things to see. And at zero dollars, the price of admission is pretty good. (Their jokey motto is, “We don’t need your money. We make our own.”) You’ll learn all about the process of minting coins as well as the mint’s history in Denver, and you’ll get to look down onto the production floor as machines spit out shiny new pocket change.Read More