Fantastic Winter Activities In Denver

That Don’t Involve Skiing

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Getting An Art Fix

The Denver Art Museum has an incredibly curated collection within its two modern buildings downtown.



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From photography to textiles, Indigenous art and the Impressionists, the works sweep genres and are wide-ranging as well as thought-provoking.

The art museum is the perfect place to spend a chilly day and wander among gorgeous masterpieces from around the world and across time periods.

Strolling 16th Street

This pedestrian-only promenade is beautifully lit during the holiday season, and stays open and bustling all winter long!



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Ready to get in those steps and spend the day at the 16th Street Mall.

The mall stretches a mile downtown, and is lined by dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, and shops.

You’re bound to find the perfect gift or souvenir along this stretch of downtown Denver!

Larimer Square

Here, high-end boutiques, terrific restaurants and luxe lounges are housed in historic buildings.



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It’s fun to browse and nosh for lunch … and at night, the whole area twinkles with string lights, making the entire square feel cozy and romantic.

Get Sporty

Did you know Denver has six different professional sports teams?



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For those of you keeping score, that includes football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.

And lucky for winter visitors, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Denver Broncos (NFL), and the Colorado Mammoth (NLL) all compete during the colder months. T

Take A Craft Beer Crawl

There’s no doubt about it: Denver is a beer town with historic roots that run deep.



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Coors, one of our country’s oldest breweries, has been cranking out cold ones in nearby Golden since 1873. But Denver has also become an epicenter of the craft brewing scene.

Beer is such big business in Denver that you can book your very own custom beer/pub crawl, or check out some of our tried and true favorite breweries

Stop To Admire The Orchids

Hundreds of varieties of the exotic blooms will be on full display, of all colors, sizes, and patterns.



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Most of us don’t think of visiting a botanical garden in the winter, but it’s a different story in Denver.

The Denver Botanic Gardens are of course stunning in the summer, however, this winter’s Orchid Showcase is guaranteed to dazzle and delight flower fans.

All Aboard At Union Station

The Beaux Arts building, constructed in 1914 out of carved granite and terra cotta, was completely renovated 100 years later in 2014.



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rain enthusiasts aren’t the only people who will want to make time to visit Denver’s Union Station.

Take a stroll through its Grand Hall and you’ll understand why this iconic space is nicknamed the city’s living room.

High Tea At The Brown Palace Hotel

If you need to warm up and want to have a luxe nosh/sip session at one of the city’s best-loved spots, book a reservation for high tea



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This historic hotel, built back in 1892 at the height of the state’s gold rush, is a gorgeous throwback in the heart of downtown that’s been meticulously maintained.

The suites and shared spaces here are posh, as is the high tea experience.

Hit The Dairy Block

Shop. Eat. Drink. Sounds like the perfect plan for a winter’s day in Denver, and you can accomplish all three in the city’s Dairy Block micro-district.



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Located near the ballpark in the LoDo neighborhood, this area once housed the — you guessed it — Windsor Dairy.

The historic buildings that once churned out milk for the entire city have been repurposed for a micro-district including more than a dozen shops and boutiques, restaurants, bars, and the Milk Market.

Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Yes, winter gets cold in Denver. But plan to bundle up and take advantage of the spectacular mountain views while you’re here.



The city has extensive walking and biking trails, perfect for getting your steps in after a big meal or indulgent dessert.

What’s more, the city’s park system is vast, including almost 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parklands, so you’ll never be far from green space.

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