Exercise in Denver, CO
Your family will have a blast at this fabulous recreation center on the northwest side of town. While the kids scale the natural rock climbing wall with instructors, you can workout in the weight room or take a Pilates or cycling class. Then join them in the huge aquatics area that has body and tube slides, a vortex pool, hot tubs and other water fun. Your little ones will love the Clubhouse Adventure Playground with a giant tree house, ladders, slides and other playhouse stuff. There’s also ice skating, gyms and a running track — and a place to eat so you can spend the entire day!
Hockey for both adults and kids is a growing sport in Denver. Ice rinks are popping up all over the city and Big Bear Ice Arena is one of the best. Pick up a game, or if you want to learn the sport, the pros at Big Bear can teach you. If pucks and sticks are not your thing, the rink offers plenty of public skate times for families and as well as learn-to-skate lessons. There’s even a yoga class for skaters that improves flexibility, strength and focus on the ice.
Though this path can get a lot of bike traffic in the summer, it’s a great ride on this dedicated paved surface along Cherry Creek. It starts at Cherry Creek Reservoir — one of Denver’s largest lakes for boating — and travels west for 15-miles to Confluence Park. Along the way you’ll pass Four Mile House and Historic Park and Cherry Creek Shopping District — cool places for a break. If you need a bike, pick one up at any one of Denver’s 51 B-Cycle stations and drop it off at another after your ride. You can also load your bike onto RTD buses and light rail cars for traveling around town.
Wet and wild! This is the only place in the city where kayakers can practice the dips, dives and rolls that they’ll need for the torrid white water of the mountain rivers. The rapids here — created when the South Platte River meets Cherry Creek — are short and mild enough for tubing and there’s plenty of that going on too. A sandy beach is the perfect place to watch if you want to stay dry, but swimming and wading is allowed. Confluence Park, where gold was first discovered in 1858, also has miles of bike paths and hiking trails to explore.
Near the high-end Cherry Creek Shopping District, Gates Tennis Center is a full-service public outdoor tennis center open year round. Even when it snows, courts get cleared off and with a little help from the sun, are playable the next day! Its 20 courts are lit for play until 10 p.m. at night during the summer -- from November through March, they close at dusk. Drop-ins are welcome, but it’s best to reserve a court a day in advance. As many as 10 pros are on hand for private and group lessons, and a ball machine is available for $12-14 per hour with a reservation.