Free Activities » Denver, CO

Free Activities in Denver, CO

Want to experience Denver without blowing a ton of cash? Yep, it’s possible. Here are some of the best free activities around the Mile High City.
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Art District on Santa Fe

Every first Friday of the month, more than 60 galleries and artists’ studios open their doors to the public for First Friday Art Walk between 6-9 p.m. This popular event showcases the diversity of media and is the best opportunity to visit with the artists. In warm months, it gets crowded and parking is a problem. Get there early to snag a parking space, or hop on the free guided shuttle at the Light Rail Station at Osage St. and 10th Ave. or at West High School at Galapago St. There are plenty of restaurants to help you make it a full evening.

Children's Museum of Denver

Admission is free for families every first Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m. Called Target Tuesday Nights because of Target's sponsorship, parents and their kids can visit all the exhibits and participate in the interactive playscapes that are sectioned into age-appropriate groupings like ARTS a la Carte, Ready Vet Go and My Market.  Each month carries a different theme in all the educational programming throughout the museum, such as Wild West Month, Planet Earth Month and Healthy Kids Month. Grandparents get a break every first Friday of each month with free admission for seniors 60 and older.

Confluence Park

Every Thursday in July, free concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at this area in Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown). It also is a great place for hanging out on a warm day. Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet here, creating ideal rapids for kayaking and tubing (free with your own equipment). Historically, it’s the spot where gold was first discovered in 1858, leading to the founding of Denver. You’ll find grassy areas, park benches, a beach and rocks that make great perches for people-watching and enjoying a picnic, as well as miles of trails for walking and biking.

Denver Art Museum

General admission is free every first Saturday of the month throughout the year, sponsored by Target, and children younger than 5 are always free. The Hamilton Building wing—inspired by the Rocky Mountains—is a piece of art itself and worth exploring end to end. Inside you’ll find rotating touring exhibits as well as floor after floor of permanent collections, such as African Art; American Indian Art; Western American Art; Textiles; Modern Art; Architecture, Design and Graphics, to name a few. Every gallery hosts a Family Fun section; and you can pick up a brochure that lists all the free things for kids to do.

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street

Free admission at this fabulous year round nature resource is offered about once a month. Remaining free days for 2011 are July 19, August 29, September 26 and October 10. These special days are not listed on the website, so call to find out. The gardens display a collection of plants from all over the world, and often artists’ sculptures mingle among them. The Mordecai Children’s Garden is a natural environment for kids to learn about plants and how they interact with animals—they can race pinecones down Springmelt Stream, hunt for bugs in Glorious Grasslands and observe aquatic life at Pipsqueak Pond.