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Attractions

Since its Wild West beginnings, Denver has attracted all kinds of people. The rich ethnic history and diverse cultural heritage of the city are celebrated with a number of events and fun filled attactions throughout the year.

Old West Attractions

Despite its metropolitan, 21st century leanings, Denver still retains a good deal of its Old West legacy. Around every corner, you'll find some remnant of the pioneer era, as the past blends seamlessly into the present.

History Colorado Center

1300 Broadway St. Denver, CO (303) 866-2159

Celebrate Colorado's glorious landscapes on a three-story multimedia presentation. Traverse an 80-foot map of the state using a "time machine." Virtually travel the plains in a Model T Ford. Don a headlamp and descend into the hard rock mine of Silverton. Soar off the world's first ski jump in Steamboat Springs. Do all this and more among Colorado's most historic treasures. True Colorado experiences come alive at the History Colorado Center, located in downtown Denver.

American Museum of Western Art - The Anschutz Collection

1727 Tremont Pl. Denver, CO (303) 293-2000

A brand-new addition to Denver's art scene, the 26,000-square-foot American Museum of Western Art features masterpieces from the Anschutz Collection, including frontier-inspired works by Frederic Remington, George Catlin and Charles Marion Russell.

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd., Morrison (303) 526-0744

One of the most famous cowboys ever to put on a pair of spurs, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody epitomized the Old West. After leaving his boyhood home in Leavenworth, Kansas at age 11, Cody went on to become a cattle herder, worked on a wagon train, mined for gold, rode in the Pony Express, scouted for the Army, and traveled the world with his namesake Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows. Upon his request he was buried atop Lookout Mountain, just a short drive from Denver, in 1917. Lookout Mountain's name is well earned: it boasts one of the best views in all of Colorado - and that's saying something!

The Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum opened in 1921 and offers a look into life in the Old West, with exhibits on Buffalo Bill's life, the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts including Sitting Bull's bows and arrows, Western art, and firearms. On February 21, the museum hosts a Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, featuring costumed volunteers discussing the Native Americans, buffalo and cowboys that were such a vital part of Buffalo Bill's life. While you're in the area, check out the City of Denver's Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve (20 miles west of Denver at I-70, Exit 250), with 40 buffalo in a natural setting -- the only city-maintained herd in the country. Afterwards, enjoy downtown Golden, with shops, restaurants and plenty of Old West ambiance.

Black American West Museum

3055 California St. Denver, CO (720) 242-7428

For decades Hollywood westerns depicted a Wild West that was populated almost entirely by white people. The Black American West Museum puts this myth to rest permanently by highlighting the prominent role Blacks played in the settlement of Colorado as miners, soldiers, homesteaders, schoolteachers, ranchers, blacksmiths, cowboys and lawmen. This fascinating museum, located in the former home of Colorado's first black woman doctor, hosts countless photographs, artifacts and interactive exhibits that tell the story of the Wild West through a different lens.

Four Mile Historic Park

715 S. Forest St. Denver, CO (720) 865-0800

On the banks of Cherry Creek, just four miles from Downtown Denver, the true-to-its-name Four Mile Historic Park's pastoral 12 acres feature Denver's oldest standing structure, pioneer exhibits, special events for all ages, and guided tours that transport visitors to Colorado's frontier past. Once a wayside inn and stage stop, the Four Mile House and grounds offer a unique Old West experience. In addition to museum and grounds tours, family activities include annual special events, such as an Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration; the Great Pumpkin Harvest Festival in October, and traditional holiday festivities at A Colorado Christmas.

Rockmount Ranch Wear

1626 Wazee St. Denver, CO (303) 629-7777

No cowboy tour of Denver would be complete without buying, or at least considering, some of the clothing popularized by these hardy souls. A Denver original, fashion pioneer and CEO of Rockmount Ranch Wear , Papa Jack Weil - who passed away in 2008 at the grand old age of 107 - invented the western snap-button shirt and opened shop back in 1946. He sold his shirts to presidents and rock stars alike including Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. Stop by the flagship store and museum to browse the incredible selection of Western-style shirts, hats and accessories.

Civic Center Park

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO

Civic Center Park is a two-block oasis filled with flower gardens and Old West art, located a stone's throw from Colorado's magnificent Capitol Building. Check out Allen True's murals, located in the park's Greek Theatre, depicting pioneers in the wilderness, and the two Western-themed bronze statues, Bronco Buster and On the War Trail , by Denverite Alexander Phimister Proctor.

Western American Art Collection at the Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO (720) 865-5000

The Denver Art Museum's extensive collection includes work by Western masters such as George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, John Mix Stanley, Alfred Jacob Miller, and others. The crown jewel in the institute's collection is Charles Deas's Long Jakes, The Rocky Mountain Man, the single most influential image in Rocky Mountain iconography.

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206 Phone : (720) 865-3501

See what's blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens . This 24-acre oasis in the middle of the city has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and explore the Mordecai Children's Garden. And don't miss the Gardens' Chatfield location, a picturesque nature preserve among the grasslands, ponds and cottonwood banks of Deer Creek. Facilities include nature trails, a wildlife observation area, a historic farm, a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, working beehives and picnic areas. The Deer Creek Discovery children's play area includes a whimsical tree house and a water feature.

Denver Zoo

2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205

Where Education Comes Alive. Denver Zoo, open every day, is home to more than 4,000 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas. With numerous animal shows and feedings, as well as interactive exhibits, it's no wonder Denver Zoo is Colorado's top cultural attraction. You may only spend the day at Denver Zoo but that day always sticks with you.

the Wild Animal Sanctuary

1946 Co Rd 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643

Lions and tigers and bears — oh my! Visit The Wild Animal Sanctuary, a 720-acre rescue and educational facility, located just 30 miles outside of Denver, where more than 300 large carnivores roam free. It's one of the only places in America where you can see lions, wolves and other large carnivores living in natural habitats.

the National Wildlife Refuge

Just 10 minutes from Downtown Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a massive revegetation effort to restore the land to native shortgrass prairie habitat. More than 330 species of wildlife, including bison, deer, burrowing owls and endangered black-footed ferrets, live here seasonally or year-round. Outdoor activities include birdwatching (majestic bald eagles are regular visitors), fishing, hiking and viewing the amazing bison herd.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

10538 Arapahoe Rd, Lafayette, CO

You've never really seen the Rocky Mountains until you've seen them from a hot air balloon. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Rockies as you float high above the the Front Range. There are several options, including Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights & Rides in Boulder and Adventures Out West in Colorado Springs.

Swim With Sharks at Downtown Aquarium

700 Water Street Denver, CO Main: (303) 561-4450

There are more than 15,000 fish, mammals and plants, at the Downtown Aquarium — and you can do more than gaze at them through the glass. Pet stingrays as they glide past you in the touch tank, or dive in and snorkle or scuba alongside giant groupers, Moray eels, guitar fish, sand tiger sharks and green sea turtles.

 

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