16th Street Pedestrian Mall A mile-long pedestrian promenade through the heart of downtown Denver, lined with shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Free buses leave every 90 seconds. Denver Pavilions Opened in November 1998, the Denver Pavilion features a Wolfgang Puck Café, Maggiano's Little Italy, Virgin Records Megastore and Barnes & Noble Superstore. Colorado Convention Center Currently under renovation, the Colorado Convention Center will be the 6th largest convention facility west of the Mississippi and 15th largest in the nation. The Denver Mint Where over five billion coins are made each year and there are free 20 minute tours on weekdays. It is also the second largest storehouse of gold bullion in the U.S. after Fort Knox. Colorado State Capital Standing a mile above sea level, the Colorado State Capitol building offers a beautiful view from the rotunda of the entire Front Range, from Pikes Peak, all the way north to the Wyoming border. Free tours on weekdays. Denver Art Museum Considered to be the finest collection of American Indian art works in the world covering all tribes, as well as 30,000 other art objects in seven curatorial departments. Historical Larimer Square A restored section of Denver's oldest street where the beautiful Victorian buildings have been restored to house a collection of art galleries, clothing stores, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. Denver Center for the Performing Arts The second largest performing arts center in the nation in seating capacity and the largest in the world under one roof. Located downtown, the center is entered under a block-long glass arch and is noted for its unusual and striking architecture. Six Flags - Elitch Gardens A theme park known for its European atmosphere, elaborate floral gardens, and thrill rides. In 1995, Elitch Gardens moved to an expanded location in downtown Denver with all new rides, gardens, lagoons, restaurants and amusements. Children's Museum A unique participatory museum for children and families to experience hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities. Children can learn to ski on KidSlope, shoot baskets, compare measurements in SizeWise, sample the latest in computer software in CompuLab, and shop in the grocery store. Ocean Journey Aquarium The aquarium immerses visitors on two journeys, from the Continental Divide in Colorado to Mexico's Sea of Cortez, and the other from an Indonesian rain forest to the Pacific Ocean. Botanical Gardens Boasts a large conservatory, an alpine garden with rare tiny flowers, a Japanese tea garden, as well as a water garden with hundreds of water lilies that bloom in late summer. Denver Zoo Consistently rated as one of the top 10 in America with 3,500 animals in lovely spreading grounds in City Park. Highlights of the Zoo include "Northern Shores" where you can watch polar bears swim underwater and Primate Panorama, where visitors can get as close as 10 feet to over 29 species of monkeys. Museum of Nature and Science The Museum is famous for its interactive children's discovery centers, Egyptian mummies, wildlife exhibits, colorful gems and minerals, the Hall of Life health center, awe-inspiring IMAX® films, dynamic temporary exhibits, new scientific discoveries and visionary speakers. Cherry Creek Mall One of the largest in the region with 140 upscale stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Foley's. Beautiful restaurants, architecture and events make this a premiere shopping experience. LoDo Lower Downtown (known as "LoDo") is on the northern edge of downtown Denver and offers one of the nation's greatest concentrations of Victorian buildings and warehouses. The center of the city's brew pubs, all within easy walking distance of each other.
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