Kids into dinosaurs? Check out some fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. While you’re there, you can get in a quick hike at Red Rocks Amphitether. Active military gets half off. If you’re hoping to see some wildlife but are tight on time, check out some bison and friends at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge east of the city. If trains are more their speed, take a ride through the mountains on the Georgetown Express. Kindergartner want to be a Firefighter for Halloween? Check out the Denver Firefighters Museum. Just off 36 on the way to Estes Park, before hitting Boulder, you can stop at the Butterfly Pavilion.
Okay so kids are cool and all, but they aren’t the most important thing in the world. Let’s talk about food, and we can start with the most important meal of the week – brunch. A favorite of mine is Bacon Social House; located in a western Denver neighborhood, it rarely has as long a wait as downtown spots. The egg’s Benedict is on point and and goes perfect with their house bloody.
If you’re hoping to check out Denver’s famous craft brew scene but don’t have a ton of time, check out First Draft for a unique experience. They’ve got 40 taps where you serve yourself and pay by the ounce tracked on a card. Kegs are never replaced with the same thing, so there’s always a ton of variety. After a few beers, take a stroll through the surrounding neighborhood. RiNo (River North), the up and coming art district, features tons of incredible murals as a part of the annual CRUSH festival, tucked down alleys and side streets between unique retail stores, bars, and restaurants.
Lastly, if you’re headed up towards Boulder, stop by my favorite brewery, Avery Brewing for a Liliko’i Kepolo and a bite to eat.