I’m writing this particular post to encourage you to be a tourist in your own city—Denver! Between the drudgery and routine of going to school, plus maybe you also have extra activities at school or a job, going home, doing homework, then getting up to do it all again the next day, it’s so easy to forget that you live in a completely awesome city. I recently had out-of-town guests staying at my house and consequently wound up showing them around and entertaining them. During a short driving tour of our “Queen City of the Plains,” it really struck me: Denver is wonderful! Talking about my city with out-of-towners renewed my love of Denver and it was an absolute blast doing tourist-y things.
Springtime officially begins on March 20, and I don’t know about you, but I’m already longing for leaves and green grass and flowers and sunshine, and I’m just itching to get out and do things! Writing this with teenagers in mind, here’s a short list of cool, FREE things to do in Denver…
- First Friday! There are many different art walks around Denver that feature galleries and street art the first Friday of each month. The largest/best known is on Santa Fe, but Tennyson, RiNo, and the Navajo Street Art District are other great options.
- Visit the Denver Art Museum--admission is free the first Saturday of each month!
- We’re the Mile High City, right? (No—I’m not talking about pot shops.) Go visit the Capitol and stand on the 13th step. It’s the exact marker of one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. Take a selfie!
- Go to a park and watch a free movie. Although summertime is still a few months off, arm yourself with the knowledge that there are free movies playing throughout the summer at Skyline Park, Civic Center, and Infinity Park in Glendale.
- Don’t also forget about City Park Jazz—free live music in City Park most Sundays throughout the summer.
- Take a walk or bike ride around Sloan’s Lake and enjoy two opposite but amazing views: from the East side you’ll see the mountains and on the West side you’ll see the Denver skyline.
- Visit the 16th Street Mall and play chess, or ride the free shuttle up and down, or just sit and people watch.
- Visit any branch of the Denver Public Library. Seriously. There’s always tons of new books, DVDs, and music to browse (and the people watching is often not bad, either). Definitely check out the newly unveiled Teen Space at the Central library downtown—you won’t be disappointed!