There’s never a shortage of family-friendly things to do in Denver. Spring and Summer can bring days of warm, sunny weather, or surprise late-season snow storms, so we’ve included some of the best things to do in Denver in the spring for both outdoor and indoor fun.
1. Go to the Butterfly Pavilion — The Butterfly Pavilion, located in Westminster about 20 minutes from downtown Denver, combines an insect zoo with botanic gardens. See beautiful butterflies and creepy crawlies. You can even hold Rosie the tarantula! Admission costs less than a movie ticket, but you can get a $2 coupon at the Visitor Information page on their website.
2. Play at Red Rocks — One of the most scenic natural outdoor music venues in the world is right here in Denver, Colorado. No tickets? No problem! You can visit Red Rocks between performances. Have a picnic, sing on the empty stage, or join the joggers scaling the amphitheater’s red stone stairs. A restaurant and hiking trails are nearby. The views are breathtaking, and in spring the entire area is filled with the sweet scent of wildflowers.
3. Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings — Speaking of sweet scents, take a free tour of Celestial Seasonings tea company in Boulder. This is one of the most popular activities for families just moving to Denver. Walk through their aromatic brewery, get free tea samples in their gift shop, and survive the powerful Mint Room!
4. Visit Dinosaur Ridge — Up in the hills of Morrison, about 30 minutes from Denver, 150 million year old dinosaur bones are partially buried in sandstone. You’re welcome to touch them! Hike along Triceratops Trail, check out fossilized dino footprints in ancient stream beds, or take part in a simulated dig at the guest center.
5. Go for a railroad ride — Ride a real steam engine on the Georgetown Loop Railroad! The loop travels about three miles in the mountains, taking you up 640 feet, across four deep canyon bridges, and around two loops. For railroad and mining enthusiasts, this is one of the most popular things to do in Denver in the spring (it’s closed in winter).
6. Go to Belleview Park — Belleview Park in the City of Englewood is a great place to spend the day. Kids can go wild on playground equipment and ride the Miniature Passenger Train. Bring a picnic for lunch near the stream, and then go wading or look for tadpoles. Nearby is a Children’s Petting Zoo and the water park Pirates’ Cove.
7. Go on a wildflower hike — If your family likes getting outside, you’ll never run out of things to do in Denver. There are plenty of family-friendly hikes in the area. The trails in Lair o’ the Bear park aren’t too strenuous for kids, and take you past beautiful cool mountain streams and picnic-perfect grassy areas. You can also see wildflowers, such as Colorado columbine and wild strawberries.
8. Check out the Wildlife Experience — In South Metro Denver, The Wildlife Experience is a natural history museum with interactive hands-on exhibits that kids love. Walk through Globeology, a permanent exhibit showcasing biomes from around the world, such as the Arctic and a tropical rainforest. Finish up your visit with some Extreme Theater (like Great White Shark 3D—their current show), and get lunch at the Toucan Café.
9. Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade — The perfect way to ring in spring! Some families say the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade is one of their favorite things to do in Denver every April. It takes place in Boulder. Kids can dress up as fairies and elves, and march in the parade. There’s face painting, live entertainment, and fun free activities like seed planting and foam sword fights.
10. Denver Chalk Art Festival — The Denver area’s most talented street artists get together to chalk up the town! Artists create original pieces, recreate classic paintings, and develop 3D art that makes you feel like you’re part of the picture. This downtown Denver festival takes place in late May, and includes live music, entertainment and great eats. There’s even a corner where kids can make their own chalk masterpieces.