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Denver on a Family Budget

A travel journal to Denver by PG Bloom

Quote: Denver, Colorado is a great city to spend a weekend, or to use as a home base for the many outdoor opportunities in the gorgeous Colorado Rockies. The Denver metro area offers many free or low budget interesting activities for travelers with children. Here are a few.

Denver on a Family Budget

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Overview

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Cradled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, there are great sites to visit in the Denver Metro area. In the summer months, take a trolley to the major visitor sights: the Denver Art Museum, The State Capitol Building, the Molly Brown House, the Colorado Historical Museum, Coors Field, or the Denver Museum of Natural History. There are many small museums and activities that interest children that are low cost for families either driving through Denver or staying for an extended time.Quick Tips: Stay in downtown accommodations for easy access to transportation and tours.Best Way To Get Around: In the downtown area, walking is great, as well as the free bus throught the 16th S...Read More

Oxford Hotel

Hotel | "The Oxford Hotel"

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This 1891 hotel was restored and renovated several years ago. It is decorated in period antiques and local art work. The location is ideal for visiting the downtown sites. The Oxford Hotel is a moderate priced hotel in the central downtown area near all the downtown activities.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Oxford Hotel
1600 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 628-5400

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

Restaurant | "Breckenridge Brewery"

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The Breckenridge Brewery is a favorite place after a Rockies baseball game, drawing an eclectic crowd. The microbrewery is a sports bar and working brewery making a variety of seasonal beers. The menu is mainly American fare of barbecue ribs, salads, burgers, pulled pork, pizza, quesadillas,and sandwiches.

You can't go wrong here. On our last visit, they offered all you can eat fajitas for $9.95. Prices range from $5.95 to $12.95.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub
2220 Blake St
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 297 3644

Colorado State Capitol Building

Attraction | "State Capitol Building"

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Visitors might choose to avoid the state capitol not expecting to see anything special. But, the climb to the dome is intriguing and a bit scary as the narrow metal stairs don't seem as stable as they are. The view at the top is worth the climb.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Colorado State Capitol Building
200 East Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203
+1 303 866 2604

Denver Mint

Attraction | "US Mint"

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Every summer, I see hordes of tourists line up for more than several blocks, waiting to get into the Mint. Sometimes the wait is more than an hour. One day last year, I decided it was time for me to visit the Mint (after living here for more than 25 years).

It was absolutely the most boring and uninteresting tour I have been on in my entire life. The highlight of the tour was looking at the variety of coins in the gift shop. (Not!)

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Denver Mint
320 W Colfax Ave. and Cherokee St.
Denver, Colorado 80204
(303) 572-9500

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies

Attraction | "Top of the Rockies"

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The Mount Evans road is now part of the state park systems. The road is well maintained and easy to drive if you aren't intimidated by winding mountain roads without guardrails. Take your time, stopping along the way to look at the scenic vistas, driving to just below the summit of Mt. Evans. Near the top is a viewing area. Behind the center, there is a trail leading to the peak of the mountain. The walk takes about 15-20 minutes. Remember, you are above 14,000 feet, so don't get overzealous. Bring a light winter jacket, as it is quite windy at the top, and frequently below 40 degrees in the summer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies
2001 Blake St.
Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 762-5437

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The museum is situated on 14 acres in the city of Littleton, just south of Denver. The site has several period homes decorated in the style of the late 1800's and early 1900's. On weekends in the summer, volunteer guides are dressed in period costumes and assume the character of their occupation and setting. There is a blacksmith shop, a working farm, and 1860's schoolhouse, an icehouse, and farm animals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Littleton Historic Museum
6028 South Gallup
Denver, Colorado

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Visiting this outdoor museum is a local tradition for young families. The site was originally made by a father for his young daughter in 1915. Eventually, the site fell into disrepair. Several years ago, there was a "Save Tiny Town" competition where Denver area business renovated the small buildings, and contributed new buildings frequently in the likeness of their own businesses. Now, Tiny Town is busy with a new generation of Colorado youngsters is enjoying the minature town and railroad.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Tiny Town Museum and Railroad
Route 285 and Turkey Creek Road
Denver, Colorado

Coors Brewery

Attraction | "Coors Brewery Tour"

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The 30 minute guided tour is entertaining, informative and tasteful (especially at the end of the tour). The guide takes you through the history of beer making in Colorado, the history of the Coors family and their many contributions to the Colorado community, an explanation of the process of making beer, a viewing of this process, and the taste testing at the end of the tour. There is frequently a wait to enter.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Coors Brewery
12th St & Ford St
Boulder, Colorado
(866) 812-2337

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The greatest juried art festival between the Mississippi and the Pacific Coast. Every 4th of July weekend, new and established artists present their projects and artwork for evaluation, exhibition, and sale throughout the Cherry Creek North Shopping area. Wander around the fair for free seeing some of the greatest contemporary art in the US. If you can, splurge on great artwork of the future famous artists of the new century. Enjoy the entertainment for free and the great Mile High hospitality. This event is extremely popular with the residents. Don't forget to bring some bottled water for the day, as dehydration in the high altitude and hot sun occurs quickly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2002

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Fillmore St and Third Ave
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 303 355 2787

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