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Running through the center of Denver’s downtown shopping district, 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined pedestrian promenade of red and gray granite. Outdoor cafés, shops, restaurants, hotels, fountains and plazas line its mile-long walk, and European-built shuttle buses offer transportation from either end of the promenade. Along the mall, you’ll find Larimer Square. This restoration of the first street in Denver includes a collection of shops, galleries, nightclubs and restaurants set among Victorian courtyards, gaslights, arcades and buildings. Get a full tour by taking a carriage ride around the square.
If you’re looking for vintage items, you’ll find more than 400 shops along a 14-block stretch of South Broadway that sell everything from books and music to vintage Western wear and museum-quality furniture on Antique Row. Take the light rail to Broadway and Interstate 25 (I-25) to begin your tour. Most dealers are between the 400 and 2000 blocks of South Broadway and the 25 and 27 blocks of East Dakota Avenue.
Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities hosts concerts, plays, classes, demonstrations, art galleries and a banquet hall. The amphitheater seats 1,200 (June to early September). There’s also a historical museum with an old cabin and pioneer artifacts. Downtown Aquarium-Denver is another cultural gem. This world-class 106,500-square-foot aquarium brings visitors face-to-face with more than 300 species of fish, birds, mammals and invertebrates from around the world. Be sure to check out the pool stocked with stingrays.
A ride on the Ski Train from downtown Denver to Winter Mountain Ski Resort in Winter Park has been a favorite day trip for skiers, hikers, bikers and family vacationers in Denver since 1940. Operating on weekends year-round, the 14-car train takes you on a spectacular 60-mile wilderness ride through the Rockies and across the Continental Divide, climbing 4,000 feet and passing through 28 tunnels before dropping you off at the front entrance of the beautiful Winter Park Resort. Tickets are for round-trip, same-day rides only, and reservations are highly recommended.
A [Colorado] Rockies game is always fun in the summer. The Denver Botanic Gardens are spectacular. And I think our zoo is really good.
The Cherry Creek Trail is something fun to do. To just bike that path is amazing because you’re getting exercise, it’s beautiful in Colorado and you can bike for 50, 60, 70 miles on it [with adjoining trails]. You can ride from Denver to Boulder [via the Cherry Creek Bike Path and other trails].
I think it’s great to go to Larimer Square — and not just because I have a restaurant there. That’s a gorgeous block when it’s all lit up in the winter. There are so many dining and shopping options. It’s just a great little block in a beautiful city.