Denver is such a fun city to visit, with something for everyone. I’ve spent so much time in Denver since I moved to Boulder last year, and I’m still discovering new things every week. And with the amount of free things to do in Denver, it’s perfect for any budget!
If you like art, you can stroll through the streets of RiNo or stop by one of the many art museums.
If you like nature, you can visit one of the many parks in the city, or find the nearest mountain hike less than 30 minutes away.
Or if you like to drink, you can visit one of the 100+ breweries in the Denver metropolitan area.
The list goes on forever.
With so many things to do and places to visit, planning your trip can get overwhelming fast, especially if you’re only in town for a short period of time.
Or if you’re a local (as almost half of you are) looking to get out and explore a new neighborhood, it’s very possible to do so without breaking the bank.
Whichever background you’re coming from, I can promise you’ll find some new free and unique things to do in the Denver metropolitan area in this blog post.
I’m going to give you all of the details on my top 20 favorite free things to do in Denver, but be sure to stick around until the end for a FREE downloadable list of 75 Free Things To Do In Denver.
Make sure to download that checklist so that next time you’re looking for something to do, all you have to do is pull it up on your phone and pick something!
What To Expect In This Blog Post:
- The best parks to visit, and hikes to do
- The best free attractions to visit and activities to do in the city
- Free tours and festivals
- Museums with free admission days, and how to find out when they are
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre:
Red Rocks Park is a very famous, naturally formed amphitheater located right outside of Denver in Morrison, Colorado. When there is not an event going on, you’ll find locals here exercising, practicing yoga, or visiting the hiking trails around the park. When there is an event, parking is always free!
Have A Picnic At A Park:
One of the things I love most about Denver in comparison to other cities is the amount of green space available! Over 5,000 acres of it to be exact. Go for a bike ride or take your dog on a walk. Grab some friends and food for a picnic at Washington Park or City Park. Grab the kids and a frisbee for a fun afternoon in the city.
Sloan’s Lake is a gorgeous lake with views of the city and tons of trails for both walking and biking! Take a stroll around and bring a book for a relaxing afternoon.
Free Hiking Trails:
There are hundreds of hiking trails accessible to Denver! Head up to Boulder to visit the Flatirons. Head to Morrison to visit Red Rocks. There are also tons of trails nearby in Evergreen and Golden. If you need any recommendations, you can download the AllTrails app to search for trails, or read any of my hiking guides here!
Side note: While National Parks cost money they do offer free admission days! Check out this list to see when they are and plan your visit. The parks get busy on free admission days in the summer, but in the winter they’re not as busy so take advantage and go snowshoeing or hiking!
RELATED: 5 Best Hikes In Boulder Colorado
I could make an entire blog post on my favorite spots to watch the sunset near Denver (let me know if you’d be interested in that) but for now I’ll tell you my number one favorite. Lookout Mountain is a popular mountain near Golden with gorgeous views of the city. You can’t miss it on your visit!
Watch A Movie In The Park:
Tons of parks in Denver (including Red Rocks) offer movie nights all summer long where you can spread out a blanket or watch from the comfort of your car.
You can find a list of places, showings, and dates here.
Join A Free Walking Tour:
I always recommend walking tours as a way to see a new city and get some local tidbits along the way. You’ll always learn something new, and it’s an easy way to meet people if you’re traveling alone! You can find walking tours on Airbnb experiences, most travel company websites, or at denverfreewalkingtours.com
Go For A Bike Ride:
There are TONS of bike trails in Denver and all around it. Almost 300 miles of it to be exact. Some of the more popular trails are Cherry Creek and South Platte River Trails, and Confluence Park. Grab your bike or rent one and spend an afternoon biking around the city!
Tour Coors Brewery:
Located right outside of Denver in Golden Colorado, you can tour the brewery of one of the biggest beer companies in the world, for free! Tours are always free and they often have free sampling days, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.
You can book a tour and read up to date information on their website.
Denver Beer Trail:
On the same note of beer, grab a Denver beer trail passport and visit 20 of the best breweries around Denver. Most of them offer free tastings or tours! Some notable breweries on the list include: Great Divide Brewing Co, Denver Chophouse and Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, Blue Moon, and more!
You can view the interactive map, list of breweries, and more information here.
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Visit Union Station:
Union Station is such a cool 100 year old building, and there are tons of restaurants, shops, and things to do inside! While those things cost money, people watching and checking out the building is entertaining and free.
Larimer Square is the oldest block in Denver. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and local events that take place here, so make sure to check the calendar on your next visit!
Visit A Free Museum:
There are tons of museums around Denver that are free in general or offer admission for free on certain days.
You can view a list of free admission days here. Take a look ahead and plan to visit one during your trip!
Tour The Colorado State Capitol Building:
The capitol building offers free tours Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm. Stop by to check out some insane architectural features, including a dome gilded in gold straight from the Colorado gold mines!
Look At Street Art:
There is tons of street art to admire in Denver! Whether you like elaborate murals, sculptures, or graffiti. Take a walk around the RiNo neighborhood or LoHi to admire the murals and find some really cool Insta-worthy spots.
Jazz In The Park:
Jazz in the Park is a tradition that has been running for 130 years now. Every Sunday evening in the summer, City Park showcases 10 jazz concerts COMPLETELY FREE! This is a must-do event if you love jazz music and a good time.
View the concert calendar and more information at their website here.
Attend A Free Summer Music Festival:
Aside from Jazz in the Park, there are tons of festivals in Denver to visit for free! From every kind of music to every activity you can think of. Food festivals, beer tastings, concerts, art festivals, dance festivals… you name it!
Find a festival and stay up to date here.
Visit A Farmer’s Market:
There are tons of farmer’s markets in and around Denver that have free admission, and you can go home with pounds of produce for less than $10! I always find delicious and cheap local foods at the markets.
View locations, hours, and vendors here.
Denver Skate Park:
Whether you skate or not, the Denver Skate Park is a fun place to visit and watch some talent!
Denver Story Trek:
The Denver Story Trek is a self-guided tour around the city that explains the story behind Denver’s historic buildings and landscapes. It includes free audio files that you can enjoy while you walk, bike, or drive around the city.
You can view the map, more information, and download the audio files on their website here.
I hope you found at least a few activities to try next time you’re in Denver! Don’t forget to grab my free checklist below with even more ideas (75 of them to be exact!) of free things to do in the Mile High City!
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