T he Denver metropolitan area is located where the east meets the west…where the Rocky Mountains begin and the eastern plains end. Only 346 miles west of the geographic center of the United States, Denver is centrally located and lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain region.
W hether it’s the nearby skiing, the vibrant cultural and recreation opportunities, the championship sports teams or the world-class airport, amenities of the Denver metro area make it an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.
Athletic Organizations & Events
On game days, Denver sports fans head for the Pepsi Center, Coors Field and INVESCO Field at Mile High. Denver is home to five major-league teams, which makes the city a Mecca for the sports enthusiast. For those who prefer active participation, the area has recreational leagues for most sports. Adults and kids can be found playing in the parks and on the fields most weekends and many evenings. A mild climate—with plenty of sunny days and four distinct seasons—allows for activities throughout the year, whether it is fishing in the summer or snow skiing in the nearby mountains in the winter months.
Activities in the metro Denver area are available to suit all ages. Sophisticated high-tech excitement ignites roller coaster fans at Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Finned creatures and Sumatran tigers reside at Ocean Journey, Denver’s aquarium, and the starry night sky provides the perfect outdoor concert canopy at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Nighttime entertainment is abundant in Denver’s lower downtown area, known as LoDo, where many historical buildings have been fully renovated – transforming the area into a sophisticated and cosmopolitan neighborhood. Coors Field and the Pepsi Center adjoin the district. Larimer Square, the heart of LoDo, is complete with dining and upscale, trendy shopping.
The 16th Street Mall shuttle connects LoDo to numerous attractions throughout downtown Denver. The Denver Pavilions, a premier entertainment and retail complex featuring stores, restaurants, nightclubs and a movie theatre; the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, a showcase for live theatre, nurturing ground for new plays and a preferred stop on the Broadway touring circuit; the historic Tattered Cover Book Store and many more restaurants and shops can be found throughout downtown.
Fun nighttime activities can also be found on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, in the Highlands Neighborhood in northwest Denver, at the Flatiron Crossing Shopping Center in Broomfield and at Denver West in Lakewood.
From festivals to concerts, expos to races, business seminars to luncheons, events held throughout the Denver metro area offer something for everyone. See the links at the right for more information. Visit the Denver Metro Chamber’s online Community Calendar to learn more about select upcoming events and to access helpful links.
Denver actively supports the arts and is home to a full-range of cultural attractions. The Denver Art Museum presents the finest permanent and traveling exhibits. Experience the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education, including the new Space Odyssey Exhibition and Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Other fascinating educational museums include the Aurora History Museum, Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, Children’s Museum, Colorado History Museum, Mizel Museum of Judaica, Molly Brown House Museum, Museo de las Americas and the Museum of Outdoor Arts.
Other cultural attractions include the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex, one of the best in the country with a venue for national touring companies, in addition to locally produced plays and attractions. Boettcher Concert Hall is home to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and features world-class performers in both classical and popular productions. The metro area hosts many smaller community centers, which offer endless cultural opportunities and during the summer, the city takes advantage of Colorado’s wonderful balmy evenings by hosting performances in its beautiful outdoor theaters, parks, and gardens.
At an altitude of 5,280 feet, Denver’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains offers visitors an abundance of recreation options. In less than two hours, skiers and snowboarders based in Denver can enjoy a day on the slopes of one of Colorado’s famed ski resorts.
Beer & Ale
Did you know? Denver brews more beer than any other American city. To name a few – Breckenridge Brewery, Coors Brewing Company and The Wynkoop Brewing Company