Denver's City Park neighborhood with its expansive greenspace, zoo, museum, and restaurants offers many opportunities for families to get out and about. Here are some of our favorite places in City Park Denver to entertain little ones.
City Park | 2001 Colorado Blvd.
One of the premier Denver neighborhoods for outdoor activity is undoubtedlyCity Park, and the crown jewel within this area is City Park itself. Covering 330 acres of east-central Denver, by far the city's largest park, the extensive recreational grounds include many spaces to explore. The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are housed here, as well as numerous picnic sites, two lakes, playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball, football, and soccer fields, and miles of trails. The challenge is deciding which adventure to tackle first!
Ferril Lake | North of 17th Ave. and West of Colorado Blvd.
Beautiful Ferril Lake's 25 acres are surrounded by paths waiting to be explored. Encourage children to bring a furry friend or ride a bike. Fishing in the well-stocked lake is allowed from the shoreline, and paddle boats are available for rent. Stay into the evening hours to enjoy the music and dancing lights of the Electric Fountain designed in 1908, or listen to a concert from the nearby bandstand during the summer months. Not far away, Duck Lake is a popular spot for bird watching.
City Park Golf Course | 2500 York St.
City Park Golf Course is directly north and adjacent to the park. While these fairways are closed through May 2019 for renovations, youngsters can hone their skills with a Family Fun Pass in any of a number of links in other Denver neighborhoods while waiting for the local course to reopen. All ages are welcome with an adult.
Denver Zoo | 2300 Steele St.
Established in 1896, the award-winning zoo in City Park Denver has been a popular Colorado institution for many years. Today the organization continues to look for ways to improve life for animals around the globe by educating the younger generation.
Events at the Zoo
Is your aspiring zookeeper interested in learning more about penguins, tigers, or any of the other animals who make their homes at the zoo? Be sure and check the daily schedule before your visit and enjoy talking with caretakers and visiting your favorite animals.
There are many extra events offered each month. Following are some fun February happenings.
- Feathered Friends February (Feb. 3 - 25): Enjoy learning more about all of the zoo's birds, and enter a contest! All ages are welcome with an adult.
- Bunk With the Beasts: "I Love the Zoo" (Feb. 16 6 p.m. - Feb. 17 10 a.m. ): Make valentines for the animals, have a pizza dinner, and spend the night at the zoo! Ages 5 -12 years may participate - kids only sleepover.
- Career Discovery Day for High School Students ( Feb 17): Learn about the many different careers available at the zoo through interaction with many different zoo professionals.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Open to the public seven days a week, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science strives to teach and inspire children to learn more about science, the earth and its inhabitants, and our solar system.
The museum's popular exhibits target a wide audience; there is something to pique everyone's interest. The Discovery Zone is an interactive exhibit sure to entertain ages 5 and under, while older kiddos will look forward to learning more about the inner workings of the human body in Expedition Health.
Phipps IMAX 3D Theater
A consistent favorite, the IMAX theater is a wonderful way to immerse children in stories about our world and its neighbors. Check the schedule for showtimes, and visit often as new features are frequently added. Evening showings of beloved popular movies are sometimes presented.
Lie back and look up as the Planetarium encourages young viewers to travel to "infinity and beyond!" Six different shows are currently offered, including an option for smaller visitors featuring Big Bird.
T. Rex Cafe
Wondering where to feed those hungry little archeologists during a day of exploration and play at the museum? T. Rex Cafe, of course! Located on the museum's first floor, the eatery serves hot entrees, burgers, and pizza between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Grab & Go option which offers muffins, fruit, packaged sandwiches and drinks is available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
City Park Denver is a neighborhood which gives children large and small many opportunities for fun and adventure.
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