Only 10 minutes east of downtown by car, Denver's City Park has been Denver's largest green space for over a century. Spend the day here at the Denver Zoo and nearby Museum of Nature and Science, IMAX theater, and planetarium. Ferrill Lake's path and pavilion are ideal for a run and a rest. On summer evenings, free jazz concerts are held in the pavilion. Two blocks to the west is a good spot for dining at the restaurants of Greek Town on Colfax, and finding vacation reading at the homey Tattered Cover bookstore. Head to City Park benches west of the museum to watch the sun set behind Denver's downtown skyline, against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Getting Around Denver
The best way to get around Denver is using public transit. Regional Transportation District-Denver www.rtd-denver.com offers bus service from Denver International Airport. Fares range from $9-$13 depending on boarding and destination locations. Hours of operation are 3:30 a.m.-midnight. RTD Light Rail offers 5 lines of service with 35 stations. Fares range from $2.25-$5 depending on distance. Hours of operation 3 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Friday; 4 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Some lines operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The MallRide offers free transportation downtown between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Sunday. There is an extensive bus system available which generally operates from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. Public bike sharing is available through Denver B-Cycle (http://denver.bcycle.com), $8 per 24 hour pass; $20 per 7 day pass. The first 30 minutes are free.
- Denver International Airport-DEN
- $55.15 Flat rate to downtown Denver
Things to Do and See Near City Park
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- Denver International Airport
- Coors Field
- Molly Brown House
- Colorado State Capitol
- Adams Mystery Playhouse
- 16th Street Mall