10 Family Friendly Attractions To Visit In Denver, Colorado

By: Kristen Caulfield |

Looking for somewhere fun in the Denver area to take your family? The City of Denver and surrounding areas have many family-friendly attractions and activities for you to choose from. From nature centers & dinosaur museums to theme parks & unique activities, Denver has something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. Whether it be a weekend event like the Velorama Festival or popular tourist destinations Denver, Colorado has enough to satisfy both visitors from out of town and residents living in the area. Use this list of recommended family friendly activities and attractions to get you started.

1. iFly Denver, Lone Tree

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iFly offers the unique experience of indoor skydiving. Those with a fear of heights love getting to experience the feeling of flying without having to deal with the heights aspect, since it is an indoor experience. Your family will have a blast getting the sensation of flying in an extremely safe way.

To find real skydiving locations or explore similar activities visit our Skydiving, Hang Gliding & Paragliding in Denver page.

2. Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver

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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a museum where you and your family can discover and learn about air craft history. Your family will love getting the chance to explore all of the air craft and space vehicles that this museum will have to display. This museum also offers unique experiences that simulate the feeling of flying into the air.

3. Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver

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If you’re looking for a place to enjoy wildlife and nature, this is place for you. A trip to Bluff Lake Nature Center can also be a very educational experience, as you can learn about the many different plant life and animals in the center. Bluff Lake Nature Center definitely adds to the beautiful landscape the Denver area has to offer.

To find more exciting outdoor activities check out our Outdoor Adventure in Denver page.

4. Butterfly PavilionWestminister

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Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 5,000 creatures for you and your family to appreciate. From butterflies to spiders, you can see them all. A visit to Butterfly Pavilion will not only be enormously fun for you and your family, but also a remarkable educational experience as you get to learn first-hand about a many different species.

5. Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison

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Travel back to prehistoric times by taking a visit to Dinosaur Ridge, where you can explore preservations of dinosaur tracks! Dinosaur Ridge has been ranked as the top dinosaur track site in the United States! You and your family will love getting the chance to interact with ancient findings and learn about species that existed before our time.

6. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver

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From rides and roller coasters to water slides, there is something for everyone in your family at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. Your family will also love the concerts, movies, fireworks and games and arcade centers. With so many different activities to choose from, your family will have an overwhelmingly exhilarating experience at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park!

Find Elitch Gardens and other entertaining attractions on our Amusement in Denver page.

7. The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Keenesburg

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If you have animal lovers in your family, then they will love The Wild Animal Sanctuary, which is home to over 450 rescued animals. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is unlike other zoos because the animals are placed in environments where they can thrive and assimilate. You can view and get up close and personal with the many different animals. There are also shops and dining areas for you to enjoy at The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary.

8. Downtown AquariumDenver

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See all different types of fish and even mermaids at the Downtown Aquarium. At this aquatic museum, you can discover all different types of water creatures and enjoy an interactive mermaid show. Downtown Aquarium has a 4-D Theater that provides an unique and immersive movie experience, and a restaurant with beautiful floor-to-ceiling viewing areas of the sea creatures on exhibit. At Downtown Aquarium, you can also snorkel and scuba dive with your family or even dip into the water in a cage right next to the sharks!

To find other scuba diving opportunities visit our Scuba Diving in Denver page.

9. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus, Denver

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Children’s Museum of Denver is a family, friendly museum where you and your kids can explore and put your imagination into high gear. Your children will love all of the different interactive activities and opportunities to have fun and play. This museum is also a place where children can learn about science through hands-on activities! At Children’s Museum of Denver, your child will even get the chance to create their own art.

Click here to browse and purchase educational games & interactive toys for your child.

10. Water World, Federal Heights

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If you and your family love to have fun in the sun, Water World is the perfect place. Boasted as one of America’s largest water parks, Water World has more tube rides than any other water park in the country. At Water World, you can find slides, tube rides, thrill rides, water coasters, wave pools and children’s play areas. With so many different water activities to choose from at Water World, your family will have an unforgettable time splashing around in the pool all day long! If your family loves making waves in the water, find more water activities available in Denver, CO.

Explore other opportunities to enjoy the water on our Swimming in Denver page.