Nature & parks in Denver

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Nature & Parks in Denver

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  • AndyB5542
    Minneapolis, MN3,779 contributions
    The Denver Botanical garden is well worth a visit. We didn’t have a lot of time, but I’m glad we stopped even for only a half hour.

    Everywhere you look, the gardens are beautiful. The ponds were stunning. We didn’t get a chance to go into any of the buildings and it was still wowing!
    Written September 19, 2022
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  • Ann M
    26 contributions
    What a drive with switchbacks, great views, and thinner air at the top. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the ride up to the top. Bring a jacket for the top it's colder, This is higher than the famous Pike Peak however no train! You must drive it. We loved it. If your comfortable with mountain driving this is worth the drive.
    Written September 11, 2022
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  • Kelly
    1 contribution
    I 😘 ve the ability to purchase tickets and to have a live person to help in times of uncertainty.
    I also loved how the animals are cared for and how the staff is knowledgeable and educated.
    The one negative I experienced was the lack of care and poor interaction of the train staff. The young children who many are very young and don't yet understand time we're expected to wait an unreasonable amount of time to take a train ride. The staff spent way too much time standing around.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • JCW703
    Moscow, Russia2,629 contributions
    This is an excellent park with a lake, play areas, large fields, jogging / biking trail, and small botanical garden. My only gripe would be the port a johns need to be serviced more frequently and the jungle gym, which was apparently vandalized, needs to be repaired.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • markz68
    Connersville, IN63 contributions
    Very nice aquarium, though smaller than we expected! Great displays! Great hsark and stingray exhibits. Great jelly fish tank! Well worth the cost!
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • DMGAmes_Iowa
    Ames, IA598 contributions
    6 of our family group spent half a day hiking along paths in the Red Rocks Park on the western side of Denver. The vistas and rock formations are spectacular, and good walking/hiking paths well maintained. All this is free to the public.
    Written June 22, 2021
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  • hilo88
    Honolulu, HI364 contributions
    I couldn't figure out the name of the playground itself, so this review is for the main playground and not for City Park itself (which we did really enjoy).

    a. There seem to be multiple playgrounds in City Park in Denver, but I think this one MAY be the largest it has. It is located near the duck pond and a very short walk to the pavillion. There is a pretty good amount of street parking nearby. Seemed pretty safe to me.

    b. The playground is huge and there are A LOT of options for kids to do. There are slides, climbing structures, a merry-go-round looking thing, this bumpy path thing that my son really enjoyed, and even a swing for a wheelchair (never seen that before).

    c. The only thing was that there were A LOT of kids there. It was a challenge to find a table and to not feel space invaded. There were even a couple of kids there that weren’t quite kind to my son and his mother didn’t notice or seem bothered by it. It killed some of the fun of the outing.

    d. Well made park with lots to do. Busy though so expect that if you go (we went around 10-something). And yeah, and in early July it was HOT. There is some shade by the tables, but if I recall, not on/around the play structures. Plan for that.
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • Shelly C
    Auburn, NY313 contributions
    We walked here from the City Center and were very happy we did. I think you must have a dog to be here because everyone did. It was a fairly open park but it is right next to the botanical gardens. It was nice to get away from hustle of the city and it provided a great view.
    Written July 29, 2022
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  • Statman24
    Birmingham, AL221 contributions
    I often struggle to find a good place to run in a city, but the trail provided all the miles I needed and then some! It was great to see so many people out and the split trail so that walkers/runners had their own trail apart from cyclists was fantastic as well!
    Written August 30, 2022
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  • Larry C
    Salem, VA40 contributions
    This is a great place to walk around the lake or bike around it on paved nice pathways. It was not too crowded when we visited (twice) while in town...but watch out for duck and geese messes. We were never afraid but there were some people hanging around that did not look like they were there for the exercise or to enjoy the park beauty!
    Written January 29, 2020
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  • Christopher M
    5 contributions
    BEWARE: Do not leave your bike unattended or ever in thw REI parking lot. This is a hot spot for bike theft and high end bikes are stolen weekly. If you are from out of town know this is the case and be extra vigilant in protecting your bike. Never leave your bike unattended.
    Written May 28, 2022
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  • garbagecollector
    Land O Lakes, FL1,136 contributions
    We pulled off the freeway and parked in the lot on the left facing the Buffalo (Bison) Overlook. There were no bison at the time near the parking area, but we did see the bison up above in the trees (maybe 500 to 1,000 feet away). We did not do any trails in the park, but we did drive from this area to Lookout Mountain which has Wild Bill Cody's grave and a great view of Golden, CO and Denver (if it is clear).
    Written August 20, 2021
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  • Abeer H
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,210 contributions
    We walked to downtown from the Denver art museum and found this park in the middle. Most of the ways were closed probably because of holiday. There was no homeless. Good place to take pics and play.
    Written June 5, 2022
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  • Dan W
    Portland, OR1,983 contributions
    It’s pretty obvious that this park with its observatory and other amenities is a very special one. It’s situated in a lovely neighborhood which is walkable and every block has houses worth seeing. Visitors coming to Denver cannot miss by putting any number of parks on their list; Observatory Park and its amazing surroundings should have place near the top.
    Written September 16, 2019
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  • Bryan K
    Tampa, FL196 contributions
    It's a blast to see the city from a unique perspective. The trail follows the river for miles, and it connects to other trails giving endless possibilities for riding. Accessible from just about any point in the city, you'll get a feel for Denver, and there are also some spots with history signs.

    We headed north from the downtown area out to the Platte River Trailhead. Once out in the industrial area, you'll find ... ummm... industrial smells. This lasts for a mile or two. And as another reminder you're in an urban area, you'll encounter less fortunate folks living along the river in tents. But that shouldn't stop you from getting on the trail to see the city.

    A highlight is Confluence Park which is overlooked by the largest REI store we've ever seen. And we paused to admire the City of Cuernavaca Park .. a gorgeous urban park that leaps across the river.

    This well-maintained bike path is a great way to get a sense of this city.
    Written July 19, 2021
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