Musician Warren Zevon may have had some idea about “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (as might Gary Fleder who produced a movie by the same name a few years after Zevon recorded his tune), but savvy seniors know Colorado’s capital city has even more to offer those with a zest for life.
In fact, seniors have plenty of reason to smile on visits to the Mile High City. Since it’s a hub for many airlines, it’s very easy to access by air – as well as Amtrak and car. In addition, Denver not only offers up a wide variety of attractions and entertainments to please every interest and pocketbook, but Colorado’s largest city also greets mature travelers with special discounts at a number of venues.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to explore along the 150 miles of urban trails. The city also boasts 50 golf courses (7 public), and close proximity to some of the best fishing, skiing, and rock climbing areas in the West.
Professional sports fans will be equally satisfied as Denver is home to the Colorado Rockies (baseball), Denver Nuggets (basketball), Denver Broncos (football), and Colorado Avalanche (hockey).
A long list of museums and galleries are sure to entice culture vultures, as will the various performing arts venues around town. I was especially impressed by the range of new galleries springing up in the art district along Sante Fe Drive. I also highly recommend the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival (takes place in early July). It’s one of the top art/craft shows in the country. The outdoor venue winds through the upscale Cherry Creek North shopping district, so there’s a chance to pop into the tony shops and galleries that line the Arts Festival route.
There’s a lot more to explore in and around Denver. Here are just a few of the venues offering discounts to seniors.
Colorado History Museum (1300 Broadway, Denver (303) 866-3682)
Byers-Evans House/Denver History Museum (1310 Bannock Street, Denver, (303) 620-4933)
Denver Art Museum – Colorado residents get free admission on the first Saturday of every month. (100 W. 14th Parkway (14th & Acoma Street, (720) 904-8450)
Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York Street , Denver (720) 865-3500)
Denver Museum of Science and Nature – Be sure to also ask about the special IMAX Theatre rates for seniors as well as courses, workshops and lectures for adults. For information on the courses, call 1-800-925-2250. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Boulevard , Denver (303) 322-7009
Denver Zoo - Located in Denver 's City Park , the Zoo's main entrance is on 23rd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and York Street (303) 376-4860
Central City Opera - Located one hour west of Denver. In addition to specially priced seniors tickets, bus passes to Central City are offered with tickets on their website. Central City, CO (303) 292-6500 www.centralcityopera.org
Best deals in town: Coors Field
Seniors may purchase a ticket to see the Rockies Baseball Team for $1.00 the day of the game. Coors Field Ballpark tours also offer seniors a discounted ticket price (2001 Blake Street, Denver 303-762-5437)
There’s so much more to explore in and around town.
If you like to take self-guided walking tours, I highly recommend Walking Denver by Stewart M. Green (The Globe Pequot Press/Falcon Publishing ISBN 1-56044-646-3
Novel suggestion: On the Road by Jack Kerouac