Save money on your trip to Colorado by filling your itinerary with free attractions in Denver. Whatever your interests, there is plenty to do, see, and sample during your Denver trip. Here are some of Reservation Counter’s favorite activities that don’t cost a penny.
Free Food and Drink
You can eat and drink for free in Denver if you know where to look. Head to Celestial Seasonings for a free tour of their plant and free samples of the many teas they offer. Tours take 45 minutes. Reservations are not necessary, though all tours are limited to 45 people. Tours begin at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Enjoy free samples before or after the tour in the tea bar.
Enjoy free candy during a tour of Hammond’s Candy Factory. This company has been producing candies since the 1920s, so it has a long history to share. Tours take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required.
A number of area breweries offer free tours that include beer samples. MillerCoors in nearby Golden is one of your options. The tour takes about half an hour. Tours are offered Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days, though it is recommended you call ahead to ensure they are offering tours that day.
Tour Stranahan’s and sample some of their whiskey when your tour is over. Tours are free, but you should book your tour online. Plan to spend an hour touring the distillery and participating in a tasting at the end.
Free Museum Tours
Denver is home to some of the greatest museums in the nation. While some charge an admission fee, there are just as many offering free tours. These museums are popular, so make your reservations as soon as you can.
Once a month, the Children’s Museum of Denver allows visitors into the museum without collecting an entry fee. Free museum days are held on the first Tuesday each month between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Once inside, children enjoy close to a dozen interactive exhibits that include things like fire engines, grocery stores, and the Teaching Kitchen. The museum’s outdoor space, Joy Park, is open each third Friday of the month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of the month. Within the museum are permanent and rotating art displays, including works by Thomas Cole, di Pietro, and Renoir.
The United States Mint in Denver offers free 45-minute tours. Learn how money is made as you delve into the history of money. Each tour is led by a professional guide. After the tour, there’s a gift shop available for souvenirs. Tours are offered between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is important that you book your tour online with the U.S. Mint.
Head to City Park’s bandstand for a live concert. City Park Jazz has been going on for 30 years and appeals to all ages. Concerts run each Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each week a talented musician or band takes the stage. Some of the 2016 Summer performers include Imagine with Melvin Seals, Ritmo Jazz Latino, and Otis Taylor.
Downtown’s 16th Street mall holds summer-long Meet in the Street nights. This free event offers arts, fitness programs, and live music. There is a climbing wall set up, yoga sessions, craft projects, and the evening winds down with a free movie in Skyline Park.
This is only a small sampling of the free attractions in Denver. You’re saving money on the things you do and see, now let Reservation Counter help you find cheap Denver accommodations. The online hotel reservation agency has thousands of rooms in its inventory and helps you find hotels that meet your price range. Narrow the options by rating, amenities, location, and more.