Fill your Spring with outdoor food fairs, rooftop drinking, and culture activities that are just waiting to be explored. This is your ultimate Spring in the city Bucket List for when you’ve run out of inspiration.
1. Take a stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens is the perfect activity to kick off a weekend in Spring. Explore the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Gardens or the Tulips that are in full bloom until spring bloom season is over. If you’re interested in outdoor art, check out Chatfield Farms which is currently housing a large art installation made entirely out of nature.
2. Visit the Denver Art Museum’s spring exhibitions
The Denver Art Museum has recently gone under a hefty 4 year, $150 million dollar renovation and renamed their North Building to the new and improved Martin Building. The recent renovations also earned DAM a spot on best new museums of 2021 in Condé Nast Traveler.
3. Kick back with a drink and stunning views at a rooftop bar
Sit back with a drink at one of Denver’s amazing rooftops this Spring. From new bars to beloved rooftops atop of hotels like Elevated and the Woods.
4. Listen to live music at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Visit Denver’s most amazing outdoor music venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, known for its amazing acoustics and beautiful landscape is a can’t miss activity this Spring.
5. Be immersed in unique art experiences around the city
From Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station to Spectra Art Space’s exhibits. Currently, Meow Wolf is offering access to their exciting 4-story immersive art experience with 70+ unique installations, rooms, and portals.
6. Go explore Colorado’s spring wildflowers
Starting in April, you can check out the spring blooms in Colorado that start to color the terrain, from the plains to the mountains. They often last through to the summer and during this time Colorado is blanketed with bluebells and prairie violets in Northern Colorado.
7. Stroll through a farmers market during the weekends
Farmer’s Market season is upon us, and while a majority of the weekday ones open in June, there are quite a few weekend markets open right now for your perusing pleasure this Spring.
- Cherry Creek Fresh Market Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm
- City Park Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 1pm
- Denver Union Station Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9am – 1pm
- University Hills Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9 am – 1pm
- Southlands Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 1pm
- Southwest Plaza Farmers Market Every Saturday from 8am – 2pm
8. Be thrilled at Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens Theme Park and Water Park is the perfect activity for your Spring itinerary. You won’t want to miss out on heart-stopping and jaw-dropping thrill rides, like their roller coasters, or bring the whole family and enjoy the kid rides that are available in the kid’s part of the park. The Water Park will open Memorial Day weekend so you can grab your swim suit and head on over once the summer heat really starts to kick in. Season passes cost $74.99 and you can purchase yours online.
9. Visit one of these spring festivals around Colorado
From Denver Restaurant Week to St. Patrick’s Day, with spring showers also comes spring festivals. We rounded up 25 of the best cultural festivals around the state, from Aspen to Estes Park to Steamboat of all different varieties. Check out our list here.
10. Have a picnic or kayak at Confluence Park
Head to Confluence Park for a day of picnics or kayaking to cool off in the warmer Spring days. Swimming is allowed in the shallow shore, tubing is also a fun activity, and there’s some urban hikes you can do on a bike or on foot. Confluence Park is located in LoDo so once you’re done at the park, head into the neighborhood and drink a beer at a spot like Wynkoop Brewing Company.