You may think you know Denver, but the fact is, there are a lot of attractions in the mile-high city you might be missing.

So Many Denver Colorado Attractions

A lot of people travel to the front range for sporting events and concerts, but there are so many more fun things to do. Deciding what to do may be determined by time and money, however, it also has to do with what you know. It's pretty hard to visit an attraction in Denver if you don't even know about it and there are so many of them in the mile-high city.

Here is a look at some fun attractions in Denver you may or may not know about. Maybe this can help plan your next family getaway to Denver that doesn't involve sports or music.

Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado featuring lions, tigers, bears, elephants, penguins, reptiles, birds, monkeys - and everything in between. It's great family fun that's actually affordable.

Hours: Open Daily at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: $10- $20 depending on age and the season
Location: 2300 Steele Street, Denver

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens is 24 acres of plants, flowers, amazing gardens, and collections. The various gardens reflect plants from around the globe. Tickets are not available on-site and need to be purchased in advance.

Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $15
Location: 1007 York Street, Denver

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has been in operation for over 100 years, although you might know it by its previous name, the Denver Museum of Natural History. The museum is educational, but it's also fun and fascinating. To help regulate the flow of the crowd, you need to get a specifically timed ticket for entry.

Hours: Open Daily 9 a.m, - 5 p.m.
Admission: $14.95- $19.45 - IMAX and Planetarium not included
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

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Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol is home to the governor's office and the Colorado General Assembly. It's where the Colorado state government happens. Of course, the inside of the building is majestic with what is believed to be the entire known supply of Colorado Rose Onyx. Free guided tours are offered throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., tours are offered at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00
Admission: FREE
Location: 200 E. Colfax, Denver

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Colorado Railroad Museum

The railroad was such a big part of Colorado's early history, and the Colorado Railroad Museum will take you back to those early days with exhibits inside and a 15-acre rail yard featuring over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and a G-scale garden railway.

Hours: Open Tuesday- Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10
Location: 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden

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Elitch Gardens

Elitch Gardens is a theme park and water park with roller coaster thrill rides, family rides, and kiddie rides. Or course, they have shopping, games, arcades,  and dining. A day at Elitch's is a full day of family fun.

Hours: The park is open with varying hours and days of operation April-October
Admission: $44.99 in advance, $64.99 at the park.
Location: 2000 Elitch Circle, Downtown Denver

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16th Street Mall

If you love to shop, you'll certainly enjoy more than a mile of shopping in over 250 stores. It's a pedestrian mall, but there is a free shuttle service to help move you along if you need it. Plenty of restaurants for dining, and a great way to spend the day when the weather is good.

Hours: Various
Admission: FREE
Location: 1001 16th Street, Downtown Denver

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Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum features a fabulous collection of permanent and temporary exhibits of art from around the world in multiple buildings. It's a fascinating place. Guided tours are available for groups of at least 10.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. , until 9:00 p.m.on Tuesdays
Admission: $10 - $13
Location: 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver

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Union Station

Union Station is a unique 100-year-old landmark in downtown Denver that serves as a hub for Denver's light rail and the RTD Free MallRide. Inside Union Station is a collection of restaurants, bars, shops, and the luxurious Crawford Hotel.

Hours: 24/7 for hotel and Amtrak guests
Admission: FREE
Location: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Downtown Denver

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Meow Wolf Convergence Station

Meow Wolf is a very unique immersive and interactive art experience for all ages. It's hard to describe but it's a 4-story exhibition with 70+ unique installations, rooms, and portals.  It's a combination jungle gym, haunted house, children's museum, and immersive art exhibit. They use the timed-ticketing process, so you pick a day and time to visit - and order your tickets online.

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Admission: $44 - $49
Location:1338 1st Street, Denver

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Cherry Creek Shopping District

Cherry Creek is the ultimate shopping experience with the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North offering some 500 shops, galleries, and restaurants. You can shop indoors at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, or go across 1st Avenue and walk the 16 blocks of stores, boutiques, and restaurants.

Hours: Cherry Creek Shopping Center: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Admission: FREE (Pay to Park)
Location: 3000 E. 1st Avenue, Denver

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Children's Museum of Denver

The children's museum targets newborns to 8-year-olds with a hands-on, interactive experience. Kids have the opportunity to investigate and learn, imagine, explore, and create. The museum has mask-optional and mask-required days. Advance reservations are required.

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $13- $15, Under 1 - FREE
Location: 2121 Children's Museum Drive

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Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at Empower Field honors Colorado legends from the world of sports across the state. The Hall of Fame museum opened in 2001 with a permanent home to present and preserve the legendary sports stories, athletes, and coaches in Colorado history.

Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE (Empower Field Tour is $30)
Location: 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver

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Coors Brewery Tour

The Coors Brewery Tour showcases the history of Coors as well as the malting, brewing, and packaging processes. Old photos, memorabilia, historical beer cans, and tasting are part of the tour in the largest single-site brewery in the world. Visitors who are 21 years and older, with a valid government-issued ID will receive 3 samples in branded recyclable aluminum cups that you can take home.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $10-$20
Location:502 14th Street, Golden

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Larimer Square

Larimer Square is a historic block in downtown Denver featuring 14 dining options, 15 shops, plus nightlife and entertainment including Comedy Works. Specialty boutiques, one-of-a kind-shops, and chef-driven restaurants. This is where Denver got its start back in the late 1800s.

Hours: Vary
Admission: FREE
Location: 1430 Larimer Street, Denver

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Denver Mint

The U.S. Mint is where legal tender coins are created along with coin-related products including uncirculated coin sets.

Hours: All U.S. Mint tours and stores have been suspended and closed until further notice.
Admission: FREE
Location: 320 W. Colfax, Denver

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