Winter is a magical time to be in Denver. With picture-perfect mountains in the distance, bright sun reflecting off of freshly-fallen snow, and tons of activities to enjoy no matter the weather, Denver in the winter ranks pretty highly in the view of locals and visitors alike. Go ahead and pack your insulating layers, grab your snow boots, and don’t forget your UV sunglasses, and let’s explore Denver in the winter!
Best Things to Do in Denver this Winter
Gain a whole new perspective of the Denver Zoo when this popular institution transforms its 80+ acres into a twinkling winter wonderland! In addition to the two million sparkling LED lights and nightly ice-carving demonstrations, several animal exhibits will be open to the public. The cold-weather species and nocturnal animals are particularly fascinating to see at night, but the Tropical Discovery building will also be open to anyone who needs to warm their paws for a bit.
Stunning in any season, Rocky Mountain National Park is breathtaking in all its winter glory. While sightseeing and wildlife watching are always delightful, there’s plenty more to do! As long as you are prepared with the right equipment, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, and even sled in the park during the cold months.
What’s winter in Colorado without skiing? There are plenty of great ski slopes near Denver that the entire family can enjoy regardless of skill level. For the ultimate luxurious weekend getaway head to Vail Resorts, or for family-friendly fun check out Keystone Resort or Loveland Ski Area. You also can’t go wrong with Winter Park or Echo Mountain.
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Fun for everyone in the family (whether they’re skating or watching), this outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Denver is a hit every season. Come enjoy the downtown neighborhood, grab some snacks at the concession stand, and enjoy a few hours of wintry fun.
The Denver Botanical Gardens transform into a dazzling display of light and color for the holiday season. Come walk among the gardens, including a 200-foot-long tunnel with twinkling animated light, and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks at the Hive Garden Bistro.
Denver is known for its beautiful winters, but just in case you need a break from the chill, head inside to one of its many awesome museums.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
The eclectic MCA Denver welcomes all audiences, celebrates all voices, and shares stories to create an understanding and spark conversation about contemporary art. In addition to exhibits, you’ll find a busy calendar of special events in every season.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
With its seemingly unlimited access to the great outdoors, Denver is an amazing place to explore nature and science, and this museum is a great place to start! Come see exhibitions and films, participate in programs and events, and join virtual experiences that promote loving, understanding, and protecting our natural world.
The youngest kids in the family will love the hands-on, interactive, unique exhibits and activities at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. With ever-evolving exhibits called Investigate, Imagine, Explore, and Create, children ages newborn to eight are bound to have an amazing time, no matter how often they visit.
If you love Denver in the winter and every season, it’s the perfect time to put down roots and call the Mile High City home. Dream Finders Homes builds new homes and communities throughout the Denver area just minutes from all the activities you love. Connect with us to learn more.