Loveland schools are out for the summer, which means many parents are on the lookout for day trips and outings that are fun for the whole family.Luckily for the families who live at The Lakes at Centerra, Denver is just a one‑hour drive away and is overflowing with engaging day‑trip opportunities. From tours, to festivals, to outdoor adventures, there are many family‑friendly places to visit in Denver this summer, without breaking the bank.
Recently voted one of the best places to visit in Denver, the Denver Zoo is a favorite family destination located in City Park. The zoo features fun, kid‑friendly educational events all summer long, but is also open daily for spontaneous day trips. Admissions open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the summer, ticket prices range from $12 – 17 (and kids under 2 years old are free!).
Educational experiences can also be found at The Children’s Museum of Denver, which even offers free admission every first Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum has 11 interactive playscapes where children can climb on authentic fire engines, build toy railroads and go shopping in the mini supermarket. This hands‑onlearning experience is ideal for children ages 3 – 8 years old.
Looking for a local history lesson? The Colorado State Capitol tour is a national must‑see and also doubles as a workout since you will be challenged to climb the 99‑step spiral staircase in order to reach the open‑air deck. The jaw‑dropping views of the city skyline make it the perfect photo opportunity for a family picture, so get your camera ready!
Another interesting tour offered in Denver is the United States Mint Tour. One of the two mints in the United States, the Denver U.S. Mint offers hour‑long weekday tours led by guides who provide a fascinating look into the history of coinage and currency. Interesting for kids and adults alike, this experience will have you up close and personal with the shiny pocket change that flows off production lines.
Looking for a festival lineup? Denver’s festivals are fun, free and give you a glimpse of the city’s best sights, sounds and tastes. Don’t miss the Cherry Creek Arts Festival held every 4th of July weekend, or the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Sloan’s Lake Park. Learn more here.
A convenient one‑hour drive from Denver, The Lakes at Centerra has many new homes for sale in Loveland, CO, with access to the many educational, cultural activities provided by a large metropolitan center like Denver. You can learn more about The Lakes on our website or visit our 13 beautifully decorated model homes.