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Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Let your children run free in the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Here, kids are not just allowed to, but are encouraged to touch everything, role play, pretend, and let their imaginations run wild. Climb aboard a real Denver fire truck, make a masterpiece in the art room, or stand inside a bubble you yourself just blew—the Children’s Museum of Denver prides itself on its various activities and exhibits for the young and hungry mind. Rated as one of the top 12 children's museums in the country by Forbes Magazine, from engineering buildings and concrete trucks in the Assembly Plant, to blasting rockets off into the air, the Children’s Museum of Denver has enough to occupy both child and adult for hours.
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Denver Zoo
Built on 80 acres of land in the Northern corner of Denver’s historic City Park, the Denver Zoo is a full day of animal excitement. The first of its kind in America, the highly regarded Denver Zoo did away with cages and began using naturalistic zoo enclosures beginning with its famous Bear Mountain back in 1906, and continues the trend of conscientious zoo maintenance and upkeep.
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Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
When summertime hits and the heat comes, there’s little that beats a day spent frolicking at the water park -- except maybe one spent laughing ourselves silly while holding on for dear life when getting thrown about on roller coasters. Denver’s Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park combine the best of both worlds and constitute 70 winding acres of adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides and twisting water slides. Located in downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens has, for over 120 years, been offering visitors the best time for their money. With over 50 rides like the Mind Eraser, Twister, Boomerang, and a bevy of winding waterslides at your disposal, Elitch Gardens makes any day spent here one to remember.
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Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens is Denver’s very own agrarian escape from the city, while still being within the city’s confines. Featuring North America’s largest collection of plants from cold temperate climates around the world, a Japanese Garden, and Denver’s first publicly accessible green roof, the Denver Botanic Gardens routinely presents visitors with a cutting edge way of approaching horticulture and what growing a garden means.
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Downtown Aquarium
Denver’s Downtown Aquarium is more than just an aquarium -- it’s also an entertainment and dining complex. Featuring over a million gallons of underwater exhibits, and over 500 species of animals, the Downtown Aquarium proudly houses sea otters, thousands of fish from climates all over the world, an interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, and even two live Bengal Tigers. Exhibits are ordered by where the animals originate, which aids in children learning about the various ecosystems. An upscale, full-service Aquarium Restaurant with floor to ceiling glass views of the large aquarium holding tank is available, and women in mermaid suits have been known to appear and wave to onlookers.
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