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Denver CityPASS®: Save up to 42% on Top Attractions

1. Denver CityPASS®: Save up to 42% on Top Attractions

Enjoy your choice of admission to 3, 4, or 5 of the most popular attractions in Denver at up to 42% off of regular combined admission. Marvel at the underwater worlds of the Downtown Aquarium, explore an urban oasis at the Denver Botanical gardens, and discover the wonders of nature at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Other attractions to choose from include The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, The Denver Art Museum, and The History Colorado Center.

Denver: BEYOND Light Show and Meditation

2. Denver: BEYOND Light Show and Meditation

Enjoy a fully-immersive experience with BEYOND: A Guided Meditation & Laser Light Experience featuring a guided mediation, enchanting music, wondrous sound, and an awe-inspiring laser and projection light experience designed to elevate the soul. See custom audiovisual art installations created by world-famous artists that explore powerful themes. For those who enjoy thinking and meditating while immersing themselves in music and visuals, this planetarium-style, classic rock laser light show is designed to electrify your consciousness. Each Beyond Light Experience starts promptly at 20 minutes past the hour, every hour, during operating hours. This is a non-consumption, family-friendly experience.

Denver: Mile High Ghouls Haunted Walking Tour

3. Denver: Mile High Ghouls Haunted Walking Tour

Like the looming Rockies, Denver’s dark history casts a long shadow over the Mile High City. Dive deep into the haunted history at the heart of the city’s oldest neighborhood, Capitol Hill, on a guided walking tour. Choose between a standard 1-hour tour or a 1.5-hour extended tour. Hear stories take you on a journey back to a time of wealth, luxury, and deceit. This collection of stories will unearth the dark secrets that are the foundation on which this iconic city was built. Follow your guide through 8-13 (standard or extended tour) different sites and historic houses around the state’s Capitol building. Find out where the unsinkable Molly Brown, one of the most famous survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, might still show her face. See a side of Denver not often seen by visitors. Take a walk through the beautiful neighborhood that is the heart of the Mile High City while listening to the chilling tales of its past. Have an informative, memorable, and slightly terrifying night on a tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Denver and seasoned locals alike.

Denver: Downtown Cocktail Tour

4. Denver: Downtown Cocktail Tour

Get off the beaten path on this tour of the city’s fascinating drinking establishments and enjoy three delicious cocktails. Listen to the stories behind some of the city’s most popular drinks and how they fit in with the history of Denver and Colorado. Delve into the intriguing background of Prohibition-era cocktails at Denver’s modern-day speakeasies, historic bars, and popular hangouts, and try out local twists on cocktail classics. Sit back, soak up the stories from your local guide and entertaining bartenders.

From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

5. From Denver: Red Rocks and Mount Evans Guided Day-Trip

Embark on a memorable trip outside of Denver to the wilderness of Mount Evans on this day-trip. See the world from the top of the mountain and enjoy scenic stops at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Echo Lake, and Idaho Springs. See the Red Rocks Amphitheater, built in a red sandstone rock formation and one of the most beautiful music venues in the United States. Next, head to Echo Lake, filled with its crisp mountain waters and surrounded by evergreen trees. Continue all the way to the summit, along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Take some spectacular pictures from the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Rockies and be on the lookout for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats making their way around. On your way back to Denver, check out some local history in the city of Idaho Springs. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold at this location where the Chicago Creek meets Clear Creek.

Denver: The FRIENDS™ Experience

6. Denver: The FRIENDS™ Experience

Be transported into the iconic television show with tickets to the FRIENDS™ Experience in Denver. See exhibits built around the Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe experience, as you reminisce on some of the show's best moments. Walk through two floors of interactive exhibits. Snap pictures of you and your friends posing on the iconic orange couch, sitting at Monica and Rachel’s kitchen table, and kicking back and relaxing in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs. Indulge yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime fan opportunity and stop at the shop for some incredible Friends souvenirs to remember your experience forever.

Denver: Downtown Small-Group Food Tasting Tour

7. Denver: Downtown Small-Group Food Tasting Tour

Come see why Zagat ranked Denver the 4th Hottest Food City in America. Taste unique and delicious dishes from award-winning local restaurants and learn fun history about the Mile High City on this signature downtown Denver walking food tour. You will taste authentic Neopolitan pizza from the only pizzeria in Colorado certified by the AVPN in Italy, award-winning from-scratch Colorado green chile, fluffy baked empanadas from a family-owned shop, Southwestern fusion cuisine on the brand new Dairy Block, and a sweet treat inside the historic Union Station. In between tastings, your local food tour guide will share stories about Denver's history and architecture. From secret tunnels to world-famous bordellos, learn just how wild the west was in the city's early days. You'll also visit historic sites and city landmarks like the iconic Union Station, the brand new Dairy Block, the baseball stadium, and Denver's oldest hotel.

Denver: LoDo Craft Beer Guided Walking Tour

8. Denver: LoDo Craft Beer Guided Walking Tour

Taste your way through the historic Lower Downtown district of Denver as you visit 4 hand-picked microbreweries to sample seasonal and local ales, lagers, and stouts. Take a guided 1.5-mile walk through the LoDo and Ballpark districts and visit fantastic microbreweries to sample beer along the way. Make 4 stops on your tour and go behind the scenes of the brewing process, visit a brewpub that began a nationwide franchise, and drink in the brewery founded by the governor. Learn about the city's history and how it became the capital of craft beer. Discover why Denver is dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer” from your tour guide, share a drink with them, and ask them all your beer-related questions.

Denver: History and Architecture Walking Tours

9. Denver: History and Architecture Walking Tours

Select from 5 unique walking tours to learn more about notable buildings in Denver, and the individuals who built them. Join a knowledgeable guide on one of the following tours to learn more about architecture and local history. Lower Downtown Walking Tour (LoDo) Begin the tour at Union Station, and admire the beautiful architecture of LoDo as you learn how Denver went from a small grouping of tents to a major railroad hub to skid row to an urban hot spot. Capitol Hill Walking Tour Begin the tour outside the Molly Brown House Museum. Explore the beautiful and charming historic mansions of Capitol Hill and uncover the stories of families who lived in these stately homes at the end of the 19th century. Historic 16th Street Tour Wander down 16th Street in downtown Denver, which has been a vital thoroughfare since 1858. Hear of Denver’s history, enjoy the architecture, and see what is now known as the 16th Street Mall in a new light. Mansion of Quality Hill Tour Discover Quality Hill which boasts architectural gems like the Governor’s Mansion, Malo Mansion, and the Zang Mansion. Learn more about the individuals behind the homes, and their legacy in Denver. Larimer Square Tour Explore Denver’s oldest block and how local citizens saved the block from ruin and dilapidation and created the city’s first historic district.

Denver: RiNo Beer and Graffiti Tour

10. Denver: RiNo Beer and Graffiti Tour

The RiNo became a hub of innovation in Denver. Explore it on a guided walking tour and discover the historic warehouses and factories that now house restaurants, art galleries, and brewpubs. Stop by to taste some of the district's best beers. This art district has become an incubator for Denver's craft brewing industry. Stroll around and taste 10 beers or ciders along the way. The Sippin’ Pretty sour-ale and a German-style pilsner will be the highlights of the tour. The art definitely extends beyond gallery walls in this neighborhood. Also, take some time to contemplate the colorful and innovative street art murals. Find them in the alleys and on the buildings around almost every corner.

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My partner and I had an OUTSTANDING time! Rob Friedman was frickin AWESOME! He remembered everyones name and catered to each individual goal list! For example, we were staying in Cherry Creek, not only did he write down places for us to go and experience he wrote down the best places in areas we wanted and planned to go also. The food was just as... well the food was GREAT! dont get me wrong but the guide made the entire experience better. So on to the food, WOW, it was great! We were able to sample multiple locations and paired our food with drinks! When it comes to the sampling we, as a group, were all talking about how mouth watering the food was. Being able to relate to people from different areas made the experience that much better and wholesome. We (the group) were chatting back and forth comparing the current tasting with the previous tastings and asking which "tastes the best". This was a great time, would highly recommend and it's worth every minute, hour, and dollar.

Our tour guide was fun and described the creepy ghost stories of Denver's past. I had theories as well and asked additional questions that she entertained. It was worth my time and money. Thx

Tour Guide was very knowledgeable of the history of these beautiful buildings. He was freindly and answered all of our questions. I would take a tour again with him.

Hunter was very knowledgeable and so passionate about the beer and neighborhood art. It was an amazing experience and we will tell our friends!

It covered the cost of admission for the Botanical Gardens. That alone was worth the cost of the Denver CityPASS.