There’s a reason crowds gather in Denver during all seasons of the year. The happening town brings postcard scenery to life with an array of activities to keep residents busy — no matter the time or temperature. Whether you’re just making the move to the Mile High City or have been a resident all your life, Greystar apartment communities encourage you to get out and take advantage of everything the unique city has to offer.
When the Weather Is Hot
If you thought Denver, Colorado, was only a dream destination in the winter, you’re in for a surprise. As the white sheets of snow melt, residents enjoy miles of greenway trails and blue mountain horizons. So step outside your cozy confinements and discover all the adventures happening right outside your door because the warm weather doesn’t last forever.
Get in the spirit by taking a trip to Water World and spend a day or weekend exploring a multitude of water slides, inflatable tube rides, a “lazy river” and water-themed fun house. As one of the largest water theme parks in America, a wild and refreshing adventure awaits visitors of all ages.
If you’re interested in enjoying the outdoors without getting your hair wet, there are a number of popular private and public golf courses around Denver. Book your tee time and spend a day enjoying the rolling fairways lined with native grasses and large, undulating greens accompanied by beautiful views of snow-topped mountains.
Music lovers can flock to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre where they can jam to their favorite bands in a venue as moving as the music itself. At 6,450 feet above sea level, Red Rocks Park is a unique transitional zone where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by 868 acres of deer, pines, geological wonders and spectacular vista views, concert-goers will quickly discover why the venue has been referred to as a geological phenomenon. The only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks Park inspires every artist to play on the spiritual and emotional stage, and Denver residents are lucky to have such easy access to the music magic. In addition to unforgettable concerts, Red Rocks offers a variety of recreational options from guided tours and hiking to biking and even yoga, where you can find your Zen in one of the most extraordinary venues in the world.
Looking to live large on a little budget? There are plenty of free festivals and events to keep you active without blowing your latest paycheck. Visit one of the local Farmers’ Markets that go on until the end of September. Greystar residents can discover miles of fresh produce while enjoying live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals. Indulge in some culture by browsing the Golden Fine Arts Festival or attending A Taste of Colorado, where you can enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.
After a day of adventures, your hungry heart will be happy to know there are plenty of spots to grab some grub no matter what you’re craving. Head to ViewHouse or Linger to experience a meal as excellent as the patio views you’re surrounded by. Experience a “field to fork” mentality at Root Down, known for its organic, natural and local ingredients used to create sensational cuisines. Looking for a mouthwatering meal that comes with a side of entertainment? Casa Bonita offers one of the greatest experiences in Denver with exciting stage shows and talented musicians complemented by mouthwatering Mexican food in a casual environment.
Pedal your next pub crawl, birthday party, wedding celebration or social event with the new Pedal Hopper, a bar cycle that allows you and your friends to take the party on the road while controlling where it goes. With head lights, tail lights, a disco ball, LED lighting around the bar at night and a driver who steers and brakes while riders simply pedal, this party bike has everything you need for a fun and safe night on the town.
When the Weather Is Cold
With the first snow fall of the season, residents can recover their ski gear from storage closets, eager to get a taste of the fresh white powder. While the picturesque slopes offer the thrill of infamous winter sports, the Mile High City also provides numerous activities and sources of entertainment where you won’t need a ski lift to get to.
For those 21 and up, Denver has a phenomenal bar scene to help you enjoy the unique city once the sun goes down. With a variety of dive bars, breweries and clubs, the city will help residents stay warm in whichever scene is right for them. Drinking doesn’t mean being glued to the bar stool, either. Stay active while you sip and challenge your friends to a game of ping pong, shuffle board, darts or bowling at Punch Bowl Social.
Why stick to one bar in Denver when you can hop around the town and enjoy the best of the best? Pub crawls are always a fun and social way to explore the city. You can plan your own moving party or check out PubCrawls.com for scheduled and themed pub crawls happening in Denver.
Sports lovers are surrounded by teams to cheer for in Denver year-round, but especially during the chillier months. Get decked out in orange and blue and head to the enormous Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the NFL’s Denver Broncos call home. The team is still best known for its league-dominating heyday with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, but its current roster is packed with talent, including a quarterback worthy of Elway’s legacy, Peyton Manning.
For some competitive entertainment that doesn’t require braving the weather, head to the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets rule the basketball court or cheer on the Colorado Avalanche, Denver’s beloved hockey team, where both the athletes and fans ensure an entertaining show.
Shop like it’s a sport by taking advantage of Denver’s various districts, perfect for gift buying or simply treating yourself. Baker/South Broadway is laden with innovative boutiques, shops and galleries that blend perfectly with the street’s funky nightlife and dining options. While South Pearl Street has long housed some of Denver’s finest eateries and boutiques, the beloved stretch of real estate has recently added several new shops and restaurants and promises more to come.
Get your big-city fix in the up-and-coming Colorado neighborhoods of LoHi and Central Platte Valley, a perfect place for beating midwinter doldrums with a shot of cosmopolitan buzz. With happening restaurants, unique shops and a new contemporary art museum, the area has something for everyone.
Another place to enjoy independent boutiques and restaurants is Highlands Square. Whether you’re looking for something as simple as new accessories or as specific as a wedding dress, the shops at Highlands Square have all your fashion and gift needs. Don’t deny your taste buds. Treat yourself to a strawberry margarita cookie at Victory Love + Cookies or try a handcrafted cheese from around the world at St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop.
Residents of Greystar’s 360, Commons Park West and The Yards at Denargo Market know that Denver, Colorado, is more than just a winter vacation spot. It’s an ideal place to live every season of the year.