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Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Denver


If summer weather leaves you itching to spend time outdoors, look no further than our list of top 10 outdoor events in Denver. From concerts at Red Rocks to visiting the Denver Zoo, there's no shortage of ways to find fun in the sun this summer.

1. Attend a Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Located 15 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre boasts natural acoustics for outdoor concerts. Highlights of the 2013 concert schedule include Sting, Keith Urban, STS9 and Bruno Mars. The natural setting makes for a memorable musical experience, and the park also features numerous hiking trails.

2. Watch Movies at Skyline Park

Southwest Movies at Skyline Park features free outdoor showings of second-run family films at Skyline Park, located downtown at 16th and Arapahoe. The 2013 line-up includes classic favorites such as "Lion King" and "Finding Nemo" to recent hits such as "Hotel Transylvania."

3. Enjoy Free Jazz in City Park

Smooth jazz and sultry nights make the perfect combination for summer concerts. Free jazz concerts from City Park Jazz are held every Sunday at 6 p.m. in Denver's City Park from June 2 - August 4, 2013.

4. Delight in Summer Festivals

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Summertime, when the living is easy, and summer festivals abound in the Denver area. From the Colorado Renaissance Fesival to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, there's something for everyone. The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, pictured at left, celebrates Asian culture every July at Sloan's Lake.

5. Splash into Summer at Public Pools

Splash into summer at one of Denver's 16 outdoor pools. Daily admission for Denver residents is $1 for children and $3.50 for adults. The outdoor pools are open from June 8 - August 18, 2013.

6. Go Hiking on Trails Near Denver

If the city is stifling your inner hiker, head out of town for these five hikes within a short drive of Denver. The terrain ranges from paved trails to rugged climbs, but all make for scenic day hikes.

7. Visit the Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo Photo

Take a walk on the wild side at the Denver Zoo, which houses more than 4,000 animals. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer, and 2013 summer admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. The Denver Zoo is located on 80 acres in City Park at 2300 Steele St.

8. Take a Walking Tour of Capitol Hill

Sneak a peek at the new Denver Art Museum, or take a tour of the Colorado State Capitol with our walking tour. Denver's historic neighborhood of Capitol Hill features a mix of the old and new. Bask in the 19th-century charm of the Byers-Evans House or admire the modernism of the new wing of the Denver Art Museum.

9. Hit the Greens at Denver Public Golf Courses

Ah, a gorgeous summer day. Who wants to be toiling away in a dim cubicle when you could be playing golf? The City of Denver runs seven public golf courses across the metro area. From the 18 holes at City Park to the 9 holes at Harvard Gulch, golfers of all levels can appreciate the fairest fairways in town.

10. Admire the Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens

Colorado's dry climate challenges gardeners across the state, but the Denver Botanic Gardens always provide inspiration. The gardens contain more than 32,000 types of plants, as well as xeriscape gardens that require little water. The Denver Botanic Gardens' summer hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

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