Located 15 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre boasts natural acoustics for outdoor concerts. Highlights of the 2014 concert schedule include James Taylor, Lana Del Rey, Chicago and Amos Lee. The natural setting makes for a memorable musical experience, and the park also features numerous hiking trails.
Enjoy fresh produce at farmers markets around the Denver area, from Cherry Creek to Belmar. Colorado peaches, tomatoes and other healthy fruits and vegetables are on display according to their seasons, and most farmers markets also have a wide variety of gourmet treats such as homemade salsa.
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 1 - August 3, 2014.
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 9 - August 19, 2014.
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.
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.