When looking for things for kids to do in Denver during the summer months or on warm winter days, it seems like everyone in Denver packs up their families or four legged friends and heads to the park. With more sunny days than most other cities, Denver area parks offer a fun and affordable way to enjoy all those rays. While the Denver metro area has hundreds of parks, a few of them stand above the rest and are destinations in their own right.
Washington Park (Denver)
No matter the weather, Washington Park is one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. During the summer months, the park is packed with families, young adults and athletes taking in the Colorado sunshine and enjoying a picnic, game of volleyball or challenging their PR on the surrounding dirt paths. Bring a picnic, a quart of sunscreen, and a bunch of games for the kids. If you want to splurge, consider renting a paddleboat or a bike at the boathouse for the family to enjoy together.
Belleview Park (Littleton)
Located in Southwest Denver, inside of the city of Littleton, Belleview Park is a great destination for a warm summer day. Here children can play in the shade of large trees in the small creek or enjoy playgrounds and wide open paths. Nearby, families can visit the family farm or ride a miniature train for under $2 a person.
Westlands Park (Greenwood Village)
Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Westlands Park is sure to please children (and adults) of all ages. Westlands Park boasts dedicated play areas for toddlers, children and teens as well as climbing structures and walls for those looking to practice their footing. What’s more, the park also has an in-line skating rink and a water feature with a splash pad for kids to play in. During sunny days, visitors can find plenty of shade in the tree house style structure or at the picnic tables located in the pavilions.
Elk Ridge Park (Castle Pines)
Located south of Denver in Castle Pines, Elk Ridge Park features wide-open spaces and a myriad of activities for young ones. Adults will enjoy the walking trails and room to roam, and kids will enjoy all the things they can do, including playing on the seasonal splash pad (bring swimsuits!), dashing around the maze or enjoying the playground and climbing apparatuses.
Central Park (Stapleton)
North of Denver lies one of Denver’s biggest parks: Central Park. Here children and parents can find a number of things to do, like playing on the Dr. Seuss inspired playground, splashing in the fountain during warm summer days, climbing on the rock structures or even enjoying a game of bocce with their parents. With over 80 acres, there’s something here for everyone.
No mater the neighborhood you live in, the Denver metro area has a number of parks just outside your back door. People in Denver enjoy parks here all year long, and exploring a new park could be a great way to spend a weekend day or a “staycation” in your new home city.