Denver is the city of sunshine. On average, the city sees 300 days of sun each year, more than Miami or San Diego if you can believe it. Of course, being situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, there are tons of outdoor activities in and around Denver. More on those later, but for now we will focus on one of the less adventurous locations which still get you out in the sun: the Denver Botanic Gardens.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood. This expansive 24-acre park contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and a sunken amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer. These gardens feature North America’s largest collection of plant diversity from cold climates around the world, as well as seven theme gardens which focus primarily on plants from Colorado and neighboring states.
Some of the most noteworthy themed gardens include the cactus and succulent house, the dwarf conifer collection, the roads water-smart garden, and the variety of international-inspired gardens which include a tea house garden, South African Plaza, and a bonsai pavilion. If you’re visiting with children, there is also the three-acre Mordecai Children’s Garden which provides a unique opportunity for kids to experience the plant life and natural environments. There is also the Science Pyramid which allows visitors to see the gardens through the lens of research. This interactive museum uses touchscreens, light, sound, and video to follow research staff in the field without ever leaving the city.
Admission to the gardens is $12.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (65+) and military & veterans (w/ID), $9 for students (w/ID), $9 children 3-15, and free for children under two. It’s always recommended to check their website for any events or early closures before planning a trip.
All photos courtesy Visit Denver.