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  • 5 Best Things to Do in Denver in September 2020

    It’s been a long summer of sheltering in place. September brings the promise of cooler weather without the threat of snow. It’s a great time to go out and do something fun in Denver. The city has a lot of great options for everyone.

    You can try something new or explore one of your favorite activities from going to the park to shopping at the local farmer’s market. Here’s a look at some of the best things to do in Denver in September. Just remember that some or all of these events and locations might be canceled or closed due to COVID-19.

    CRUSH Walls

    Do you love art? Then CRUSH Walls is the event for you since it brings you the work of local, regional, and national artists. From September 14th through the 20th, the RiNo Art District gets a fresh coat of paint. Using spray paint, artists display their talents and vision on walls and doors.

    The entire district comes alive with creativity and cutting-edge art. You can enjoy an afternoon walking around the district watching the artists at work. If you get hot, stop by the Spray Can Bar and grab a frosty beer and watch the artists working.

    Denver Startup Week

    In 2020, Denver Startup Week is going virtual. This event celebrates all things innovative and entrepreneurial in the Mile High City. This year, you can sign up for online sessions for free. It’s a great way to learn new things about running a business.

    If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business, this event is a must, so mark your calendar for September 14th through the 18th and register for the sections that interest you today. There are more than 300 sessions, and each one is free.

    Denver Food and Wine Festival

    With tickets available online for the best events, the Denver Food and Wine Festival is sure to be a great time. You can dine under the stars or party on the patio. Festival events start on September 4th and run through the 8th with the Grand Tasting on the afternoon of the 7th.

    This is the one event you don’t want to miss with more than 40 area restaurants handing out samples to sink your teeth into along with wine and spirits. There’s even a culinary demonstration from a renowned chef.

    Local Farmer’s Market

    You want to eat healthier and visiting a local farmer’s market can help you meet that goal. There are several farmer’s markets in the Denver area, and each has its own unique flair. Of course, you’ll find more than fresh produce. There are weekly events, live entertainment, and the best home-cooked food in the area.

    You’ll find different farmer’s markets open on different days of the week and a large variety open on Saturdays. You can find anything from locally-made butter and cheese to homemade pies and jam. Many of the farmer’s markets have a festival feel.

    Take a Walk in the Park

    Denver is home to many parks. Whether you’re looking for walking trails or a picnic area to grill up a meal with family and friends, there’s a park close by. City Park is the largest with a museum, zoo, and golf course. You can walk by the lake and view the City Park Pavilion, a 19th-century landmark built in the Spanish style.

    You can take your pup to the Carla Madison Dog Park for an afternoon of fresh air. With so many parks in the area, you can visit a different one each weekend.

    At Station A, we love the Denver area and the fall weather. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of local events. When you’re looking for a new apartment to call home, contact us for a tour.

  • The 8 Best Parks in Denver

    Welcome to Denver, home of Titanic Survivor Molly Brown and various 19th century landmarks. While the city is filled with restaurants, local shops, and exciting activities, there are so many incredible places to get outside and enjoy nature. For the best hiking trails, places to picnic, and prime playing grounds for your favorite sports, check out the 8 best parks here in Denver.

    CITY PARK

    Featuring lakeside trails, City Park is one Denver’s prime locations. Within the park, you can spend your time freely enjoying the Denver Museum of Nature & Science while exploring the planetarium, catch one of the many shows, or take pictures of exotic reptiles at the neighboring zoo. Don’t forget about the playgrounds and trails when you feel like getting active.

    CHEESMAN PARK

    This park isn’t as cheesy as the name makes it sound. It’s actually filled with green space to enjoy the sun to offer tranquil views. The trails are aligned with trees, offering shade for those that feel like walking, running, or biking. Whether you feel like having a picnic or playing a friendly game of kickball, there’s plenty of open space to do so while still practicing things like social distancing.

    SLOANS LAKE

    Get ready for some fun in the sun at Sloans Lake Park. Head on over to enjoy a day out on the water as you paddleboard or kayak across this gorgeous lake. With 177 acres of land and water, there’s plenty of room to spend your day relaxing. The great thing about Sloans Lake is that you’ll feel like you’re on vacation away from the city while still being in the city.

    CONGRESS PARK

    Originally known as Cemetery Hill, Congress Park earned its name in the 1890s. Senator Henry Teller requested the original land be redesigned into a park that the growing city’s population could enjoy, with the first plans including other local known parks such as Cheesman Park and the Denver Botanical Gardens. Today it presents itself as a city nursery where you can enjoy flowers and growing trees as you take a stroll through the trails.

    ALAMO PLACITA

    Established in 1911 through the condemned property, Alamo Placita became one of the hidden gems in the city of Denver. The small area is known as a garden sanctuary, providing nurturing views. The park is the perfect place for getting fresh air on daily runs and is pet friendly.

    CONFLUENCE PARK

    Accessible by light rail, Confluence Park brings you urban vibes. Settled between Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, this downtown Denver Park is beloved for contemporary settings that house prime waterfront locations. Take a kayaking trip down the river as you float comfortably through parts of the city.

    CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK

    When it comes to state parks, Cherry Creek is one of the prettiest. Reserve a spot for a weekend of camping and enjoy a little bit of wildlife as you relax. Choose between activities like fishing, riding jet skis, or simply playing in the water. If you feel like exploring, grab your bike and ride through nature as you enjoy the cleanly kept trails.

    WASHINGTON PARK

    Offering sporting facilities, blooming gardens, winding trails, and elegant views, Washington Park has it all. This Denver park spans 161 acres and provides you with plenty to do. Get some friends together for a game of volleyball or slam ball, and take advantage of all the adventurous opportunities at the park.

    If you or a friend are looking for a new place to call home that offers your a prime location in the city of Denver, contact us today. The Station A Apartments are closeby all of the best parks in Denver, making it incredibly easy to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Great Things to Do in Denver in August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on summer travel plans for many Colorado residents. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fun things to do in our community. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Denver and the surrounding areas in August.

    Museums and Zoos

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    MCA Denver provides a wide range of rotating exhibitions that explore the art and culture of today. There are educational programs for children and adults that showcase the work of regional and national artists. The museum is operating on a timed ticketing system to limit their guest capacity. The cost of admission is $10 and free for children under 18 years of age.

    Denver Zoo

    The Denver Zoo is offering family-friendly events throughout the month of August. Nature Connects® is an award-winning exhibit that features larger-than-life sculptures made of LEGO® bricks that are strategically placed throughout the zoo. Art With the Animals is offered Friday and Saturdays through August 15th. This socially distanced event includes arts supplies, instruction, and an exclusive animal feeding. Children can also join a painting class where they will use their handprints to create animals on a LEGO® brick. The Zoo is limiting the number of daily visitors in adherence with social distancing guidelines. Tickets must be purchased online.

    Virtual Events

    Colorado Black Arts Festival

    For the first time in 35 years, the Colorado Black Arts Festival will take place online. The virtual event is going to be available on YouTube at COLBAF on August 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7 pm. Enjoy this year’s theme of “Art Ovation,” designed to promote African arts and culture in Denver.

    Outdoor Fun

    Sloan’s Lake

    Sloan’s Lake is considered the biggest lake in Denver and offers ample non-motorized boating and fishing opportunities. There is a 3-mile paved path that surrounds the lake and is perfect for both bicyclists and pedestrians. The 177 acre park has plenty of room for picnics, with sheltered pavilions available for use. It’s the perfect spot for watching the sun go down with an incredible view of the Denver skyline.

    Cherry Creek Reservoir

    This 880 acre recreational area is located outside of Denver but is accessible by Rail if you take a bike. The use of jet skis, kayaks, and paddle boards are allowed. Fishing is permitted with a valid license. The swimming area is currently closed but there are picnic tables and grills available. Camping is allowed with a reservation. The natural prairie creates a beautiful environment complemented by beautiful rolling hills. It’s a relaxing oasis worth checking out.

    Confluence Park

    This urban park is one of the must-see places to visit in Denver. It’s the ideal location to relax by the river, grab a coffee on REI’s outdoor patio, or take a tube for a leisurely float down the South Platte. For those looking for more adventure, there are challenging whitewater chutes for kayaking the rapids. There is a well-kept hiking and biking path that follows the river along part of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The Platte Valley Trolley provides easy access to this Mile-High City favorite location.

    Pedal Boat Rides

    The best place to enjoy a pedal boat ride is in Washington Park. Wheel Fun Rentals offers reasonable rates for two and four-seat boats. The park is the biggest in Denver, with a beautiful 2.75-mile loop trail that is perfect for both walkers and bikers. There are ample wide-open spaces to enjoy a quiet afternoon enjoying the August weather.

    Hiking the 14ers

    There are 58 mountain peaks in Colorado that exceed 14,000 feet. Known as the 14ers, these ranges have hiking trails for all skill levels. The snow has melted, making August the perfect time to tackle a big hike. The 14ers for beginners include Greys, Torreys, Longs, and Bierstadt. Each trail provides a unique perspective of the beautiful scenery that surrounds our beautiful state.

    Contact us today to find out more about what Denver has to offer.

  • 5 Fun Things to Do in Denver in July 2020

    After being cooped up in the house for the last few months, COVID-19 restrictions have started to lighten up. With the city reopening, keeping social distancing practices in mind, there are a variety of fun activities to check this summer. Read on to learn about five fun activities every Station A resident can enjoy in Denver this July.

    1. Dining Out at Restaurants and Bars 

    This July, many Denver restaurants and bars will be partially reopened or opened with restrictions in place. This summer is a great time to enjoy the food and drinks you have been missing for the last few months, while also supporting locally owned businesses. Many top restaurants and bars in the Denver area will be open for in-house dining this July. To see if your favorite restaurant or bar will be offering this service, be sure to check out their website for more information.

    2. Enjoying the Great Outdoors 

    After being stuck inside the last few months, enjoying the great outdoors will be a real treat. Camping grounds, state parks, and national parks around the Denver area and throughout Colorado are all reopening. Some fun spots around Denver to check out this July are Red Rocks Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Mount Evans, and Rocky Mountain National Park. At these spots, you can partake in a variety of fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, camping, and more.

    3. Viewing Denver Museums 

    Another fun activity to check out this July is the opportunity to view some of Denver’s greatest museums. Not all museums in Colorado are set to be reopened this summer. However, all eight of History Colorado’s museums throughout the state will be returning to in-person service. The History Colorado Center and Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum are two History Colorado museums that are located right in Denver. You could even plan an exciting road trip this summer and visit all eight History Colorado museums that are scattered throughout the state.

    4. Visiting the Denver Zoo 

    One fun activity you can do this summer is to visit the Denver Zoo. The zoo has been closed since March 17, 2020, due to COVID-19 regulations. However, the zoo is now back up and running with multiple COVID-19 safety measures in place. All guests over the age of three are required to wear a face mask while visiting the zoo, to protect the health and safety of all employees and guests. The zoo’s newest attraction to check out this July is the Stingray Cove. Getting outside and seeing all the exhibits the zoo has to offer will be a fun activity to experience this summer.

    5. Taking in the Denver Botanic Gardens 

    A final activity you might enjoy this July is experiencing the Denver Botanic Gardens. The public botanical garden is located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver and spanning over 20-acres. There is much to see and experience at the gardens from nature to art to education to conservation to sustainable living practices. You won’t be disappointed with a fun trip to the gardens this July. Be sure to check out their website to learn more about their reopening plans and what precautions will be put in place this summer to practice proper social distancing protocol.

    Station A Living 

    If you’re looking for a new apartment in the Denver area, check out Station A today. Station A offers residents a variety of perks like a resort-inspired entertainment plaza, a club-quality fitness center, a multifaceted resident lounge, and a great community atmosphere. Check out our blog to learn more about our community and apartment options. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!