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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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