Must See Attractions
Denver's Aquarium, Ocean Journey offers an amazing look at water and the creatures that live in it. More than 15,000 specimens, over 300 species of fish, mammals, birds and invertebrates. The aquarium features 5 major exhibits: The Colorado River Journey, The Indonesia Journey, Sea Otter Cove, Depths of the Pacific and The Sea of Cortez. Within each of these exhibits can be found an array of plant life and animals. The exhibits serve not only as a showcase of wild creatures but really bring the visitor into their native habitat. Sights and sounds typical of the actual habitats are wonderfully incorporated into each attraction.
The Denver Zoo, open every day of the year, is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing 750 species including the incredibly rare okapi, red-bellied lemur, Amur leopard, black rhino and Siberian tiger. Visitors can view nearly 4,000 different animals. That means a rare look at exotic animals like amur leopards, king cobras, black rhinos, coral reef fish, elephants, zebras, vampire bats, gorillas and more.
With more than 17,000 plant species from such far-away places as Australia, Africa and the Himalayas, Denver Botanic Gardens is recognized as one of the top five botanical gardens in the United States. Theres something for all ages -- and all five of your senses.
Explore 23 acres of fragrance and foliage any time of the year at this beautiful facility at 1005 York Street. Whether its January or June, the Gardens offers an unforgettable horticultural experience. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Littleton, and Mt. Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site and rock garden on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway, extend this experience throughout the Front Range.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills fifteen miles west of Denver, there stands a symbol of nature's unparalleled majesty. Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air Amphitheatre that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance.
The area of Red Rocks, originally known as the Garden of Angels, has attracted the attention of musical performers since before the turn of the century. The majestic setting of the Amphitheatre, along with the panoramic view of Denver, makes for a breathtaking scene.
As the first stand-alone nonprofit insect zoo in the nation, The Butterfly Pavilion is a 16,000 square foot facility covering five acres Westminster, Colorado. Visitors to the facility find themselves surrounded by more than 1,200 free-flying butterflies while walking through the lush, tropical conservatory. A chrysalis viewing area allows visitors to watch the amazing process of metamorphosis as adult butterflies emerge from their gem-like chrysalids. In the insect center, visitors can watch, touch, or take a closer look at some of the worlds most fascinating insects and their relatives. They can discover what it feels like to hold a rose-haired tarantula from Chile, a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach or a giant mealworm. Easy to use microscopes allow visitors to zoom in on some startling insect specimens. At the Waters Edge exhibit visitors can experience an up-close, hands on look at the animals that live in the fragile habitat of shoreline tidepools including sea stars, sea hares, peppermint shrimp, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and other marine invertebrates. Other features include outdoor butterfly gardens, a nature trail, museum store and deli.