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Old 05-05-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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Some friends of ours homeschool and they were looking for some field trips to take the kids on. They have invited us to go along this summer. I am looking for good suggestions of places that can be done as a day trip from the denver metro area. Do not worry about the ages of the children.

I have a list of about 40 places but I want to start with a blank slate. I will post my list in a couple of days.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Watch the South Park episode about Casa Bonita and then go there.

There is also a very interesting movie "Things to do in Denver when you're dead". Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There is also a really great movie set in greater Denver and you could take the kids to sites. Sleeper (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Botanic Gardens. Architecture.

Then, we have a stupid movie set in greater Denver. Red Dawn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Do not worry about the ages of the children.
I am not.

Denver has a huge number of brew pubs. All kids like beer.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Here is a list of trips. Some are obvious, some are not. All have an educational component to them.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Gates Planetarium and Imax
Denver Zoo
Denver Art Museum
State Capitol
US Mint
History Colorado Center
Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge
Botanic Gardens
Four Mile Historical Park
Children's Museum
Colorado Rockies Game/Coors Field
The Butterfly Pavilion (Broomfield)
The Wildlife Experience (Lone Tree)
Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg, CO)
Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison)
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater (Morrison)
Littleton Historical Museum
Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)
Heritage Square (Golden)
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (Littleton)
Waterton Canyon (South Jeffco)
Buffalo Bill's Grave/Buffalo Herd Overlook (Evergreen)
NOAA/ESRL (Boulder)
Celestial Seasonings Factory (Boulder)

There are more, but I am getting tired.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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DavidV-

A lot of good stuff here. thanks.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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Here is my list,

USGS National Ice Core Lab (free requires 2 months advanced booking. )
National Ice Core Laboratory - Facility

Lamb Spring Mammoth Site
Lamb Spring | Douglas County, Colorado

US Olympic Training Center
Only In Colorado - US Olympic Training Center, dreaming of gold

Federal Reserve Money Museum
Money Museum should be worth a look - The Denver Post

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
CSM Geology Museum

Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hiwan Homestead Museum
Hiwan Homestead Museum - Open Space - Jefferson County, CO

American Numismatic Association, Money Museum
www.money.org

Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Entertainment Concerts

Coors Brewing Co

MillerCoors: Age Verification

Model Railroad Club at Union Station
Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Main Page

Confluence Park
Confluence Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With the:
REI Flagship Store
Only In Colorado -Denver REI Flagship Store, a playground for adults
Platte River Trolley (fee)

Museum of Outdoor Arts
Museum of Outdoor Arts MOA permanent outdoor collection MOA

Loveland Pass Continental Divide
Loveland Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

DU Observatory Park (free workshops and lectures put on by the DU department of Astronomy and Physics)
2008 - Welcome to the Virtual Tour - DU's historic Chamberlin Observatory

Colorado Capital Building
Colorado State Capitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bel-Mar Park/Lakewood heritage Center
Review of Lakewood's Heritage Center at Belmar Park and other historic site reviews in Denver | Frommer's

First Friday Art Walk
Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

Denver Botanic Gardens (fee)
Mount Goliath Wild Flower Hike (Free)
Mount Goliath | Denver Botanic Gardens

Butterfly Pavilion (fee)
Butterfly Pavilion | Denver Family Activities | Things to do with children

Rocky Mtn Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (small fee)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Home Page

Lookout Mountain Nature Center (free and fee activities)
Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve - Open Space - Jefferson County, CO

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (fee)
www.wildanimalsanctuary.org

Rocky Mountain Shakespeare Festival at CU(fee)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Dining Options | University Memorial Center

Denver Puppet Theater (fee)
THE DENVER PUPPET THEATER* - home

Georgetown Loop Railroad (fee)
Historic Colorado Georgetown Loop Railroad, Train Rides & Family Vacation Activities Denver

The Forney Transportation Museum (fee)
Forney Museum of Transportation

Kirkland Museum (fee)
http://www.kirklandmuseum.org/

Colorado History Museum (fee)
History Colorado Center | History Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum (fee)
http://coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Denver Firefighter Museum (Fee)
Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver Art Museum (fee)
Denver Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (fee)
MCA Denver

Clifford Stills Museum (Fee)
Clyfford Still Museum | Denver, Colorado

Colorado Childrens Museum (fee)
The Children’s Museum of Denver - Home
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post
Watch the South Park episode about Casa Bonita and then go there.

There is also a very interesting movie "Things to do in Denver when you're dead". Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There is also a really great movie set in greater Denver and you could take the kids to sites. Sleeper (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Botanic Gardens. Architecture.

Then, we have a stupid movie set in greater Denver. Red Dawn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I am not.

Denver has a huge number of brew pubs. All kids like beer.
As usual great advice.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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Originally Posted by neuro View Post
Here is my list,

USGS National Ice Core Lab (free requires 2 months advanced booking. )
National Ice Core Laboratory - Facility

Lamb Spring Mammoth Site
Lamb Spring | Douglas County, Colorado

US Olympic Training Center
Only In Colorado - US Olympic Training Center, dreaming of gold

Federal Reserve Money Museum
Money Museum should be worth a look - The Denver Post

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
CSM Geology Museum

Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hiwan Homestead Museum
Hiwan Homestead Museum - Open Space - Jefferson County, CO

American Numismatic Association, Money Museum
www.money.org

Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Entertainment Concerts

Coors Brewing Co

MillerCoors: Age Verification

Model Railroad Club at Union Station
Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Main Page

Confluence Park
Confluence Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With the:
REI Flagship Store
Only In Colorado -Denver REI Flagship Store, a playground for adults
Platte River Trolley (fee)

Museum of Outdoor Arts
Museum of Outdoor Arts MOA permanent outdoor collection MOA

Loveland Pass Continental Divide
Loveland Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

DU Observatory Park (free workshops and lectures put on by the DU department of Astronomy and Physics)
2008 - Welcome to the Virtual Tour - DU's historic Chamberlin Observatory

Colorado Capital Building
Colorado State Capitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bel-Mar Park/Lakewood heritage Center
Review of Lakewood's Heritage Center at Belmar Park and other historic site reviews in Denver | Frommer's

First Friday Art Walk
Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

Denver Botanic Gardens (fee)
Mount Goliath Wild Flower Hike (Free)
Mount Goliath | Denver Botanic Gardens

Butterfly Pavilion (fee)
Butterfly Pavilion | Denver Family Activities | Things to do with children

Rocky Mtn Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (small fee)
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Home Page

Lookout Mountain Nature Center (free and fee activities)
Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve - Open Space - Jefferson County, CO

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (fee)
www.wildanimalsanctuary.org

Rocky Mountain Shakespeare Festival at CU(fee)
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Dining Options | University Memorial Center

Denver Puppet Theater (fee)
THE DENVER PUPPET THEATER* - home

Georgetown Loop Railroad (fee)
Historic Colorado Georgetown Loop Railroad, Train Rides & Family Vacation Activities Denver

The Forney Transportation Museum (fee)
Forney Museum of Transportation

Kirkland Museum (fee)
http://www.kirklandmuseum.org/

Colorado History Museum (fee)
History Colorado Center | History Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum (fee)
http://coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Denver Firefighter Museum (Fee)
Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver Art Museum (fee)
Denver Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (fee)
MCA Denver

Clifford Stills Museum (Fee)
Clyfford Still Museum | Denver, Colorado

Colorado Childrens Museum (fee)
The Children’s Museum of Denver - Home
The Olympic training center would be great. I want to see it myself.
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