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Old 05-07-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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Fly in on a Sat night and fly out on Tues am, so we have a full Sunday and Monday to see sites. We (wife and 10 year old) want to do one city day at the botanical gardens, zoo, art museum, etc and one day in the foothills hiking, driving around - not too intense, but out of the city. Which day makes most sense to be where? Also, considering taking the train downtown from the airport to rent something cheaper outside the airport. Is it convenient getting on the train with some luggage and checking in at a hotel downtown for one night's stay?

Any areas not family friendly that we should avoid?
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Botanic Gardens, zoo, and art museum all in one day sounds really ambitious. The zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science are right next to each other. That might be more doable, but I could easily spend a full day at either place. The Museum of Nature and Science is the largest museum between Chicago and LA.

The train is a piece of cake and was designed for travelers with luggage. There are small luggage racks at the end of each car, but even if they are full, there is room for bags. I've never priced the difference in rental cars at the airport vs downtown, but conventional wisdom on this board is that you can save some money by not getting a car at the airport. Check rates and determine if it's worth it, but keep in mind you will be paying $9 a person for the train each way, so if there are four of you it will cost $72 round trip.

You will see some homeless folks downtown, but they aren't as aggressive as they are in cities like San Diego of San Francisco in my experience.

For a close in hike, the trails around Red Rocks are nice and the amphitheater is open to the public when there aren't concerts going on. If you want to drive a little bit further, check out Meyer Ranch. We really like that area for hiking and it's close to Denver.

Meyer Ranch Park - Jefferson County, Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Igniting our community

Red Rocks Entertainment Concerts

RTD

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Old 05-07-2016, 05:07 PM
 
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Hopefully the weather holds up for you on Sunday and Monday.
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:16 AM
 
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Do the zoo, botanical gardens, museum area have light rail connections or is it just easier to drive to each?
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Do the zoo, botanical gardens, museum area have light rail connections or is it just easier to drive to each?
They are only accessible by car or very erratic bus.
Drive yourself.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:37 AM
 
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you can walk from zoo to museum, but to get to/from City Park (where the 2 are located), you'll have to drive, and to get from City Park to the gardens, it's much easier to drive.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Denver has one great Botanical Garden. Kuddos to you.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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They are only accessible by car or very erratic bus.
Drive yourself.
If doing a lot in one day without a car I would just use Uber from point to point.

It's a nice walk (if weather is good) from the Art Museum to the Botanic Gardens (either way) About 1.5-2 mikes of walkable neighborhoods. Local restaurants, pubs, cafes along 13th and 11th/12th is quiet, and cross a big park (Cheesman) just east of the Botanic Gardens. The Molly Brown house is in between too which I think is an interesting and unique place for visitors; notable resident of Titanic fame, but the guides also tell stories about daily life (homemaking, entertaining, etc. among the upper crust) in the early 1900s.

If visiting the Botanic Gardens later in afternoon check the schedule - they sometimes close early for concerts or private events.

Don't go to the Colorado History Museum (12th and Broadway). It's terrible.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:50 PM
 
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Looks like 70 has some construction going west from the airport (per Google maps). Is this creating more traffic that should be avoided or is this minor construction that is easily managed?
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Looks like 70 has some construction going west from the airport (per Google maps). Is this creating more traffic that should be avoided or is this minor construction that is easily managed?
Not too bad, but it depends on the time of the day. Just use an app that routes you around traffic like Waze or Google Maps when you get here.
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