In our opinion, Denver is one of the best places in the world to live. There are millions of things to do and see (and eat!), but checking everything off your list can be a little unrealistic for your budget.
Luckily, there are plenty of spots around our beloved town that offer free days throughout the year. We’ve compiled an ultimate list of free admission days to Denver’s favorite attractions. From the Denver Zoo to local museums, there’s something for everyone on this list!
2019 DENVER FREE DAYS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
Children’s Museum of Denver
When: First Tuesday of every month
At this interactive museum, children can learn while playing with hands-on exhibits in a safe and fun environment. While you’re there, be sure to visit Joy Park, a one-of-a-kind outdoor space where you can dig, climb, build and explore.
Clyfford Still Museum
When: January 24, February 17, March 26, April 28, May 22, June 18, July 17, August 3, September 12, October 15, November 2, December 18
Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting following World War II. Following his death, much of his work was sealed off from the public and scholars. Opened in 2011, the Clyfford Still Museum allows visitors to experience Clyfford Still’s art and legacy.
Photo courtesy of Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
When: First Saturday of every month
Experience breathtaking art and learn about cultures from around the world at one of the largest art museums in the western United States. With more than 70,000 works of art along with constant rotating exhibitions, you’ll never run out of things to see!
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
When: First Tuesday of every month
At this 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm, you’ll find a 100-year-old dairy barn and silo, two and a half miles of nature trails, a play area and numerous wildflower gardens — all available for you to explore.
Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street
When: January 21, February 18, March 22, April 14, June 4, July 10, September 3, November 11
Step into a natural paradise and experience over 24 acres of plants — from those that thrive in Colorado’s climate to gardens that are internationally inspired. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, thinking and appreciating all that nature has to offer!
Psst… if you visit on May 10 or 11, you can gain free access to both the gardens and the Spring Plant Sale.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
When: January 27, February 11, April 28, June 2, August 26, September 29, October 14, November 17, December 8
Officially opened to the public in 1908, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science provides incredibly interesting exhibits, gorgeous IMAX movies and interactive displays. Stop in for a visit and learn how you can help protect our natural world.
When: January 18 & 19, February 3 & 4, November 4 & 8
The Denver Zoo is a great place to experience the awe and importance of wild animals. Spend a memorable day exploring more than 84 beautifully landscaped acres and learning about all different types of animal species.
Four Mile Historic Park
When: Second Friday of every month
Tour Denver’s oldest standing structure and its surrounding 12-acre history park. You can also try your hand at gold-panning and visit historic reproductions of buildings, barns, a Native American Tipi, and a miner and trapper area.
Museo de Las Américas
When: First Friday of every month
Experience the diverse art and cultures of the Americas at Museo de las Américas, the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Here, you can see award-winning exhibitions or take a workshop on a topic that interests you!
Plains Conservation Center
When: January 17, February 21, March 21, June 20, July 18, August 15, November 21, December 19
Explore over 1,000-acres of state-designated natural area along with historic farms and buildings. While you’re there, make sure to pay a visit to the Front Range Building, where you can see fantastic displays and live animals.
United States National Parks
When: January 21, April 20-28, November 11
While entry into all of the National Parks in the United States is free on these dates, there are four in our own backyard that you should explore: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Where will you go?
Which of these Denver free days are you the most excited about? Let us know in the comments! And, once you visit — take a photo and tag us @thedenverear on Instagram! For a chance to be featured, use the hashtag #thedenverear.