Denver Summer Bucket List 2021 {Over 100 Things To See and Do!}

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Now that the monsoons of May are {fingers crossed} over, and we are able to move a little more freely around town, you might be looking at your calendar and wondering, “Well NOW what?!”

Mama, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a list of the best things to do in Denver this summer! So, grab the sunscreen, your favorite breathable mask, and let’s have some fun checking off our Denver Summer Bucket List!

Paco Sanchez Park - Denver Moms
Paco Sanchez Park

Denver Summer Bucket List Outdoor Fun::

  • If you haven’t been yet, the music-themed Paco Sanchez Park is AMAZING and might be the best playground in Denver. Honoring  Denver’s first Hispanic radio DJ, the towering 1950s microphone-inspired play structure in this park, will wow your family. Kids of all ages will love the endless opportunities for dynamic play on the rubber hills, zip line-style swing, climbing walls, bridges, and slides.
  • Head to the Arvada Volunteer Firefighters Park, where the bright red firetruck-themed play will have your littles feeling like heroes!
  • Enjoy mountain views, a skate park, multiple play areas, a climbing wall, and a splash pad at Discovery Park in Wheat Ridge.
  • Head out for a Geocaching adventure!
  • Go on an amazing child-friendly Front Range hike! Don’t forget to check out our Tips for Hiking With Kids before you go!
  • Load up your family and go camping.
  • Go play putt-putt.
  • Explore, discover, play, hunt bugs, and race pinecones at the Mordecai Children’s Garden.
  • Bring out the ninja warrior in your littles by setting up an outdoor obstacle course!
  • Check out one of the area’s BEST playgrounds and water play areas at the award-winning Centennial Center Park.
  • Build an outdoor fort.
  • Head to Boulder’s Shanahan Ridge Park where you can experience the breathtaking Flatiron views, while your children enjoy nature play on the climbing structures, open turf, native grass, rocks, and tunnels!
  • Make giant bubbles!
  • Road trip to Glenwood Springs to spend the day at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
  • Go fly a kite at Cherry Creek Reservoir or Stapleton’s Central Park.
  • Make a reservation and head to the Children’s Museum of Denver Explore Joy Park for FREE on the third Friday of each month May – September from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. 
  • Plan a Nature Scavenger Hunt!
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Catch a Colorado Rapids Game, where your kids can experience all the thrills of Major League Soccer!
  • Picnic in Eldorado Canyon State Park.
  • Try frisbee golf.
  • Head to the Lookout Mountain Nature Center – enjoy the panoramic views, hands-on children’s playroom, and hiking trails!

Denver Summer Bucket List Indoor Play, Learning, and Activities::

Denver Summer Bucket List Water Fun::Centennial City Center ParkThe Denver metro area has tons of local spots for water fun!

  • Rent a boat at the Chatfield Or Horsetooth Reservoir!
  • Take the kids on an adventure on a stand-up paddleboard!
  • Splash around at Confluence Park in a kayak or a tube.
  • Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center in Englewood is sure to please the whole family!
  • Set up a slip and slide with a tarp in your yard.
  • Let the kids run through the sprinklers while you water your yard!
  • Have a beach day at Bear Creek Lake Park!
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Splash pads for kids of all ages abound at Lakewood’s Surfside Spray Park.
  • Spend a day at one of the downtown water parks.

Denver Summer Bucket List Fairs and Festivals::

  • Don’t miss the dragon boat races, marketplace, performances, food, and educational opportunities at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. September 25th and 26th at Sloans Lake
  • Film on the Rocks is back!!! This summer-long film festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre isn’t to be missed! Check their website for show dates!
  • Buffalo Bill Days– Will not be happening in-person this summer, but there will be a virtual marketplace.
  • First Friday Art Walks ARE BACK! This fun summer event is held the first Friday of every month in the Denver arts district and makes for a great date night or a fun family stroll.
  • The Colorado State Fair & Rodeo in Pueblo begins August 27th – mark your calendars now!
  • Taste of Colorado– Close out the summer by spending Labor Day weekend at this celebration in Civic Center Park on September 4th-6th. The celebration includes over 50 restaurants, 250 marketplace vendors, seven stages, and many educational programs.

Denver Summer Bucket List Animal Encounters::

Denver Summer Bucket List Get Your Groove On::

  • Don’t miss Evenings al Fresco at the Denver Botanic Gardens Monday and Wednesday evenings this summer!
  • Head to City Park for Sunday night grooving to the weekly summer City Park Jazz
  • Crank up a family-friendly Pandora station and bust a move with a living room dance party!

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What are your favorite Denver Summer Bucket List activities? What is our list missing? Tell us below!

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