Whether you’re visiting the city of Denver for a few days or just a local looking for something new and cheap to experience, we’re here to help you find it. Searching for different activities to keep you occupied and entertained while on a tight budget may be frustrating and seem nearly impossible but, believe it or not, there’s an endless amount of activities for everyone to do here. You can keep your credit cards tucked away in your wallet because this list of budget-friendly things to do in Denver is going put a big smile on your face!
Attend a Colorado Rockies game
If you’re interested in attending an MLB game on the cheap, then get to a Colorado Rockies ball game! Find your seat in the “Rockpile” located in the center left field — this section is notorious for being the cheapest in the stadium. Arrive early to buy your tickets at the stadium box office because the Rockpile section seats are usually only sold on the day of the game. Tickets are typically less than $10, so when your kids yell “take me out to the ball game!” while in Denver, you can say, “LET’S GO”!
Roam through the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
Love the beauty that nature brings? If yes, head over to the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. Here you’ll find a garden with 700-acres of farmland including space for a variety of native plants. There’s a number of gardens to explore such as the Lavender garden, Herb garden, and Iris garden. If you’re here when the habitat is open for the season, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind butterfly house that includes hundreds of beautiful butterflies and over 50 plant species! For just around $5 you can spend the day here on a budget.
Step into the Museum of Contemporary Art
Tour the exhibitions and hang out on the rooftop patio at MCA Denver. It’s a great activity for all, even for those who’ve been here before. New art exhibitions are constantly on display and featured, so be sure to check the MCA site for dates and more info. Tickets to enter the Museum of Contemporary Art are $8 for adults and free for teens and children.
Listen to Live Music at a Local Bar
If you’re 21 or over and ready for some nightlife, hit up one of the many local bars and enjoy live music performed by talented artists. Places like Herman’s Hideaway and Lost Lake will keep you entertained and your spending fairly low. Ticket prices will vary depending on the show and performers — if you’re interested to know who will be performing while you’re in town, visit the venues’ sites.
Go for an Adventurous or Lazy Swim
While in Denver during the warmer months, kick back and relax at Clear Creek. Many bring their own floats and spend the day lazing around in the river. But, if you’re interested in more of an adventure, spend the day at Pirates Cove waterpark for a great time. Enjoy your time on the slides and in the variety of amusements here, all while spending just small amount. Tickets to the park during the week are priced at $13 and $15 during the weekend.
Grab a Bite to Eat off the Street
Street food is typically always cheap but Denver it goes to a whole other level. From Steuben’s to Denver Biscuit Company and Quiero Arepas, these food trucks cook up some of the best grub in town and are definitely worth every calorie. Street food is found throughout the city, so we’re sure you’ll come across quite a few as you get around.
Take a VIP Tour of the Pepsi Center
If you’re a sports fan or just interested in seeing where the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Mammoth call home, then take an All Access VIP Tour of this world-class arena. Also included with the tour is a backstage view of where top artists in the music industry have performed. Tickets for a tour at the Pepsi Center are only $10 for adults but check the website to confirm there are tours happening on the day you plan to go.
Watch the Sunset on a Rooftop
What’s better than a cocktail in hand, food, and a stunning view of the city…nothing! There’s a large selection of rooftops in Denver that offer all of the above, but we can’t guarantee they’re all dirt cheap. Put this at the end of your itinerary to complete your trip at places like Peak’s Lounge, Linger, and Viewhouse. Although they may not offer drinks for $1 it won’t cost a fortune to go, so get there even if the sun went down!
Have you traveled to Denver on a budget? Let us know where you went in the comments below!