Free Things to Do in Denver

Free activities to do while in the Mile High City.

Denver has a variety of attractions and outdoor activities to enjoy, and as these 10 places show, you don't have to break the bank to get the most out of your stay in the Mile High City.

Civic Center Park

Outdoor Movies in the Park

Enjoy some fresh warm air and a free movie in one of Denver’s beautiful parks such as Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park, Civic Center Cinema at the Civic Center Park and Movie on the Green at Stapleton Founders Green (29th Ave. and Roslyn).

Wildlife Refuge

Visit one of the numerous wildlife refugee parks in the Denver area and explore captivating Colorado terrain and scenery. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge allows visitors to either hike or follow Wildlife Drive, an 11-mile stretch open for vehicles to cruise around and view wildlife such as bison, mule and white-tailed deer, red-tailed hawks, rabbits and prairie dogs.

Denver Art Museum

Free Museums

The Denver Art Museum is free to kids 18-and-under every day and admission is free for all the first Saturday of every month.

U.S. Mint

U.S. Mint Tour

This Denver location is one of only two mints in the country that allows visitors to watch U.S. coins being made. Free tours are given but by reservation only.

Denver Free Walking Tours

Have a tour guide educate you on all of Denver’s landmarks and introduce the history behind the sights downtown has to offer. The tour is a 1.8-mile flat walk starting from Veteran’s Memorial (1449 Lincoln St.) to Coors Field and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Colorado State Capitol Tour

Take a tour of the historical Colorado State Capitol Building and learn the history behind the House, Senate and Legislative chambers. Reservations only needed if you have 10 or more in your group, free tours available M-F, 10 am-3 pm.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre 

When there is no live music playing at this one of a kind venue, enjoy free admission to the visitor center, which showcases a Performers Hall of Fame, or go for a hike and view the beautiful red rocks scattered around the trail.

Hammond’s Candy Factory

This tour takes a behind-the-scenes look at this candy factory’s production as they show visitors how Hammond’s candy—such as candy canes, ribbon candy and lollipops—are handcrafted.

Cherry Creek Trail

Take a stroll down Cherry Creek Trail as this 42-mile long pathway starts at downtown Denver, goes through Cherry Creek State Park and ends at Franktown. Find historic neighborhoods and greenery along the way.

Girls crossing the street

First Friday Art Walks

Located in the Art District on Santa Fe Drive, enjoy the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado as participating restaurants, art studios and galleries showcase a variety of different kinds of artwork. Head to 10th Avenue and Osage Street for a free guided shuttle that takes you around the area from 5:30-10 pm.