Archive for July, 2008

We’ve got a few relatives and friends visiting us in Colorado this summer, and we want to make sure they have a great time. So I compiled a list of activities and sightseeing within an hour or less from our hometown. I couldn’t believe all the stuff there is to do right out our front door! Granted, we do live North of Denver, a large city with some great attractions, and near Boulder and Fort Collins, both of which have their own charms.

But even in a less populated area, I imagine you could find something to see or do for a week or two like:

  • Go to the local pool or rec center.
  • Hike, bike or fish in a nearby recreation area.
  • Go to the park with your kids or dogs.
  • Go window shopping (maybe even buy something).
  • Go out for lunch (and have a beer or glass of wine!).
  • Go to dinner and a movie.
  • Take pictures of your city or nearby towns, just for the fun of it.
  • Sit in your backyard and watch the sunset.

From what I’m reading, with the price of gas and the poor economy, more people are taking advantage of what their home towns have to offer. They’ve even coined a term for it: staycation. Think about it – no airfare, no hotel bill, no car rental, no restaurant bills (unless you choose to dine out); just the cost of entertaining yourself with what will probably be moderately inexpensive or even free outings.

I love to travel as much as anyone, but I also love to save money, so I’m seriously considering a staycation later this year. Of course, the hard part for me would be to NOT do chores while I’m hanging around the house. But wasting a vacation on housework and gotta do’s is a lot different than wasting the weekend on that stuff, so I bet I could pull it off.

How about you? Are you considering a staycation this year? Have you ever taken one? I’d love to hear all about it!

Oh, and for those of you in the Denver area, here’s some fun stuff you can do near home – I’m sure it’s missing a lot of great activities, so feel free to add to the list!

Rockies Game (Denver)


          Tickets $4 – $52


Denver Aquarium & Lunch in Aquarium restaurant


          Open 10 am (restaurant opens at 11 am)

          Adults $13.75, Kids (3-11) $8.25


Denver Zoo


          Open 9 am

          Adults $12, Kids (3-11) $7


Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg)


          Sanctuary (not a zoo) for rescued wild animals (tigers, lions, leopards, bears, wolves)

          Open 9 am

          Adults $10, Kids $5


Elitch Gardens Theme Park & water park (Denver)


          Open 10 am

          Everyone $30 (online), $35 at the park


Water World (Thornton)


          Open 10 am

          Adults $30 online / $34 at the park, Kids (under 47”) $25 online, $29 at park


Boondocks Fun Park (Northglenn)


          Go-Karts, Rookie Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, Laser Tag, Kiddie Cove, Max Flight Simulator, Huge Arcade

          Open 10 am

          Adults $25, Kids (under 60”) $17


Gateway Park (Boulder)


          Mini golf, go karts, human maze, batting cages, golf practice range, arcade

          Open 10 am

          Per activity (golf $6, go karts $6.25-7.25, maze $4)


Denver Art Museum


          Open 10 am (noon on Sunday)

          Adults $13, Kids $3, College Students $8


Denver Museum of Nature & Science with IMAX and planetarium


          Open 9 am

          Museum = Adults $11, Kids & Students $6

          IMAX = Adults $8, Kids & Students $6


Hiking at Red Rocks Park & Ampitheater (Lakewood)


          Open 5 am

          Free admission

          Pets allowed on leash


Central City & Black Hawk (Mountains)



          Small stakes gambling in historic mountain towns


Rocky Mtn Natl Park & Trail Ridge Road

http://www.nps.gov/romo/    http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_ridge_road.htm

          Scenic drive on one of the highest roads in Colorado


New Belgium Brewery Tour (Ft. Collins)


          Home of Fat Tire beer

          Tu-Sat, 10 am


Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour & Clydesdale hamlet (Ft. Collins)


          Open 9:30 am

          Free tours


Outlet Stores at Loveland & Movie Theater



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