Denver in winter is the perfect getaway. I was actually shocked at how nice the weather was and how easy to walk around it is. Denver is one of my favorite US cities because well mountains! But honestly, there’s a special culture in Denver unlike many other cities. People care about the environment, want to be outdoors all the time, and it just feels laid back.
Here are my favorite things to do in Denver during winter.
Thank you Visit Denver for providing us with passes to some of Denver’s best spots.
1. Denver Museum of Art
This large museum has a large collection of different types of art. The exhibits are always changing and there is a whole section of the museum dedicated to creating your own art! (And it’s not just drawing on paper.) Currently they are renovating the Western Art wing do you will see 4 of the floors of the museum. Renovations should be done later this year.
2. Brewery Tours
It’s no secret that Denver has tons of breweries throughout the city. The LoDo district has tons of breweries and it’s easy to visit multiple in a day using Visit Denver’s self guided brewery tour. This winter we went to — (the original smaller spot) for a brewery tour and flight tasting. It was so cool to hear about the history of the neighborhood, the denver beer scene, and where it’s headed. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold day.
3. Visit One of Denver’s Many Markets like Milk Market or City Market
Denver is home to several different markets that all have a little bit different vibe. One thing is for sure though, they all have delicious food! Milk Market is the newest on the scene and is in an old dairy farm. It’s a really cool spot with tons of seating at each place. We had some really delicious southern food while watching a football game on the big screen. Perfect Sunday afternoon!
I’ve also been to City Market (really close to lots of breweries in LoDo) and enjoyed the ice cream and drinks there.
4. Union Station
Union Station is honestly worth a visit just because of how pretty it is! There’s a great coffee shop inside where you can grab a nitro brew as you walk around and look at shops.
5. Clifford Still Museum
This museum is a quick stop right next to the Denver Art Museum. It’s all works of Clifford Still and has gorgeous galleries. The natural light works perfectly with his colorful paintings.
6. Shop at Denver Pavillions Downtown
There’s tons of great shopping located right in downtown Denver along the Main Street. You can get everything from high end/luxury items to outdoorsy shops.
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7. Walk or Ice fish in Georgetown
This was something we hadn’t planned on but when I saw cars driving on ice… we had to stop! Georgetown has a lake that gets completely covered in ice during the winter. They allow people to ice fish, walk, and drive on the ice. It’s a pretty unique experience and a fun stop.
8. Go Skiing
This goes without saying but skiing in Colorado is amazing. It’s honestly my favorite. It snows so often that there is fresh powder constantly making it way easier to ski or snowboard on. This past trip we went to Arapahoe Basin where you can ski for as low as $60 for the day (buy online early for this deal at least a week in advance – otherwise it’s $90 day before, $120 once there).
Pro-tip: Get there super early and don’t park along the highway! We were towed even though literally everyone else was doing it too. The towing company said they towed close to 80 cars that day. Parking is really limited here as well.
9. Hang out in Breckenridge (ski here too!)
I loved the town of Breckenridge. It’s super cute and has tons of great little spots to grab a bite to eat. We ate delicious Pho and walked around town at night as well as grabbing a drink. The next day we had coffee and walked/shopped at the boutiques. Tons of affordable and cute clothes in town! Breckenridge is a huge ski resort and worth the price tag if you can stay multiple days. An Epic Pass is your best option which gets you into Breckenridge, Vail, and others for one price. Since these ski resorts are so huge (on multiple mountains) they make a really good week long trip.
For staying overnight, book really far in advance as skiing is pretty much the main reason people visit Denver in winter. We ended up getting really lucky finding a bedroom at a House last minute through AirBnB. It was super cute but the bedroom was smaller than we expected and there are lots of pets!
10. Go on a snowy hike
This might sound crazy but hiking in snow actually leads to some amazing views! There are many spots near Breckenridge and Loveland Pass that can be good for hikes as well as skiing.
Hopefully you’ve been convinced that Denver in the winter is an awesome vacation! Seriously love this city whether summer or winter. For more on what to do in Denver, check out my post fun and unique things to do in Denver.