The Best Family Friendly Winter Activities in Denver, Colorado

Denver is growing up really fast. Remember when she took her first steps? So cute.  The influx of new people and the energy that has come with them over the past 10 years has led to a boom in Denver’s art culture, music scene, and culinary offerings which have led to an increase in Denver’s tourism. But sometimes locals and tourists alike find themselves at a loss during the winter when the best outdoor patios in the mile high city are mostly shuttered, Red Rocks Amphitheater is on a seasonal break from hosting some of the best live shows in the world, and Pedal Hopper Denver’s party bikes are solemnly seen cruising down the streets of Denver’s LoDo and RiNo neighborhoods. That’s why we here at Pedal Hopper Denver figured we ought to provide you with a list of the best winter activities in Denver!

During the summer, Skyline Park, located on the 16th Street Walking Mall in Downtown Denver, hosts live music, the best food truck festivals in Colorado, and many other Denver community events. Once temperatures start to drop, the City of Denver opens the Downtown Denver Ice Rink at Skyline Park. You can skate at the Denver Ice Rink at Skyline park with friends, family, and your significant other starting on November 20, 2018, until mid-February, 2019. 

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One of the Front Range’s hidden gems is Eldora Mountain Resort, located just 55 miles west of Denver, up the canyon from Boulder, CO. Although some skiers and snowboarders find Eldora Mountain Resort to be more beginner and intermediate skill level friendly compared to Summit County Resorts or Eagle County resorts, we’ve never heard anyone complain about the affordable lift ticket prices at Eldora Ski Area, which is less than $100 per day for the 2018-19 season. Eldora Ski Area is one of the best small-town ski areas around Denver and is perfect for beginner or intermediate snow sports enthusiasts which makes it the perfect family ski resort (you also don’t have to slog through the horrid traffic of the I-70 corridor). Eldora Mountain gives you a taste of what Colorado’s incredible resorts have to offer while still being super close to Denver!

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If it’s too chilly for you and your friends or family to get outside and you don’t feel like venturing outside of Denver, the Denver Art Museum is perfect for an afternoon full of new (but old) culture. Currently, the Denver Art Museum is featuring a Rembrandt exhibition and a collection of animals in art called Stampede, the ever-changing art exhibits at this iconic Denver museum provide a diverse mix of classical and contemporary art. The museum also offers a variety of art workshops and lectures so be sure to check out their website to see what your options are on a wintry day you choose to explore the wonderful art exhibits the Denver Art Museum has to offer!

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Pedal Hopper Denver party bike tours in the winter? It’s not as crazy as you think. Denverites are used to bundling up against the elements in our fair city, and Denver is known for having a 70-degree day even in January or February! Plus, party bikes are human-powered; so while you and your party is getting a workout and enjoying beverages you’ll also be keeping your body temperature where it needs to be in order to remain comfortable even during Denver’s coldest winter days. Additionally, if it’s a particularly cold and blustery winter day in the Mile High City, Pedal Hopper Denver can modify your tour route so there is more time spent indoors enjoying drink discounts provided by our friends in Denver rather than outdoors in the cold. Lastly, beginning in November, we lower the prices of our tours, which makes it the perfect time to get the best deal for you and your party to pub crawl through Denver aboard one of our Pedal Hopper Denver bike bars. Visit our private party bike tour page today to set up your winter pedal-powered pub crawl!

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Denver Zoo Lights is one the “ best things to do in Denver” according to Tripadvisor which gets Denverites out of our winter hibernation. The annual event will celebrate its 28th year in 2018 and features illuminated animal sculptures and over 2 million individual lights strung over 60 acres at Denver’s world-class zoo. Whether you’re a local or tourist, it is incredible to see the Denver Zoo utilize its world-class facilities for the enjoyment of animal lovers of all ages at this family-friendly event which features nightly entertainment. Denver Zoo Lights has sold out incredibly quickly over the past 27 years so be sure you contact the Denver Zoo ahead of time to reserve a spot for your whole family!

family friendly winter activities in denver colorado*Photo courtesy of the Denver Zoo*

There are plenty of options to keep you, your friends and family active and social during Denver’s cold and snowy winter. As much as you might like to stay in, watch Christmas movies, and drink hot toddies on the sofa, Denver has plenty of winter friendly activities for the entire family. At Pedal Hopper Denver, we encourage our friends to spend their hard-earned cash locally right here in Denver and we hope we were able to provide you with some of the best family-friendly winter activities in Denver so that you, your friends, and family can enjoy all that Denver has to offer even during these frigid winter months! 


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