Aviation Xtreme's simulators let land-locked folk fly aboard jetfighters and WWI- or WWII-era aircraft in aerial missions or close-range combat. Aspiring aces strap into the cockpit of their simulator and choose from aircraft such as an F-15A Eagle, F-4 Phantom, or P-51 Mustang. After a short instructional video, they take off into the realistic blue yonder on a chosen mission, which can include an anti-ship mission or ground-attack mission. Each simulator is part of a larger computerized network, allowing friends to go head-to-head in a dogfight or team up to carve clouds into self-portraits.
Aviation Xtreme is housed inside Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, the former locale of the 1930s-built Lowry Air Force Base that closed in 1995, reports Frommer?s. These days, the 150,000-square-foot hangar houses more than four dozen airplanes, including five Century Series fighters and one of two B-1A Lancers on display in the world. The museum is even home to a full-size X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars and the Harrison Ford Welcome Theater, where the staff starts each day in hiding to surprise Mr. Ford in case he visits.
In addition to aircraft from films, the museum?s space and rocketry exhibits include full-scale replicas of boilerplate spacecrafts used to train Apollo missions to the moon. Others models recreate planes in all their glory, such as the 16-foot Titan II launch vehicle, while hands-on exhibits replicate the conditions of space travel.
The Mizel Museum glimpses into Jewish heritage and contemporary experience with exhibits that showcase fine art, film, drama, sculpture, and music, while striving to promote a message of communal understanding and interculturalism. The museum’s permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, explores the diversity within Jewish history with a combination of artistic elements, artifacts, and photography. The 27-acre Babi Yar Park, a project of the Mizel Museum and Denver Parks and Recreation, memorializes Holocaust victims from the Ukraine. Founded in 1971 and dedicated by Elie Weisel, Babi Yar Park will soon incorporate steel from the World Trade Center into its landscape.
Along with its exhibits and memorials, the Mizel Museum enlightens the public with outreach programs such as a Working Artists program and interculturalism sessions for teachers. An artist-in-residence program for preschoolers and grade-school kids helps them explore Jewish culture through art forms such as storytelling, puppetry, and blowing bubbles into letters from the Hebrew alphabet. The museum supplies abundant activities for adults, such as painting classes and programs that combine compelling discussion topics with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Fascination St. Fine Art has been offering customized framing treatments alongside a collection of original paintings, sculpture, and limited edition artwork since 1992. Let friendly and experienced staff members advise you on how and where to hang poodle paintings and game-winning jerseys, choosing from a wide selection of frames, mattes, archival glass, and shadow boxes. Pricing varies ranging from $125 to $1000, depending on the size of your artwork and the kind of materials used. Once you decide on a visually pleasing combination, your newly framed piece will be ready in one to two week's time to impress visiting relatives and Grouponicus guests.
Build your own burger Crash 45, one of the best burger places in town.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Crash 45 also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Warm weather brings out Crash 45's highly coveted patio seating.
Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Crash 45.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Crash 45's busiest days.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Meals at Crash 45 are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Rocky Top Glide leverages the energy-conserving powers of the Segway Human Transporter, allowing tour-takers to effortlessly travel city blocks to explore landmarks such as Confluence Park, the Denver Art Museum, and the State Capitol in one fell swoop. Riders follow their guides on a path that snakes toward Coors Field in lower downtown, alongside the streams of the Cherry Creek Trail, and through the central business district's money fields before landing back at the starting point. Meanwhile, the knowledgable guides provide backstories and anecdotes for the sights and sounds that their followers experience.
Here, kids have so much fun at hands-on exhibits—including a dinosaur hall where they can handle real fossils—they’ll hardly realize they’re learning at the same time. Parents can also sign their kids up for weekend workshops filled with games, experiments, and crafts.