Things To Do In Denver

Up to 72% at Pepsi Center Tours

Pepsi Center

Auraria

$36 $10

Explore the home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Mammoth during a 90-minute tour of the 675,000 sq. ft. facility

Up to 51% Off Queen Tribute

Queen - It's A Kinda Magic

Paramount Theatre

$62.45 $31

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Four international musicians put on a shockingly accurate replica of a Queen concert, circa 1986

54% Off Scavenger Dash

Sierra Adventure Sports

Blake Street Tavern

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of Denver as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

Up to 56% Off Firearm-Safety Class

PG Firearms Training

Denver

$125 $65

With a law-enforcement background, state-certified instructor Paul Grossman covers laws, safety, stance, scenarios, handling, storage, & use

55% Off Pottery Painting or Glass Fusing

Pot-Luck

University Hills

$44 $20

At this pottery-painting and glass-fusing studio, visitors decorate assorted pieces; staffers kiln-fire finished products

Up to 59% Off CrossFit

D Town CrossFit

University Hills

$150 $69

Functional, intense, and constantly varied workouts; Elements classes are intended for new students

Up to 53% Off Drop-in Hockey or Stick-and-Puck Sessions

Big Bear Ice Arena

Lowry Field

$40 $20

Drop-in hockey sessions for adults 18 and older or stick-and-puck sessions for any age

Up to 55% Off Crafting at Share Denver

Share Denver

Park Hill

$20 $10

Craft classes include beaded jewelry, cross stitch, embroidery, tarot, and wire wrapping

Up to 52% Off Horseback Riding

Chatfield Stables

On Location

$208 $99

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Well-trained horses carry wranglers and guests along miles of prairie and wooded trails at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

89% Off TRX New Year's Resolution Transformation Classes

No Excuses Fit Club

On Location

$197 $21

Trainers lead small group classes in intense 30-minute TRX workouts; includes an e-book eating plan with recipes

50% Off Barre

On The Move Studio

Southeast Denver

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 51% Off At-Home Painting Party

Painting Parties by Merissa

On Location

$280 $142

Merissa or an instructor brings painting parties to clients' houses, supplying paints and brushes while hosts provide drinks and snacks

Up to 54% Off barre3 Fitness Classes

Barre3

Cherry Creek

$80 $39

The barre3 workout combines yoga, Pilates, and the ballet barre to develop lean muscles, burn calories, and improve posture

Up to 50% Off at Glassateria

Glassateria

Denver

$30 $15

Students create their own colorful fired glass pieces with open studio projects

50% Off a One-Week Music and Voice or Acting Camps

Spotlight Studios

Lincoln Park

$199 $99

One-week singing or acting camps helps kids discover new talents or refine abilities before a final performance for friends and family

Up to 46% Off Kids' Camp at Next Level Lacrosse

Next Level Lacrosse

Cranmer Park

$400 $225

During a three-day camp, some of the best lacrosse professionals lead individual and group instruction on the fundamentals of lacrosse

Up to 62% Off Fitness and Yoga Classes at QiFlow

QiFlow

Multiple Locations

$85 $35

Multi-faceted, fusion-based fitness classes provide full-body workouts to to trim, tone, and lift

40% Off Painting Class with Wine or Beer

Spellbound Art

On Location

$80 $48

Classes meet at local wineries and breweries and include a complimentary libation; students paint pictures such as animals and trucks

Up to 36% Off a Flyboard Flight

Rocky Mountain Flyboard Colorado

Lake Sangraco

$179 $115

Strapped to hands and feet, water-propulsion nozzles let you hover, soar up to 40 feet, and swim through the water like a dolphin

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Owner and senior wine instructor Dani Cross created VinBoutique with a mission to introduce palates to the best French wines. A certified level-III sommelier, Cross personally travels to France to hand-pick vintages from small production companies and develop relationships with local vintners, ensuring her customers enjoy a collection of reds, whites, and bubbly that is exceptional not just in craftsmanship and taste, but also in value. "By tasting my wines, you can actually hone your palate way quicker because [the wines are] technically correct" in the way they are selected, shipped, and stored, she says. "If you're not tasting something that's proper, you won't know what chardonnay is supposed to taste like."

A strong belief that wine should be enjoyed and shared with others inspires VinBoutique's tasting classes, where Cross and other wine experts share insights into different varietals, food pairings, and wine-making techniques. Using an approach designed to be both fun and unintimidating, Cross also includes a question-and-answer section, as well as easy-to-follow tasting notes, making her classes accessible to everyone from the casual wine fan to the connoisseur who can uncork a bottle using only their mind. As Dani continued to try new wines and savor her favorite French vintages, she became dismayed. Often, the wines she bought had been stored improperly or for too long, destroying the bouquets and noses that she loved. "Born of frustration, I decided to start my own [wine boutique]." And thus she curated a selection of French wines for VinBoutique. "By tasting my wines, you can actually hone your palate way quicker because [the wines are] technically correct" in the way they are selected, shipped, and stored, she says. "If you're not tasting something that's proper, you won't know what chardonnay is supposed to taste like."

In addition to bottles of red, white, and bubbly, Dani and a team of instructors offer wine classes suitable for everyone from the casual wine fan to the connoisseur who can uncork a bottle using only their mind. Each class comes with notes and take-home materials, and is taught by a teacher who can both go into great technical detail or give thorough overviews so that student's don’t "get cross-eyed."

250 Josephine Street
Denver,
CO
US

Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.

When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.

2490 Blake St
Denver,
Colorado
US

When Tabetha Landt Hastings opened the box of painting supplies, she could barely hold back the tears. Her sister had been an artist and avid painter, and Tabetha was trying to cope with her passing when she picked up the brushes she inherited and put paint to canvas for the first time. The sensation was almost indescribable to her: she instantly felt an intimate sense of familiarity with the art form despite never having attempted it before. She knew then that something more was going on within her—a new connection was forever made—and she dove into painting with her sister in mind.

Years have passed since that first stroke, but Tabetha maintains the same fervor that marked her beginnings in painting as she sells her own art and leads classes. Her three-hour workshops invite students to see where their imaginations can take them while interpreting a chosen work in a group setting. She also hosts a paint club, which gathers artists of all skill levels to paint together.

802 Santa Fe Dr
Denver,
CO
US

The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.

The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.

3170 E Colfax Ave
Denver,
CO
US

Denver Patio Ride's party bus moves through the River North arts district and downtown by way of pedaling—any willing pub-crawlers can power the party forward as the sober driver steers and brakes. After jump-starting at Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs on Larimer and Broadway, the bus cruises at a low-key 5 miles per hour, stopping at a smorgasbord of bars, many of which pour $5 specials of one shot and one beer. Guides infuse jaunts with historical tidbits, trivia, and prizes, while the solar-powered sound system’s iPod hookup allows pedalers to blast their personal collection of upbeat audio books. No weather other than rain or snow prevents tours, and the bus’s capacious storage space accommodates any party accessory except beer, which is not allowed on the bus. Revelers can rent out the whole bus for large parties, or buy seats on a weekly schedule of public pub-crawls.

2445 Larimer Street
Denver,
CO
US

Beginning in Columbus and now painting the town red in various cities throughout the county, Colors & Bottles scratches the creative itch of the public with its themed art classes that leave no blank canvas unvarnished. The mobile painting service, which The Ellen DeGeneres Show tagged as a "hip, new, and fresh" activity, stages its events at local bars, wineries, restaurants, and art galleries, helping boost neighborhood economies while creating a hard-to-follow trail for begrudging pottery wheels. During three-hour classes, an artist plucked from the local art community leads students through the creation of a themed painting, such as a city skyline or something more abstract. For an extra splash of inspiration, some venues allow students to bring their own drinks, while others have refreshments available to purchase.

Colorado Blvd. & E 17th Ave.
Denver,
CO
US