Ranked the No. 3 best thing to do in Denver by U.S. News & World Report, Denver Zoo hosts 3,500 different animals from more than 650 species, which blend with several interpretive exhibits. Sprawling naturalistic displays place animals in environments approximating their native habitats, giving a glimpse of exotic locales and diverse behavioral patterns. The Tropical Discovery exhibit boasts a 2,250-gallon pool teeming with piscine life and exotic turtles in a waterfall-lined indoor rainforest. Two prides of lions sprawl along rocky outcroppings in the lion kopje in Predator Ridge while African wild dogs, guineafowl, and spotted hyenas play a heated game of Yahtzee. Commune with ancient cousins in the seven-acre Primate Panorama, where chattering monkeys swing from trees while powerful gorillas amble freely about their one-acre exhibit.
The Centennial Village opens a window to the past with living-history demonstrations that re-create American life as it was 100 years ago. As visitors stroll through the 7-acre grounds, they can explore more than two dozen historic structures, including grand homes, a courthouse, and a blacksmith’s shop. Time-swept denizens share tales of their daily lives that provide unique insight into turn-of-the-century struggles. A vast farm area and historic gardens fill the town with lush greenery and a working merry-go-round helps distract visitors from the hourly recalibration of the park’s time machine.
This charming art gallery and custom-framing shop enriches and preserves treasured artwork with a selection of more than 2,000 molding samples. Consult with the seasoned staff about the best options for displaying the piece, whether it's a two-dimensional watercolor or a three-dimensional relic, such as a trophy or hunk of cheese. Decorate a favorite 8"x10" photo with UV glass, acid-free backing, and 1/2" basic black frame ($57 without mat) and add a 2" acid-free mat ($93 with mat) or other upgrade options, including ornate frames, fabric mats, and edible glass. Before committing to a preservation plan, the friendly framing experts use Picture It First software to create a digital rendering of the project.
In addition to being the owners of Boulder FastFrame, Kim and Paul Obert are the owners of a yellow labrador named Sadie and the proud parents of two small children. While adults peruse thousands of frames, including a plentitude of made-in-Colorado options, in their shop's show room, children can play with toys and chalk and canines can devour complimentary dog biscuits. The multitalented framers can protect treasured artwork, photographs, or parking tickets behind regular or conservation-grade glass and can also stretch canvas and build shadow boxes to display 3-D objects, such as sports jerseys. Their design guarantee allows customers to request tweaks to framing within 30 days of purchase.
Combining science education with interactive entertainment, the Butterfly Pavilion houses five exhibits, 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, and a multitude of creepy, crawly creatures. Begin your day with a Tropical Odyssey, a bilingual adventure complete with larger-than-life caterpillars and butterflies and a zip line that allows children to sprout wings and soar like a penguin. Crab-walk to the Crawl-A-See-Em exhibit where brave souls can hold Rosie, a Chilean tarantula, and discover leaf insects, scorpions, beetles, and giant millipedes, and head to the Water's Edge to touch sea stars and more. Furthermore, levitate to the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to admire butterflies from around the world as they rest on your eyelashes. End your safari with a hike on the Butterfly Pavilion's half-mile natural trail teeming with prairie dogs, rabbits, ogres, herons, hawks, and eagles.
For more than 20 years, glass artist Agnes Sanchez has been breathing life into molten mounds, crafting delicate works of art that evoke the elements of the earth. Long-necked vases in glittering hues abut delicate ornaments at Agnes’s studio and gallery, Agnes of Glass, where the internationally trained artist exercises her technique and leads glass-blowing workshops. During the hands-on sessions, students and large-lunged wolves looking for a creative outlet exhale their way to completion of a decorative project.