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$24 for a One-Year Family Membership to Dinosaur Ridge ($60 Value)

Dinosaur Ridge

Denver

Year membership grants dino buffs access to bus tours and exhibits at outdoor museum rife with prehistoric fossils, tracks, and artifacts

$60 $24

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Admission for Two, Four, or Eight to CELL Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (Up to 53% Off)

CELL Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab

Golden Triangle

Developed by counterterrorism experts, the interactive exhibit educates visitors about global terrorism's history, tools, and media coverage

$16 $8

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Visit for 2, 4, or 6 or Single, Senior Couple, or Family Membership to Four Mile Historic Park (Up to 50% Off)

Four Mile Historic Park

Cherry Creek

Memberships to Denver’s oldest house and 12-acre pioneer-era park includes discounts on special events and free wagon rides

$10 $5

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Admission for Two or Four at Museo de las Americas (50% Off)

Museo de las Americas

Santa Fe Arts District

Collection of more than 4,000 artifacts ranging from pre-Columbian to contemporary creators provides a history of Latin American culture

$10 $5

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Full-Day Admission for Four with Optional Take-Home Fire Helmets at Denver Firefighters Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Denver Firefighters Museum

Central Business District

Bunking gear, horse-drawn fire trucks, and hands-on fire safety activities exhibited inside a 1909-built former fire station

$24 $12

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Admission for 2 or a Family of 4 to Colorado Model Railroad Museum at Greeley Freight Station (Up to 50% Off)

Greeley Freight Station Museum

Greeley

Take a look at a tremendous and detailed model railroad, set kids free to play museum games, and get a peek at history

$16 $8

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Admission Package for Two or Four at Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy (Up to 50% Off)

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

Colorado Springs

Rodeo history comes alive through Western artifacts including equipment, awards, clothing, and trophies of famous champions and rodeo clowns

$16 $9

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Admission for Two or Four to Western Museum of Mining and Industry (50% Off)

Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Colorado Springs-Monument

Museum offers more than 4,000 artifacts and a 5,000-volume research library of the stories and items that fueled the industrial revolution

$16 $8

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An age-old question has plagued casual dwellers for over a century?why is the 13th floor absent in so many buildings? 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver aims to explain this question by staging a horrifying haunted experience. Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists, the graphic theatrical show takes brave souls on a ride through two new gut-wrenching attractions in 2014?Undead: the Possession and Dwellings of the Dead. The bone-chilling adventure has been met with several accolades, including six consecutive Hauntworld.com honors as one of the best haunts in the U.S.

11425 Community Center Dr
Northglenn,
CO
US

Founded in 1944, the Boulder History Museum helps Colorado natives and out-of-town visitors connect with the area's deep history through an anthology of more than 35,000 local artifacts and engaging rotating exhibits. Donated by Boulder-area families and organizations, the museum's collection features period clothing, personal keepsakes, recreational artifacts, antique tools, historic communications, transportation relics, and cave paintings depicting John Denver's initial discovery of the Rocky Mountains' mineable chocolate stores. Current and future exhibits include Treasures of NOAA's Ark (beginning February 18), a collection of 19th century maps and charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to an exploration of Boulder's involvement in the New Deal Work Projects of the 1930s (through April 30).

1206 Euclid Ave
Boulder,
CO
US

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.

6252 W 104th Ave
Westminster,
CO
US

In a sense, the story of the three Golden History Museums sites goes back to 1938, when Golden citizens began collecting and exhibiting artifacts from the region's history. But in another sense, it goes back much further: the 18-inch stone walls of the Astor House were lain in the mid-19th century, and the Clear Creek History Park represents an immaculate recreation of pioneer-era Colorado. No matter how far back visitors are peering into the past, the museums flesh out the story of Golden from the time of horse-drawn wagons to today.

  • Size: it's a museum in three parts with more than 15,000 artifacts in the Golden History Center, the fully restored Astor House museum, and a reconstructed ranch at the Clear Creek History Park
  • Eye Catcher: the miniature town inside the Golden History Center
  • Permanent Mainstay: the photography collection (which can be browsed online) contains more than 2,500 historical images
  • Don't Miss: head down to the restored ranch to see events and demonstrations, a thriving beehive, heirloom-breed chickens, and one of the best skies in the country
822 12th St
Golden,
CO
US

Children run in trails marked by prehistoric footprints, and fingers run across fossils during each visit to Dinosaur Ridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of ancient artifacts. Around every corner of the outdoor museum—which rests on land designated as a national natural landmark—bones and impressions protrude from their earthy abodes as evidence of the area's once larger-than-life inhabitants. Paleontologists of all ages can examine curious tracks on surrounding hiking paths, such as Triceratops Trail, or hop on a guided bus tour to examine fossil sites and valleys where brontosauruses used to question the meaning of life.

Lurking inside the visitor center is the Trek Through Time exhibit, where interactive children's games, replica fossils, and massive murals join forces to lead explorers into different prehistoric eras. In addition to its day-to-day operations, Dinosaur Ridge also plays host to various events during the year, including Boy Scout days, birthday parties, and lectures that explain how T. rex stayed humble despite his large stature.

16831 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison,
CO
US

Like a small-town railroad depot in the 1880s, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s main building features wide eaves and a bright-yellow exterior. The building reflects the Museum’s overall goal: to hark back to Colorado’s railroad era, a time when the state relied on its groundbreaking, narrow-gauge mountain railroads for supplies and information. Since 1959, the Museum has showcased the machinery of that time with an array of locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses. Alternatively, they present visitors with a glimpse of Table Mountain on the Museum’s train rides, enabling them to ride the rails in a bygone style without just taking the subway in an Abe Lincoln costume. To supplement its trains, the Museum hosts thousands of related rare photographs and artifacts, such as a replica of a 10,000-gallon water tank, humorously dubbed No Agua, that was once used to refill steam locomotives on the Chili Line to Santa Fe.

17155 W 44th Ave
Golden,
CO
US