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Exploring Indoor Denver

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It’s no secret that Denver is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, but did you know that there are plenty of great things going on behind the city’s walls as well?

Here are five impressive indoor spots to visit in Colorado’s capital.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Located in Denver’s historic Lowry neighborhood, Wings is an educational center and museum that houses aircraft from various points in aviation history.

Wings also offers classes and hands-on educational opportunities.

The museum’s interactive space technology exhibits include models and displays, demonstrating spacecraft and missile technology throughout history, as well as predictions for the future. One of the most impressive parts of the visit is the Space Station Module, that was originally a mock-up for a proposed American-only space station called Freedom. The idea for the space station was expanded to include Russia, and the European Space Agency, and became known as the International Space Station.

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Denver Downtown Aquarium

Common stingray in the Denver aquarium, Colorado

Trust me, this isn’t your average indoor experience. One of Denver’s premier entertainment and dining complexes happens also to be a public aquarium!

With more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits hosting ecosystems from around the world, including 500 species of animals, you’re sure to be amazed! Explore the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, dine at the Aquarium Restaurant, grab a drink at the Dive Lounge, and take home a souvenir from the gift shop.

Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Denver’s premier art museum houses a wide variety of painting, sculpture, textile, and decorative arts collections from around the globe, spanning multiple centuries. The museum’s pre-Columbian, indigenous, and western American art collections are especially notable. In addition to its fascinating and carefully curated permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Denver Art Museum offers educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House

That’s right, you can visit the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s (of Titanic fame) home and learn more about her life and legacy in this museum run by the preservationist society, Historic Denver. Not only is the Molly Brown House Museum one of the most visited historic sites in Colorado, it’s one of under ten sites in the U.S. dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story.

The Molly Brown House hosts a variety of arts and historical events throughout the year.

Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Outside the Conservatory at Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, Colorado

Fans of plant life and mid-century architecture will love the Boettcher Conservatory, located in the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The conservatory just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White and built in 1966, the 11,500 square foot structure is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in-place concrete.

The stunning architectural feat is home to over 600 species and varieties of tropical plants. As you stroll through the conservatory, you’ll see pools, waterfalls, and even four ducks who have taken up residence in this mid-century masterpiece!

Have we missed any of Denver’s best indoor spots? Let us know your favorite in the comments section below.

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Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co. (www.boucharddesign.co).

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