Fun things you can do in Colorado

A color-coded map that displays the distance between activities and the University of Denver.

Dear World,

There is something for everyone here in Denver and with 300 days of sun, you can have 300 days of fun.

On campus, in the red circle, we have the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the Vicki Myren Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Lindsay Auditorium.

At the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, students can attend concerts, sporting events, trade shows, lectures, conferences, and political events. They are also able to compete in intramural sports, exercise in the Coors Fitness Center, swim in the Natatorium, and play basketball in the Gates Field House.

At the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, students and community members are able to experience the opera, cabaret, concerts, lectures, theatre, and musical theatre.

Newman Center at the University of Denver
TEDxDU at Newman Center at the University of Denver

At the Vicki Myren Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology, students can appreciate the exhibits of their peers, DU faculty, and featured artists.

Vicki Myren Gallery at the University of Denver

In the Lindsay Auditorium, students can laugh with and at the University of Denver’s premier improv comedy team, Skintight Outrage.

You can find more Art & Activities at the University of Denver here:

Nearby, in the orange circle, there are places to shop, watch, eat, and drink.

The closest shopping center to campus is The Cherry Creek Mall. The mall has a movie theater and over 160 shops including 40 stores that are exclusive to the area.

Cherry Creek Mall photo from @cherrycreekshoppingcenter

Jerusalem’s, Illegal Pete’s, Jelly, Snarf’s, Tokyo Bowl, Insomnia Cookies, Fat Shack, and The Ramen House are just a few places nearby campus that students frequent. Jerusalem’s, Insomnia Cookies, and Fat Shack are all open past 12 a.m.

If you enjoy coffee or tea, there are many options including Beans, the Front Porch Café, Einstein Bagels, Law School Café, Kaladi’s, Lost Coffee, Bambu, and Starbucks. There are two Beans locations and they are both on campus. The Front Porch Café, Einstein Bagels, and Law School Café are on campus as well.

View from a restaurant near DU
One of the 2 Beans locations on campus

In central Denver, in the yellow circle, students can go to the Denver Center for Performing Arts and see Broadway shows, cheer on the Broncos at the Mile High Stadium, strap into rides at Elitch Gardens, explore their wild side at the Denver Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium, peruse art at the Denver Art Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art, find deals at the Park Meadows Mall or the 16th Street Mall, and jam out to music at the Pepsi Center, Ogden Theatre, or Fillmore Auditorium.

Denver Performing Art by
Broncos at the Mile High Stadium
Colorado Rockies’ baseball game at the Coors Field in Downtown Denver

The natural beauty of Colorado, outside of the circles, can be experienced everywhere but natives and transplants alike enjoy it by hiking, skiing, backpacking, camping, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, and ziplining. The best places to experience the state’s beauty and participate in these activities are Rocky Mountain National Park, Vail, Mesa Verde National Park, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Maroon Bells, Great Sand Dunes National Park, The Royal Gorge Bridge, Bridal Veil Falls, and Hanging Lake.

Hanging Lake in Colorado – Photo by @bergeboy

Come to Colorado and the University of Denver where fun awaits you.


International Student

#DearWorld is a blog series that our international student ambassadors at the University of Denver share their experience, tips, and advice to other students at DU and around the world.

Author: Victoria Valenzuela

Editor: Anh Chip Pham

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