It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy…except when you are trying to entertain kids or guests without breaking the bank. Here are 3 fun ideas that don’t cost a lot and keep the smiles coming.
Take in a non-concert at Red Rocks. Red Rocks Amphitheater is known for its great concerts and events, but have you ever just driven up there for no real reason? The park is beautiful and watching people jog (or even jump) up and down the seats is enough to burn sympathy calories.
The kids love running around the seating area and playing hide-and-seek. And your visitors from out of state all have latent fantasies of being there for U2’s famous concert in the 80s. The museum is also really cool with lots of rock-n-roll artifacts and the history of the building of the park. The best part is that you can drive all the way to the top – unlike during concerts where you park in Morrison and hike 2 miles straight up. Admission is free.
12 Short Hikes Books by Tracy Salcedo. These brochure-sized books fit easily in a backpack and give you great ideas for hikes all around Colorado (and other areas of the country). There are books concentrating on Boulder, Vail, Denver Foothills Central, Denver Foothills North, and many others.
The suggested hikes are anywhere from 1 to 5 miles in length and usually within a 30 minute drive from your starting city. You can buy these used on Amazon starting as low as $5 and you’ll be surprised at the open spaces practically in your back yard that you didn’t know were there.
Free Summer Concerts. Check out http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/summer-concert-season/ for music happenings in the Denver metro area. City Park, Clyfford Still Museum, and various restaurants offer live music all through the season.
Apologies to my many out-of-state and international readers for the Denver-centric bent to this blog. My research department (me) had to concentrate on what it knows in order to write this in a timely manner.