Lakewood, CO boasts an abundant amount of beautiful Colorado scenery, offering many different ways for visitors to spend time outdoors and admire the gorgeous surroundings. Visitors will also find live music, breweries, cafes, and more throughout the city. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bear Creek Lake Park
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Bear Creek Lake Park, centered around three different lakes in Lakewood’s foothills, is a bit hidden away from everything. The main attractions found in the park are camping, fishing, boating, and biking. The park is surprisingly large and is home to its namesake lake, Bear Creek Lake, which measures about 100 acres in size. The lake is open for motorized boating between March 15 and November 15. Fifteen miles of trails and forty-seven campsites are also located in Bear Creek Lake Park, along with three cabins. Other popular activities at the park include hiking, horseback riding, and archery.
15600 W Morrison Rd, Lakewood, CO 80228, Phone: 303-697-6159
2.William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park
The William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park features over 2,400 acres of wide open space and is the city of Lakewood’s second largest park. Visitors can hike along the park’s sometimes challenging multi-use trail network leading to the summit of Green Mountain. The summit offers hikers stunning and unique views of the high mountain peaks off to the west and the Denver metro area over to the east. The grounds of William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park were once home to buffalo but now provide a habitat for a variety of different wildlife, such as mule deer, rabbit, bluebirds, and hawks.
1000 S. Rooney Rd, Lakewood, CO 80228, Phone: 303-697-6159
3.Lakewood Heritage Center
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The Lakewood Heritage Center highlights the local history of the city of Lakewood, Colorado, along with the lifestyles, inventions, and numerous changes of the twentieth century. The center is situated within Belmar Park and is home to a museum with more than ten historic buildings, thirty thousand artifacts, an outdoor amphitheater, and an area for festivals. The Lakewood Heritage Center’s gift shop and gallery are open to visitors free of charge Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tours of the historic buildings are also offered on Saturdays at 11:00am and 2:00pm. It’s recommended that visitors interested in a tour reserve their spot in advance.
801 S. Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80226, Phone: 303-987-7850
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Colorado Mills in a large shopping mall of over one million square feet in the city of Lakewood. The mall is home to more than 135 stores and is anchored by ten stores and entertainment options, including Forever 21, Jumpstreet, United Artists Theater and IMAX, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Eddie Bauer Outlet, H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Burlington, and Super Target. Many of the shops at Colorado Mills are outlet shops, along with several local shops. There are also an array of dining options, such as Cinnabon, Sarku Japan, Qdoba Mexican Eats, and the Yard House.
14500 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80401, Phone: 303-384-3000
5.Crown Hill Park
Crown Hill Park provides a natural haven within a suburban Colorado neighborhood, a place for people to retreat and relax, enjoy some outdoor recreation lakeside, and admire the many species of birds that call the park home. Crown Hill Park is situated between the city of Lakewood and the city of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and is the site of a National Urban Wildlife Refuge within its borders. Activities visitors can find in the park include hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, biking, picnicking, jogging, rollerblading, walking, and horseback riding. The wetlands in the park’s northwest corner are a Wildlife Sanctuary.
9357 West 26th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, Phone: 303-271-5925
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6.Valkarie Gallery and Studio
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Valkarie Gallery and Studio is the vision of Karrie York and Valerie Savarie, opened to the public in Lakewood in 2013. The gallery strives to offer diverse artists a collective, creative creation and exhibition space, cultivating a family atmosphere among its resident and exhibition artists. Guests can view works by resident artists such as Kim Anderson, Dorothy DePaulo, Aria Fawn, Miki Harder, and Josh Davy, along with works by featured guest artists working in a variety of diverse media. Past exhibits have showcased media ranging from traditional forms such as painting, drawing, and photography to crafting media such as jewelry, paper cutting, and book sculpting. Each Thursday, guests can drop in as part of open house creative night studio time, beginning at 5:30pm and ending at 9:00pm.
445 S Saulsbury St, Lakewood, CO 80226, Phone: 720-220-7587
7.Bear Creek Greenbelt
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The Bear Creek Greenbelt is an out and back 3.5-mile trail in Lakewood, Colorado that is a good walk for people of all ages and skill levels. Visitors can find that trailhead on Estes Street in the Stone House Parking Area. From the trailhead, the path follows along the shore of a large pond before crossing over a bridge and into an open meadow. Crossing a second bridge leads to another pond and then to a small boardwalk that crosses over wetlands. Following Bear Creek on to Wadsworth Boulevard leads to another bridge before Wadsworth Overpass, and then hikers can head back west.
2800 S Estes St, Lakewood, CO 80227, Phone: 303-987-7800
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240 Union-A Creative Grill serves a variety of contemporary American cuisine in the heart of Lakewood, Colorado. The restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, and specialty pastas, along with chicken, lamb, pork, and beef dishes. 240 Union provides an upscale, yet still casual experience in dining in the Denver-West metropolitan area. The creative 240 Union has been open in the Lakewood-Denver community since 1989, serving spirits and delicious meals in a unique showroom-type restaurant. The large open kitchen lets guests watch the cooks preparing meals from a menu that changes with the season and includes daily specials.
240 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228, Phone: 303-989-3562
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Cafe Jordano is a little Italian restaurant in the city of Lakewood that doesn’t take reservations for groups consisting of fewer than six people in order to still have open table for their neighbors. Regulars often arrive at the restaurant at least thirty minutes early to make sure they can get a table. The menu features classic Italian dishes prepared well by an Italian family. The Heitman family has been welcoming guests to Cafe Jordano for more than twenty years. The Italian eatery is open for dinner six days a week, closed on Sundays, and open for lunch Monday through Friday.
11068 W. Jewell Ave, Lakewood, CO 80227, Phone: 303-988-6863
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10.Blue Sky Cafe
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The Blue Sky Cafe is a locally owned and operated cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. Along with serving an array of dishes, the cafe also offers a coffee and juice bar, and transforms into a yoga studio at night. Blue Sky Cafe strives to provide a delicate balance between food that really tastes good and food that is actually good for you. The restaurant is committed to offering the most natural and freshest ingredients, with no preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, or fillers. Only healthy oils and fats are used, such as canola oil, pure butter, and olive oil.
14403 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80401, Phone: 303-216-2670
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11.Great Frontier Brewing Company
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Great Frontier Brewing Company prides itself on creating handcrafted, great tasting, and quality beer that include Gluten-Reduced beer and Gluten-Free beer. The first letters of the name of the brewery are intentionally “GF” to recognize the specialization of the beer company in Gluten-Free brews. Great Frontier got its beginnings thanks to a brewing kit Mike Plungis received for Father’s Day. After some of his family needed to go gluten-free, Mike began making gluten-free beers out of a desire to make beers for them that tasted like regular beers. The first gluten-free beer, Blonde Annie, has won several awards.
2010 S. Oak St, Lakewood, CO 80227, Phone: 720-328-1758
11 Best Things to Do in Lakewood, Colorado
- Bear Creek Lake Park, Photo: Sean Xu/stock.adobe.com
- William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, Photo: bwolski/stock.adobe.com
- Lakewood Heritage Center, Photo: Lakewood Heritage Center
- Colorado Mills, Photo: Monkey Business/stock.adobe.com
- Crown Hill Park, Photo: arinahabich/stock.adobe.com
- Valkarie Gallery and Studio, Photo: Valkarie Gallery and Studio
- Bear Creek Greenbelt, Photo: Sean Xu2/stock.adobe.com
- 240 Union, Photo: 240 Union
- Cafe Jordano, Photo: Stephanie Frey/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Sky Cafe, Photo: Blue Sky Café
- Great Frontier Brewing Company, Photo: Great Frontier Brewing Company
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More Ideas in Colorado: Hotel De Paris Museum
The mission of the Hotel De Paris Museum is the collection, preservation, and sharing of the history related to the Hotel De Paris of Louis Dupuy, as well as to act as a catalyst for Georgetown, Colorado’s heritage tourism. The museum features several period items on display in several rooms in the hotel in addition to rooms in the annex. Unfortunately, the Hotel De Paris Museum doesn’t have enough room in its exhibition space to display all of the objects within its collection. Items that aren’t on display in the museum are located in the museum’s archives. Those interested in the objects in the museum archives can view many of the objects through a slideshow provided by the Hotel De Paris Museum.
The founder of the Hotel de Paris was Adolphe Francois Gerard, who was born in France in the year 1844. At the 15 years of age, Gerard was enrolled in a seminary. At the age of 20, however, he ran away to the city of Paris, where his inheritance was squandered away. Gerard then moved to London, and age 22, moved to New York City. In America, he enlisted with the United States Army and traveled out west to Wyoming. This is where Gerard deserted shortly after and changed his name to Louis Dupuy. He went on to work as a roving reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in the mining camps in the year 1869.
Louis Dupuy became so captivated by the life of the miners that he decided to work as a miner himself. In 1873, while working inside of a mine above Silver Plume and Georgetown, Dupuy was badly injured during an explosion in which he saved a fellow miner. It resulted in his left eye being injured, a broken clavicle, and a broken rib. The residents of Georgetown raised money for Dupuy to rent the building that formerly housed the Delmonico Bakery. In just a few years, he was able to buy the building, and created a hotel and restaurant named the Hotel de Paris.
The original structure was unrecognizable by the early 1890’s. The building had tripled in size, and contained apartments for Louis Dupuy himself, a large kitchen, a sizeable restaurant, and numerous rooms. The hotel featured indoor plumbing, a washbasin in every room, and gas lamps that were replaced with electric lighting in the year 1893. Dinner was served every evening in the hotel’s dining room, and used imported glassware, elegant linens, and Haviland china imported from Limoges in France. The restaurant’s menu featured anchovies in olive oil from France, delicacies like oysters, a steak from the cattle in North Park raised on the ranch owned by Louis Dupuy.
Dupuy was an accomplished linguist, fluent in English, French, Latin, and German, as well as an avid reader. He even worked for a while as a translator prior to traveling to Colorado. Dupuy’s library is on display at the Hotel de Paris Museum today, and contains literature in Latin, German, English, and French.
509 Sixth Street, Georgetown, Colorado, Phone: 303-569-2311
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More Ideas in Colorado: Minturn Inn
Housed in a beautifully restored 1915 log home, the Minturn Inn is a charming bed and breakfast inn with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Nestled between the famous ski resorts of Beaver Creek and Vail, the historic homestead rests on the main street of the town and is within walking distance of all its attractions.
The log cabin-style inn features nine stylishly appointed and traditionally decorated rustic-chic guest rooms with private bathrooms, river rock fireplaces, and balconies with spectacular views. The lodge has a deep wraparound porch with outdoor seating where guests can relax with a book, a comfortably furnished living room with a stone fireplace and plush armchairs, a fully equipped exercise room, and a sunny dining room where a complimentary hot breakfast is served every morning.
The Minturn Inn features nine stylishly appointed and traditionally decorated rustic-chic guest rooms with beautiful view of the gardens and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Six of the guest rooms are located in the front section of the house, which dates back a century, while the remaining three bedrooms are found in the new addition to the Inn. While guest rooms differ in layout and size, all are decorated in a rustic chic style with log furnishings and historical memorabilia and have king or queen-size pillow-top beds dressed in high-quality linens, hypoallergenic comforters, and pillows, and en-suite or private bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, make-up mirrors, plush towels, and organic bath products. Some rooms have sitting areas with chairs and wood-burning fireplaces, and modern in-room conveniences include flat-screen televisions with cable channels and complimentary wireless Internet.
A complimentary European-style buffet breakfast is served each morning and includes freshly brewed coffee and tea, fruit juices, fresh seasonal fruit, egg dishes, Italian meats and cheeses, and daily selections such as croissants, blueberry muffins, homemade granola and Greek yogurt, and an assortment of fresh bread.
Amenities and Recreation
The Minturn Inn features amenities and facilities such as a broad wraparound porch with outdoor seating where guests can relax with a book, a comfortably furnished living room with a stone fireplace and plush armchairs, a fully equipped exercise room, and a sunny dining room where a complimentary hot breakfast is served every morning.
Minturn offers an array of things to see and do, from arts and cultural attractions to outdoor and recreational pursuits. Cultural buffs can visit the May Gallery, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, the Walking Mountains Science Center, the Frisco Historic Park & Museum, and the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum. Other interesting places to visit include the Lomax Placer Mine, the Red, White, and Blue Fire Museum, the Edwin Carter Discovery Center, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, the Summit Ski Exhibit, the William Briggle House Museum, the Breckenridge Sawmill Museum,High Line Railroad Park, and the Washington Gold & Silver Mine.
Outdoor activities and recreational pursuits include the Adventure Ridge Amusement Park, The Dobson Ice Arena,Beaver Creek Miniature Golf, The Children's Museum at Beaver Creek, the Vail Nature Center, the Vail Nordic Center, the Beaver Creek Resort, and the Avon Recreation Center.
442 Main St, Minturn, CO 81645, Phone: 970-827-9647
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