ON YOUR OWN

All work and no play makes for a very dreary conference! So please take an opportunity to see more of Colorado than just the inside of the hotel. Options abound: organized tours, a slow stroll through the Denver Art Museum, a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, an hour or two in one of Denver's many brew pubs, and much, much more. Listed below are some suggestions, so hopefully you can find something that fits your interests and budget.

Note: The Conference has no affiliation with the activities or companies listed below and makes no endorsement of their respective offerings. Conference attendees or those persons accompanying attendees who wish to take advantage of opportunities outside of the Conference must make their own arrangements directly with the firm(s) involved.

Colorado Railroad Museum

Located in Golden, Colorado, the Colorado Railroad Museum offers over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, an HO model railroad, and more on a 15-acre railyard — complete with an operating turntable and roundhouse. Visit the Depot General Store with thousands of train gifts for every rail fan.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Coors Brewery Tour

Located in Golden, Colorado, Coors brewery offers a tour of the world's largest single-site brewery. The brewery experience includes a 30-minute self-paced tour highlighting the malting, brewing, and packaging processes. Cool off in the "fresh beer room", where visitors can sip a cold sample and rest on ice-cube benches in a refrigerated room. At the end of the tour, view old photos, neons, historical beer cans, bottles, and memorabilia, and have the opportunity to sample the brewery's refreshing products.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: millercoors.com/Brewery-Tours/Golden-Brewery-Tour.aspx

Gray Line Tours

Since 1910, Gray Line has been a trusted provider of traveler experiences and sightseeing tours in the world's most sought after locations. Here's a sample of Gray Line's offering in the Denver area.

  • Denver Mountain Parks
  • Denver Highlights
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad

For more tours, pricing, and more information, visit Gray Line's website at: grayline.com/things-to-do/united-states/denver/

Denver Microbrew Tour

The Denver Microbrew Tour is a guided walking tour through downtown Denver, Colorado's historic LODO (lower downtown) and Ballpark Neighborhood districts. The tour includes beer samplings at several microbreweries and a local tap room, everything you could want to know about beer, a coupon for a pint of your favorite beer on the tour, and local Denver history.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: denvermicrobrewtour.com/

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art. Our holdings reflect our city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: denverartmuseum.org

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Founded in 1900, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science traces its origins back more than a hundred years to one man's efforts and a little log cabin tucked away in the mountains. Today the Museum continues to evolve, expanding in both size and breadth of activities, as our exhibits, programs, research, and collections continue to offer opportunities for discovery. Gates Planetarium and the IMAX theater are also part of the Museum.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: dmns.org

Elitch Gardens Amusement Park

Located in the heart of Denver, Elitch Gardens is America's only downtown theme and water park, now celebrating more than 125 years of fun! You'll find thrill rides, water rides, games and arcades, shows, shopping, and more.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: elitchgardens.com

Lakeside Amusement Park

Operating at the same location since 1908, Lakeside has excitement, history, and charm. Located on a large picturesque lake (with great mountain views), the park offers an authentic wooden roller coaster, trains, a merry-go-round, a drop tower, bumper cars, and many spinning rides.

For pricing and more information, visit the website at: lakesideamusementpark.com

Need more?

Information about more places, events, and activities can be found on the Internet through the links listed below.

Baseball • Colorado Rockies

Soccer • Colorado Rapids

The Denver Mint • Denver Mint

Plays and Concerts • Center for Performing Arts

Helicopter Flights • Colorado HeliOps

Glenwood Springs by Train • Amtrak

Larimer Square :: Shopping, Dining, Pubs • Larimer Square

National Center for Atmospheric Research • NCAR (Boulder)

Winery Tours • Mile High Wine Tours

Balloon Rides • Colorado Balloon RidesHot Air Balloon Rides Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park and the Stanley Hotel • Rocky Mountain National ParkStanley Hotel (Estes Park)

Pearl Street Mall :: Shopping, Dining, Pubs • Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)

Transportation Museum • Forney Transportation Museum

Outdoor Concert • Red Rocks Amphitheater