Denver

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Denver

Black American West Museum and Heritage Center

This museum gives African-American ranchers, homesteaders, and rodeo performers their due. See vintage photos of Bill Pickett taming longhorn steers by biting their lips, and examine tools and equipment used by black settlers in the late 1800s to build homes.

3091 California St., CO, 303-292-2566, www.blackamericanwest.com
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Botanic Gardens

Set out on grand avenues styled after classic European green-spaces, move through Tuscan gardens of bronze, purple and lavender, and sit under the shade of 500-year-old trees in the Japanese garden. In summer evenings, attend jazz, folk, and pop concerts at the amphitheater.

1005 York St., CO, 720-865-3500, www.botanicgardens.org
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Denver Art Museum

Striking buildings designed by Gio Ponti and Daniel Libeskind house an impressively diverse collection of Picassos, pre-Colombian art, European landscape paintings, and more. Kids will love interactive activities like the Costume Closet, where they can try on the clothes they see in paintings.

100 14th Pkwy., CO, 720-865-5000, www.denverartmuseum.org
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Denver Performing Arts Complex

Operas, ballets, symphonies, plays, and nationally touring musicals appear in ten performance spaces. Take a backstage tour if you don’t have time for a show. Pre-event dinners are served onsite at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House.

14th and Curtis, CO, 303-893-4100, www.artscomplex.com
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Downtown Aquarium

Snorkel in a tank with more than 50 species of fish, dodge a flash flood, and explore a misty rain forest at Denver’s top family attraction. After learning how stingrays, Pacific groupers, and desert rattlesnakes survive in their habitats, head to the restaurant and survive on a crab salad sandwich, fish and chips, or a shrimp Caesar wrap.

700 Water St., CO, 303-561-4450, www.aquariumrestaurants.com
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | aquarium

History Colorado Center

See Denver in the context of its roaring past through displays that tell of buffalo hunts, mining in the Rockies, and the nascent days of Denver. Paintings and photographs depict the city’s western heritage and changing exhibits highlight events that shaped the city. Formerly the Colorado History Museum, the History Colorado Center opens in its new location in April 2012.

1200 Broadway, CO, 303-447-8679, www.historycolorado.org
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Molly Brown House Museum

See Titanic survivor Molly Brown’s piano, Victrola, and an invoice to her insurance company for jewels, gowns, and an Egyptian good luck charm that went down with the famous ship. Tea is set in the salon where Ms. Unsinkable courted Denver society.

1340 Pennsylvania St., CO, 303-832-4092, www.mollybrown.org
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