Our kids (they're now 6 and 8) always are happy to go into Denver for a Day at City Park and the Denver Zoo. We usually pack a picnic and try to park down by the Zoo's West entrance where there is a really super wood play structure and picnic tables for lunch. (For those of us from the flat lands, remember Denver is the Mile High City, the sun's a little more intense and sometimes those rubber swing seats get awfully hot - ouch!!!) Then we spend the afternoon in the Zoo. My kids love the Polar Bears, Giraffes and the Great Ape exhibits. My son, for some reason, thinks the Tapir is just about the coolest animal he has ever seen. There are peacocks roaming free about the walkways and in the last few years they have put in a Lorikeet Adventure. The Lorikeets (birds in case you didn't know) will land on your fingers or shoulders and you can purchase a liquid food mixture to feed them. Watch out for extra "presents" from the birds though.
City Park itself is very large and also includes the Natural History Museum so there is plenty to do for a whole day's trip. We ususally find someplace to eat in the suburbs or Boulder on the way back and have a pair of tired happy campers by the time we make it back to Estes.
We've also gone on side trips to Central City via the Oh My God Highway, Mt. Evans, Rockies games, Georgetown Loop, Colorado Railroad Museum, etc. I still remember my dad taking us on a day trip "drive" across Rollins Pass on the old railroad right of way that was used before the Moffat tunnel was built several times. You can't go all the way across anymore since some of the railroad trestles are no longer firmly on the side of the mountain. (Think Fall River Road on steroids - at least that's how it seemed from a kid's point of view. It should have been one way and maybe was near the end, the trestle bridges were defintely one way at a time.) Seeing Yankee Doodle Lake on those trips sticks in my mind to this day.
Does anyone else have trips they really like?
Edited by epdreamer, 10 November 2004 - 11:59 AM.