Kids are welcome in Denver. The city is made for kids and families because of its outdoor recreation, family friendly museums and activities, and 300 days of sunshine a year.

Many places in the city offer reduced or free admission for people under the age of 30. You can save money by using a CityPASS, a pre-paid ticket package. The best things to do there are when you travel with kids.

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Transportation and altitude: things to know about being in Denver with kids 

Downtown Denver has a lot of traffic and parking. Public transportation is free for kids under the age of 5 and for anyone 19 and under. Scooters and bike shares are a great way for kids to get around. It's easy to fill any gaps with car sharing companies.

The 5280ft elevation is the toughest thing to contend with in Denver. It could be altitude sickness if you or your kids start to feel unwell. It can take a few days to get used to the elevation.

Get interactive at Denver Museum of Nature and Science © Joe Amon / Denver Post via Getty Images

The kids will love visiting the museum in City Park and nearby zoo

A 330-acre park with lakes for fishing and paddle boating is called City Park. The young can play on the playground and the older can listen to jazz concerts. On the north side of the park, Denver Museum of Nature & Science makes science fun through exhibits incorporating everything from traditional dioramas to state-of-the-art technology, and shows at the IMAX theater and planetarium make for a welcome break on a hot day.

The Denver Zoo has habitats and up- close views of animals from all over the world. Staffers often share interesting facts and answer audience questions, so be sure to catch an animal feeding.

There are interactive exhibits at History Colorado Center

The History Colorado Center is a great place to learn about the people and places of the state. Five of the museum's favorites have been narrowed down. There are Lego-building workshops and story times. Some of the museum's excellent programming can be folded into your visit if time permits.

Adventure Forest
Climb, crawl and be busy at the Children's Museum of Denver Marsico Campus © Joe Amon /Getty Images

Spark your imagination at the Children’s Museum Denver Marsico Campus

There are happy children in every corner of the Children's Museum. There are many hands-on exhibits and lots of activities to have fun with. There's a special area for infants and toddlers.

Have an underwater adventure at the Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium is located next to the Children's Museum and has over one million gallons of water. You can eat lunch in the aquarium restaurant without paying admission to the whole aquarium. Sitting next to the giant tank filled with sharks and other sea creatures is a great place for curious tots. A morning at the Children's Museum and lunch at the Aquarium is a great place to take the kids.

Explore Denver Botanic Gardens 

The Denver Botanic Gardens is a wonderful place for families to visit. There is a spectacularly diverse collection of gardens with plants from around the world. Concerts and holiday light shows are popular. Younger children will enjoy splashing and wading in Pipsqueak Pond in the Mordecai Children's Garden.

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Kids and parents really enjoy exploring art at the Denver Art Museum © Kathryn Scott Osler / Denver Post via Getty Images

Enjoy the interactive and creative sections at Denver Art Museum  

One of the richest collections of Native American art in the world can be found at the Denver Art Museum. There are special exhibits in the museum throughout the year. The museum is a great place to visit with children. Creative games, activities and art stations are included in many of the exhibits, making free admission for anyone under 18 a great deal.

Go to Confluence Park for bike riding and water play

In the summer there is a lot of families at the park. A short white-water park is popular for kayaking and tubing, as well as a small beach where you can play in the water. The Cherry Creek Trail is a great place for families on bikes to go for a ride. There is a skate park just north of the park.

Catch some of Denver's best spectator sports as a family

It's easy to catch a Colorado Rockies baseball game during the season. It doesn't have to be broke. If you have a family with you, you can buy on-the-day tickets for the Rockpile for just $4. Theme nights mean free stuff like t-shirts and posters. If baseball isn't your thing, other professional sports teams, including the Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche, make it easy to watch professional athletes do their thing.

Wander the easy trails at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge 

There are over 10 miles of easy hiking trails on the outskirts of Denver. Visitors can view wildlife such as bison, mule deer and bald eagles while passing through wetlands, grassland and forest. The Visitor Center has an interactive exhibit hall where you can learn a lot about the refuge. Family-friendly tours and programs are also available.

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