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The ultimate Denver guide to entertaining troublesome visitors

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
Dinosaur Ridge -- Denver
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1. The Cherry Cricket 2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Backed by 50 years of burger history, Cherry Cricket's patties are a true legend, and its wings, sandwiches, and chilis are pretty damn good too. A champion of local beer, the bar is stocked with 27 taps of locally brewed craft beer.

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2. Denver Museum of Nature and Science 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205 (City Park)

If Space Odyssey isn't your thing (you're weird), than head to the IMAX or their planetarium and indulge in some serious nerd-point-enhancing activities.

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3. Children's Museum of Denver 2121 Childrens Museum Dr, Denver, CO 80211 (Jefferson Park)

This museum is basically just a big play pen of stuff you used to be enamored with. If your company is under the age of ten, they will likely not be speaking to you all day, purely out of amazement (bubbles! kinetics!) and sheer distraction from the fact that you are a boring adult.

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4. Denver Aquarium 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211 (Jefferson Park)

This aquarium is known to have a mermaid show -- like, a live show that you'll actually enjoy (read: girls in swimsuits and sparkly tails floating around delicately). It's also known to be an awesome place for your inner-child, with awesome underwater exhibits and activities.

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5. Dinosaur Ridge 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Not only are there 150 million-year-old dino bones encased here, but you can even participate in a dig of your own. DR boasts hiking trails, endless activities, and extensive knowledge about every five-year-olds only passion: T-Rex.

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6. United States Mint 320 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Golden Triangle)

As the nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, this unique tourist-spot is bound to have lots of shiny things you'll want to touch and play with (with historical value, of course).

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7. Denver Art Museum 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204 (Auraria)

With an endless list of collections and an ever-changing unique exhibit list, the DAM is a great place to get in touch with your cultural side during the weekends.

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8. Molly Brown House 1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)

You obviously have to check out one of the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado; the MBH is a great place to take a day off (literally, just the day) from drinking and learn more about the land you're standing on.

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9. Forney Museum of Transportation 4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216 (Five Points)

With over 500 transportation-related exhibits, Forney's educating you on the history of wheeled vehicles be they antique cars, motorcycles, buggies, or bikes.

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10. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206 (Congress Park)

Sitting on a luscious 24 acres of gorgeous gardens and plant life, DBG aims to educate and conserve the natural habitats and wildlife of the area.

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11. Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

The Air & Space Museum aims to educate visitors on the history of aviation -- of both the air and space varieties -- from both past and present.

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12. Unser Racing 7300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80221

Head to Unser where you can "arrive and drive" given that they've got more than 84 heats running a day, so you'll never have to wait too long to fulfill your need for speed on their tracks.

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13. Comedy Works 1226 15th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

CW is in the top five best comedy clubs across the good ol' USofA (as voted by USA Today), which means it's seen some of the greats like Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Seinfeld, and more.