Because when you’re broke and bored, you can usually scrounge up at least $10, right? It’s time to start fishing those quarters out from under your car seats, couch cushions, and friends’ pockets, and go have some good, clean, broke-ass fun.
1. Rent a B-cycle
Price: $9 for 30 minutes
With 87 stations around town, you can pretty much take one of these rented rides anywhere.
2. Eat a bowl of green chili at Sam’s No. 3
Aurora, Glendale, and Downtown
Coloradans will eat this stuff on anything, but the version at Sam’s is also damn good on it’s own.
3. See the stars at Chamberlin Observatory
‘Cause really, when’s the last time you looked through a telescope made in 1894?
4. Play 18 holes at Colorado Journey Mini Golf
Price: $7 (or $5.50 if you’re a resident of the South Suburban District)
Each hole is designed to represent a Colorado attraction, so you basically get to tour the entire state with enough money leftover for a post-game PBR.
5. Explore a state park
There are 42 state parks in Colorado with many in, or near, the Metro Denver area. Pick a day, pick a park, and you’ve got an adventure.
6. Take a light rail ride to Golden
The W Line
Why? Because then you can get three free beers at the also-free Coors Brewery tour.
7. Tour the Pepsi Center
Take a peek behind the scenes in the place that’s home to the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.
8. Rent skates at Southwest Rink
Central Business District
The rink is open late November through mid-February, and the skating itself is free. So channel your inner Brian Boitano show off your best double axel.
11. Cheer from The Rockpile
During baseball season, snag these seats in this special section of the outfield for Rockies’ games.
12. Take a trip to Tiny Town
Price: $5 + $2 for a train ride
Why should kids have all the fun? They shouldn’t. You and your inner child need a day at this classic miniaturized landmark.
15. Make like Bourdain and eat at Biker Jim’s
Five Points & Highlands Ranch
Price: $6.50 + $1.25 for signature topping combosGo with the classic: elk jalapeño cheddar dog with cream cheese and caramelized onions.
16. Keep the glass at Our Mutual Friend
It's Tuesdays only, but that shouldn't stop you from getting three 10 oz pours of delicious craft beer, plus an addition to your glassware collection.
17. Explore the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
A little time on the farm will do you good.
18. Watch a flick on the big screen
Hampden South, Arvada and Littleton
Sure, you’re not going to catch that brand-new release here, but Elvis Cinemas makes going to the movies surprisingly cheap.
19. Support the local music scene
20. Score some random bargains at the Mile High Flea Market
Price: $2-$3 admission + whatever you spend on your finds
Or at least get in some quality people watching.
21. Buy an inner tube and float down a real river
Head to the closest discount store, grab anything that floats, and spend a summer day sloshing around Clear Creek.
22. Float down a lazy river
Price: $9.75 (or $7.50 if you’re an Englewood resident)
And while you’re at it, hit up a few water slides at Pirates Cove.
23. Pick up something farm fresh
Head to one of the area’s many farms and buy some locally-grown veggies, fruit, or roasted chilis for your own farm-to-table meal.
24. Try to finish an Illegal Pete’s burrito
South Broadway, University, LoDo and DTC
Whether you get yours with queso, carnitas, or extra corn salsa, these foil-wrapped behemoths are a Denver essential.
25. Sip a Pimm’s Cup with a view
Central Business District
The drinks are pricy but the scenic mountain vistas are free at Peaks Lounge.
26. Take a caffeinated street art tour
Get a latte to-go at Crema and walk the neighborhood. The area is in the middle of some big changes, including a plethora of bright, bold street art.
27. Climb the Pinnacle at REI
It’s 47ft tall. Do you have the skills to make it to the top?
28. Play the penny slots
Black Hawk & Central City
Price: $10, or however much it takes before you hit the jackpot.
29. Sample the food truck scene
Arepas, meatballs, falafel cones… whether they’re parked outside a brewery or congregating at Civic Center Eats in the summer, if you find a food truck, order something.
30. Have a craft beer picnic
Most Denver liquor stores are pretty well-stocked when it comes to craft brews. Grab a six pack of the good stuff and head to any one of the city’s 200 parks. Just be sure you also bring some cups and clean up your mess after.
31. Ride the Cyclone at Lakeside
Price: 3 admission + $3 in ride coupons
This vintage wooden coaster may not have the loops and speed of newer versions, but it’s 70 years old which, unlike most things 70 years old, should be enough to give you some thrills.
32. Hit a round of golf
Harvard Gulch is a nine hole par three -- perfect for some practice correcting that slice.
33. Get high
I mean come on -- we are in Colorado. For that much, you can pick up a pre-rolled joint, gram of your favorite strain, or an edible at any dispensary.
34. Cure the munchies at GB Fish & Chips
Wash Park, Sloan’s Lake and Park Hill
Price: $1 per piece of tilapia
Cause you’ll probably be hungry after that last one. Catch the best deal on “tilapia Tuesdays” plus $0.75 PBR’s if you make it during happy hour.
35. Visit the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Their quirky collections include an art deco corner, furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a vintage vacuum cleaner. That’s right. Vintage.
36. Hit up the arcade at Boondocks
Price: $10 for 43 tokens
You know you want those prize tickets.
37. Go back to prehistoric times
No time machine -- hot tub or otherwise -- necessary on this shuttle tour that will guide you around Dinosaur Ridge.
38. Order the Swedish meatballs at IKEA
Price: $4.99 ($4.49 if you go for the new veggie option)
But good luck getting out of there without spending your other $5 on a Swedish-monikered household item.
39. Learn more about Molly Brown
You probably know that she didn’t sink on the Titanic, but did you know she also lived in Denver? Visit the Victorian she called home at the Molly Brown House.
40. Take a summertime swim at Eldorado Springs Pool
People have been cooling off in this artesian spring water since 1950.
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