The Denver Zoo offers a low-cost date option. The Denver Zoo started with a black bear, Billy Bryan, gifted by Denver’s Mayor in 1896. The zoo is an 80-acre park filled with exhibits developed to imitate the animal’s native surroundings. With 3,500 animals and 650 species, the Denver Zoo offers hours of entertainment for any animal lover. It takes an active role in educating the public about endangered animals, housing 188 species that are either threatened or endangered. The Denver Zoo is one of the most popular in the country, with 1.6 million annual visitors.
Denver Botanical Gardens
Gardeners, botanists and local leaders started the Denver Botanical Garden in 1951. Moved from its original site in City Park, the park has expanded to three locations: The Denver Botanical Gardens, the Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield, and Mount Goliath. The gardens are now one of the country's largest, demonstrating the differing ecosystems of Colorado. The gardens offer a café and a restaurant for visitors.
Lower Downtown Denver
Lower Downtown, or the LODO District, is touted by lodo.org as the place to eat, shop and stay in Denver. LODO consists of a 23-block area located in the original settlement of Denver. Coors Field and the Pepsi Center are located in the District, offering a variety of events throughout the year. Walking tours are also offered to explore the history of the districts buildings, hotels and the individuals that once lived in LODO.
Washington Park, or Wash Park as locals know it, is a 100-year-old community park. The park offers two lakes, an indoor pool, tennis courts and walking paths which allow in-line skating. Free concerts are held in June, and the Denver Country Club’s July 4th firework display is held in the park. The park was recognized as one of the top 10 reasons to return to Denver by 10best.com. Many restaurants are located adjacent to the park.