Written by Liana Moore, Vail Daily

When the mountain closes and the throngs of tourists depart from our happy valley, some of us get a little stir crazy and plan some weekends away. Denver is the most obvious choice for a city fix, but there are some other less obvious places that can provide whatever it is we are searching for.

The Denver downtown area has seen considerable thoughtful redevelopment in recent years, making it a fun place to explore, dine and experience culture. Downtown Denver also offers a fantastic variety of family attractions and museums from the Downtown Aquarium and Children’s Museum of Denver best for infants up to ages 7-8 to the Museum of Nature & Science best for ages 6 and older. But there are lots of other fun things for kids to do downtown — play in the spray park at Union Station, take a pedi-cab ride or just watch the trains go by at Union Station. Watching a Colorado Rockies Game at Coors Field is also a fun family experience.

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