🏛️ SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Venues – Updated for 2021

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher January 2, 2021

Colorado residents can enjoy FREE DAYS at some of our area's most popular destinations, thanks to SCFD funding as well as state and corporate sponsorship. Free Days are for general admission; special events and exhibitions may still require the purchase of a ticket.

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A SPECIAL NOTE: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit select venues anytime throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

Venues offering $1 admission for SNAP recipients are: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado Center.

Dates are subject to change without notice; confirm with the venue prior to your visit.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver | (303) 433-7444
4:30–7:30 PM only

  • Friday, July 16
  • Friday, August 20
  • Friday, September 17

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden | (303) 279-4591

  • Thursday, March 18
  • Thursday, May 13
  • Thursday, October 7

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver | (720) 913-0130
A special note: Children 18 years and younger are free EVERY day of the year!

  • Saturday, June 26
  • Saturday, August 21
  • Saturday, October 24

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St., Denver | (720) 865-3500

  • Friday, September 24
  • Saturday, September 25

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton | (720) 865-4346

  • Free Days are on hold due to COVID-19

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver | (303) 892-1436

NOTE: Dates marked with (*) are only free to residents in the seven SCFD counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.

  • Free Days are on hold due to COVID-19

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver | (303) 370-6000

The Museum is currently operating under limited capacity due to COVID-19. We encourage you to check back before every Free Day for the latest recommendations, and reserve your tickets in advance.

  • Monday, January 4
  • Sunday, January 24
  • Monday, February 8 (Darwin Day)
  • Sunday, February 28
  • Sunday, April 25 (Día del Niño)
  • Sunday, May 23 (Space Day)
  • Wednesday, June 30 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Wednesday, August 11 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Wednesday, September 1 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Monday, September 20
  • Monday, October 4 (LGBTQ Community Day)
  • Saturday, November 6 (Denver Arts Week: Night at the Museum)
  • Monday, December 6

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St., Denver | (720) 337-1400
On select "Share the Love Days," the Zoo is giving 125 FREE TICKET VOUCHERS for every 15-minute admission window. Vouchers are available during a 3-day lottery period, starting 10 days prior to admission date. Visit for more details and to register.

  • Free Day: Saturday, January 16 | Lottery: January 6-8
  • Free Day: Sunday, February 7 | Lottery: January 28-30
  • Free Day: Sunday, February 14 | Lottery: February 4-6
  • Free Day: Thursday, April 8 | Lottery: March 29-31
  • Free Day: Thursday, October 21 | Lottery: October 11-13

Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison | (303) 697-3466

A special note: Admission to the exhibit hall Trek Through Time is free; guided bus tours are available at a reduced rate of $12 for adults and $7 for children.

  • Friday, May 14
  • Friday, October 8
  • Friday, December 3 

Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St., Denver | (720) 865-0800

  • Friday, January 8
  • Friday, February 12
  • Friday, March 12
  • Friday, April 9
  • Friday, May 14
  • Friday, June 11
  • Friday, July 9
  • Friday, August 13
  • Friday, September 10
  • Friday, October 8
  • Friday, November 12
  • Friday, December 10

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver | (303) 447-8679

  • Sunday, April 25 (Día del Niño)
  • Thursday, June 24 (Opening of Five Points Plus) (5:00-8:00 PM only)
  • Sunday, August 1 (Colorado Day)
  • Weekends in October 
  • Saturday, November 6 (Denver Arts Week: Night at the Museum)

Plains Conservation Center
21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora | (303) 326-8380

  • Free Days are on hold due to COVID-19

Always Free: Aurora History MuseumLittleton Museum and Living History FarmHudson Gardens, and Museum of Outdoor Arts.

MCA Denver offers admission for one penny to Colorado residents on the first Saturday of the month. Due to COVID-19, tickets must be reserved in advance.

Additionally, you can request free passes for a variety of area museums through the Adventure Pass Program offered by our Douglas County Libraries. Passes are for general admission for a specific day and are very limited in quantity. 

Participating venues include Butterfly Pavilion, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado Center, Molly Brown House Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

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