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Free Things to Do And Places to Go in Colorado

January 22, 2019


Looking for something different to do today? There are several museums and venues that are open FREE to visitors all throughout the year. 



Art Museum of CU Boulder
1085 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309-0459
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
During the fall and spring semesters, open Thursdays until 7:00 PM
Closed for all university holidays.


6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00–5:00 PM






Aurora History Museum
15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

Tuesday through Friday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
Closed Monday and federal holidays.





Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO 80020
Thursday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM–3:00 PM




4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
Please Note: Children under 5 are not permitted on tours. Machines in operation on weekdays only.




Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
1701 Mile High Stadium Cir., Suite 500, Denver, CO, 80204
Thursday through Saturday 9:30 AM–3:00 PM




Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM




Garden of the Gods Park & Visitor Center
1805 N. 30th Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Summer Hours: 8:00 AM–7:00 PM daily
Winter Hours: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day




Hudson Gardens - Garden Area
6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
November-March: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM daily
April-October: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM daily
Please note that some areas of Hudson Gardens may be closed or restricted due to concerts or other special events. The Welcome Center & Gift Shop is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 





Littleton Museum
6028 S Gallup Street, Littleton, CO 80120
Tuesday through Friday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
Closed Monday and holidays.




Lookout Mountain Preserve & Nature Center
910 Colorow Road, Golden, CO 80401
Tuesday through Friday 12:00–4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Preserve open to hikers 8:00 AM to dusk, year round.




The Money Museum
1020 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Monday-Friday 9:30 AM–4:00 PM (excluding bank holidays)
Adults must present government-issued photo ID.




Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110
Indoor Gallery: Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM




Museum of Natural History CU
15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
The museum is closed on all university holidays.




Peterson Air & Space Museum
150 E. Ent Avenue, Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1303
Winter Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Summer Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Closed Monday, weekends, and federal holidays.




Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum
5867 North Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM




United States Air Force Academy Visitor Center
2346 Academy Drive, US Air Force Academy, CO 80840
9:00 AM–5:00 PM daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.




United States Mint Denver
320 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80204-2693
Monday through Thursday, excluding federal holidays
Six tours: 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:30 PM
Free tickets are available at the Tour Information Window (TIW), which opens at 7:00 AM and will remain open until all tickets have been distributed. Tickets are for same-day tours only; no advance tickets are available. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 5 per person.




Be sure to check each location's website prior to your visit to check for special closures and any other information needed. If you see of a museum or venue that offers free admission, please let us know so we can consider the addition to our guide!




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