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Top Activities for Older Adults in Denver


It was originally an homage to its historic gold rush days. But to the throngs of active adults flocking to Denver, Colorado, that 24-karat gold-coated dome on the capitol building is sending a whole new message: Retirement years in The Mile High City are truly golden.

When pondering adult things to do in Denver, the hardest decision facing retirees is which pair of sunglasses to put on. Averaging 300 days of sunshine per year, this eco-friendly outdoor paradise offers breathtaking scenery under crystal blue skies, the perfect environment in which to enjoy 20,000 acres of parkland. It also boasts the 10th largest downtown area in the nation and is one of the most walkable. Add eclectic art, restaurant and music scenes, and of course craft breweries and you have, well…the gold standard active adults.

Check out these activities for seniors in Denver.

Explore Colfax Avenue

Residents and visitors alike consider Colfax Avenue a Denver gem. Famous for being the longest commercial street in the US, a drive down Colfax promises history, entertainment, and plenty of interesting eats. Its 26.5 miles are filled with the local businesses that are so integral to Denver’s culture.

First Friday Art Walks on Santa Fe

Denver’s First Friday Art Walks are the art district’s signature event. Rain or shine, on the first Friday of every month, art enthusiasts find their way to Santa Fe Drive to appreciate the works of hundreds of artists in galleries and less obviously tucked away in charming attics and alleyways. Festivities begin at 5:30.

Take a Hike

No list of things to do in Colorado for seniors would be complete without hiking options. With 200 area parks to choose from, you will never run out of new trails to explore. Start with these well-known favorites.

  • Golden Gate Canyon Park

    With over 40 miles of hiking trails, many of which are rated “easy” by Alltrails.com, Golden Gate Canyon Park is a fan favorite. It is about an hour from the city and the admission price is $10.

  • Red Rocks Park

    Enjoy hiking around gorgeous red rocks and the Amphitheatre at Red Rocks Park just west of Denver. Admission is free.

  • Washington Park

    With two lakes, two flower gardens, and over 155 acres to explore, Washington Park is free and one of the most popular city parks.

Hit a Museum

‚ÄčOn that rare day when you decide to go indoors, check out one of Denver’s popular museums. The Denver Art Museum, or DAM as it is called, is on of the largest museums west of the Mississippi. Experience their impressive permanent displays as well as constantly changing new exhibitions and collections. Looking for something to do with the grandkids? They will love learning about the natural history of the Rockies at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens is a featured highlight of the Mile High City. Enjoy 24 acres of horticultural splendor in a breathtaking environment.

Overture 9th and CO, and Overture Central Park, are premier active adult communities surrounded by the majesty that is Denver. If the idea of living in a sun-filled mountain wonderland with magnificent views from every window isn’t enough to inspire you, remember golf balls go about 10% farther in the mountain air. To maximize your active adult chapter - and for the sake of your handicap - plan a tour of your favorite Overture Senior Living community in Denver today.