From the beautiful scenery to wonderful weather, living in Colorado certainly has its advantages. Lately though our state hasn’t felt like itself, with rain and snow hitting the Front Range nearly every day for the past month – which doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Don’t let a rainy day dampen your spirits, or ruin your memorial day plans; here are some fun ideas to have a great time with the whole family regardless of the weather.
Ski A-Basin. There’s one ski resort in the state with lifts still running. All the rain along the Front Range means snow at higher elevations. With a 60 inch base and all of its blue and black diamond runs open, not to mention reduced ticket prices for spring, there is still plenty of skiing to be had.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science. From sprawling exhibits of dinosaurs, some of which once roamed the very grounds the museum is located on, all the way to the depths of space – The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has so much to offer to young and old alike. Its dozen or more (depending on new exhibits) exhibitions will keep you entertained through the day. A planetarium and IMAX screen on site are also great ways to combine entertainment and education.
Butterfly Pavilion. The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO features more than 5000 species of invertebrates. These misunderstood creatures constitute over 97% of species on Earth, and there is so much to learn about these creepy crawlies. At the end of your tour you might even get the opportunity to hold the famous Rosie, a rose haired tarantula.
Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Constructed in 1994 on the grounds of what is former Lowry Air Force Base, this museum features about 40 aircraft which once flew over our skies. You can view the history of the Air Base from the early 30’s across the century, seeing the airplanes that led our armies to victories in numerous theaters of war around the world.
Denver Aquarium. The largest aquarium between California and Chicago, the Denver Aquarium features more than 500 different species from all corners of the globe. A trip to the aquarium will take you to the jungles of Southeast Asia where Tigers roam, to the deserts of the Southwestern US putting you in the middle of a fast flood. It’s a great resource to learn about the importance of water in the Western US.
A rainy doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Make the most out of this weather by taking advantage of many of our great local museums and zoos, learning a thing or two along the way.