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City Park, Playgrounds, and Splash Pad

1700 York Street, Denver, CO 80205

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City Park in Denver will keep everyone entertained and is in a prime location for all-day activity!

Why I love it: City Park actually has two playgrounds (one near Duck Lake and the other on the N. Colorado Boulevard side), but it’s about so much more than the playground — it’s an overall experience. If you’re looking for a place to come that ticks multiple to-dos on your Denver Bucket List, this is it. Both playgrounds are near enclosed toilet areas, and the N. Colorado Boulevard side option, in particular — which is located at 1700 York St — is an ambling wooden structure with everything your child could want or need, from slides and swings to riding animals and climbing structures — and it’s close to a parking lot.

Plus, if your kid loves nothing more than running around over “bridges,” as mine do, then this place is endlessly entertaining. Although you’ll need to drive to get from place to place, the parks are also conveniently located near the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Ferril Lake, where you can rent all kinds of transportation, from land options like surreys and cruiser bikes to water ones like kayaks and swan boats. There is a small splash pad located near the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, as well, which is the perfect spot for your kids to cool off after playing. This map gives you a good overall view of the layout of the entire area so you can better plan your movements.

What to keep in mind: While you could spend hours just at the playgrounds here, the better idea would be to make a full day of it and visit some of the other features in the area, as well. Bring swimsuits for the splash pad and, depending on your child’s interests, plan to check out the zoo or science museum, as well. Obviously, both of these spots are popular areas, so check out the websites to plan the best days of the week and time of days to visit to avoid crowds, if possible.

By: Cheryl Lock of Weary Wanderer

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Cheryl Lock
Cheryl Lock is a former New Yorker who currently lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters, Lotte and Grace. When she isn't exploring the mountains and trails with her girls, Cheryl is a writer and editor who covers travel, personal finance and parenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, Real Simple and more. You can see more of her work here at CherylLock.com and WearyWanderer.wordpress.com,.
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