Denver is host to plenty of exciting activities and should offer something for everyone. Whether you like professional sports, great dining, craft beer, fantastic shopping or hikes through nature, Denver has it all. Many of these activities are walkable from the hotel, and the surrounding area has nearly limitless options. Here are just a few suggestions, and we’ll have many more in blog posts down the road.

Dining

Denver’s dining scene is incredible, ranging from fantastic pub food to innovative high-end, splurge-worthy delights. You can see a list of Denver’s top 25 restaurants from our friends at 5280, many of which are easily accessible from our host hotel.

If you’re into craft beer, the greater Denver area has one of the best and long-standing craft brewery scenes in the country. Many great breweries have pubs in the city, including Breckinridge Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co. and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Can’t decide? Stop into a craft beer bar such as Euclid Hall (walkable from the host hotel) or Falling Rock Tap House (near Coors Field) for a broader sampling.

Pro Sports

We know many of you organize excursions to baseball games around the conference. The Rockies are in town at gorgeous Coors Field during the conference — we checked. See their schedule and if you’re looking for fellow baseball fans to join you, our ONA16 Facebook group is a great place to coordinate ticket buys. Coors Field is a 25-minute walk, or accessible via a free shuttle that extends down the 16th Street Mall.

As for football, the Denver Broncos — you know, the current Super Bowl champions — will be in town Sunday, September 18. Tickets are hard to come by, but you can you can learn more about the team and their schedule on their website.

The NHL and NBA teams, the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, will not yet have started their seasons, but feel free to check out their pages in case any interesting opportunities for hardcore sports fans arise.

Shopping and Entertainment

Denver has terrific entertainment opportunities. Here are a few basics to get you started:

  • Movies: try UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, the nearby multiplex
  • Opera, musicals, concerts, theaters: the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is steps away from the host hotel
  • Get your stadium rock on: the Pepsi Center, Denver’s multipurpose arena, has a few concerts lined up around ONA16 dates
  • Museum: the Denver Art Museum is a terrific visit, and don’t miss their restaurant, Palettes
  • Shopping: you’re in a prime location to access Denver’s famous 16th Street Mall, which is chock full of shopping and dining options. If you want the premier experience, a short cab ride will get you to the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which has high end stores and public art
  • Neighborhood sightseeing: for a spot that’s pleasant to stroll and perhaps make a stop in a coffee shop or pub, try Larimer Square, walkable from the host hotel, or South Broadway, a short cab ride away
  • Off-the-beaten-path: What can we say about Casa Bonita, the Denver icon made famous by an episode of South Park? It’s a bit of a haul from the host hotel but for some of you, it will be worth the trek

Nature

Need some glorious, glorious fresh air after being cooped up in the conference hotel all weekend? Denver has you covered, and how. Best of all, it should be a great time of year for getting out and about and exploring some of the outdoor offerings in Denver.

  • In the city: Denver’s central City Park is beautiful, or for botanic gardens and a view of the state capitol, try Cheesman Park
  • Outside the city: we are National Park nerds at ONA, and thankfully the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park is about a 90-minute drive from the host hotel. Alternatively, many of the surrounding ski resorts are well worth a visit, even outside of ski season, for great views and hiking