Denver on a Budget
You don’t have to spend much — or anything at all — to see the sights, take in some culture, and enjoy a meal in Denver.
Weekday tours of the Colorado State Capitol Building are free.
The Denver Public Library displays a portion of its large Western art collection on the 5th floor at any time, and the 7th-floor Vida Ellison Gallery hosts monthly shows with contemporary local artwork on display.
There is no general admission cost at the Denver Art Museum on the first Saturday of each month.
The Auraria Campus includes the Ninth Avenue Historic Block, the Golda Meir House, and a few historic churches worth seeing. Walking tours of the campus sights are free, though tours of the Golda Meir home must be scheduled in advance.
Centennial Gardens in the Platte River Valley is free to anyone who wants to stroll among the manicured gardens.
The SAME Café only asks that diners pay what they can afford for a meal, or work off their bill doing dishes.
At many of the galleries that participate in the First Friday Art Walk, free appetizers and drinks are offered.
Music store Twist & Shout frequently hosts free concerts.
The 16th Street Mall shuttle bus is free and takes passengers just over one mile from LoDo to Capitol Hill.
© Mindy Sink from Moon Denver, 1st Edition