Are you looking for a Colorado experience that won’t break the bank? Lucky you: Colorado has hundreds of free events each year that promise loads of fun on a budget. Here are some top picks for free fun in the Centennial State.

Free Fun in Colorado: 

Colorado Day Free State Park Admission

Colorado Parks and Wildlife welcomes visitors for free on Colorado Day, the first Monday in August. That’s right; you can take your pick of any of Colorado’s stunning state parks. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Denver Zoo Community Free Days of College

The amazing Denver Zoo offers free tickets on selected dates throughout the year, with admission from 10 am to 4 pm in the winter and 9 am to 5 pm in the summertime. You’ll want to check specific dates and register online. The tickets are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make your zoo plans well in advance. Enjoy more than 4000 animals and hundreds of top-notch exhibits.

Denver Art Museum Free Days

Go exploring and enjoy the world-class art at the Denver Art Museum on designated Free Days. A list of Free Days is available on the DAM website — please keep in mind that general admission doesn’t include entrance to ticketed exhibitions. Bonus: Kids under 18 get free admission to DAM every day, thanks to the Free for Kids program.

Denver Botanic Gardens Free Days

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds free admission days at the Botanic Garden each year. The Gardens are open year-round, so greenery and blooms await you even when there’s snow on your doorstep.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Khalilulina

Science lovers will adore the SCFD Free Days and Free Nights — reserving online in advance is not required. Walkups are welcome during Free Days and Free Nights. Visit permanent exhibitions or the Wildlife Halls at no cost. Remember that you’ll need a separate ticket for the state-of-the-art Infinity Theater or the planetarium. Best part? It’s located right next to the zoo if you want to do both.

Telluride Mountain Village Gondola or Breckenridge’s BreckConnect

In need of a little perspective? Climb aboard a gondola and take in the majesty of the Colorado landscape! The Telluride Mountain Village gondola and Breckenridge’s BreckConnect are free and a great way to get a sense of the magnificence that is Colorado.

Colorado School of Mines Museum of Earth Science

Gem hounds and science fans, the Colorado School of Mines Museum of Earth Science is one of the state’s best experiences — and admission is free! More than 30,000 visitors explore the museum annually. There’s an indoor cave with glowing minerals as well as more than 15,000 square feet of fossils, rocks, and other earth-science objects. Exhibits are rotated frequently, so visit often. 

Cheers to Having Fun Without Breaking the Bank! 

If you live in Colorado or will be visiting and looking for free activities to enjoy, this list is a great place to start! But Colorado is a big state with so many opportunities for adventure. 

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