5 Places to Cool Off in Denver
If you love Denver’s frigid winters and lots of fluffy snow, the sweltering summer heat is anything but welcome. If you’re looking for a place to cool off in Denver (other than in front of your AC!) we’ve got a great list for you.
Here are five places to cool off in Denver while you wait for winter to return.
Big Bear Ice Arena
Lace up your skates and breathe in the frigid air at Big Bear Ice Arena. The rink is open to the public for day and evening sessions. To spend more time on the ice, join a hockey league or take some skating lessons.
If you’re not into skating, you can still enjoy the icy air while you watch a hockey game or tournament. If you’re a scorekeeper or Zamboni driver, you can spend some time working here too!
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
You can stay outside and beat the heat at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. Stay cool all day on the family-friendly river and raft rides. If you’re more adventurous, enjoy a thorough soaking on the speed slides like Slidezilla and RipCurl.
For maximum summertime refreshment, slide down the Mega Wedgie. You’ll speed down six stories at 40 miles per hour! When you’re water-logged and need a break, relax in a private cabana. Cabanas are available to rent and can be reserved online. Options include large cabanas that accommodate up to eight people or smaller cabanas for two.
UA Denver Pavillions Stadium 15 & RPX
When it’s just too hot to stay outside, take in a summer blockbuster at UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15. Sit back and relax in a cool, dark theater with stadium seating and luxury recliners. Enjoy your choice of refreshments at the cafe. Enjoy the air conditioning after the movie in the game room or at the full bar.
Denver Art Museum
You can enjoy a whole day inside the air-conditioned halls of the Denver Art Museum. Take your time and meander through the museum’s permanent collections or join an exhibition tour led by one of the museum’s knowledgeable docents.
Kids will find plenty to do while keeping cool at the museum too. Pick up a family backpack before you tour the museum. Packs are filled with crafts, puzzles, and games for little ones to enjoy while they learn about art. Look for Creative Corners throughout the exhibits where you’ll find even more family activities.
Nuggs Ice Cream
Hot days call for frozen treats at Nuggs Ice Cream. This family owned shop features a nostalgic retro feel. It’s the perfect place to end a hot day. Choose your favorite homemade ice cream flavor made by brothers Nick and Chris O’Sullivan.
The brothers like to develop seasonal flavors, so there’s always something new. For a refreshing twist on the traditional ice cream sundae, visit Nuggs on Waffle Taco Tuesday!