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Exploring Colorado For Free

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.

Colorado has a lot of services for residents to enjoy, from beautiful national parks and award-winning museums. Though many of these services require entrance fees, did you know that they also have days in which there are no admission fees? That's right, with a little bit of planning, you and your family can enjoy these types of amenities for free. The dates for "free days" typically align with a historic day for the venue, like the anniversary of their creation. Other free days fall on nationally recognized holidays. Places with free days in Colorado include the Denver Zoo, Botanic Gardens, and the Museum of Nature & Science just to name a few.

Most Popular Free Admission Places in Colorado

Two of the most visited places during free admission days are any of Colorado's national parks and the famed Denver Art Museum. The parks include Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. The most common free admission days for Colorado National Parks are MLK Day on January 18th and Veterans Day on November 11th. But you might not know about free days such as August 25th, which is the birthday of the National Park Service, and September 25th, National Public Lands Day.

Free admission days for the Denver Art Museum include January 2nd, February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th. That's a free day every month! Many of these dates coincide with specific events special to the history of the museum. The Denver Art Museum's location has changed over the years, including the public library, a downtown mansion, and a portion of the Denver City and County Building. In 1949, the museum opened its own galleries on 14th Avenue Parkway. In 1954, the museum opened the Bach wing with additional gallery spaces and a center for children's art activities.

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