When people think of Colorado, they think of miles of snow, skiing, and other cold-weather activities. While they wouldn’t be wrong in their assessment, there’s a whole lot more to Colorado than this to make it one of the top destinations for sports fans. Colorado’s capital Denver is one of only 12 cities in the US with all four professional sports leagues represented.
With so many teams in one place, there is plenty of opportunities to put your sports knowledge to the test by wagering on the outcome of their games. Plus, many sportsbooks offer free bets and bonuses on sports betting in Colorado for new customers, allowing you to get in on the action risk-free. It’s a fun way to enjoy the state’s sports culture and get to know more about the different teams that call the Centennial state home. Keep reading to learn about all the fun activities awaiting you in Colorado.
Go To a Game
If you’re traveling through Denver, you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to live sports viewing. Denver is home to all four of the professional sports leagues – football, basketball, baseball, and hockey – so there’s something for just about everyone. If soccer is more your thing, you can catch a Colorado Rapids game. There’s also the Central Hockey League’s Denver Cutthroats. Denver’s professional lacrosse team, the Mammoth, are also a force to be reckoned with on the national level. And if that wasn’t enough, the city has one of the best collegiate lacrosse teams in the country at the University of Denver. Plus, there’s a Triple-A baseball team about 65 miles outside of the city and a CHL hockey franchise about 40 miles north of the city. Denver is also making inroads into eSports, and you may be able to catch one of their professional teams compete while you’re there. With so many sports teams, you can catch a live game in Denver almost any day of the week.
Bike One of Denver’s Bike Trails
With over 196 miles of on-street bike lanes and several bike parks, saying Denver is a bike-friendly city is a bit of an understatement. You can bike the entire city safely, following trails that lead from downtown to the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Some trails take bikers to Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. And Denver hasn’t even finished its bike trails yet; the city has plans to add 270 more miles of bike lanes in the coming years. It places a premium on ensuring rider safety and has designated bike boulevards and separated bike lanes for extra security. If you enjoy mountain biking, you can ride up to Denver’s Mountain Parks or cycle to the city’s foothills. There are also regular biking events hosted here, which is a great way to get out and meet fellow bikers.
Visit the National Ballpark Museum
If you love America’s pastime, you won’t want to miss the National Ballpark Museum which you’ll find across from Coors Field. The building boasts about 1000 artifacts that tell baseball’s story. Curator and president Bruce Hellerstein has spent his life collecting baseball memorabilia, and the Smithsonian declared it one of the world’s top 21 finest private baseball collections. Most of the items displayed are artifacts from older ballparks, but the museum also celebrates the state’s local baseball teams, including the minor league Denver Bears. The Bears artifacts on display include a bench from their stadium and a ticket from a 1948 game. The museum offers a fascinating journey through baseball history that baseball buffs shouldn’t miss.
You’ll probably want to stop for a snack after engaging in the fun activities on this list, and the ViewHouse’s indoor-outdoor space is an excellent place to take a pit stop. You’ll find people crowding the venue to watch their favorite teams play throughout the year. In the fall and winter months, the NFL and NBA dominate the televisions. The bar hosts Basketball Watch Parties, the Great American Tailgate, and Football Sundays, among other events. Drinks and food flow freely, and fans gather to watch their teams play on the dozens of 190-inch LED TVs scattered throughout the heated courtyard tent. Football games begin as early as 11 am, just in time for brunch, and Basketball Watch Parties start at 8 pm. There’s also a 7000 square foot rooftop patio with DJs and green areas where customers can play badminton, volleyball, and other sports. This is a must-visit spot for both locals and sports fans visiting the Denver area.