Lakewood, Colorado used to be known primarily as the place to go in the Denver metro area for the best views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. While stunning views and copious outdoor activities are still good reasons to visit or live in Lakewood, the city has so much more to offer these days. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Lakewood CO, there is plenty to choose from. I’ve collected a definitive list of Lakewood activities, including family activities that are kid-friendly, and things to do at night (in case you’re more into the nightlife scene).
Go out, explore Lakewood, and have a great time!
Fun Things to do in Lakewood Colorado
It might only take a few minutes to get from Lakewood to Denver, but why head into the city when this western suburb has so much to offer? Here are some ideas on places to go and things to do to have fun in Lakewood CO.
The Belmar shopping district in downtown Lakewood is one of the premier redevelopment projects in the United States let alone Colorado or metro Denver. Completed in 2004, Belmar is home to 80 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It’s a popular destination that draws people from all over the metro area. A stop at Belmar is always a good way to spend an afternoon or pass an entire day. Check out the directory of businesses in the Belmar Center for ideas on places to visit.
Lakewood Heritage Center should be your first stop if you’re interested in learning about the history of the fifth-largest city in Colorado. The center features historic structures, an outdoor amphitheater, and more than 30,000 artifacts revealing what life in Lakewood, Colorado used to be like and how it changed throughout the 20th century. The museum gift shop is filled with unique, retro knick knacks from yesteryear.
The Lakewood Cultural Center, which opened back in 2000, is a theater and gallery space located in the City Commons area near the Belmar shopping corridor. The center features a rotating lineup of art exhibits, art classes, and conference spaces for meetups/events. Free parking and WiFi available. Visit lakewood.org/CulturalCenter/ to purchase tickets to upcoming shows/events or to learn more about other fun things to do at the Cultural Center.
40 West Arts
40 West Arts is the name of Lakewood, Colorado’s arts district located in the historic West Colfax area. In this exciting section of town you’ll find everything from performing arts venues to outdoor art installations to galleries and other creatively-driven businesses. Many quality restaurants and bars have popped up nearby to provide the people flocking to 40 West Arts with additional entertainment.
Denver Wine Tours
Based out of Lakewood (between W. Alameda Avenue and the 6), Denver Wine Tours is a tour company that can introduce you to some of the best wines in the metro area. It’s a great gift idea for somebody else or a unique way to take in Denver and Lakewood like you’ve never seen them before.
Rocky Mountain Balloon Rides
The best balloon rides in Colorado are just a short drive north of Lakewood in Edgewater. What better way to see the Rocky Mountain foothills than from a thousand feet up? Balloon rides are a safe, romantic way to take in the unique terrain around Lakewood.
Ever been interested in snorkeling or diving? It may not be as popular as hiking or mountain biking in Colorado, but it could unlock some fascinating new adventures for you in the warmer months of the year. Underwater Phantaseas is a full-service snorkeling and diving center with classes, equipment, trips, and more.
Bandimere Speedway is a quarter-mile dragstrip located just outside Lakewood, Colorado. Since 1958 it’s hosted tons of exciting racing events, including the NHRA’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Another one of the cultural hot spots located just outside Lakewood Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheater is more than just a concert venue. It’s a geological phenomenon that also happens to be acoustically perfect. There’s no better place to take in a musical act — and, luckily, this incredible venue attracts many of the world’s top performers each year. Check out the upcoming events list to pick out the best concerts of 2017.
Things to do in Lakewood CO with Kids
Lakewood is a very family-friendly community, offering a long list of activities and places that are perfect for kids.
Want to find some of the top-rated activities for children in Lakewood CO?
This isn’t your usual mini-golf experience. Putting Edge features an incredible 18-hole black-light course with incredible themes (outer space, jungle, and the ocean) to entertain visitors young and old.
Surfside Spray Park
This water park hosts two splash pads, including one designed with younger kids in mind. Both pads feature fountains and lots of fun water features. At only $1 per visitor, Surfside Spray Park is a very affordable way for families to cool off in the summer.
Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park
If your kids love trampolines, they’ll love this indoor play park located at 14500 W. Colfax in Lakewood. Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park recently announced that a new layout and some new attractions will be added in 2017 so this year may be the perfect time to stop by.
Carmody Recreation Center and Pool
Swimming is a fun and healthy activity for kids and adults. Thanks to the Carmody Recreation Center and Pool, Lakewood has year round access to well maintained indoor pools.
Kendrick Lake Park
Kendrick Lake Park, located in the Parkwest Ridge neighborhood, is a great spot for family fun. Whether you want to hold a family picnic, toss the frisbee around, or just stroll around the beautiful grounds, Kendrick Lake Park is an idyllic backdrop for summer adventures.
If you want to explore gorgeous outdoor public spaces, Lakewood is the town for you. There are more than 80 parks scattered around the city.
Some of Lakewood’s parks include:
– Bear Creek Lake Park
– William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park
– Aviation Park
With a plethora of public green spaces available, it should never be hard to find plenty of fun free things to do in Lakewood.
Things to do in Lakewood CO at Night
Denver has become one of the top craft beer destinations in America. In fact, the entire metro area is making a name for itself. Lakewood has several excellent breweries and bars for people interested in tasting some of the finest beer around.
Great Frontier Brewing Company
They make hand-crafted beer with an emphasis on Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced options.
Caution: Brewing Company
After a successful run in Denver, Caution: Brewing Company opened a second location in Lakewood in 2012. It’s quickly become one of the top breweries in the area.
Teller’s Taproom and Kitchen
A friendly neighborhood bar and grill with a wide array of beers and a familiar menu filled with classic American bar food.
The Dive Bar & Grill
Not into fancy craft beer? Try the unassuming and aptly named The Dive Bar & Grill, serving just the classics — burgers, pizza, beer, shots, and pool tables.
Fiddlestick’s Bar & Grill
A fun plaza dive bar with plenty of TVs to watch a game on and plenty of drink specials everyday.
Lucky Strike Lanes
What goes better with beer than a little bowling? Lucky Strike Lanes offers hours of affordable fun on weeknights or weekends. It’s conveniently located in Belmar.
What Are Your Favorite Things to do in Lakewood?
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