Avery House - (Ft. Collins) 970-221-0533
On the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can enjoy touring the house, gazebo, fountain and carriage house of this 1879 home built for local businessman Franklin Avery.
Benson Park Sculpture Garden - (Loveland) 970-663-2940 or 800-258-1278
Visitors can stroll past more than 50 bronze sculptures (some life-size) and enjoy two ponds (home to many geese and birds) in this park. Each year, the Loveland High Plains Art Council hosts one of the country's largest sculpture shows here where more than 180 sculptors from across the nation display their works of art.www.lovelandvisitorcenter.org
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center - (Westminster) 303-469-5441
Open daily, this vibrant nature center houses over 1200 free-floating butterflies in an elaborate tropical rain forest setting as well as an insect center which displays insects from around the world. www.butterflies.org
Colorado State Capitol - (Denver) 303-866-2604
This gold-plated dome building, modeled after the United States Capitol, features free tours and a panoramic view of the city and Rocky Mountains from the observation deck.
Denver Botanic Gardens - (Denver) 303-331-4000
Visitors will enjoy strolling through the 23 acres of exotic plants from around the world displayed in various theme gardens such as the Japanese Garden, the Romantic Gardens, the Rock Alpine Garden and the Herb Garden. www.botanicgardens.org
Denver Zoo - (Denver) 303-376-4800
Open every day of the year, this internationally renowned zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals. www.denverzoo.org
Dinosaur Ridge - (Morrison) 303-697-3466
The first large dinosaur in the world was discovered on this ridge. Visitors can see many dinosaur tracks (some quite large) and bones imbedded in the rocks while following a 1-mile interpretive trail. A small museum explains the history of this formation. www.dinoridge.org
Environmental Learning Center & Rocky Mountain Raptor Center - (Ft. Collins)
970-491-1661 / 970-491-0398
Colorado State University's learning center is open to all ages for exploring nature either through self-guided tours along the hiking trails or nature programs led by environmental educators. The raptor center is a joint effort of the university and community to rehabilitate and release birds of prey. www.cnr.colostate.edu
Estes Park Aerial Tramway - (Estes Park) 970-586-3675
Visitors will enjoy panoramic views of Longs Peak, Estes Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide as they are lifted to the 8700-foot summit of Prospect Mountain. Picnic facilities and hiking trails are accessible on the mountain. Open May-September.
Fiske Planetarium/Sommers-Bausch Observatory - (Boulder) 303-492-5001
Relax under a canopy of stars as you learn about our solar system or enjoy the many science activities offered for all ages. Adjacent to the planetarium, the observatory allows guests a telescopic view of the stars.
Fort Collins Municipal Railway - (Ft. Collins) 970-224-5372
This original restored streetcar in the only one of its kind in the western U.S.. This traveling streetcar museum is operated by volunteers from May through September.
Historic Boulder - (Boulder) 303-444-5192
Headquartered in the 1877 Arnett-Fullen House, also known as the Gingerbread House due to its embellishing trim, this organization offers information on walking tours through Boulder's historic areas with homes dating as far back as the late 1800's.
Historic Old Town Square - (Ft. Collins) 970-484-6500
In the heart of Ft. Collins National Historic District sits the recently renovated square where visitors can enjoy meeting and mingling amidst the fountain and concerts in the summer. www.downtownfortcollins.com
National Center for Atmospheric Research - (Boulder) 303-497-1174
At this national research center, a group of universities come together to perform atmospheric research and study weather and climate. Self-guided tours through the exhibit areas, the art gallery and Weather Trail are available. www.ncar.ucar.edu
Ocean Journey - (Denver) 303-561-4450
This world-class aquarium, opened in 1999, features more than 15,000 fish, mammals invertebrates and birds that rely upon water, including zebra sharks, sea otters, jellyfish, and swimming Sumatran tigers. www.oceanjourney.org
Six Flags Elitch Gardens - (Denver) 303-595-4386
There's something for everyone at the nation's only downtown amusement park: rides, entertainment, roller coasters, concerts, shows, and The Looney Tunes Movie Town for tiny tots. www.6flags.com
Tiny Town & Railroad - (Tiny Town) 303-697-6829
More than 100 child-size, handcrafted buildings in residential, rural and mountain settings are offered at this historic turn-of-the-century town. An open-car steam engine carries visitors around the village. A picnic area and playground are also on-site.www.tinytownrailroad.com
Water World - (Federal Heights) 303-427-7873
America's largest water park, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, features over 40 aquatic attractions including slides, rides, wave pools, rafts and a children's area.www.waterworldcolorado.com
United States Mint - (Denver) 303-405-4791
Opened in 1862, this facility produces over 40 million coins per day and in the second largest storehouse of gold bullion in the United States. Displays, exhibits and free guided tours of coin production are offered.