Free Things to Do in Colorado ~ A Macaroni Kid Guide

Answering the question "What are we going to do today?"

By Julie Dikken, Publisher and Editor Evergreen & Arvada Macaroni Kid February 17, 2019

Looking for something different to do today? There are several museums and venues that are open FREE to visitors all throughout the year.  Keep an eye out on this article. As new items come to my attention I'll be adding them! 

Art Museum of CU Boulder
1085 18th Street
Boulder, CO 80309-0459
Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the fall and spring semesters, open Thursdays until 7:00 p.m.
Closed for all university holidays.

Arvada Center Galleries
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Open Monday - Friday 9:00 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Celestial Seasonings Tour
4600 Sleepytime Drive
Boulder, CO 80301
Tours Mon-Sat 10-4pm, Sun 11-3pm
*Children under 5 not permitted on tours

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
1701 Mile High Stadium Cir., Suite 500
Denver, CO, 80204
Open Thurs-Sat 9:30am-3pm

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10 am. - 5 pm.

Garden of the Gods Park & Visitor Center
1805 N. 30th St.,
Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Summer Hours: 8 am – 7 pm
Winter Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day

Hudson Gardens - Garden Area
6115 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
November-March: Open daily 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
April-October: Open daily 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Please note that some areas of Hudson Gardens may be closed or restricted due to concerts or other special events. The Welcome Center & Gift Shop is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 

Littleton Museum
6028 S. Gallup St
Littleton, CO 80120
Hours: Tue-Fri 8am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, Closed Mondays and holidays

Lookout Mountain Preserve & Nature Center
910 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401
Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Summer Hours(Memorial Day –Labor Day): Tuesday–Friday: 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Lookout Mountain Preserve Open 8:00 a.m. to dusk, year round.(Hikers only.)

Museum of Natural History CU
15th and Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
The museum is closed on all University holidays.

Peterson Air & Space Museum
150 E. Ent Avenue
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1303
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Winter Hours) Tuesday through Friday

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum
5867 North Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Open Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm. Open Mondays April thru September

United States Mint Denver
320 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80204-2693
Six tours a day, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (check website for special closure dates)
Free tour tickets are available at the Tour Information window located at the Gift Shop entrance gate on Cherokee Street, between West Colfax Avenue and West 14th Avenue. The Tour Information window opens at 7 a.m., Monday- Thursday (excluding observed federal holidays), and will remain open until all tickets have been distributed. Tickets are for same-day tours only; no advance tickets are available. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 5 per person.

Be sure to check each location's website prior to your visit to check for special closures and any other information needed. If you see of a museum or venue that offers free admission, please let us know so we can consider it's addition to our guide!