Enjoy all Denver has to offer with these tours at just the right price ... free!
Looking for something fun to do? Or maybe something unique you can do to entertain holiday guests? Denver and the surrounding area has you covered! From goodies to moolah, there are several free tours that will keep all ages entertained.
Take a trip to sleepytime, candy land and much more with these food and beverage tours.
Celestial Seasonings: 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder, 303-530-5300
Join professionals for high tea in Boulder at Celestial Seasonings! One of the most-advanced tea production plants in the world, guests can learn about globally sourced ingredients and all things tea making. After you are “steeped” in tea knowledge, you can try samples of the company’s renowned blends.
Hammond's Candies Tour: 5735 N. Washington St., Denver
Candy lovers, rejoice. Hammond’s Candy Factory has one sweet tour that will be sure to satisfy all ages! Go behind the scenes to see the secrets of candy making at a Denver original, which has been supplying sweet treats since 1920. See how Hammond’s famous, handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are pulled, twisted and shaped by hand. And don’t worry, because plenty of samples will be on hand.
Coors Brewery Tour: 13th & Ford St. Golden, 303-277-BEER
Denver is no stranger to breweries and their tours, but the Coors Brewery is the world’s largest brewing site, so it’s worth a stop. You can take a free, 30-minute, self-guided tour of the production of the brews, from Rocky Mountain spring water to tasting. Those who are over 21 will also be treated to free samples at the end of the tour. Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873.
Brew kettles at Coors. Courtesy of MillerCoors.
Great Divide Brewery Tour: Downtown Denver
You don’t have to be 21 to see how Great Divide makes it fantastic brews. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver’s craft beer industry. The tour is offered several times each day, is approximately 30 minutes and open to the first 20 guests.
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey: 200 S. Kalamath St., Denver, 303-296-7440
For the 21 and older crowd, this is a not-to-be-missed experience. The one-hour tour lets you explore the ins and outs of local single malt whiskey production, from brewing to bottling. And, you’ll get to taste the final product. Valid ID is required, and reservations are recommended.
Currency and Cards Tours
Not everything is beer in Denver. We've got a ton of other goods that are produced in the area, and here are a couple of unique tours with sights that you won't see just anywhere.
Denver U.S. Mint Tour: 320 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-405-4761
Money, money, money by the pound! Literally. Check out how your money is made on this one-of-a-kind tour. A 45-minute tour is led by a knowledgeable guide who takes on the trail of the history of coinage. Unfortunately, the mint doesn’t give out free samples, but you will get way more than your money's worth (and admission is free) on this tour.
Courtesy of the U.S. Mint.
Leanin’ Tree Greeting Cards: 6055 Longbow Dr., Boulder, 303-530-7768
Take a 45-tour following the production of greeting cards from the beginning to the end with this artsy tour. You can watch the printing presses, each the size of a school bus, crank out card sheets in the blink of an eye. Follow the process through cutting, folding, and much more. Discounted cards are available in the gift shop.
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