Passes, programs, free days, and an app that will help you enjoy all Denver has to offer without spending a fortune.
There's a lot to see and do in Denver and the surrounding areas, whether you've lived here for years or are just visiting. There are several ways to get discounts and even free admission to one of our many attractions. Check out the passes and programs below to get your adventure started!
There are several free days for most of the attractions in Denver, as well as state and national parks across Colorado. We've compiled all the days in 2019 that you can get admission for free:
All it takes is a library card to explore Colorado from top to bottom. Libraries across the state offer the Check Out State Parks Pass, which you can use for free admission to any Colorado State Park for up to seven days. The pass comes with a backpack filled with binoculars, brochures, and other educational materials.
Who wouldn't want to see this for free? State Forest State Park. Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Adventure seekers will love this one! All you have to do is pay $119.40 (sometimes there are discount codes to be had), and you get one-time yearly passes too many attractions to list, including:
- Elitch Gardens
- Water World
- Lakeside Amusement Park
- A lift ticket to Monarch Mountain
- A lift ticket to Sunlight Mountain Resort
Visit any three, four, or five attractions over a consecutive seven-day period. This pass can help you save up to 34 percent off regular admission cost. You can create your pass bundle from the following attractions:
The culture pass provides general admission to some of the city’s most fascinating attractions. It costs $32.50 for a three-day pass, and the attractions include:
The Botanic Gardens await! Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens
This program is offered through Denver Parks and Recreation, and it allows Denver youth ages 5-18 to receive free access to recreation centers, pools, and cultural facilities. Card conditions include:
- Only for Denver Public Schools or Denver residents
- 5 free visits with a paid adult per family
- 16+ can attend without a paying adult
- Excludes special events, Zoo Lights, field trips, and classes
Many Denver area attractions offer a low-cost discount program to individuals receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Simply present your EBT card to receive discounted admission at the following places:
Children’s Museum of Denver – $1 per person: You can bring up to 10 family members along for this discounted price. Free parking is also available.
Denver Botanic Gardens – $1 per person: Bring up to 10 people! Valid during normal business hours and does not include special events.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science – $1 per person: Up to 10 family members can receive admission at this discounted price.
Denver Zoo – $1 per person: Bring up to nine family members per visit at the discounted price.
History Colorado Center – $1 per person: Bring up to nine guests at the discounted price.
WOW Children’s Museum (Lafayette) – $10 per family per year: If you receive any form of public assistance (including EBT, Medicaid or WIC), you are eligible for this discount.
Longmont Museum – $0.25 per person.
Check out the zoo tigers for cheap! Courtesy of The Denver Zoo (Facebook)
If you are an app person, I've heard that INWEGO is pretty awesome. You pay a $39 monthly fee to attend as many of the hundreds of events it offers. Your monthly fee covers the tickets and fees, and if you want to invite a guest, you can also buy discounted tickets. The app has tickets for beer fests, sporting events, plays, concerts, exhibits, and so much more!
Most attractions will also offer military discounts and senior discounts. These discounts may vary. In addition, you may get discounts for holding public transportation or transportation-sharing passes. For example, the Denver Zoo offers a $2 discount for guests with a B-cycle membership, a current RTD transfer slip, or an EcoPass. The best way to see if your favorite attraction in Denver has extra discounts is to visit the ticket section of its website.
Denver and the surrounding areas also have some cool free tours that you can enjoy, including the U.S. Mint, Celestial Seasonings, Hammonds Candy, and much more. Check out more about the free family tours everyone will love!
Are there other passes, programs, free days, and/or discounts that we missed on our list? Share them with us in the comments below.