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Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

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Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

The Mint tours booked up the first day open to reserve two months in advance so we're not headed there....so what else is there to do worth doing? We did Red Rocks last time. We were considering Tinytown I have to see how far that's out from Denver, I thought it was closeby. Anything else worthwhile in Denver to take in. We're traveling with kids, not young and not teens yet. Any unique dining here, I've heard of one but it does not rate well with food but maybe the experience pays off in going anyway. Any input would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

What is the one unique dining experience you are referring to?

If you provide the name, one of the locals can comment.

When I was in Denver two weeks ago, a local told me about Friday night Jazz concerts held outside of one of the clubs on 16th Street. You can hear it all up and down the street. I got the impression that goes on all summer.

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2. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

Atmospheric research center in Boulder is pretty interesting

http://www2.ucar.edu/campus/mesa-laboratory

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3. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

My guess is you're referring to Casa Bonita...and you'd be right...unique atmosphere, food is below average. My kids (11, 10 and 3) like the Aquarium Restaurant - food isn't too bad, and it is unique.

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4. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

Sounds like your kids are between 5? and 12? If so, not sure Tiny Town would impress them that much. It really is geared toward the toddler - kindergarten set. But I would recommend Heritage Square in Golden, I think they will really like that! There are some pretty good rides, even for the older kids. Lots of shops, restaurants (even a Beer Garden for Mom and Dad, lol!), train ride, and our favorite - the Alpine Slide!

http://www.heritagesquare.info/

There are also free jazz concerts in Confluence Park on most Wednesday evenings in July, if you are coming then. You can also tube the Platte River there or take a gondola ride.

www.greenwayfoundation.org/events/index.html

I agree with lawgirl about Casa Bonita. Overpriced frozen Mexican food. But it is a fun place, and the kids might really enjoy it.

Edited: 20 June 2010, 23:31
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5. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

How about the Clear Creek History Park and the Railroad Museum in Golden?

http://www.goldenhistorymuseums.org/

Or the Four Mile Historic Park: http://fourmilepark.org/

The Butterfly Pavilion is fun for all ages, IMO, if you've never been to one.

http://www.butterflies.org/

Dinosaur Ridge: http://www.dinoridge.org/stufftodo.html

www.denverkids.com/listings.php…

http://www.denver.org/what-to-do

denverasap.com/things-for-kids-in-denver.html

The Denver Art Museum has kids' programs: denverartmuseum.org/learn_and_play/families_…

Rocky Mtn Arsenal Natl Wildlife Refuge: fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal/kids/kids.htm

http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/

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6. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

Nothing wrong with Casa Bonita for a one-time experience with kids in tow, and they usually love it. Yes, mass-produced food doesn't excite.

Here's a slide show about the place:

westword.com/slideshow/…

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7. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

that's what I'm trying to figure out if as a one time experience Casa Bonita is worthwhile despite the food? And can you just order drinks or dessert or is there a minimum to enjoy the unique setting housed within Casa Bonita. That part I wasn't clear on. I would hate to spend lots for crummy food just to take in the entertainment but if we could do it reasonably perhaps it is worthwhile. Thanks!

Thanks for all the input thus far, it's been helpful!

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8. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

Hatch:

Casa Bonita food is passable, and we still have guests on occasion who request a visit to CB.

Check out this review……….as it mentions, you don't go to CB for the food alone.

…about.com/od/restaurants/gr/casabonita.htm

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9. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

how about http://www.lakesideamusementpark.com

If you are traveling west check out

dinnersleighrides.com/summer-activities-brec… I have not done the summer ride but did the winter one and it was a blast!

Edited: 21 June 2010, 23:05
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10. Re: Unique dining in Denver? things to do?

Casa Bonita is worth it with kids for the experience --- the food is not good --- but the experience is fun. It is not very expensive, you can probably find things in the $7-8 range for everyone, and that includes the sopapillas for desert which are VERY good (and they are all you can eat, so you can get full here!). They have a sign up that says "Everyone must order a meal". You can order the nachos as your meal, and they are pretty good. You can easily spend several hours in this restaurant if you have kids. They have performances (divers, gorilla costumes, silly skits,etc), tunnels, pinatas, arcade, and more. If your kids are old enough, the parents can sit at a table eating the desert and let the kids go explore for a while. But remember, the food is NOT good. It will definitely be a memorable experience for the kids and one that they will talk about for years.