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Denver Botanic Gardens

Designed as an urban oasis, you’ll find a peaceful respite among the hustle and bustle of the Mile High City.

Though originally built in the downtown City Park, Denver Botanic Gardens have expanded and are now located at three sites: the central York Street garden, a farm along the banks of Deer Creek at Chatfield in southern Jefferson County, and the Mount Goliath nature reserve on Mount Evans, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from downtown Denver.

The York Street site provides the perfect opportunity to get out of the city without having to travel anywhere. Stroll through a diverse array of natural gardens and modern landscapes. There are 42 individual gardens in all, including the Japanese Garden, the South African Plaza and the Woodland Mosaic. There are indoor gardens for the colder months and two cafés: Offshoots at the Gardens, open year round, and The Hive Garden Bistro, open during spring and summer.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a working farm, about a 30-minute drive from central Denver. You’ll find 2.5 miles (four kilometers) of beautiful trails for walking and bird watching. Visit the historic Hildebrand Ranch, with its restored dairy barn and silo, and the 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse. A children’s play area with a tree house and small climbing wall will keep the young ones busy while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

For a half-day adventure, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Denver to the alpine trail at Mount Goliath. Flora enthusiasts and novices alike will marvel at plants only found for 40 days a year, during summer, including alpine forget-me-nots, chiming bells, moss campion and fairy primrose. Take in the incredible vistas from within the Arapaho National Forest. If you are visiting between June and August, join an organized wildflower hike led by knowledgeable volunteer guides. Check the official website for details.

Each of the locations has a small entry fee, which includes parking. There are classes and events offered at the Chatfield and York Street gardens, for children and adults.


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Lodging Near Denver Botanic Gardens

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Bud+Breakfast at The Adagio

Bud+Breakfast at The Adagio

1430 Race Street, Denver
4.8
of 5, from 52 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Denver, this boutique bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cheesman Park and Denver Botanic Gardens. Molly Brown House Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$90
Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

440 14th St, Denver
4.5
of 5, from 585 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Denver Firefighters Museum and United States Mint. Denver Art Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 15 minutes.

$115
Grand Hyatt Denver

Grand Hyatt Denver

1750 Welton St, Denver
4.5
of 5, from 3,064 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Denver hotel is 2 blocks from the 16th Street Mall, 4 blocks from the convention center, and 7 blocks from the gold-domed Capitol and the Denver Art Museum.

$83
Ramada Denver Downtown

Ramada Denver Downtown

1150 E Colfax Ave, Denver
3.0
of 5, from 3,805 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

1 mile from the State Capitol, this downtown Denver hotel is 3 blocks from the Fillmore Auditorium and within 3 miles of the Denver Zoo and several sports venues.

Spacious Historic Home Near Botanical Gardens

Spacious Historic Home Near Botanical Gardens

1160 York Street, Denver
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Denver, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheesman Park and Denver Botanic Gardens. Molly Brown House Museum and Colorado State Capitol Building are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$114
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

650 15th St., Denver
4.6
of 5, from 4,333 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of downtown, this granite-and-glass tower is adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center and one block from the 16th Street pedestrian mall's shopping, dining, and nightlife.

$178
Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek

Halcyon - a hotel in Cherry Creek

245 North Columbine Street, Denver
4.6
of 5, from 310 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Denver’s central neighborhood of Cherry Creek, this hotel is with a 12-minute drive of the city’s Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

$86
The Holiday Chalet

The Holiday Chalet

1820 E. Colfax, Denver
3.4
of 5, from 127 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Denver, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheesman Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Congress Park. City Park is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.