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Denver Free Days 2016

Photo courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Photo courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature and Science

By Vicki Little

Family fun is even better when it is free, and thanks to SCFD funding and corporate sponsorships, there are many free days at Denver-area attractions. Mark your calendars! This list was created by visiting the various websites and information from the SCFD. Please verify days and times before you go!


Denver Botanic Gardens,  1007 York Street, Denver

Monday, January 18
Monday, February 15
Saturday, March 19
Sunday, April 3
Thursday, June 23
Tuesday, July 26
Wednesday, September 14
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield,  8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Tuesday, January 5
Tuesday, February 2
Tuesday, March 1
Tuesday, April 5
Tuesday, June 7
Tuesday, July 12
Tuesday, August 2
Tuesday, November 1


Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver

The museum is free from 4-8pm on the following days:

Tuesday, January 5
Tuesday, February 2
Tuesday, March 1
Tuesday, April 5
Tuesday, May 3
Tuesday, June 7
Tuesday, July 5
Tuesday, August 2
Tuesday, September 6
Tuesday, October 4
Tuesday, November 1
Tuesday, December 6


Clyfford Still Museum,  1250 Bannock St., Denver

Every Friday from 5-8pm
All day on the following Fridays:

January 29
February 26
March 25
April 29
May 27
June 24
July 29
August 26
September 30
October 28


Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver

The Denver Art Museum is free every day for children 18 years and younger from now until Spring 2020.

Saturday, January 2
Saturday, February 6
Saturday, March 5
Saturday, April 2
Sunday, April 24 (Dia del Niños)
Saturday, May 7
Saturday, June 4
Saturday, July 2
Saturday, August 6
Saturday, September 3
Saturday, October 1
Saturday, November 5
Saturday, December 3


Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver

Seniors 65+ are free the second Saturday of every month

Saturday, January 9
Saturday, February 6
Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24
Saturday, August 20
Saturday, October 15


Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys, $1/person from 1pm-4pm 1880 Gaylord St., Denver

Sunday, February 1
Sunday, March 1
Sunday, April 5
Sunday, May 3
Sunday, June 7
Sunday, July 5
Sunday, August 2
Sunday, September 6
Sunday, October 4
Sunday, November 1
Sunday, December 6


Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Monday, January 25
Sunday, February 7
Monday, March 7
Sunday, April 10
Saturday, April 23
Monday, May 9
Sunday, June 5
Monday, August 29
Sunday, September 11
Monday, October 24
Sunday, November 13
Monday, December 12


Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver

Friday, January 8
Thursday, January 21
Saturday, January 30
Monday, February 1
Thursday, February 18
Friday, November 4
Monday, November 7
Thursday, November 17


History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver

Sunday, April 24 (Dia del Niños)
Monday, August 1 (Colorado Day)


Molly Brown Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
Free museum admission for the residents of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties

Saturday, January 16
Thursday, June 2
Saturday, September 10
Friday, November 11


The 2016 National Parks Free Entrance Days are:

  • Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16-24: National Park Week
  • August 25-28: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Of the 464 public national wildlife refuges, only 35 normally charge a fee. They will be free on January 18, February 13-15, September 24, October 9, and November 11-13.

Bureau of Land Management – The BLM will waive fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on January 18, February 13-15, September 24, and November 11.

U.S. Forest Service – Fees are waived at most of its day-use recreation sites on January 18, February 15, June 11, September 24, and November 11.


Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. When she isn’t writing or trying to keep up with her kids she can be found volunteering, reading, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.

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1 Comment

  1. MaryEllen Elizabeth Hart
    September 21, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    Thank you!!!


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