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Five Fun Outdoor Activities

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On Mother’s Day, every mom deserves the moon, the stars and the…Colorado sunshine!

If you’re wondering what activities are awaiting your family this Mother's Day, look no further than your own backyard. Denver offers a wide variety of activities that will keep the whole family entertained, and the best part is…they’re just a quick bike ride, hike or drive away.

Here are five fun ways to help Mom enjoy her special day:

1. Take a stroll through City Park

Home to Denver’s largest green space, City Park offers paddle boats, which are available from May to October, on Ferrill Lake for your paddling pleasure. After your boating adventure, take the family for a round of golf at the Denver City Park Golf Course that provides 18 holes, beautiful views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. Oh and don’t forget the Denver Zoo — the African lions at Predator Ridge, Bear Mountain and Primate Panorama are all a must see!

2. Fly kites, play frisbee or ride bikes

Flying kites, playing frisbee or riding bikes are perfect outdoor activities for an inexpensive family outing on Mother’s Day. Size up your bright, colorful kite with other kite goers at Cranmer Park, or, visit Sloan's Lake Park to play frisbee across the large, grassy fields.

If you would rather ride bikes, jump on the Platte River Trail off 15th and Platte downtown for an exciting and safe urban biking journey. (Note: A playful splash, before or after your biking venture in the Platte River is always encouraged on a hot day, and don’t be shy—you’ll see other families enjoying it, too)!

3. Visit Red Rocks for a hike

If you’re looking for a quick, yet delightful mountain getaway, head west for Red Rocks. As one of the nation’s most popular concert venues and public parks, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre sits at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, providing remarkable views, hiking trails and an outdoor experience like you’ve never experienced before.

As you enter the park and slowly wrap around the winding road, look out for deer, hawks, coyotes or foxes, which are sometimes spotted behind large crevices and rocks. After wildlife watching, it’s time to hit the trails. Hiking is free at the park and there are two trails available: The Red Rocks Trail (6 miles) and The Trading Post Trail (1.4 miles). Enjoy your hike and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

4. Plant a garden

According to Denver lore, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to plant a garden. With the last freeze likely behind us, it’s time to get out there and sow the seeds for what can be a great family-filled activity all summer long. Local green thumb experts suggest planting tomatoes, squash (butternut to be exact), jalapenos, cilantro, peas, carrots and cantaloupes in your garden, as these seeds typically flourish in the region.

If you’re not keen on digging or planting, Denver Botanic Gardens has a great botanical garden scene, boasting a wide variety of local and exotic plant species for your family to learn about and enjoy.

5. Bike Cherry Creek State Park

Hop on a bike and head to the lake! Cherry Creek State Park offers a plethora of family-oriented activities, including beach volleyball, boating, bird watching, shooting and more. To get there, consider jumping on the Cherry Creek Trail anywhere between downtown Denver and the park. The trail spans 20 miles from the city to the park, and there are a lot of places where you can literally ‘park and ride’. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a nice picnic and relax.

Check out more sports articles for parents, and learn more about our Sports Medicine Center.

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