Denver Lifestyle
May 24, 2024 • 4 min read • By: Polly Clover

10+ Best Denver Indoor Activities for Rainy or Cold Days


Whether it's cold, rainy, or you simply want to stay indoors, Denver has many fun things to do inside. In this article, we'll share our favorite Denver indoor activities, including breaking out of an escape room, relaxing at a beer spa, and visiting a local museum.

There's something for everyone, from family-friendly experiences and unique date ideas to things to do with friends.

Get Crafty at Upstairs Circus

Get creative at Upstairs Circus, where you can make your own DIY projects. Choose from different crafts, like pet supplies, home decor, and food and drink accessories.

Upstairs Circus also has a full bar, so you can enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverages while creating your project. There are also happy hour specials with discounts on drinks and crafts.

Break Out of an Escape Room

One of our favorite indoor activities in Denver, especially on a rainy day, is breaking out of an escape room. There are a few places to choose from, including EscapeWorks and Room 5280.

Grab your friends, family, or coworkers for a unique experience of finding clues and codes to solve puzzles. Most escape rooms have various options, which last for about an hour and welcome anyone 12 years or older.

Unwind at Oakwell Beer Spa

If you're looking for adult-only Denver indoor activities, you'll love Oakwell Beer Spa. Spend a few hours unwinding at one of Denver's most unique day spas.

Oakwell Beer Spa is a beer-inspired spa that combines a craft beer taproom and day spa into one. And if you don’t like beer, no problem! Oakwell also serves wine, kombucha, cider, and tea.

At Oakwell Beer Spa, you can treat yourself to rejuvenating spa services, including Beer Bath Hydrotherapy, Infrared Sauna, and Zero Gravity Massage. This is the perfect experience for relaxing with a friend or your partner. You can also book a party package if you have a larger group.

couple taking a beer bath at Oakwell Beer Spa in Denver
Beer Bath Hydrotherapy at Oakwell Beer Spa

Play Indoor Mini Golf

Spend a rainy or cold day in Denver playing indoor mini-golf at Puttshack or Monster Mini Golf.

Puttshack is a tech-infused indoor mini golf course in the popular River North Art District (RiNo). It's ideal for families, friends, and parties. Puttshack also has a bar and kitchen and DJs on the weekends. While children are welcome during the day, Puttshack is 21+ after 8 PM.

Monster Mini Golf is a family-friendly, glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf course. It’s just outside of the city in Centennial. Monster Mini Golf is alcohol-free and welcomes everyone of all ages. There’s also a cafe, an arcade, and bowling.

Shop & Dine at Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is one of the best places to spend a few hours indoors, shopping and dining. This historic train station is also known as Denver’s living room. It’s a lively space with restaurants, cafes, and shops.

There’s cozy seating, and Denver Union Station is the perfect place to hang out while reading, socializing, or people-watching. If you want to explore the city afterward, Denver Union Station is conveniently located in the popular downtown area.

Denver Union Station
Denver Union Station

Visit a Denver Museum

Stay indoors while appreciating Denver’s culture and history at a local museum. 

Several notable museums in Denver worth checking out include:

  • Denver Art Museum - An iconic art museum with more than 70,000 unique pieces from around the world
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science - A natural history and science museum with various exhibitions, a planetarium, and lectures
  • Molly Brown House - The former home of Molly Brown, an American philanthropist, activist, and socialite, with Victorian-era decor and architecture and Titanic memorabilia
  • Denver Firefighters Museum - A kid-friendly museum with four galleries that feature firefighter artifacts, photos, and documents dating back to the 1800s 

Go to the Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium offers one of the best Denver indoor activities for all ages. Enjoy an underwater experience with a 50,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium with floor-to-ceiling viewing. 

The aquarium has more than 500 species to see, a restaurant, various exhibits, and a 4-D theater. Whether it's cold or rainy or you want to enjoy a unique indoor experience, you can easily spend a few hours or more at the Downtown Aquarium. 

Man and child looking at fish at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver
Denver Downtown Aquarium

See Live Music or Comedy

Watching live music or comedy is one of the most fun things to do for adults without children in Denver.

The Denver Performing Arts Complex has three iconic theaters: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, and Boettcher Concert Hall. These are some of the best places in Denver to see live concerts and shows. For a special night out, you can also enjoy dinner and cocktails at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

If you enjoy comedy, Comedy Works and the Denver Comedy Lounge are great places to watch stand-up and enjoy drinks.

Drink Beer at a Local Brewery

Denver’s beer scene is one of the most lively in the US, and hanging out at a brewery is one of the most tourist and local-friendly indoor activities in Denver.

With over a hundred breweries and taprooms in the metro Denver area, there are many options. A few with great indoor spaces are Wynkoop, Woods Boss, and Novel Strand.

If you’re looking to explore a few breweries near each other, we recommend checking out RiNo, where you can find several breweries within a short walk of each other.

Enjoy Cocktails at a Speakeasy

Denver has several cool speakeasies where you can hang out inside and enjoy a delicious cocktail or mocktail. 

We enjoy the cozy atmosphere at Williams & Graham, where you can choose from a list of more than 60 cocktails and a delicious food menu. Reservations are recommended.

Millers & Rossi is a trendy, dimly-lit space with unique drinks and tasty small bites. There’s also regular karaoke and live music. Reservations are optional.

Denver Indoor Activities: Conclusion

We hope you found this article helpful and are excited to explore the best indoor activities in Denver. Whether you’re hanging out with family or friends or planning a date, there’s something for everyone.

To enjoy a unique and relaxing spa experience in Denver, book a spa day at Oakwell Beer Spa.

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