Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, LoDo is more than 23 square blocks of nationally renowned restaurants, trendy boutiques, thought-provoking art galleries, and Victorian architecture. It’s a historic neighborhood where the hustle and bustle of urban life thrives. Whether you’re interested in sports and the great outdoors or good food and fine art, there are 6 things you need to do in LoDo:
1. Visit Union Station
A 100-year-old landmark featuring restaurants, shops, and live entertainment, Union Station is a must-see attraction for Denverites and tourists alike. This renovated transportation hub boasts some of the best dining in the city from casual comfort food to the city’s iconic seafood and oyster house, Stoic and Genuine. From May through October, shop Union Station’s farmers market overflowing with fresh, local produce while learning from Denver’s culinary leaders in cooking demos. There are endless things do at Union Station, so check out our compilation of must-dos to scratch off your list!
2. Tour LoDo’s Best Restaurants
Denver’s food scene is miles high above the rest, and LoDo boasts some of the top restaurants in the city. From local, traditional dishes to international recipes that challenge the status quo, dining in LoDo is an experience you’ll delight in time and time again. Relish the taste of expertly dry-aged steaks at The Capital Grille. Experience the brilliance of Southeast Asian fusion cuisine at ChoLon. Travel south of the border at D’Corazon Mexican Restaurant or take a dip in the ocean at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Whatever your favorite cuisine is, you’ll find it – and much more – in LoDo.
3. Catch a Game at Coors Field
There’s no place like LoDo when it’s baseball season. Located at Blake and 20th is Denver’s own Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. It’s the perfect outing with friends and family (or even a date night) to cheer on your favorite team. After the game, stop by the city’s National Ballpark Museum that’s just a quick trip across the street. Recognized as one of the top private baseball collections in the world, the museum features one-of-a-kind treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Browse memorabilia from ballparks of the past and learn about players, teams, and stadiums alike.
4. Shop ‘til You Drop at Larimer Square
Find everything you need at Larimer Square. Composed of Victorian buildings, this shopping center in LoDo boasts an eclectic mix of stores offering a wide range of goods from Cry Baby Ranch’s western wear to Victoriana’s antique jewelry. You’ll uncover handcrafted hats at Goorin Brothers, unique shoes at John Fluevog, and contemporary furniture at Element. Refreshing your closet? Decorating your home? Hunting for the perfect gift? You’ll find it all at Larimer Square.
5. Wander the Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) was the first dedicated home for contemporary art in the city. It shines a light on the work of regional, national, and international artists while promoting the creative experimentation of art and ideas. Browse their current exhibits and spend a day wandering the labyrinth-like showrooms filled with mind-expanding art. When you’ve reached the end of your journey, head up to the rooftop Café & Bar for delicious food paired with breathtaking views.
6. Soak Up the Sun at Commons Park
LoDo isn’t all urban sprawl. Spend the day basking under the sun at Commons Park. Bordered by the South Platte River, the park offers a riverside trail dotted with native flora and fauna. Begin your day with an energizing walk or jog along the winding paths, and end your day watching the sunset reflect over the rushing river. Take your outdoor activities one step further and brave the river rapids on a kayak run in Confluence Park, right next door to Commons Park. With so many things to do in LoDo, your days in the city of Denver will be an action-packed adventure.