December 26

Winter Fun in Denver

Winter Fun in Denver

We’re in the midst of the winter season, and Christmas has come and gone, so now is the time when people lose their excitement for winter. Because of the cold weather, some believe there isn’t much to do until the temperatures rise again. Winter brings out a new side of Denver and you can explore the city and surrounding areas in a completely new light. Whether you want some ideas so you can cozy up to a partner, or you’re looking for some fun for the whole family, this is a season of opportunity.

Estes Park

This may be a bit of a hike from the Mile High City, but Estes Park is one of the most endearing and memorable locations in the Denver area. The sweet, charming downtown is loaded with lovely boutiques, restaurants, and local breweries for you to discover both day and night. For film or literature buffs that are fans of Stephen King or Stanley Kubrick, Estes is also home to the Stanley Hotel, the birthplace of the best-selling novel “The Shining.” The hotel is worth a visit simply for its beauty and mysterious nature alone. Or, if you’re the outdoorsy type and you enjoy going on walks to absorb the beauty of the great outdoors, you can take a stroll along the riverwalk and get some steps in to burn off the food and drinks you had earlier. Estes Park is also the “gateway” to the Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can get a bit more hardcore with your outdoor adventures.

Getting Outdoorsy

What’s the point of being in Denver, or in Colorado at all, if you’re not going on an adventure in the mountains or one of its national parks? With or without the winter snow, it’s nice to have a break from the TV and phone screens to take a breath of cool, fresh air and get those legs moving. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular areas for some winter fun in Denver. Snowshoeing through the mountains is a blast for people of any age, or if you’re a bit more serious about getting a workout in, you can take on one of the hiking trails or go cross-country skiing. Denver is also home to primetime skiing and snowboarding resorts as well! Pay a visit to the legendary slopes of Vail and experience the luxury of Colorado’s best mountain resort. Loveland is also known for having some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in the state.

Escape Rooms

If you want to stay in the heart of the Mile High City but you’re looking for something unique and exciting to do, an escape room is going to be right up your alley. Escape rooms are versatile and a great addition to a day or night out. EscapeWorks has a spread of five escape rooms whose themes cater to any taste or preference and the rooms’ difficulties range from beginner to advanced. For more information and booking options, you can give them a call or visit their website to see what all the excitement is about. And if you want to find more escape room facilities, 303magazine.com has a collection of the best locations as determined by locals themselves!

Blossoms of Light

Contrary to what some may believe, the Denver Botanic Gardens don’t close their doors when winter hits. Around this time of year, the fun has only just begun. Until January 1, you can experience Blossoms of Light, an annual garden light show event, and this year’s show has been promised to be bigger and better than ever before. All the lights throughout the facility are synced to your favorite Christmas and holiday songs, and you can walk around surveying the beauty of it all with a treat and drink in hand. Thousands of lights, carolers, Christmas music, beautiful gardens, and seasonal entertainment await you. The Botanic Gardens around Christmastime could be the perfect setting for a romantic date or, dare I say it, a proposal (you’re welcome).

Even though the temperatures drop and the sun sets sooner during these months, the fun doesn’t have to stop. There are plenty of opportunities to find winter fun in Denver, it’s just up to you to find the motivation to get up and get moving.

The Reviews

  • review rating 5  Very considerate and nice staff and a great time! My group was placed with two other people randomly and they kind of took over the whole puzzle. The employees pulled us aside to let us know what they saw and they wanted to make sure we had a great experience of our own so they gave us a coupon to come back another time. They were really helpful from beginning to end and it was super fun!

    thumb Ginger Swanson

    review rating 5  Amazing escape room! I had a blast! The Casino Heist was one of the best I have participated in. Gen was an incredible host, super friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend!

    thumb Janeese Brooks
  • review rating 5  We did the "Outbreak" room at EscapeWorks in Denver and we LOVED it! This was my first time in an escape room and I will definitely be back. Alisha was our liason and she was SUPER helpful. What a fun night with my kids!

    thumb Karen Ashbeck

    review rating 5  Came here for my birthday and it was a blast! Super nice people. We did the Casino Heist and it was definitely challenging but they did give us clues along the way. Can’t wait to go back!

    thumb Samantha Kendrick
  • review rating 5  Troy and Tommy Bohan with my son Paul Garcia-Lance and myself had the best of times trying to get out of the Egyptian tomb. We were seconds away but fell short of solving the mystery and we’re buried alive. Thank you so much for an enjoyable evening and a special shout out to Taylor and Sierra who moderated our adventure ! We have to return for our group picture and another great adventure!

    thumb Susan Lance

    review rating 5  Troy and Tommy Bohan with my son Paul Garcia-Lance and myself had the best of times trying to get out of the Egyptian tomb. We were seconds away but fell short of solving the mystery and we’re buried alive. Thank you so much for an enjoyable evening and a special shout out to Taylor and Sierra who moderated our adventure ! We have to return for our group picture and another great adventure!

    thumb Susan Lance
  • review rating 5  My experience here was awesome! Neb was very knowledgeable and very informative. You can tell he really cares about the customers experience! Thank you guys so much for a great time. Juan the manager is awesome as well!!

    thumb Kristen Barnes

    review rating 5  This was such a great place to go! It was our first escape room and they gave us a great experience! We will definitely be back to do other rooms! EVERYBODY should go here! They lock your phone and you have the key! Such a good friendly staff as well Jenn was such a great help!!! Overall a absoutly wonderful experience!

    thumb Nikki Schepp
  • review rating 5  The staff were very helpful and fun people. We did the beyond the flower shop room theme which was designed well even for our large group of 12 people, but I could see all group sizes enjoying this room. I appreciate the attention to detail to the escape room and the challenges placed throughout. The experience was worth it for our team-bonding event, and I highly recommend this for all types of people. Thanks for all the fun!

    thumb Melissa Rausch

    review rating 5  Great escape room. Would highly recommend. Nice workers. Trace did an excellent job. Definitely plan on coming again. 👍

    thumb Holly Schmidt
  • review rating 5  My fiancee and I were vacationing in Denver and tried out the Egyptian Tomb with another group of 4. We escaped with 5 minutes to spare! Very good room layout and good props. Puzzles were challenging and rewarding once solved. I was not a huge fan of how they did the hints... usually you have 3 hints or whatever and you ask for a hint when you get stuck, instead they give you hints when they think you need it. Otherwise, our game master, Trace, was very helpful and personable. Overall, very satisfied with our experience!

    thumb Wes Cantrell

    review rating 5  We had a blast! We originally did the Casino Heist, however, there were some complications with the room. Dice and Emilia provided us with wonderful customer service and had us do Outbreak instead. We appreciated how much they cared about experience and we ended up having a great time. Highly recommend if you’re in the downtown Denver area and looking for some fun!

    thumb BreAnna Fraser
  • review rating 5  Had a great work team retreat activity here. Loved the puzzles and escaping the "flower shop" (aka: 1920s speakeasy). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a team building exercise or just wanting to have fun.

    thumb Robert Bogan

    review rating 5  Great price, staff is friendly. My friend and I had a blast and will definitely be coming back! Selina is an awesome game master! I highly recommend this activity!

    thumb Cheyenne Wetter
  • review rating 5  So many fun choices, a super safe place with a super professional and kind staff. The room I did was so much fun and planned down to the millimeter. My whole crew had a blast. I highly recommend it. No wait no fuss, treat yourself

    thumb gusgusgeol

    review rating 5  We had an excellent time!!! The staff was wonderful and very accommodating!! Malika and Trace were fantastic!! There was also another gentleman with a beard that has the BEST customer service!!! I'm sorry I cant remember his name... Very fun scenario!!! Thanks for a great time! We will absolutely be back for sure !!

    thumb Dhalia 1991
  • review rating 5  I rented beyond the flower shop room for my wedding party. We had a blast! The puzzles were challenging but fun. There was plenty of room for everyone to work on different puzzles at the same time. We got out with 2 minutes to spare. Shout out to Trace, he did a great job at only giving us hints when we needed it. I don't like it when they're too generous with the hints, takes the challenge out of the experience. This was my third escape room in Denver and I've used a different company each time. I would definitely come back here to try a different room.

    thumb M Hulsey

    review rating 5  We completed a team event here where we split into teams and competed to finish first. Both rooms had amazing puzzles and it was really fun. I think our company team thoroughly enjoyed both rooms. We completed The Egyptian Tomb and the Casino but one of our members in the casino team can't seem to stop mumbling numbers and math equations.

    thumb Russell Maysey
  • review rating 5  Did the "Beyond the Flower Shop" room with a group of six. The room was well thought out and very enjoyable. Challenging, but perfect for a group of beginners. Alisha working the front desk was amazing at introducing us to the storyline and walking us through how to do the game. She provided help at perfect times and we wouldn't have made it through without her. Will definitely be coming back with my group because of her!

    thumb Chandler Tuck

    review rating 5  Their flower shop was quite enjoyable, and Dana delivered with a lovely performance. Give her a raise 😁I've only done one room, but it was a great time. It was a bit challenging, yet did not feel too difficult for all levels of problem solving.

    thumb Caleb B

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