Free day at State Parks for military and more: 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend

DENVER -- Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend.    

1. Free entrance to Colorado’s State Parks for active duty, veterans

What: In honor of Veterans Day, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free admission to all our state parks for veterans and active duty members of the military, military reserve and National Guard.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Where: Colorado’s State Parks

Admission: Free of charge for active duty, veterans

More info: Find out more about this free day here

2. Denver’s Veterans Day Parade and Festival

What: Local veterans’ organizations will descend to Denver’s Civic Center Park to march in honor of those who’ve given everything to protect the liberties we enjoy.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

Admission: Free

More info: http://www.denverveteransday.com/

3. Free entrance to the Denver Botanic Gardens

What: The Denver Botanic Gardens is offering free admission to the public this Saturday.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street in Denver

Admission: Free

More info: https://www.botanicgardens.org/

4. Four ski resorts now open for the 2017-2018 season

What: Skiers and snowboarders will surely drive to the mountains this weekend, as Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Wolf Creek Ski Area open for the season this weekend

When: Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where: Several locations

Admission: Varies

More info: Find out what you need to know about the latest openings by clicking here.

5.  New to skiing and snowboarding? Head down to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo

What: If you’ve been wanting to go skiing and snowboarding but don’t know where to start, perhaps you should go to the 26th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo!

There are some deals to be aware of if you’ve never skied or snowboarded before: Three days of lessons, three days of rental gear plus parking and lunch for $249 at Copper Mountain. Loveland has a four-pack of lift tickets for $159, Arapahoe has a four-pack for $169, Copper’s four-pack goes for $179 and Winter Park’s four-pack deal goes for $189. You can get these deals at the expo at the Convention Center.

When: Friday, November 10, 2017 to Sunday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14 Street in Denver

Admission: Between $12 to $15

More info: https://www.skisnowexpo.com/denver-expo

6. Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour

What: Did you know that you can take a free tour of Colorado’s very own Hammond’s Candy Factory?  Tours run every half-hour Monday through Saturday.  Watch candy makers as they hand-pull and twist oversize candy canes, ribbon candy, lollipops and chocolate.  It’s educational fun for candy lovers of all ages.  And bonus, every tour guest gets a free candy sample.

Where: Hammond’s Candies, 5735 N. Washington Street, Denver, Colo.

When:  Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturdays: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

Admission: Free

More Information: hammondscandies.com

7. Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

What: Did you know you can tour Colorado’s very own Celestial Seasonings Factory for free?  Factory tours run every hour Monday through Sunday.  And every tour includes a whiff of the Mint Room, guaranteed to clear any stuffy nose.  Afterwards, be sure to visit the sampling bar with over 100 kinds of tea to taste.  Note that kids must be at least 5 years old to tour the factory floor.

When: Mondays – Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, Colo.

Admission: Free

More info: celestialseasonings.com

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