DENVER -- Summer's just around the corner and it's not just in the mountains where fun can be found. Here are 7 summer traditions in Denver you don't want to miss.
1. Visit Sloan’s Lake
If you’re looking for a little adventure but don’t want to get out of the city, your best bet is to head out to Sloan’s Lake. What you’ll find? Water skiing, the Denver skyline and in July, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival comes to Sloan’s Lake!
2. Get a scoop at Little Man Ice Cream
While it isn’t Phoenix, Ariz., Denver can get pretty warm which means you’re more than likely to stop at an ice cream shop to cool off. Head on over to LoHi and grab a cone from Little Man Icre Cream. It’s hard to miss, because there’s always a line!
3. Get to a water park
You don’t have to travel far to get to a waterpark if you live in Denver. There’s Elitch Gardens, of course, but there’s also Water World in Federal Heights!
4. Hang out at the 16th St. Mall
While some may say the 16th St. Mall isn’t what is used to be, it’s still a great spot to go and people watch as hundreds walk through the mall each day.
5. Go see the Rockies play at Coors Field
Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies and it’s always a good time to go see them play – even if they don’t win. The best part? You’re right in the heart of LoDo, so you can always go play more if you’re up to it!
6. Enjoy A Taste of Colorado
Nearly a million people enjoy this four-day Labor Day weekend festival each year in September. There’s more than 50 food booths, music, and more than 250 shopping booths so you can find something for the whole family.
7. See the sights at the Rocky Mountain BalloonFest at Chatfield State Park
Balloons of all colors and shapes launch as the sun rises over one weekend to amaze both young and old alike. There’s also food vendors, exhibitions, arts and crafts, a kids area and more. It takes place on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6 am. at Chatfield State Park.