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Top 7 Unique Things To Do Off the Beaten Path in Denver

Updated: May 8

Unique things to do in Denver
Denver's Union Station

In Denver, Colorado, you'll find incredible natural sights, historical landmarks, exciting nightlife, and great museums. But every once in a while, you might want to try out something different, unique and thrilling.

Guess what? Denver doesn't lack in that area either!

Some of Denver's unusual places will scare you right to the bone. And some will show you a city full of creativity from a new perspective.

Keep on reading to learn about the top 7 unique things to do off the beaten path in Denver!

Fifty-Two 80’s

Unique things to do in Denver
The perfect way to take a trip down nostalgia lane.

If you spent your childhood watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing Atari, or watching Hulk Hogan, you'd feel at home in this place.

Fifty-Two 80's is a jam-packed place that takes you back to the era of the 80s and 90s. You can get some of the coolest antique and pop-culture symbols from that era to take home with you. It wouldn't be wrong to call it a pop-culture museum, but the best thing is, you get to buy stuff here.

Fair warning, though, the nostalgia may hit you so hard that you might end up wishing you could travel back in time! It is unquestionably one of the best things to do in Denver if you want to take a break from the old and traditional and great for a rainy, cold or snowy Denver day.

Denver Floatation Center

Unique things to do in Denver
You feel like you're floating in the ocean...

No matter how many aromatherapies or massages, this unique experience will be unparalleled.

Worthy of being one of the top 7 unique things to do in Denver, Colorado, you get to float in water in total silence in your private tank. It doesn't get any more zen than that! Plus, the water is saturated with Epsom salts, so you get to heal yourself as well while relaxing in this serene pool.

Let your mind wander, take deep breaths, and forget what's stressing you for a while as you float unbothered.

The Ghosts of Capitol Hill Walking Tour

Unique things to do in Denver
Denver Ghost Tours don't get better than exploring Capitol Hill on foot

Nothing can be more thrilling than an eerie walk through the strange places and creepy Denver past. The Ghosts of Capitol Hill Walking Tour stands to be one of the most exciting, scary and fun Denver walking tours.

On this walk, you go through the city's most haunted neighborhoods, such as the infamous Cheesman Park.

But don't get scared just yet because you'll also get to uncover a hidden burial ground and you run a chance of seeing ghosts at the Molly Brown House, or perhaps the site of the now demolished Henry Treat Rogers Mansion.

This walking tour is most likely to send chills down your spine. BUT it also promises a lot of adrenaline-fueled thrill, adventure and fun.

Visit here to learn more about what this tour offers and sign up for this fantastic way to explore Denver off the beaten path.

Watch a Murder While Having Dinner

Unique things to do in Denver
Who done it???

Ever wondered what it would be like to witness a murder while having dinner? Alright, that sounds quite dark, but…

"Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show" is where you want to experience firsthand what it is like to see a murder. Perfect for murder mystery fans, this is by far one of the most unique ways to dine. As soon as you start digging in your meal, a shrill scream alerts the guests of a murder.

Suddenly, the scene changes. An un-costumed diner introduces himself as the detective. What follows is the scene of investigation where even you are not exempt from doubt.

Definitely, a great and unique experience to have when you are in Denver!

Buckhorn Exchange

Unique things to do in Denver
Rocky Mountain oysters anyone?

Buckhorn Exchange is a quirky place filled with antique curiosities, mounted animal heads, and other taxidermied animals on its crimson walls.

But that is not all... You can order unique meats like the rattlesnake, buffalo sausage, alligator tail, game hen, quail, venison, and Rocky Mountain Oyster. FYI: that last one isn't oysters as you know them, they're bull testicles.

But that is still not all at this one-of-a-kind old-school bar and restaurant.

Buckhorn Exchange prides itself as the place visited by famous personalities such as Buffalo Bill and the cowboy president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt. And they have the proof to back their claims.

This unique little joint has existed since 1893 and is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Colorado.

Casa Bonita

Unique things to do in Denver
Don't worry, only professionals cliff dive at Casa Bonita!

A visit to the fun and adventure-filled Casa Bonita is one of the top things to do in Denver, Colorado for locals, but most visitors don't know about it or make it there so it's definitely off the beaten track. Why add this to your list of must-do's?

You get to see daring divers dive from a 30-foot waterfall—all the while enjoying your delicious Mexican food and did we mention it was recently bought out by the creators of South Park the TV show? They loved it that much.

Said to be one of the greatest shows in Denver, you also get to enjoy great stage shows, musicals, amusement arcades and gift shopping.

This little adventure is unusual in a fun way that you are going to remember for a lifetime.

RiNo Graffiti and Street Art Tours & Audio Adventures

Denver Graffiti Tour
MPEK's Aztec and alien inspired street art

If you have been to Denver or have made plans to visit it, you might not be a stranger to the ever-growing graffiti and street art popping up all over the Mile High City.

But what you may not have experienced is a guide-led graffiti tour or an Audio Adventure taking you through the famous and beautiful Denver street art in the RiNo neighborhood.

It's a fun and non-traditional way to experience this picturesque city. You get to roam around some of the most amazing graffiti, murals and street art tucked in alleyways and covering the sides of buildings. But not just that, an experienced guide (or narrator for the Audio Adventures) tells you the story behind every piece you stroll by and guides you along.

Visit here to experience one of the most unique, fun, exciting, and interactive graffiti tours in Denver and here to check out the Audio Adventures.

Final Word

With the list of these top 7 unique things to do in Denver, Colorado, that are more off-the-beaten path, you’re on your way to enjoying and experiencing this city like never before.

No matter what you choose from this list, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time and make amazing memories.

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